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HRKM Attorneys Attend OCBA Event in Downtown Orlando

HRKM Attorneys, Nick Patrick, Andrew Showen and Scott Reed had the privilege of attending the Orange County Bar Association’s Joint Voluntary Happy Hour in Downtown Orlando last night. Thank you to the OCBA for hosting such a great event!

Hurricane Matthew Reminded Us What Insureds Can Lose When They Give Assignments of Benefits

Hurricane Matthew has brought out repair contractors offering services to property owners who have suffered damages to their homes, businesses and condominiums.  Already we’ve seen one form of agreement between a repair contractor and a condominium association with hurricane damage, which contains an “assignment of benefits”.  This is language assigning to the contractor, the condominium… Read More »

Partners & Staff of HRKM Show Support for Breast Cancer Awareness

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, partners and staff of Hill, Rugh, Keller & Main, P.L. “pink-out” the office in Orlando.#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #PinktoberOrlando

Employee Or Independent Contractor: What You Need To Know

The issue of whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor for liability purposes is not always clear-cut. To resolve the issue, Florida courts apply a multifactor test, with the most important factor being the “extent of control” a company retains over how a worker does his job. For a small business, getting… Read More »

HRKM Attorney’s Winning Verdict in Asian Antiques Case

  Chris Hill recently won a jury trial in a commercial litigation case for a local antiques dealer.  HRKM filed suit on behalf of a family-owned Winter Park company, seeking to collect more than $1 million from purchasers located in Chicago.  The Chicago buyers had purchased hundreds of Asian antiques, but had failed to pay… Read More »

Aerial Photos Provide Inexpensive and Compelling Evidence

HRKM lawyers used aerial photography taken over time in a recent trial to prove that a property had numerous gaps in a fence line which the plaintiff claimed was secure.  In the above photo from property appraiser’s public records, one can see an open dirt roadway through a gap where a barely visible chain link… Read More »

HRKM Staff Attends Popular Networking Event in Orlando

Partner, Ric Keller and staff of HRKM had the privilege of attending TCU Construction’s Networking Event at Bar Louie last Thursday. Our staff had an amazing time meeting everyone who participated in this occasion!  

HRKM Lawyers Recover Costs From Plaintiff After Dismissal of Warehouse Fire Case

Chris Hill and Andy Showen secured a judgment of dismissal at the close of plaintiff’s case in a Federal court trial in Orlando in December 2015.  The court taxed defense costs against the plaintiff of over $17,000 in post-trial proceedings, which the plaintiff then paid to HRKM’s client’s insurer. The plaintiff, a developer, had purchased… Read More »

Can Legal Draftsmanship Fix The Florida Constitution Statute of Repose Problem?

We often hear that Florida has a ten year statute of repose for claims arising out of construction.[1]  Contractors design their risk management plans (such as they are) assuming there is an absolute ten year bar against lawsuits.  But the ten year respose period was never quite so clear, and less so since May 2015. … Read More »

Performance Bonds , Indemnity Agreements and Contractor’s Spouses

Building contractors often have to provide performance bonds to owners. Do their spouses understand they are cosigning for those bonds and may lose their homes and personal assets when obtaining the bond? Contractors’ spouses’ risk on bonded projects You may have heard of the problem of a spouse who gets stuck with a tax liability… Read More »