Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Announces Expansion of Southwest Florida Community Association Law Practice

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Full-Service Community Association Law Firm Names Raymond A. Piccin as New Partner in Charge of SW Florida Offices in Naples, Fort Myers. Katzman Garfinkel & Berger ‘Brings its Committed to Community’ Vision to Southwest Florida Condo, HOA and other Community Association Residents.

Raymond A. Piccin, Esq.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is very pleased to have Ray Piccin, one of the finest community association attorneys in the State, leading this significant expansion of our law firm’s presence in Southwest Florida.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, the leader in community association law in the state of Florida, today announced the significant expansion of its statewide community association law practice, naming veteran attorney Raymond A. Piccin as law firm Partner in charge of Southwest Florida operations and opening a new Fort Myers office to assist in providing the firm’s full range of legal services to community association clients throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties.

Mr. Piccin, formerly a Senior Attorney in Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s Margate/Ft. Lauderdale offices, is well-known to Southwest Florida community associations, previously having provided legal counsel to local homeowner, condominium and cooperative associations, particularly in the area of Life Safety issues impacting those communities, and also having served as an instructor in seminars and continuing education courses provided by the firm’s Community Advocacy Network (CAN) to association Board members and managers in Collier and Lee counties.

The firm’s new Fort Myers office, located at 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., and its existing Naples office at 1415 Panther Lane, Suite 208, will offer the firm’s full range of legal services of to Southwest Florida community associations in the areas of corporate governance, collections and foreclosures, as well as casualty, construction defect and general commercial litigation.

“Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is very pleased to have Ray Piccin, one of the finest community association attorneys in the State of Florida, leading this significant expansion of our law firm’s presence in Southwest Florida,” said Leigh C. Katzman, Founding Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger. “Our new and existing Southwest Florida community association clients will find Ray and our team of KG&B attorneys and staff providing them with the highest-quality legal representation and dedicating our time solely and exclusively to fighting on their behalf, day-in and day-out.”

“For many years, the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) and Katzman Garfinkel & Berger have offered outstanding continuing education courses and seminars to Southwest Florida associations, including our popular Board Member Boot Camp®, our annual Legislative Update courses and Hurricane Preparedness seminars,” said Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Founding Partner and CAN Executive Director Donna DiMaggio Berger. “Our growing presence in Southwest Florida not only ensures the continued quantity and quality of educational programs available to local communities, but will spur our advocacy efforts on local issues that are crucial to maintaining property values and preserving and protecting the association lifestyle so valued in Florida’s West Coast communities.”

Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998 and a Katzman Garfinkel & Berger attorney since 2007, Raymond A. Piccin counsels community association clients in Southwest Florida in the areas of Corporate Governance, Litigation, and Collection/Foreclosure.

As Partner in charge of operations of the firm’s Naples and Fort Myers offices, Mr. Piccin will coordinate the representation of community association clients in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties in areas that include: "Covenant Preservation" and "Covenant Revitalization" under the Florida Marketable Record Title Act; the amendment and updating of association governing documents; interpreting the Life Safety Code for existing buildings, the negotiation and drafting of complex vendor contracts, including “Bulk Cable" contracts, construction restoration contracts and leasing contracts; code enforcement proceedings; unit owner and vendor dispute resolution; and Complex Commercial Litigation.

Mr. Piccin will also coordinate the work of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger attorneys representing Southwest Florida association clients on matters involving collection of delinquent assessments and foreclosure litigation, as well property damage claims against insurance companies and construction defect claims against developers and contractors.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, a statewide law firm proudly devoted to all aspects of Florida community association representation, has 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’s community association law practice in Southwest Florida or to speak directly about the law firm’s legal service offerings with KG&B Partner Ray Piccin, phone (239) 213-5808 or email rpiccin(at)kgblawfirm(dot)com.

About Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B):
Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is Florida’s leader in community association law, with clientele that include more than 1,000 of the finest community associations statewide. “Committed to Community,” the firm offers Florida communities a full range of legal services, including general corporate representation, lien collection and foreclosure services and strategies, first-party insurance claim recovery and construction defect litigation.

Unique in its level of commitment to Florida community association education, the firm provides a comprehensive educational program for Board members and managers through the Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Law and Learning Center, including the popular Board Member Boot Camp™ seminars and “We Speak Condo” course series. Dedicated to the best interests of Florida community associations, the firm does not represent developers, banks, insurance companies or other entities with interests adverse to its community association clientele.

For more information and contact details for Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s seven strategically located offices throughout Florida, visit: http://www.KGBLawFirm.com.

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