• Partner's Perspective: Hamilton and the American Dream
  • Third Jimerson Birr Partner Recognized Among State's Legal Elite
  • Register Now: Lien Law for Prime Contractors Webinar
  • New Law Blogs
  • Curiosities, Ruminations and Various Eccentricities of Firm Biz
Connect With Us!  
C. Ryan Maloney - Hamilton and the American Dream
Alexander Hamilton… if you’re like me, when you read those words lately, you can’t help but sing them in your head to the tune from the smash Broadway hit, Hamilton . Like many of you, I was finally able to see Hamilton for the first time over the July 4th weekend, when it debuted in a filmed version available for streaming at home. And stream and stream my family did - I think my wife and daughter have watched it at least three times. Even I, not known as the biggest “musical” fan in the world, got taken in by the music, the acting, the lyrics, and especially, the story. I now wish that I’d seen it live because, unlike a lot of things, it really did live up to the hype.

I know I’m about five years late on the Hamilton phenomenon, but particularly with everything going on in the world, the story of Hamilton moved me. I knew who Alexander Hamilton was, and I had a high-level understanding of his role as one of our country’s founding fathers, but watching Hamilton gave me a new appreciation for him, our other founding fathers, and what they went through to create our great nation.

From very, very humble upbringings – he was born in the British West Indies to an unmarried couple, his father abandoned the family when he was 11, and his mother died shortly thereafter leaving him penniless – Alexander Hamilton persevered, never gave up, and pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become one of the most important men in American history. Watching Hamilton and learning more about Alexander Hamilton’s story, I realized that his life really was one of the earliest examples of the American Dream personified.   

Hamilton also reminded me of how much risk the colonists took in fighting for their independence from England. They were vastly outmanned, and would seem to have had little chance to defeat a world superpower like England was at the time. In spite of that, they declared their independence and fought England anyway, knowing it could potentially mean their lives, which for many, it did. We should all be thankful for their bravery and sacrifice.

Finally, as I watched Hamilton , I was also struck by how - even after the Revolutionary War was won - it took an enormous amount of hard work and time to get the Constitution ratified and the new country stabilized. Further, how much strong political disagreement there was among the founding fathers in doing so. There was intense political infighting, and it was oftentimes messy and moved in fits and starts, but it ultimately lead to the American system of government we have today.

Our system of government may not be perfect, and current politics can often seem to be an impediment to getting things done, especially in these trying times. However, watching Hamilton helped bring home for me again that, in spite of all of its imperfections, America truly is the greatest country in the world. The American Dream is a big part of what makes it so special, and no matter your politics, we should all do what we can to encourage and preserve it.
C. Ryan Maloney
Third Jimerson Birr Partner Recognized Among State's Legal Elite
Partner C. Ryan Maloney became the third Jimerson Birr attorney to be recognized as Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine . The annual list represents just over one percent of the active Florida Bar members, and 1,071 honorees were named in the 2020 cycle. Maloney joins Charles B. Jimerson , managing shareholder, and James O. "Joby" Birr , shareholder partner, as Florida's leading lawyers.

Read the full release here .
Managing Problem Construction Projects in Turbulent Times Webinar Series:
Part 4 for Prime Contractors
Three partners from Jimerson Birr's Construction Industry Team launched a webinar series focused on Managing Problem Construction Projects in Turbulent Times. Part 1 covered the notice and documenting of claims, part 2 covered liens and protecting your right to get paid, and part 3 covered bond law for subcontractors and suppliers. Watch the recordings on our YouTube channel , or click the button below.

Registration is now open for Part 4 coming up Thursday, August 6, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PM. Part 4 of the series is geared towards general contractors, and will provide insights and practical tips on how to use Florida’s Construction Lien Law to their advantage in ensuring payment by the owner. It will also cover what general contractors need to know about liens filed by subcontractors and suppliers, including tips for managing them.
Jimerson Birr Legal Blogs
Are you keeping up with the latest information in business and law? Jimerson Birr publishes weekly blog posts covering topics from construction law, business litigation, eminent domain law, community association law and everything in between. Click here to subscribe today and stay up-to-date on the latest legal news from these core areas:

Banking & Financial Services Industry Law Blog

In 2010, the Florida Supreme Court amended Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.110(b) to include a verification provision in foreclosure complaints. Subsequently and in an effort to expediate the residential foreclosure process in Florida, the Legislature enacted Section 702.015, Florida Statutes, which sets forth additional pleading requirements for foreclosure complaints. In response to the new legislation, the Florida Supreme Court created a new rule for governing foreclosure complaints, Rule 1.115, which includes a new verification requirement...

 Click here to read the full blog post.

Construction Industry Law Blog
P erfecting Rights Under the Federal Miller Act for Federal Construction Projects

Contractors cannot file mechanic’s liens on public construction projects, such as work on military bases, courthouses, or government owned buildings. Instead, the Federal Miller Act, 40 U.S.C. § 3131-3134, fills in this gap by protecting certain levels of subcontractors and material suppliers from general contractors who fail to pay them on federal construction projects. The Miller Act requires that before any contract of more than $100,000 is awarded for a construction project on a public building or public work of the federal government, the general contractor must furnish a payment bond and a performance bond...

Click here to read the full blog post.

Community Association Law Blog
2 020 Amendments to the Florida Statutes Affecting Community Associations

Each year the Florida Legislature proposes amendments to various sections of the Florida Statutes, and some of those proposed amendments involve community association governance.  Florida Governor DeSantis recently signed several proposed bills into law that took effect on July 1, 2020, and some of which address Florida’s community associations options for regulating issues involving emotional support animals, fireworks and law enforcement vehicles. Community associations throughout Florida must be aware of these new legislative changes for 2020 and ensure its operations moving forward are in compliance with any new Florida laws...

Click here to read the full blog post.

Business Litigation Blog
D oes a Commercial Landlord Have a Duty to Mitigate Damages After a Tenant Breaches the Lease Agreement?

Generally, a commercial landlord does not have a duty to mitigate or reduce its damages after a tenant breaches the commercial lease agreement. See Coast Fed. Savs. & Loan Ass’n v. DeLoach, 362 So. 2d 982, 984 (Fla. 2d DCA 1978). However, there is an exception where the commercial landlord retakes possession of the premises for the benefit of the tenant. Nevertheless, the better practice may be for commercial landlords and property managers to always attempt to mitigate damages...

Click here to read the full blog post.

Real Estate Development, Sales & Leasing Industry Blog
U nderstanding Easements, Rights-of-Way and Their Affects on Property Value

The value of property can be highly dependent on the rights—like easements and rights-of-way—that come along with it. For example, your property value will be affected by the extent of your ability to build on the property, or if a neighboring property owner has the right to drive through your property. These ancillary rights can be through licenses, covenants, easements, or rights-of-way. This article focuses on the latter two, easements and rights-of-way...

Click here to read the full blog post.

Firm News
Curiosities, Ruminations and Various Eccentricities of Firm Biz
Jimerson Birr Named One of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies on the First Coast for Sixth Year
The Jacksonville Business Journal released its annual Fast 50 list recognizing companies that have made significant impacts both regionally and across the country. Jimerson Birr earned a spot on the 2020 list of the 50 Fastest-Growing Companies on the First Coast, marking the sixth year the firm has been honored. Read the full release here .

During the virtual award ceremony on July 23, 2020, the firm accepted its award and official ranking.
Annual Bob Ross Competition Winner Announced
This month, the firm took on an exciting challenge: the annual Bob Ross Competition. We spent an afternoon divided in teams competing in a timed painting competition with the guidance of the infamous artist, Bob Ross.

Now, we know you have been waiting to find out the winning team. We have tallied your votes, and the 2020 winner is Team 2! Great job Colin, Judy and Lindsay. Be sure to watch the short video above to see the teams in action.
Wells Fargo Center
One Independent Drive, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Telephone (904) 389-0050
Facsimile (904) 212-1269

Quick Links  

Copyright © 2019 Jimerson Birr, All rights reserved.