This is a first in an occasional series of conversations with South Florida business and civic news makers on public and private sector issues. The video was produced by the Fort Lauderdale-based law firm of Tripp Scott.
Once a downtrodden and undervalued neighborhood, this pocket just north of downtown Miami is undergoing a quiet transformation. A similar makeover that a decade ago began to convert the nearby Design District into a luxurious shopping destination, is now taking shape in Edgewater.
dbrTV reporter Julie Kay reports from the first annual U.S. Latin America Legal Summit at the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove.
The phrase "seller's market" would be an understatement when describing South Florida's residential real estate sector in 2013.
dbrTV spoke to Ramon Alonso, senior partner with Loguer Design, about the inspiration behind The Bond. In this part, Alonso details four areas of what will be Brickell's newest condo tower.
The Bond will be the latest addition to the towering Brickell skyline. dbrTV spoke to Ramon Alonso, senior partner with Loguer Design, about the inspiration behind the condo tower.
dbrTV visited FIU Law School and spoke to four students about the prospects and challenges they face trying to land jobs after graduating from law school.
dbrTV spoke with Ron Shuffield, Esslinger Wooten Maxwell president about how the residential real estate sector has recovered in South Florida but the impact of foreclosures is still weighing on the area.
dbrTV's Julie Kay speaks with Pedro Jimenez, partner-in-charge of Jones Day's new office in Miami. The global firm, one of the largest in he country, hopes to expand it's share in the lucrative South American market.
As more cranes sprout up, clogging the Miami skyline, dbrTV's Eric Kalis speaks with Condo Vultures founder Peter Zalewski about the latest preconstruction, condo development cycle. Could we be seeing another boom?
dbrTV reporter Paola Iuspa-Abbott talks about why PPR's have become popular to fund massive infrastructure projects and how some PPR's don't always turn out as promised.
dbrTV spoke to three attorneys about how law firms are looking south to Latin America and forming practices throughout the region.
Launching our new regular series, dbrTV spoke to sports and entertainment lawyer Rich Rappaport about the upcoming ABA Symposium on sports and entertainment law and how Miami has become a hotbed for this activity.
John covers two recent conferences, one about money laundering and corruption, the other on health care fraud. John also talks about a brouhaha in the area of legal blogs. If you are a reader of one, you'll want to see this.
In this episode, John offers readers a buffet of tasty litigation stories in federal court ranging from robotic garages, the U.S. Supreme Court and Donald Trump.
Religion has been used for some pretty nefarious things over the course of history. But two South Florida landlords may have actually found a new low.
In this week's episode, CEO's are finding more and more that their golden parachutes won't open in bankruptcy.
It was a stressful week for America. Now that the nightmare is over, the politics and finger pointing begin. In this episode John calls for level-headed people and the authorities to do their jobs. Everyone else needs to chill.
Blackberry users, you might want to skip this week's episode as John takes some of his frustrations out as the technology in cell phones these days are fraught with litigation.
dbrTV spoke with Jacob Shprecher, vice president of Current Capital Group about how landlords are luring tenants into class B and C space and what Current Capital Group is doing specifically.
John Pacenti is back and you won't want to miss this episode full of drama and Spanish soap opera heroines. John discusses the case of Telemundo's telenovela El Rostro de Analia.
In this episode, John takes on the persona of Vito Corleone in the Godfather to discuss the "lack of respect" he has been shown thanks to falling viewership.
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In a tough and competitive office market, dbrTV spoke with Brickell Bay Office Tower leasing director Christian Driussi on strategies he?s used to get his building nearly 100% leased.
In this episode, John's got some drugs for you. Well, actually, he doesn't, but Walgreen's does and the DEA doesn't like it one bit. John does wonder though, is it ok to discipline someone with a Taco Bell burrito?
Ari Tenzer and Juan Delgado take great pride in being "huge Miami Heat fans" saying it embodies what their firm is all about. "If you put the right people together, in the right circumstances on the same team, there are no limits."
In this week's episode, John goes back in time, like a scene from The Twilight Zone, where racism is alive and kicking, only John didn't go back in time, reporting on the recent EEOC complaint about racism here in Miami.
dbrTV spoke to auto magnate, Miami activist and very opinionated Norman Braman on why, public funding for sport stadiums, is his tipping point issue.
In this episode, John asks, "What could be worse than the fox guarding the hen house?" That's what attorneys are asking in the bankruptcy liquidation plan to reimburse Scott Rothstein's Ponzi victims.
More craziness on the federal beat. John, in this episode, talks about the dramatic testimony in the Mutual Benefits case, the terror trial of Hafiz Khan and rabble-rousing photo journalist Carlos Miller.
Sweetwater mayor Manuel Maroņo's quest to transform Sweetwater into a "university city" and change the city's image, got a huge boost by annexing Dolphin Mall and the industrial areas surrounding it.
Sweetwater mayor Manuel Maroņo is in his third term but in the first phase of his plan to turn Sweetwater into a "university city." Through a partnership with Florida International University, a new student housing facility is being built in Sweetwater.
Florida International University and Sweetwater mayor Manuel Maroņo have a vision to transform FIU and Sweetwater into a vibrant, urban, mixed-use place that enhances and maximizes connections between Sweetwater and FIU to boost regional economic development and growth to both.
Stephen Wood is the chief marketing strategist for North America for Russell Investments. He sat down with Editor-in-Chief David Lyons for a candid conversation.
After a tough week on the beat, in this episode John Pacenti channels Scarlet O'hara and Ronald Reagan while talking about the deposition of Marc Levinson and a fuming federal magistrate.
Channeling Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, in this week's episode, John talks about the Church of Scientology, Kim Rothstein, Nevin Shapiro and Miccosukkee litigation.
In this week's episode, John brings the Nevin Shapiro and UM case to the forefront and talks about Marika Tolz, who says her sentenced should be reduced because Scooter Libby was pardoned. She's serious too.
In this episode, John covers a busy week, most notably the dismissal of charges against a muslim cleric charged with supporting the Taliban. On the lighter side, John talks about strip clubs suing San Antonio. You'll want to see that.
A judge dismissed charges against Izhar Khan, who was charged in a terrorism case with financially supporting the Pakistan Taliban. He discusses the case, with his attorney Joseph Rosenbaum.
Why would anyone open an authentic English pub on a not so glamorous downtown Miami side street? Surrounded by lawyers, developers and other professionals, this is the story of Lewis and Lorry Woods, in their words, why they did.
Lewis and Lorry, but mostly Cliff, talk about the menu. Cliff gets sentimental explaining how all the food is his mom, Lorry's recipes.
Lewis, Lorry and Cliff talk about how they came to name their pub Elwoods. Cliff tells one story and Lewis tells a different one.
Lewis, Lorry and Cliff talk about how they decide the beer selection at Elwoods, how you always have to have the "safe" beers but can also have beers no one has heard of, which is one way to keep customers coming back.
South Florida's declining unemployment rate could fall further in 2013 unless the federal government's fiscal policy becomes so austere that it throws the economy into reverse, was one of many issues discussed at our latest meeting of the Business Advisory Board.
In this week's episode, we go south of the border to Ecuador. John tells the story of two Ecuadorian banking brothers accused in a civil lawsuit with absconding as much as $600 million. The brothers say blame the corrupt government.
In this first episode of the year, John thanks Alabama for rolling Notre Dame and putting some extra money in his pocket before getting into Kim Rothstein pleading guilty, a federal judge going off on the government and continued Miccosukee litigation.
In this last episode of the year, John discusses gun control in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings. On a lighter note, John offers some advice: Don't steal a jail workers car as soon as you are released from jail.
In this episode, John says forget about taxes and fiscal cliffs because the Obama administration is going after whistle-blower programs big time to raise money.
In this week's episode, watch as John talks about a case that is set to begin in January centering on a Muslim South Florida cleric and his son who are charged with providing support to the Taliban.
Pacenti is back after taking a week off for Thanksgiving. In this episode, John talks about the troubles between the Miccosukke's and their former law firm Lewis Tein and how union's expect Obama will scratch their backs, since they scratched his during the election.
With the release of Skyfall, the newest James Bond movie hitting theaters, John has the perfect spy story from the courts: The story of how one Cuban exile says she was seduced by a Cuban spy and is now looking to the courts to help her collect $27 million.
In this week's episode, Pacenti talks about some unusual lawsuits in the federal courts involving UBS whistleblower jailbird Bradley Birkenfeld and how whistleblowing claims could be the new frontier for plaintiffs attorneys. Also, a UM School of Medicine student suing the university because he has ADHD, he claims.
In this week's episode, John interviews attorney David Markus who is appealing the prosecutorial misconduct case of Dr. Ali Shaygan to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The panel at the annual conference of the American Bar Association's international law section was both scary and informative. The next terrorism threat may well come from computers.
In this episode, instead of reporting on cases in the courts, John reports for the president's most recent campaign stop in Miami and all the federal legal practitioners attending the pep rally.
In this episode, John interviews attorney Marc Seitles, whose client is in prison dying of cancer. Seitles is trying to get him released on compassionate grounds.
Row, row, row your boat, gently to the Supreme Court, that's the story of Fane Lozman in this week's episode. The Supreme Court now will decide if a houseboat is a home or vessel.
Longtime friends Adam Schachter and Gerald Greenberg recently left Stearns Weaver and, along with former state senator Dan Gelber, started their own firm. This is the story of why they did.
In this episode, John talks about life as a whistleblower and how hard it is being one. UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld spent two years in prison and Siemens whistleblower Carlos Moran says he was beaten to a pulp.
dbrTV reporter Eric Kalis speaks with M. Ronald Krongold about the recent purchase of 539 condominium units in Midtwon Miami.
"Do it," which Nelly Furtado rode to the top of the charts is also the beat to a song called "Acidjazzed Evening," at least according to a producer who sued the music star.
In this week's episode, John talks about how "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," especially to Kim Rothstein who was arrested for hiding $1 million in jewels.
In this episode, John talks about Indian tribal sovereignty when it comes to private business on their land, a case of a wrong man being indicted and a motorcycle club suing for copyright infringement.
In this first episode of the court report, John talks about employee-driven wellness programs and a bus driver taking on a ticket writing cop.
Developer Daniel Pena-Giraldi, whose company Stambul USA is redeveloping the 1925 Miami National Bank building in downtown Miami into a luxury boutique hotel, is part of a trend in Miami of converting historic buildings.
The final rant in the extremely popular series comes to a close. In this last installment we bring you outtakes from the more than 20 Rant's "Pop Up Video" style. We hope you get a good laugh as we thank you for making the Rant the most popular feature on DBR.com in 2012.
The Colorado movie theater massacre is just the latest example of why our leaders, especially President Obama, need to stand up for stronger gun control laws says John Pacenti.
The decision handed down by the NCAA against Penn State came down to just one thing: money, says John Pacenti.
Jungle Island wants money to expand, says it needs it to survive and compete. But John says thank goodness Miami stood its ground and didn't give into the demands of the theme park.
dbrTV speaks with Robert Zarco, who has earned recognition in the area of franchise litigation by representing franchisees in disputes involving major franchise systems such as McDonald's and Burger King.
John Pacenti takes aim at Republicans who say financial regulations will destroy jobs and strangle profit. Boo hoo, he says.
Rick Scott has vowed to do everything he can not to implement the health care law. Pacenti says the plan is not a panacea, but Florida needs to embrace it.
dbrTV speaks with activist Jose Fernandez in front of a dilapidated apartment building in Little Havana that is slated for demolition.
Historian Paul George gives us some history while activist Bill Fuller, who is in the middle of restoring the Tower Hotel, talks about bringing the hotel back to its early splendor when it was built in the 1920s.
Rick Scott's voter suppression in the name of rooting out election fraud is politics at its most dangerous, says John Pacenti.
Court reporters are increasingly being barred from hearings and depositions. But John Pacenti says a reporter's right to cover hearings and proceedings is crucial to the public interest.
dbrTV reporter Julie Kay interviewed Cesar Alvarez, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig, on the state of the South Florida legal industry and Greenberg Traurig.
John Pacenti revisits the prosecutorial misconduct case in the Dr. Ali Shaygan trial saying how dumbfounded he is by the actions of the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Corporate John says good for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin who renounced his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying taxes while slacker John says Saverin is the real slacker for ducking out on his obligation.
GOP fundraiser Martin Press and Democratic fundraiser Mitchell Berger on what qualities make an effective campaign fundraiser and why lawyers are key to the process.
Results of "the joke that is the FCAT" are out and John Pacenti isn't happy. He says the test only funnels tax dollars to former Gov. Jeb Bush's friends.
Palm Beach interim state attorney Peter Antonacci is taking aim at county judge Barry Cohen, a move Pacenti says is unprecedented and "stupid." Antonocci wasn't elected, but is going after a judge who has been over and over again.
It's not easy being a lawyer these days. And even harder being part of the law firm's support staff as law firms are cutting back on those positions. John Pacenti asks "Is this more about management or greed?"
John Pacenti is off his leash, literally, attacking pit bulls and their owners and imploring the Miami-Dade County Commission to not back off repealing a pit bull ban.
Miami's public transit was rated eighth in the nation, ahead of cities like Atlanta, by WalkScore.com. John Pacenti says this is further proof that we are living in bizarro world!
dbrTV speaks with attorney Marlene Reiss about the PIP reform bill passed by the Legislature and expected to be signed into the law by Gov. Rick Scott.
John Pacenti has his sights set on those who applaud legal aid funding cuts while at the same time praising the Wall Street bailout quoting everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Hans Gruber from Die Hard.
Corporate John takes on Slacker John again in a back and forth about Miami's desire to place electronic billboards anywhere they can to help generate revenue. Slacker John says electronic billboards are a "buzz kill."
The Cuban population in Miami may be upset at manager Ozzie Guillen for his Fidel Castro comments, but's that nothing compared to the wrath of John Pacenti who says the Marlins take the fans for granted.
Willy Ferrer talks to dbrTV reporter John Pacenti about a new trend his office is trying to crack down on, ID theft to file income taxes and steal the refund.
John Pacenti calls out the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the justices were contortionists when they heard arguments on the controversial health-care law. Pacenti said they bent the issue and many questions were asinine.
Real estate investor Lyle Stern talks to dbrTV about building a restaurant space in South Beach for Estiatorio Milos and how the region "South of Fifth" is becoming a trendy location.
Corporate-type John Pacenti debates slacker-type John Pacenti over gambling in the workplace and what it means as corporate John lashes out against lost productivity while worker John says people need to chill.
John Pacenti is on fire in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing as he takes on the "absurdity of the gun culture in America."
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dbrTV reporter Paola Iuspa-Abbott speaks with Frits D. van Paasschen, above, president and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
dbrTV reporter Eric Kalis spoke to Glenn Gregory, one of the brokers who is marketing one of Brickell?s newest Class-A office towers, about some of the challenges in leasing out a new building.
John Pacenti takes issue with lawmakers in Tallahassee who are taking aim at the Clerk of Courts budgets saying it is a basic service of government "so when you are twiddling your thumbs trying to file something at the clerk's office, think of incumbent lawmakers."
"Fellow consumers, we're screwed," well, at least that is what John Pacenti says in this week's rant after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an AT&T clause prevented customers from seeking clss-action litigation and forcing them to arbitrate individually.
dbrTV reporter Paola Iuspa-Abbott's talks with Lon Tabatchnick, the developer of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. He has until May 15 to get the financing in place to start construction around June.
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