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The Indian River County Bar Association held their annual Holiday Party on December 4 at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa’s Cobalt Room. Several hundred lawyers attended the evening’s festivities which also supported the Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary Toy & Book Drive.
The Toy Drive was to help relieve stress for over 100 children that need to appear in Dependency Court each month in our county. The Auxiliary requires 1200 toys to run the program for a year. The Book Drive benefits “Pelican Island READS,” a program designed to put books in the hands and homes of struggling 3rd grade readers. Each registered guest was asked to bring toys and books for donation to help the needy children of Indian River County.
The Indian River County Bar Association which offers continuing legal education programs, a speakers’ bureau, probono programs to assure availability of legal services to the indigent, law related educational programs for the public, community service as well as ongoing events in the community.
For more information on the Indian River County Bar Association, visit www.indianriverbar.org, or contact Bar Association President Tom Tierney at Rossway Swan Tierney Barry, 772-231-4440.Share
The Law Firm of Rossway Swan Tierney Barry launches its annual holiday season of giving on Thursday, December 4 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. as they host the yearly “Soup Bowl” located at its office in the Modern One Building, 2101 Indian River Boulevard, Suite 200 in Vero Beach. The “Soup Bowl,” which benefits the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families, is a 22 year tradition for the Center, and for Rossway Swan Tierney Barry, it marks the 6th year they have hosted the event. The “Soup Bowl” embodies the spirit of giving as individuals forego the lunchtime meal they might normally enjoy and instead partake of a hearty meal of soup and bread for the cost of a $5.00 donation to the Samaritan Center. The interfaith non-profit organization offers long-term transitional housing and guidance for homeless families of Indian River County and prepares them to live independently.
Rossway Swan Tierney Barry welcomes the community for a delicious lunch, featuring a variety of soups for $5.00 a bowl all homemade by employees of the firm and volunteers from the local community. Included in the price are finger sandwiches, drinks and desserts, as well as breads. There will also be an assortment of handmade pottery bowls made by local artists available for sale for $15.00 each.
While continuing to reach out to the community during the holiday season, Rossway Swan Tierney Barry decorates a “Giving Tree” to benefit a local charity. This year, the Firm has chosen the adult residents at the Homeless Family Center (HFC) to be one of their recipients. The firm is also including a local family in their holiday giving this year. Paxton Maguire, the two year old daughter of Niki and George Maguire, is afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the digestive system and lungs. The Firm invites employees and visitors to participate in their holiday giving effort by selecting a tag from the tree which identifies a holiday wish for the adult residents of the HFC and the children of the Maguire family. Gifts are returned to the Firm and will then be distributed to the HFC and the Maguire family.
Founded in 1991, HFC provides opportunities for homeless families to end homelessness by achieving self-sufficiency through education, living wages, and permanent housing. Located at 720 4th Street, HFC provides housing to 21 families at any given time and serves over 87,000 meals per year.
The Maguire’s toddler, Paxton, is in need of an AFFLO Vest worn to provide treatment of the disease. The medical expenses associated with the vest and Paxton’s treatment have created a tremendous financial burden on the family. Donations will be accepted to help defer the expenses not covered by insurance and other funding alternatives and provide relief to the family during the holiday season.
In addition, Rossway Swan Tierney Barry will once again support the Sebastian River High School Choir’s fundraiser by purchasing poinsettia plants from the choir to decorate their offices in make-ready fashion for the “Soup Bowl” and throughout the season.
Rossway Swan Tierney Barry is located in the professional Modern One building at 2101 Indian River Boulevard, Suite 200 in Vero Beach and they maintain a second office in Coral Gables. For directions to and more information on the December 4th “Soup Bowl,” contact Firm Administrator Gail Fredrickson, by calling 772-231-4440, and for more information on the Firm visit www.rosswayswan.com.Share
The quarterly “Ask-A-Lawyer” event organized by the Indian River Bar Association and the Law Offices of the Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. helped assist thirty-eight Indian River County residents during their most recent session held November 12 at the Indian River County Public Library Main Branch.
Thomas W. Tierney, Esq., President of the Indian River Bar Association and partner with Rossway Swan Tierney Barry and Carolyn Fabrizio, Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator for the 19th Judicial Circuit through Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., were extremely pleased with the turnout.
The program calls on local attorneys to volunteer their time to answer questions posed by county residents, as well as offering free consultation and advice in all civil legal areas including Family Law Matters, Estate Planning, Debt Collection, Bankruptcy, Wills & Advanced Directives, Probate, Tenant/Landlord Matters and Mobile Home.
The next event will be held at the same location during the first quarter of 2015 which will be announced soon. For further information, please contact Carolyn Fabrizio at (772) 466-4766 or (888) 582-3410Share
Thomas W. Tierney, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Rossway Swan Tierney Barry, and newly elected President of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Vero Beach, announces the students beginning and returning to the University of Notre Dame (ND) and St. Mary’s College (SMC) for the 2014-2015 term.
The club conducts an annual student send-off event each year. This year’s event was held on Wednesday, August 13 at the River Club. More than 70 club members and their families turned out to greet the young alums and send the students back to campus in style.
As President, Tierney, a Notre Dame graduate (1987), introduced the students, their year in school and their majors. “We are extremely proud of each of these students, so bright and eager, with tremendous futures ahead of them.” The feted students included: Jason Wassel (guest from Pittsburgh), ND Senior, Computer Science; Gabriela Portman, ND Freshman, Biochemistry; Ian Mackett, ND Junior, Aerospace Engineering; Heather Fredrickson, ND Junior, Computer Science; Rachel Rahal, SMC Junior, Communications; Jack Gorman, ND Junior, Mechanical Engineering; and Lizzy Rahal, SMC Freshman, Nursing.
The Notre Dame Club of Greater Vero Beach, now in its sixteenth year of activity, includes over 100 alumni, students, parents and friends of Notre Dame. For its service to the Homeless Family Center (HFC), the Club has been honored several times by the Notre Dame Alumni Association, most recently in April, when Notre Dame’s Head Football Coach Brian Kelly visited Vero Beach to honor the local club. The club also serves HFC through support of a Summer Service Student, fund raising, and member participation on the Board of Directors. Club members have also been involved in the expansion of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Church and the building of a multipurpose building on the mission property in Fellsmere serving a predominantly Hispanic Catholic parish. The Club also maintains a Scholarship Fund to help support area students with financial need in their pursuit of a Notre Dame degree.
Or more information on the Notre Dame Alumni Club, visit www.verobeach.undclub.org or to reach Thomas Tierney himself, he can be called at Rossway Swan Tierney Barry, 772-231-4440 in The Modern One Building located at 2101 Indian River Boulevard, Suite 200 in Vero Beach.Share
As a former volunteer for the Homeless Family Center (HFC) in Vero Beach, Attorney Blake Smith understands the importance of keeping children busy. To that end, The Young Lawyer’s Division of the Indian River County Bar, under the direction of President Nick Bruce, focused their Spring community outing on the HFC. On Saturday, March 15, several other young lawyers of Indian River County, along with Smith and fellow Associates of the Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Law Firm, Kevin Rollin and Brooke Benzio, escorted nearly twenty children to the Vero Bowl for a day of bowling, arcade entertainment, and lunch. Ivy Meighan, Children’s Program Manager for HFC chaperoned.
The Homeless Family Center provides Emergency and Transitional Shelter for Homeless Families from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties. Located on 4th street in Vero Beach, they partner with a dedicated group of individuals to provide services for their clients such as children’s programs, employment training, and mental health referrals. Their mission is to provide opportunities for homeless families to end homelessness by achieving self-sufficiency through education, living wages, and permanent housing.
Rossway Swan provides a full range of quality legal services in an efficient, discreet, and cost-effective manner from local individuals and businesses to international corporate clients. They are dedicated to their clients and the Vero Beach community and hold tightly to the philosophy of building long term relationships while becoming the bridge between their client’s problems and solutions.
Rossway Swan Tierney Barry occupies more than 8,000 square feet in the professional Modern One building located at 2101 Indian River Boulevard, Suite 200 in Vero Beach. For more information on the firm, contact Gail Fredrickson, Firm Administrator at 772-231-4440 or visit www.rosswayswan.com. For more information on the Homeless Family Center, contact Mary Ellen Maguire, Executive Director at 772-567-5537 Ext. 334.Share
Bradley W. Rossway, Managing Partner of Rossway Moore Swan, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, announces that Brooke M. Benzio has joined the Firm. Ms. Benzio is working with partner Michael J. Swan focusing in the areas of Estate Planning and Estate Administration, Long-Term Care Planning and Elder Law, Health Law and Estate Administration.
Ms. Benzio was raised in Illinois and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law after completing her undergraduate degree at Florida State University. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked at a prominent St. Lucie law firm practicing in Estate Planning and Elder Law. In addition to her experience, Ms. Benzio embodies the Rossway Moore Swan commitment to community service through her work with Treasure Coast Hospice and frequent speaking engagements related to Estate Planning, Health Law and Long-Term planning.
Rossway Moore Swan is an AV-rated Pre-eminent* ranked law firm that provides a full range of the highest-quality legal services in an efficient, discreet, and cost-effective manner from local individuals and businesses to international corporate clients. They are dedicated to their clients, regionally as well as within Indian River County, and hold tightly to the philosophy of building long term relationships while becoming the bridge between their client’s problems and solutions.
The Rossway Moore Swan offices occupy more than 8,000 square feet in the professional Modern One building located at 2101 Indian River Boulevard, Suite 200 in Vero Beach and the Firm also maintains an office in Coral Gables. Brooke Benzio can be reached by calling 772-231-4440. For more information on the firm, visit www.rosswayswan.com.