About G.K. Sharman

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G.K. Sharman is an accomplished writer, editor and photographer with a daily newspaper background. She has a degree in written communications from University of Mary Washington, and is head writer/editor at Think Agency Inc. in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Sharman won a Society for Professional Journalists award for a Super Lawyers profile on Jacksonville personal injury attorney Mike Ossi.

Articles written by G.K. Sharman

Staying Grounded

Sarah Lahlou-Amine says taking on pro bono work can remind lawyers how fortunate they are

The justice system can be confusing. A woman evicted from her South Florida apartment took the landlord to court and won—but, due to an error, the court kept the rent deposit she was required to make; and then—again by mistake—gave the bulk of that to the landlord. Another woman was confused about voting rights being restored to ex-felons, and needed to know for sure if she could vote. Fortunately, they connected with appellate attorney Sarah Lahlou-Amine, who, over the course of her …

Surly, Activist—Online

Erin Smith Aebel’s concerns about the country’s direction inspired her to launch an activist page on Facebook—for starters

When an obstacle lands in Erin Smith Aebel’s way, she only knows one response: channeling her concern into activism.  That’s what she did after the 2016 elections, when she redoubled her involvement in progressive social and political causes. And that’s what she did 11 years earlier, when her daughter’s pancreas quit producing insulin at age 4 and Aebel signed up for the fight against diabetes.   “If I’m helping other people,” says Aebel, a board-certified health care attorney …

How to Manage Your Digital Afterlife

Floridians can protect their online and cloud assets via estate planning

You may have decided who gets the house after you die. Also the stock-market investments, the Rolex and Grandma’s antique china cabinet. But what happens to your photos on Facebook—and a host of other online assets, ranging from sentimental (those photos) to financial (Instagram and YouTube for “influencers”) to hackable (banking or cryptocurrency holdings)? “We’re living in a mostly digital world now,” says Michael Wild, managing partner at Wild Felice & Partners in …

The Quiet Power of Julie Frey

How she walks clients through estate planning—minus the gobbledygook

Julie Frey was a shy 9-year-old when her father, prominent Orlando attorney and former Navy aviator Lou Frey Jr., ran for Congress. Getting him to Washington, D.C., was an all-hands-on-deck responsibility for the family.  Frey had the job of greeter at political rallies. At one event, she shook hands with a man entering the room. “So nice to meet you,” she said. The man looked her in the eye and replied, “You met me before.” It was a deer-in-the-headlights moment for the introverted …

Becoming Suzette Moore

How she went from living in her car to taking on Goliaths in court

At 21, life was not going Suzette Moore’s way. A divorced mom, she had gotten a GED and left school at 16, after which she spent a couple of years wandering, living off and on in her car and working at places like Pizza Hut. Now she was back at home with her parents, caring for her baby and struggling to pay the bills. The welfare office, she felt, was the worst. “Sitting there, having to check all the boxes on those forms, waiting for the case worker. It was miserable,” she recalls. …

‘A Life of Fulfillment’

Michelle Roberts sees her hardworking dad in clients struggling for benefits they’ve been denied

Michelle Roberts’ father was a Navy man whose decades of service left him with a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a water pipe in the Philippines; two broken wrists after a fall from a pier ladder in San Diego; and degenerative spinal disc disease after serving in the Gulf War. As a child, Roberts watched her dad, Terry Roberts, a marine-propulsion engineer and master training specialist, persevere to support his family. Later, she watched him struggle to get the Veterans …

Job One

For Alan Nash, customer service can mean inspecting a crime scene—or teaching clients mixology

Alan Nash was sitting at his desk a few years ago when a call came in: A college student had been shot at an apartment complex in a rough neighborhood in Broward County. He rushed to the scene to investigate. Nash isn’t a cop. He’s a partner at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Fort Lauderdale, where he defends claims of negligent security and represents cities and law enforcers in civil rights cases alleging such things as excessive force. Checking out a scene that might …

Lessons Learned from the Florida Housing Market Crash

What to keep in mind, now that property values are looking up

Nine years after Florida’s housing market collapsed, heralding a global financial meltdown, where does the real estate market stand? On more solid ground, thank you. How do we know this? Home prices in South Florida are on the rebound Interest rates are still consumer-friendly Foreclosures are generally down Median home sale prices are higher Houses in some areas are almost back to pre-crash home values New Rules Some important lessons have been learned. “What we’re seeing is like 2004, …

A Novel Idea (or Two)

Anthony Perez, author of Second Wind, finds his second wind

Write what you know. That’s what literary experts tell newbies. Sometimes it works out. John Grisham hasn’t done badly parlaying his legal expertise into best-sellers. Same for other lawyers-turned-writers, including Steve Martini (whose alter ego, Paul Madriani, brings murderers to justice), Scott Turow, Lisa Scottoline, David Baldacci, and Erle Stanley Gardner of Perry Mason fame. But Sacramento employment and labor attorney Anthony Perez approached writing his first novel the same way he …

Both Sides of the (BBQ) Bench

Personal injury defender—and brisket champion—Amanda Podlucky is halfway to becoming a master cookoff judge

Who doesn’t love ribs on the grill, slathered in sauce and falling off the bone? Well, for one, Orlando attorney and certified barbecue judge Amanda Podlucky.  “It shouldn’t be tough, but when you bite into it, the meat shouldn’t all pull off the bone,” she advises. “In competition, that’s considered overdone.” During the week, Podlucky is a partner at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, where she practices personal injury defense, which appeals to her appreciation …

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