2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference

“Conquering the Technology Curve”

Solo and Small Firm Conference 2014 is in the books – but it's not too late to catch it on video!

Kevin Johnson
GPSSF Section Chair

GPSSF presented its annual solo and small firm conference on January 24 and 25, 2014. We were blessed to have a good crowd and a great lineup of speakers, headed by Ernie "the Attorney" Svenson and Adriana Linares, presenting on a variety of technology and practice-management issues.

Keep an eye out for the conference's release on audio and video by the CLE Committee – you can get 10 credits toward your CLE requirements, including one ethics credit.

Here are some highlights from the 2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference:

  • We honored our Premier Partner, Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, by helping celebrate its 25th Anniversary at our jazz reception on Friday night. More than 200 people joined us for the reception, which was clearly the event of choice for attendees at The Florida Bar's Winter Meeting. Some of our reception guests participated in speed networking, while the remainder enjoyed the photo booth, ice sculpture and the polished swinging tunes of our band, La Lucha.
  • Florida Bar Executive Director Jack Harkness received the GPSSF Section’s 2014 Tradition of Excellence Award. The award honors one lawyer for exceptional contributions to, or an exemplary career in, general, solo and/or small firm practice.
  • Florida Lawyers Assistance Executive Director Michael S. Cohen earned this year’s Walter S. Crumbley Award for his efforts to help Florida lawyers deal with the effects of mental issues, addictions and aging on their abilities to practice. The award honors an attorney who has made a significant contribution to practice management in the State of Florida.
  • Participants had the opportunity to meet others from their practice areas at our popular networking luncheon, where guests had the chance to mingle and discuss topics of interest in 16 practice areas.
  • The Young Lawyers Division, our education partner for the event, awarded conference scholarships to Florida Bar members who are members of both the YLD and the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section.

jack harkness

Florida Bar Executive Director John F. (Jack) Harkness Jr. was presented The GPSSF Section’s Tradition of Excellent Award at section’s reception during the 2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference in Orlando. Pictured left to right are Jerry Curington, Jack Harkness and Section Chair Kevin Johnson.

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Thanks to Sean Desmond, our conference chair, for putting on a great conference.

Next year's chair, Jennifer Kuyrkendall, is already working on incorporating your feedback to make next year's conference even better. If you have suggestions, please email Jennifer directly.

See you next year!

Sean Desmond
2014 Conference Chair
Jennifer Kuyrkendall
2015 Conference Chair



Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division



Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing


Sellers, Taylor & Morrison, P.A.

Thomson Reuters      


Ave Maria School of Law

Von Ahn Associates, Inc



Florida International University College of Law


Thompson Rueters

St. Thomas University School of Law



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