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James O. "Joby" Birr - The Importance of Quality Time


These last few months have been challenging to spend time with family members, friends, and clients. Though we’ve developed new ways of staying in touch with these folks, through virtual meetings and happy hours, nothing beats the real thing of an in-person lunch, dinner or special event with those you care about. 

I was reminded of the importance of quality “in person” time when I recently traveled to Tampa, with my 10-year old son, to meet some friends. The road trip back and forth from Tampa was great because my son and I were able to spend quality time together, discussing the various counties we traveled through and the sights we passed. 

Once we arrived in Tampa, we shared a wonderful meal with an old friend and his family. It was amazing to see and hear how much had changed in our lives since the last time we were together. During that meal the three kids at the table were engaged in non-stop conversation. The next day my son and I went on a fishing trip in Tampa Bay, with a friend and his youngest son. That evening we cooked up the fish we caught and shared an amazing dinner with friends. Our weekend was rounded out by a wonderful lunch with yet another friend and his family. What a great weekend of in-person connection with friends! 

For me, the weekend activities and social connectivity were true psyche boosters. Perhaps I am more grateful for the simple pleasure of it now because I have gone a short time without due to the Coronavirus, but either way, I was struck by how meaningful it was. There are libraries of research on the subject that validate my experience. Strong social connection triggers a series of biological activity that strengthens our immune system, lowers anxiety, disrupts depression, improves self-esteem, and effectuates a host of other positive health outcomes. The point is, good social connection and quality time can extend our lives and the lives of those we care about. The lack thereof can lead to a number of health and social ills.

With or without a health pandemic creating distance, our world is already growing increasingly impersonal. Could it be that as we blaze forward along the trail of rapidly advancing technology that we slowly draw nearer to a time when we all complacently live in our own isolation – choosing only to interact with others from behind our illuminated screens? Don’t get me wrong, I think technology is a great thing and I use it daily, but, like many of you, when I was forced to adopt it as a substitute for in person connection and quality time, it just didn’t hit the spot.

Though in-person meetings and resuming social activity as normal may not be advisable for everyone at this point, from someone who took part in a small group activity, in a way that was safe for my family, I can tell you it was awesome to reconnect with friends that we had not seen for months. If you are feeling disconnected and a bit out of sorts from the social distancing, I hope you are looking forward to a time when the dust settles and we can all get back to engaging with one another in more meaningful and impactful ways. Once we can, I have to imagine we will all embrace the opportunities to see one another and spend time together with much more enthusiasm and appreciation. I know I will.
Very truly yours, 
James O. "Joby" Birr, III
Shareholder Partner

Five Jimerson Birr Partners Named as 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Super Lawyers Magazine released its annual list of Florida's top-rated attorneys, and five Jimerson Birr partners were recognized as 2020 Florida Layers and Rising Stars. Charles B. Jimerson , managing shareholder, and James O. "Joby" Birr , shareholder partner, were named as Super Lawyers. Rising Stars include Austin B. Calhoun , Austin T. Hamilton and Brandon C. Meadows .

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Managing Problem Construction Projects in Turbulent Times Webinar Series:
Part 3 for Subcontractors and Suppliers
Three partners from Jimerson Birr's Construction Industry Team launched a webinar series focused on Managing Problem Construction Projects in Turbulent Times. Part 1 covering the notice and documenting of claims aired Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and part 2 covering liens and protecting your right to get paid aired Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Both are now viewable on our YouTube channel.

Registration is now open for Part 3 - designed especially for subcontractors and suppliers - coming up Thursday, July 16, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PM. The webinar will cover Part 3 will cover payment bonds on Federal and Florida public and private construction projects, and the steps that subcontractors and suppliers should take to perfect, preserve and recover on their payment bond claims.
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

Lenders should make a good faith effort to work with delinquent borrowers to bring their Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loans current. However, when a default cannot be cured, and the 7(a) loan is transferred into liquidation status, the lender becomes responsible for liquidating the entire debt owed. Although the lender has unilateral authority to take all necessary actions to liquidate 7(a) loans in their portfolio, some liquidation actions require the SBA’s written pre-approval before the lender can take action ...

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Construction Industry Law Blog

Part 1 of this series  provided an overview of Florida’s Consumer Collections Practices Act (FCCPA) and explained why it is imperative for all business owners to be aware of, and understand, the FCCPA. This article explores Section 559.77’s bona fide error defense and how businesses can be prepared to defend against potential FCCPA violations. Wise business owners will implement policies and safeguards necessary to establish a bona fide error defense. Investing time upfront to establish and implement policies and procedures to avoid FCCPA violations can save significant time and expense defending against potential FCCPA violations. ..

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Community Association Law Blog

At first blush, one may conclude that condominium associations and homeowners’ associations would have the same or nearly identical requirements for when turnover occurs. However, the truth is quite opposite. Florida condominium association are governed by Section 718, Florida Statutes compared to Florida homeowners’ associations, which are governed by Section 720, Florida Statutes. With that being said, Chapter 718 is more rigid on Condominium Associations compared to the statutory requirements for Homeowners’ Associations under Chapter 720 and imposes different time periods for when turnover of a Condominium Association may occur...

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Business Litigation Blog

Many businesses require their employees to sign non-compete agreements, as a condition of their employment. In Florida, those non-compete agreements and their enforceability are governed by  Section 542.335 of the Florida Statutes .  As discussed more fully below, referral sources and patient and customer lists can be legitimate business interests warranting protection under Florida law...

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Commercial Real Estate and Land Use Law Blog

The novel coronavirus pandemic and related government “stay at home” and “shelter in place” orders are causing serious negative financial impacts to business of all types. Many of the hardest hit industries, such as restaurants and retailers, are industries in which a large portion of the business may be operated in leased locations pursuant to commercial leases, and their ability to continue to stay in business, much less continue to pay rent, through the pandemic restrictions may be in serious doubt...

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Joby Birr and Austin Hamilton Present CLE Event for the North Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
Jimerson Birr is a proud sponsor of the local chapter of ACC and hosted a member-exclusive event on May 28, 2020. James O. "Joby" Birr , shareholder partner, and Austin T. Hamilton , partner, led the virtual seminar covering strategies for properly preparing your executives, employees and records custodians for a Rule 30(b) (6) deposition. Participants received valuable takeaways for handling aggressive and unprofessional opposing counsel while earning one hour of Professionalism credit from The Florida Bar.
Introducing Our Summer Associates
We are pleased to introduce our 2020 Summer Associates, Pierce Schultz and Stewart Subjinski, who are spending the season immersed in a range of legal matters under the guidance of our team.

Pierce Schultz is attending University of Florida Levin College of Law. He chose to pursue a law career because he finds the industry enthralling; each case being unique and interesting. Later this summer, he will be published in the Journal of Courts and Justice .

Stewart Subjinski attends Washington University School of Law. He discovered his passion for the field after joining his high school's mock trial team. An exciting accomplishment was his final round performance at the 2020 National Trial Competition's Regional Qualifying Tournament.

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