Law and “financial” order were the themes of the day when BB&T and the Law Office of Russel Lazega, PA co-hosted an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon featuring renowned criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh – annually named one of Florida Trend’s“Legal Elite.”
AMC chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman helped welcomed a great turnout of business and community leaders to Christine Lee’s at Gulstream Park, where Eiglarsh took on the challenge of presenting “Everything You Wanted to Know About Criminal Law…in 30 Minutes.”
Based in South Florida, The Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh provide aggressive and innovative representation of all criminal matters in both State and Federal court. A former prosecutor, recognized legal analyst and veteran criminal defense attorney, Eiglarsh has handled thousands of criminal cases and over 100 jury trials.
Eiglarsh also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law; and has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, the O’Reilly Factor and E! News. Eiglarsh is also a legal analyst for CNN Headline News, The Fox News Channel and 610 AM radio, WIOD.
Sharing an overview of the criminal justice system, Eiglarsh said, “To arrest someone requires probable cause – but in every criminal case, before someone can be found guilty there must be proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was committed and that the defendant was the one who committed the crime. I would change jury forms so instead of ‘guilty or not guilty’ the choice would be ‘proven or not proven.’”
Next, called to testify about the integrity of BB&T, Senior Vice President Rob Bowlby, noted BB&T is consistently recognized nationally for its superior client service – especially close to home at BB&T’s Aventura branch on 192nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Building on a tradition of excellence dating back to 1872, BB&T continues to offer clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust, and wealth management solutions.
“BB&T is the tenth largest bank in the country and the sixth largest insurance agency in the world,” Bowlby said. “But what’s really so important is BB&T’s community focus at 71 South Florida financial centers. We invite you to work with our reliable, responsive, empathetic, competent BB&T bankers – the best in the industry that can help you and your company achieve economic success.”
While the bank’s mission is to protect clients’ assets, the Law Office of Russel Lazega has handled thousands of insurance cases across the state from county courts to the Supreme Court of Florida. From modest beginnings in 1998, the Lazega “dream team” has since expanded to a 15-attorney law firm spanning the state focusing on practice areas including insurance litigation, homeowners insurance claims, accident/injury cases, life/health insurance claims, worker’s compensation and medical collections.
“We help hospitals, medical facilities and condo associations learn how to handle insurance issues – and in most cases, we don’t charge clients directly for training on how to deal with claims and collections,” Lazega said. “Most of our attorneys have a strong background in the insurance industry and understand first-hand how insurance companies think.”