Anthony D. Bartirome of the law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A., has been elected president of the board of directors of the Manatee Community Foundation for a two-year term. He has served on its board for the past three years and is also a former member of MCF's Legacy Society Committee. Bartirome heads Blalock Walters' Estate Planning Group in Bradenton and Sarasota.
David Lafferty, chief information officer at Tidewell Hospice, has achieved professional certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. A Certified CIO represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development for health care CIOs.
Jonathan D. Fleece, leader of Blalock Walters, P.A.'s Business and Health Care Law Practice Groups, was honored with the 2013 Community Service Award by the Manatee County Bar Association. The award is presented to the lawyer who demonstrates a commitment to the community and exemplifies the best of the lawyers of our community.
Robert K. Lincoln, a member of Sarasota law firm Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., recently made an appearance on the "Law and Sarasota" video series produced by the Sarasota County Bar Association. Lincoln, a land-use attorney, joined host Adam Tebrugge to discuss code enforcement issues. Lincoln has been a member of Icard Merrill since 2004.
Linda Craig has joined Modern-Wealth, LLC, of Bradenton as an independent insurance agent. Craig brings more than 25 years of experience in group benefit plans, according to Modern-Wealth President Jennifer Lee.Craig will concentrate on term and permanent life insurance, disability and long term care insurance, executive benefits, insurance-based retirement plans, deferred compensation and business succession.
Grossman Roth and Partridge, part of Grossman Roth, P.A., a leading Southwest Florida trial law firm, announced that Patrick S. McArdle has recently joined its practice as an associate attorney. McArdle is a Sarasota native, a third-generation trial lawyer, and a graduate of Stetson College of Law. He will focus on areas of catastrophic personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice.
Kirk-Pinkerton, P.A., has announced Stephen Mathew "Matt" Whyte has joined the firm as a shareholder. Whyte will focus on matters involving personal injury, wrongful death and civil litigation. He is board certified in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar and brings more than 14 years of legal experience to the firm's growing personal injury practice. The addition of Whyte is part of the Sarasota-based law firm's ongoing plans to expand its downtown Bradenton office and its presence in Manatee County. Prior to joining Kirk-Pinkerton, Whyte was a partner in the Bradenton-based firm of Lavely & Whyte, P.A., where he represented clients involved in criminal and personal injury cases since 2003.