Blalock Walters named by Fortune as top-ranked law firm

January 18, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Blalock Walters has been selected in Fortune magazine's 2013 "Top Ranked Law Firms" in the United States.

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell was asked by Fortune to research its database of 1.2 million lawyers and firms for U.S. law firms where at least one out of three of their lawyers have achieved the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. The firm is also listed in the January editions of ALM's Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer.

Blalock Walters attorneys rated as AV Preeminent are Mark Barnebey, Anthony Bartirome, Bob Blalock, Lisbeth Bruce, Jonathan Fleece, Dana Carlson Gentry, Charles Johnson, Scott Rudacille and Cliff Walters.

Port Manatee addsnew container service

PALMETTO -- Naviera Master Line de Venezuela C.A. has selected Port Manatee for a new container and breakbulk cargo service to Caribbean, Central and South American destinations.

Expected to commence with a sailing March 8 from Port Manatee, Naviera Master Line, a division of Miami-based Master Line Shipping Co., will transport a variety of breakbulk and containerized cargo from Port Manatee to destinations in Colombia, Panama, Venezuela and Trinidad.

"For the targeted business we have with Central Florida auctions, like Alex Lyon & Son, CAT, Ritchie Bros. and Yoder & Frey, Port Manatee is the closest port to Orlando and a very strategic port to the countries that we serve," said Naviera Master Line President Juan Carlos Esquivel. "It's all about location."

Manatee County Port Authority Chairman Carol Whitmore praised the announcement. "This is the type of business that generates new jobs for the people of our community, and we look forward to a lasting relationship with Naviera Master Line," Whitmore said.

SCF financial literacy fair Feb. 15 in fine arts gallery

BRADENTON -- As a part of "Project Get$mart," a student financial literacy program at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, the SCF Fine Arts Gallery will host a financial literacy fair and awards reception for winners of the financial literacy contest 5-7 p.m. Feb.15 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., building 11 north.

Middle school, high school and SCF students whose essay, photography, poetry and video entries were selected will be recognized by the Project Get$mart committee. Winners will be presented with savings bonds, scholarships, books and other prizes.

The deadline to submit entries is Feb. 1. For more information, visit or contact Amy Santos, SCF business and technology department chair, at or 941-752-5511.

Forks & Corks events begin Jan. 25 in Sarasota

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota-Manatee Originals presents Forks & Corks, one of the region's most celebrated food and wine events, which begins Jan. 25.

The festival features various winemaker events at area restaurants and shops Jan. 25 and 26; interactive food and wine and seminars Jan. 26; The Grand Tasting in The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard Jan. 27, which is sold out; and a trade event for area restaurants, retailers and hoteliers Jan. 28.

New this year, each participating winery submitted vintages of their choice, which were judged by a panel of wine experts. Winning wines were awarded gold, silver or bronze in a number of categories. Event-goers will have an opportunity to purchases all of the wines at The Grand Tasting.

For more information about the fifth annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, visit or call 941-955-3663.

Boeing: 787 production continues as planned

Boeing said 787s will keep rolling off the assembly line while it works to get the planes that were grounded by regulators flying again.

Boeing's newest, flashiest jet was grounded worldwide on Thursday after one plane suffered a battery fire and another had an emergency landing because pilots noticed a burning smell. The two incidents prompted airlines and regulators around the world to ground the planes until a fix for the battery problem is found that satisfies the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

It's not clear how long the investigation -- or the fix -- will take, but it won't be cheap for Boeing.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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