Florida Law Firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Hires New Legislative Assistant in Expansion of Advocacy Efforts

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Kristen J. Pesicek, Former Sr. Legislative Aide to State Sen. Aronberg, To Support Managing Partner Donna DiMaggio Berger & Community Advocacy Network (CAN)

Kristen’s knowledge of the internal workings of State government was a great asset in the successful defeat of anti-community association portions of the HB 5005 deregulation bill this Session ...

The Florida law firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (http://www.kgblawfirm.com), with statewide offices in Margate/Ft. Lauderdale, Maitland/Orlando, Boynton Beach, Miami, West Palm Beach, St. Augustine and Naples, today announced its appointment of Kristen J. Pesicek to the newly created position of Legislative Assistant, underscoring and expanding the law firm’s commitment to advocating at the State and Local government levels on behalf of the interests of community associations throughout Florida.

Ms. Pesicek, who prior to joining the law firm served most recently as Senior Legislative Aide to Florida State Sen. Dave Aronberg, joins Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s Transactional Department and will report to Managing Partner Donna DiMaggio Berger, Executive Director of the statewide Community Advocacy Network (CAN). Founded by the firm in 2007, CAN provides education, advocacy and outreach services to community associations statewide, while promoting positive community association legislation and advising Florida legislators against the micromanagement and over-regulation of private residential communities.

Based in the law firm’s Margate/Ft. Lauderdale office, Ms. Pesicek joins KG&B’s rapidly growing team of dedicated community association attorneys and staff serving more than 1,000 association clients through the firm’s seven strategically located offices across the State of Florida.

“Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is very pleased to welcome an aspiring young attorney of the caliber and experience that Kristen Pesicek has already displayed, working together with CAN and its Advisory Council to advance positive community association legislation in the 2011 Florida Legislative Session,” said Donna DiMaggio Berger. “Kristen’s knowledge of the internal workings of State government was a great asset in the successful defeat of anti-community association portions of the HB 5005 deregulation bill this Session and will continue to be of invaluable help as CAN works to improve Florida legislation that impacts community associations across our state.”

Prior to joining KG&B, Ms. Pesicek served in a key capacity for State Sen. Dave Aronberg as Senior Legislative Aide, managing bills through the legislative and budget process, coordinating media outreach and speaking on legislative topics at community events. She previously served as Florida Finance Assistant and Policy Coordinator for Betty Castor for United States Senate Campaign and the Campaign for Florida’s Future.

In the nation’s capital, Ms. Pesicek worked previously as Legislative Correspondent/Staff Assistant in the US Senate Office of Senator Joseph Lieberman and performed research and legislative work for the DC Primary Care Association and the George Washington Center for Health Services Research and Policy. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. Currently, Ms. Pesicek is pursuing her Juris Doctor Degree from Florida International University’s School of Law.

Founded by Katzman Garfinkel & Berger in 2007, the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is open for membership to all Florida community associations, including condominiums, co-operatives, homeowner associations, timeshares and mobile home communities. For more information about the benefits of CAN membership and the organization's activities around the State, please contact Diane Schick at dschick(at)canfl(dot)com or phone 954-315-0372.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is a full-service statewide law firm devoted to all aspects of community association representation, including sophisticated transactional law matters, first party insurance claims and construction defect cases. The firm is unique in advancing all fees and costs for its association clients to pursue delinquent assessments, and also handles property damage claims against insurance companies as well as most construction defect claims against developers on a pure contingency basis.

Named as one of the “Best Places to Work” in 2009 by the South Florida Business Journal, the firm has also been designated as "One of the Most Distinguished Law Firms in America" by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating system spanning more than a century of service evaluating American Law Firms. For more information about Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, please visit: http://www.kgblawfirm.com.

About Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B):
Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is a statewide Florida law firm devoted to community associations with seven strategically located offices throughout the State of Florida. The firm offers residents living in all types of common interest ownership communities a complete set of services including general corporate representation, lien collection and foreclosure, first party insurance claim recovery and construction defect litigation. It was one of the first firms to advance all fees and costs on behalf of communities that are forced to pursue collection of delinquent assessments. For more information, please visit: http://www.kgblawfirm.com.

About the Community Advocacy Network (CAN):
The Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is the leading statewide advocacy network dedicated to promoting positive community association legislation while advising legislators to resist the urge to micromanage and over-regulate private residential communities. CAN works through its website, email alerts and tools such as the "Capitol Connection" email system to give association leaders and residents the information and resources they need to play a meaningful part in the legislative process before harmful bills are passed. Capitol Connection enables our members to contact their elected officials at every level of government with just the click of a button. For more information, visit http://www.canfl.com or call 954-315-0372.

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