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Brandon C. Meadows - Attitudes on Aging and Ageism
Ageism. Not the insidious form that manifests itself as prejudice or discrimination, but a much milder, and mostly innocent, version of unintentional ageism. It’s an immediate bias our brain generates about someone’s youthfulness (or apparent lack of it) that might not match our own ideas of what that person should know or should have experienced.

Young and old, we have all been on the giving or receiving end of this phenomenon:

  •  “Wow, I have kids your age”
  • “You’re probably too young to remember this, but…”
  • “Let’s hear from someone with a little bit more experience”
  • “Back in my day [insert some anecdote about how much harder life was]”

Or, reverse it:

  • “For those less tech-savvy…”
  • “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks”
  • “You must be having a senior moment”

Personal ageism reflects our own unique attitudes about age and experience. And sometimes, that ageism comes from within. Growing up, I practically wished my life away; counting the days to be a licensed driver, a registered voter, and old enough to buy alcohol rent a car. I will be 40 this year. Young enough to pull an all-nighter, and old enough to know better.

At this stage in my life, I’m feeling caught in the middle of this ageism phenomenon. In one moment, I can be considered young and less experienced, and in the next, I can be “too old to understand.” This recent observation had me thinking: “will I ever be just the right age for anything?” It reminded me of one of my favorite comedy bits from Jerry Seinfeld, who masterfully articulates how when you are young, everything is “up,” and when you get older, everything is “down”: https://youtu.be/xgquhfJ2Mmw

This clip is a reminder that attitudes toward age and aging are all about perspective, and they don’t always have to be negative. In fact, having a positive perception of aging may help you live longer. A research study at Yale University found that people who had positive attitudes about aging lived 7 years longer than those with negative perceptions of aging.

It’s humbling to learn that John F. Kennedy was the youngest person to be elected President of the United States of America—a mere 43-year-old, leading the most powerful nation in the world. And it’s worth noting that Colonel Sanders was a failed restauranteur, taking social security in his mid-60s when he finally opened his first KFC franchise.

So, for all you “dinosaurs” out there, remember: that youthful-looking professional may possess the capability and skill to make history if given the opportunity. And for all you “millennials,” beyond those beautiful wrinkles and silvery hair is a person who is probably more hip and hilarious than you ever thought about being.

I hope you take some time to consider your own attitudes on aging and consider putting a positive spin—and perhaps a few more years—on life. 
Very Truly Yours,
Brandon C. Meadows
Special Counsel Joseph R. Luna, Esq. Sworn Into Florida Bar
Jimerson Birr Special Counsel Joseph R. Luna, has been sworn into the Florida Bar, after passing the Bar Exam earlier this year. Of the 1,348 applicants who took the full bar exam, only 44 percent passed.

Luna, who was previously licensed to practice law in other states, will now bring his financial and legal acumen to clients across Florida.

Prior to Joining Jimerson Birr, Mr. Luna worked in logistics for three years and coordinated the shipping and receiving for one of the largest grocery store chains in the southeast. Clients now depend on Luna to help streamline their logistics and legal processes, especially in today's fast-paced market.
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, real estate development, sales and leasing law, banking and financial services law, community association law, and everything in between. Click here to subscribe today and stay up-to-date on the latest legal news from the industries we serve:
Real Estate Development, Sales & Leasing Industry Legal Blog
Riparian Rights and Florida Property Owners’ Rights to an Unobstructed Water View

By: A. Hunter Faulkner

Among the many attractive features of owning real estate in Florida is the possibility of having a waterfront view of one of the numerous scenic bodies of water throughout the state. However, property owners in Florida are often under the mistaken impression that they have an absolute right to a view of the water once they purchase a piece of property. However, this right—known as a riparian right—is limited, and it is crucial that people understand whether riparian rights apply to the property they purchase...

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Community Associations Industry Legal Blog
What Does the Building Safety Act for Condominium and Cooperative Associations Mean for My Association?

By: Bryan M. Davis

On May 26, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Building Safety Act for Condominium and Cooperative Associations (“Building Safety Act”) into law. The Building Safety Act brings sweeping changes to Florida’s condominium and cooperative association laws, particularly regarding building inspections and reserves. This article will provide an overview of the Building Safety Act with a focus on the key changes and how the Building Safety Act will impact Florida community associations...

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Construction Industry Legal Blog
How Property Owners Can Protect Their Property from Liens When a Tenant Makes Improvements

By: James O. Birr, III

When a tenant contracts for improvements to leased property, the property could be subject to construction liens. This can be particularly problematic for property owners when a tenant does not pay their contractor for those improvements. However, Florida law provides property owners with certain protections from these types of construction liens...

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Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog
What is the Difference Between the FDCPA and the FCCPA?

By: Austin T. Hamilton

Businesses throughout Florida should be aware of consumer statutes that provide remedies to consumers and impose liability to businesses, even for small technical violations. Two important statutes for all businesses to be aware of are the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). This article discusses the similarities and differences between the FDCPA and the FCCPA...

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Cross-Industry Legal Blog
How to Stop Disparaging Reviews from Former Employees Through Aggressive Litigation

Any employer, large or small, may run the risk of dealing with disgruntled ex-employees. One common problem employers face is negative and false reviews about their businesses left by former employees on Glassdoor or similar platforms. The biggest problem for most employers is that these false reviews tend to be posted with no clear way to identify the anonymous reviewer and take legal action. The purpose of this blog is to make employers aware that there are practical, legal solutions to find out the identity of an anonymous reviewer, and to help employers avoid common pitfalls in pursuing litigation against posters of defamatory and false reviews... 

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June JB FOR ME Highlight Reel
While we're envious of the youngsters that get a summer break, we know that we have it better than most: we have a good time in the office, and produce good work while doing it!

To get a taste of the fun we're having, look no further than our annual bourbon and wine tasting event. They don't make all law firms equal... and the same can be said for bourbon. And whether it was top shelf or just below the belt, we've never met a bourbon we didn't like!

Our annual Bob Ross painting contest is a chance to show off our creative (and listening) skills, and this year's competition was steep. We turned to our LinkedIn followers to help pick the winner--and while both paintings are no Picassos, the victor was indisputable: team #2 dominated voting. All of this to say: we certainly won't be quitting our day jobs to become artists.
Lastly, like all great workplaces, we take care to highlight and appreciate the work of our colleagues. At our Day of the Gong celebration lunch, we gathered to give "gongs" to teammates who have gone above and beyond. To date, Adrian has received the most gongs (five!) and Charlie has given the most (fourteen!)
If you think JBFORME may be for you, view our open positions as we grow our team.
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