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John Guyton Appointed as Vice Chair of the Civil Trial Law Certification Committee/in Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Rywant Alvarez Jones Russo & Guyton want to congratulate John Guyton for being appointed as the Vice Chair of the Civil Trial Law Certification Committee by the Florida Bar.
Congratulations Amanda Dunn/in Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Rywant Alvarez Jones Russo & Guyton are proud to announce Amanda Dunn has been named the newest partner at the firm.
New coffee shop opening in South Tampa will employ people with disabilities/in Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
CUP will be located at 3408 South Dale Mabry Highway
TAMPA, Fla. — An innovative new coffee shop opening in Tampa this Feb. will train and employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Called CUP (Coffee Uniting People), the nonprofit is the first of its inclusionary kind in the Tampa Bay area. It will be located at 3408 South Dale Mabry Highway. CUP is the brainchild of attorney Greg Jones, who is teaming up with manager Stephanie Williams to give more employment options to people who need them.
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CUP Becomes Tampa’s First Cafe Staffed by Baristas with Special Needs/in Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Greg Jones’ Non-Profit CUP to Become Tampa’s First Cafe Staffed by Baristas With Special Needs
Coffee Uniting People, the non-profit behind CUP, says an inclusive coffee shop that employs those with intellectual and developmental disabilities is “long overdue.”
The Tampa-based non-profit Coffee Uniting People, aka CUP, recently signed a lease for its first coffee shop located at 3408 S Dale Mabry Hwy, with the hopes of opening in late fall or shortly after the new year, says founder Greg Jones.
“We’re very excited about this opportunity to provide employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Jones tells What Now Tampa. “It’s long overdue in the Tampa area and the state, and hopefully this will be the first of many locations that will positively affect the lives of many.” Read Full Article
Certified Circuit Civil Court Mediator John Guyton/in Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
John A. Guyton is now a Certified Circuit Civil Court Mediator offering mediation services.
Click here to review his mediation calendar, and if you would like to setup an appointment with John for mediation services, click here.
Kerry McGuinn Jr. obtains a final summary judgment in favor his client Tijuana Flats/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
We are pleased to announce that Kerry McGuinn Jr. obtained a final summary judgment in favor of his client R & B1, LLC, Rhythm and Blues Entertainment LLC d/b/a Tijuana Flats. The case at issue, which was pending in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Seminole County Florida, involved claims where the Plaintiff sued Tijuana Flats for an injury sustained from falling off a ladder while painting a mural. Final summary judgment was granted in favor of R & B1, LLC, Rhythm and Blues Entertainment LLC d/b/a Tijuana Flats.
Attorney John A. Guyton Receives Favorable Defense Verdict for his client./in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
John Guyton obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial. The claim was a traumatic brain injury following an intersectional accident between a bicyclist and attorney Guyton’s client. The pre-trial demand exceeded 2 million dollars.
Greg Jones Launches non-profit/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Attorney Greg Jones has recently launched a non-profit organization, CUP- Coffee Uniting People. CUP will develop inclusive coffee shops and employ people of all abilities, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The first coffee shop will open in south Tampa in the summer of 2022. Visit www.coffeeunitingpeople.org for more information.
Congratulations on Ten Years/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Rywant Alvarez is proud to be a sustaining law firm supporting Bay Area Legal Services for the past 10 years
A Win in Federal Court for John Guyton/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
John Guyton wins in Federal Court during a half day injunction hearing in front of Magistrate Sansone.
With the assist from Associate Attorney Angelica Melecio Piñeiro who did outstanding research on the Fair Housing Act Count, Magistrate Sansone issued two (2) Reports and Recommendations – one denying Plaintiff’s request for injunction, but also dismissing the Fair Housing Act Count, and finally dismissing the remaining state law counts.
Attorneys Manny Alvarez and Matt Holtsinger Receive Favorable Jury Verdict for their client: National Environmental Technology, Inc. and Anthony Hall/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Manny Alvarez, Esquire and Matt Holtsinger, Esquire tried a case to a verdict in Hillsborough County, Florida in the case of Jerry Ivey & Tambra Ivey v. National Environmental Technology, Inc. The trial was a jury-trial and lasted a full two (2) weeks. The case involved claims for personal injury made by Jerry Ivey and a claim for loss of spousal consortium by his wife Tambra Ivey following a motor vehicle collision between a bus (driven by Mr. Ivey) and a truck and trailer owned by NET, Inc. The accident occurred when upon the two vehicles passing each other, a gull wing door on our Client’s vehicle (which was accidentally left open) impacted the driver’s side of the bus and windshield, sending glass onto Mr. Ivey. Video inside the bus depicts Mr. Ivey slumping over afterwards, and he appeared to be knocked out; at a minimum, he was dazed. At trial, Mr. Ivey contended he suffered neurocognitive, psychological, and vestibular injuries, including an acute balance disorder, dizziness, vertigo, loss of hearing, memory loss, PTSD, and major depressive disorder. He also was seeking lost past and future wages (he was 62 at the time of the MVA), future medical damages, and pain and suffering. At trial Mr. Ivey asked for the jury to award something between 5.5 million dollars and 11 million dollars. The defense asked the jury to return a verdict between $30,000 and $67,000. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours and returned a total verdict of 36,000.
John Guyton Receives Favorable Decision for his client: First American Title Insurance Company/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
John Guyton represented First American Title Insurance Company’s policy holder in a dispute over diminished value of commercial real estate where the title insurance company failed to identify a City of Lakeland sewer easement that bisected the property. The title insurance company’s pre-suit offer was $3,300.00
Following a three (3) day trial, the Court awarded damages of $400,125.00.
Andrew Russo and Matt Holtsinger obtained a final summary judgment in favor of their client/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
We are pleased to announce that Andrew Russo and Matt Holtsinger obtained a final summary judgment in favor of their client. The case at issue, which was pending in the Middle District of Florida, involved claims of equitable subrogation and equitable contribution brought by one insurance carrier against another insurance carrier following a settlement in an underlying personal injury case. The Plaintiff was seeking damages in the amount of $950,000. Judge Moody granted the Defendant’s motion for final summary judgment on both counts and rendered judgment in favor of the Defendant.
Order Granting Motion
John Guyton and Melissa Isabel Receive Favorable Decision in Appeal/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
John Guyton and Melissa Isabel obtained a favorable decision in an appeal of a trial court order granting their motion for fraud.
The Plaintiff was found to have concealed a prior shoulder injury that was directly relevant to the claims made in the Case. The Court found clear and convincing evidence had been presented which established that Plaintiff engaged in an intentional scheme to evade discovery of facts central to the case. Plaintiff intentionally concealed or withheld information directly related to his injuries, a core issue in the litigation. The Plaintiff’s failure to disclose critical facts about prior injuries, pain, and treatment, as well as prior healthcare providers and medical records, can only be interpreted as an intentional attempt to thwart Defendant’s discovery of all essential facts. The Court granted the motion for fraud and dismissed the case. The Plaintiff appealed and oral arguments were held on December 2, 2020.
Congratulations to newly elected Circuit Court Judge Lindsay Alvarez/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
We are proud to announce that attorney Lindsay Alvarez, formerly of the firm Rywant Alvarez Jones Russo and Guyton was elected Circuit Court Judge in Hillsborough County. Lindsay assumed office on January 5, 2021 and is serving on the Family Law Bench.
Lindsay began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney Office. In 2013, Lindsay transitioned into private practice working in all areas of commercial and civil litigation, including consumer finance disputes, homeowners’ association disputes, contract disputes, foreclosure litigation, and disputes involving lien priority. She then joined the firm practicing in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense and product liabilities matters before filing to run for judgeship.
John Guyton successfully obtained an arbitration judgment in favor of his client/in Civil Trial Lawyers News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Given that not all Florida Courts have resumed jury trials due to COVID-19, the attorneys at Rywant Alvarez Jones Russo Guyton, P.A., have been actively participating in many types of alternative dispute resolution methods.
Partner, John Guyton, successfully obtained an arbitration judgment in favor of his client. In the case at issue, the Claimant asserted claims for violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”), Magnuson Moss Warranty Act Implied, Magnuson Warranty Act Express, Revocation of Acceptance Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, and Breach of Contract. The Arbitrator found that the Claimant failed to provide any evidence to support her claims and found in full favor of the Respondent.
Final Arbitration Award
Kim Nunez to speak at Hot Topics in Evidence 2020 CLE put on by the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar/in Civil Trial Lawyers News, Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Eight Rywant Alvarez Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars/in Civil Trial Lawyers News, Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Rywant Alvarez is proud to announce that five of our partners have been named 2020 Florida Super Lawyers and three attorenys have been named 2020 Florida Rising Stars. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are chosen after an evaluation on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement including verdicts, settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within law firm, bar or other professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, education and employment background and other outstanding achievements.
The Florida Super Lawyers includes Manuel J. Alvarez, John Guyton, Greg Jones, Andrew Russo and Michael Rywant
The Florida Rising Stars include Amanda McDermott, Matthew Holtsinger and Amanda Dunn
Greg Jones featured on GivingBack TV supporting Faith Cafe/in Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Greg Jones was featured on GivingBack TV supporting Faith Cafe. Greg has been working with Faith Cafe for the last 15 years. Faith Cafe serves the homeless and hungry in Tampa. Their mission is to serve their neighbors in need with dignity and respect.
GivingBack TV Feature
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Rywant Alvarez proudly supports Bay Area Legal Services/in Firm News/by Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton P.A.
Rywant Alvarez again this year is proud to be a sustaining law firm supporting Bay Area Legal Services