Licensure

The Florida Bar: Supreme Court of the State of Florida (1993)

U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida (1994)

U.S. District Court of the So. District of Florida (1994)

The Bar of The Dist. of Columbia Ct. of Appeals (Sokoloff-1996)

Admitted to Practice before the New York Bar (Sokoloff-1999)

(Bar of the New York Court of Appeals)

Notary Public in and for the State of Florida at Large (1993-present)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) (Weinstein 2001-2008) (Sokoloff 2001-2004)
  • Association of Florida Trial Lawyers-AFTL-Florida Justice Association (Sokoloff 2004-2008)
  • University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association
  • Cornell University Alumni Association (Sokoloff)
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity (Sokoloff)
  • Brandeis University Alumni Association (Weinstein)
  • THE FLORIDA BAR: Members in Good Standing
  • Business Network International (BNI) Synergy Chapter (Weinstein 2004-present)
  • Leadership Positions Held-Current Education Coordinator (2010-2011 & 2013-2014)
  • Business Network International (BNI) Power Partners Chapter (Sokoloff 2005-2009 & 2011-present)
  • Leadership Positions Held-Education Coordinator & Membership Committee Notable Networker Award
  • Business Network International (BNI) Sky High Chapter (Sokoloff 2009-2011) Notable Networker Award
  • LeTip International-Royal Palm Beach Chapter (Sokoloff 2002-2004)
  • Network Professional International (NPI)-Wellington Chapter (Sokoloff 2004-2005)

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Transactions and Closings at Broward College
  • Coconut Creek Campus (Weinstein—1999-2004)
  • Adjunct Professor of Family Law at Broward College – (Weinstein – 2000)
  • Of Counsel Relationship-Law Offices of Stanley V. Buky, Esq.-P.I. Litigation (2000-2014)—In Memorium 2014
  • Of Counsel Relationship-Brian F. LaBovick, Esq.-P.I. Litigation (2014 to present)
  • Of Counsel Relationship-Law Offices of David M. Cohen, P.A.-Worker’s Compensation- Dade/Broward Counties (1996 to present)
  • Affiliated Relationship-Local ‘AV’ Rated Worker’s Compensation Palm Beach County (2010 to present)

Honors/Awards

  • Southern Poverty Law Center-Certificate of Appreciation- Appearing on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Appearing on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama
  • The Autism Society of America of The Palm Beaches-Certificate of Appreciation
  • BNI Notable Networker Awards-BNI Power Partner Chapter (Sokoloff & Weinstein 2005-2013)
  • Royal Palm Beach High School-Marching Wildcats Band Supporter
  • El Directorio Hispano-Certificate of Recognition for advancement of the Hispanic Community.
  • Semanario Accion-Hispanic Community Newspaper Serving South Florida- Certificate of Recognition for advancement of the Hispanic Community.
  • Wellington Youth Baseball-Sponsor
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Reports-A Nat’l TV News Syndication—Feature Interview
  • Dean’s List for Academic Excellence Brandeis University (Weinstein)
  • The National Dean’s List (Sokoloff)
  • The National Honor Society (Weinstein)
  • Scholastic All-American-United States Achievement Academy (Sokoloff)
  • Cum Laude Society (Sokoloff)
  • New York State Regents Scholar (1985-Sokoloff)
  • Mariani Prize in Entrepreneurship Cornell University-Johnson Graduate School of Management – (Sokoloff)
  • Tulane International Legal Studies Program-1990
  • Cambridge University and Cité Universite de Paris (Sokoloff)
  • Who’s Who in American Law: “Attorneys who are listed are recommended by Marquis researchers and members of the Board of Advisors who nominate individuals in their own geographic regions or fields of practice for inclusion. The publication does not undertake to rate all Florida attorneys.”

Course Certification Continuing Legal Education

“Automate and Simplify Your Law Practice” (Weinstein) 2018
“How to Optimize Your Billing & Collections” (Weinstein) 2018
“How to Manage Your Email Using Technology” (Weinstein) 2018

“The Essential Startup Firm Guide” (Weinstein) 2018
“How Lawyers Can Easily Offer Alternative Fee” (Weinstein) 2018

“The Secrets to a Happy, Successful Legal Career” (Weinstein) 2018

“The Ethics and Mechanics of Online Reviews” (Weinstein) 2018

“Work-Life Balance with Yoga: A Seminar for Lawyers” (Weinstein) 2018
“The Flexible Law Firm” (Weinstein) 2018

“All Rise! A Practical Guide to Lawyer Hope, Health” (Weinstein) 2018
“Effective Telephone Negotiations: Before During” (Sokoloff) 2017

“Mindfulness and the Practice of Law” (Sokoloff) 2017

“Lawyers & Lies” 2017

“Leaving Firms and Taking Clients” (Sokoloff) 2017

“Common Spinal Pathologies & Surgical Treatment” 2017

“Florida Bar Disciplinary Process: Your Ethics” 2016

“Current Issues in Retirement Planning” 2016

“Planning & Executing the Mediation of Complex” 2016

“You Tube and Your Firm: Understanding it’s Effect” 2016
“2016 FL Residency-How You Know You Have It” 2016
“Arbitration Backlash” 2016
“Working on the Web: Delivering Legal Services Online” 2016
“The Probate Team 2015” (Sokoloff) 2015

“2014 Survey of Florida Law” (Weinstein) 2015
“Stark Facts About Physician Self-Referral Issues” (Weinstein) 2015

“Rule 3.220 & Brady-Giglio Obligations” (Weinstein) 2015

“Building Business in a Down Economy” (Sokoloff) 2015
“A Transforming Legal Environment: Setting a New Course” 2015

“New Rule 2.526 Digital Accessibility of Documents” (Sokoloff) 2015
“Working in the Cloud” 2015
“FLN Monthly Chapter Meetings” (Sokoloff) 2015

“FL Residency – How You Know You Have It” 2015
“Professional Liability Insurance” (Sokoloff) 2014
“Risk Management” (Sokoloff) 2014
“If You’re Not on FB, You’re Committing Malpractice” 2014
“The “Cargo Cult” of Legal Marketing Regulation” 2014

“Social Media Marketing 101: How to Use Facebook” 2014

“Blogging for Lawyer: Legal & Ethical” 2014
“Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Approaches” 2014
“Current Issues in Legal Ethics” (Sokoloff) 2014

“Blogging for Lawyers: Legal & Ethical” 2014
“Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Approaches” 2014
“Current Issues in Legal Ethics” 2014

“New Advertising Rules” 2013
“Technology Planning” (Weinstein) 2012
“ABCs of Starting and Managing” (Weinstein) 2012
“Foreclosure Litigation” (Weinstein) 2012
“New Rule 2.526 Digitic Ac.” (Weinstein) 2012
“Lawyer as Employer” (Weinstein) 2012

“Professional Liability Insurance” (Weinstein) 2012
“Financial Mangement” (Weinstein) 2012

“Risk Management” (Weinstein) 2012
“Developing a Business Plan” (Weinstein) 2012

“Building Business in a Down Economy” (Weinstein) 2012
“Florida Bar Discipline System” (Weinstein) 2012
“ADA How to Protect Your Business” (Weinstein) 2012
“Maintaining a Trustworthy Trust Account” 2012
“Building the Small Firm” 2012
“Technology & The Law” (Sokoloff) 2011

“Initial Westlaw Research” 2009

“Advising The Purchaser” 2009
“Managing Your Practice” 2009

“Ethics:Useful Suggestions” 2009

“Individual Course Credit” 2008

“The 15 Minute Seminar” 2007

“Life After P.I.P.” (Sokoloff) 2007

“Forensic Analysis of Low Speed Collisions” 2007

“Symposium For Professionals” 2006

“Employment Law For Lawyers” 2006
“Understanding Insurance” 2006
“Masters in Trial-Trial Demonstration in a Personal Injury Case from Opening Statements to Jury Deliberations” (Weinstein) 2006

“Medical School for Attorneys” (Weinstein) 2006

“Estate Planning for Owners of Closely Held Businesses (Sokoloff) 2005

“Orthopedic Testing” (Sokoloff) 2005

“Rainmaker University” (Sokoloff) 2005

“Tax Entity For a Business” 2005

“Ethics in Trusts and Estates” 2005

“2005 Collateral Source Seminar” (Sokoloff) 2005
“Taking and Defending Depositions of Lawyers” (Sokoloff) 2004
“So, What’s New in Ethics?” 2004
“Ethics of Prepaid Legal” 2003

“Your First Civil Trial in Florida” 2003

“Probate Code Revisions” (Sokoloff) 2002
“Fine Art of Jury Selection” 2002
“Brain Death-Neurology Associates Group” 2002
“How to Grow Your Pracice” 2002
“Changing the ABA Model Rules on Ethics: an Update (Teleconference)” 2001

“The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001—Estate
Planning Seminar” 2001

“Traumatic Injuries to the Lower Extremities” 2001
“Effective Medical Testing” 2000

“Injuries of the Lower Extremities (Foot and Ankle)” 2000
“Practical Legal Ethics of Florida” (Sokoloff) 1999

“How To Avoid Disciplinary Complaints” (Weinstein) 1999

“Fees (Made) Simple: Absolutely” (Weinstein) 1999
“Electromyography (EMG) An Assessment of Traumatic Nerve Injuries” 1999

“Traumatic Injuries to the Lower Extremity and Their Long Term Sequelae” 1999

“Post Traumatic Headaches: Understanding Permanency & Impairment” 1999

“The Cutting Edge: Risk Management for Attorneys” 1998
“How a Defense Attorney Thinks” 1998

“Airbags: Friend or Foe? 1998

“Whiplash: It is not just a pain in the neck” 1998

“Strategic Estate and Tax Planning” 1998

“Traumatic Injuries to the Knee & Shoulder” 1998

“Traumatic Injuries – TMJ” 1997
“MRI Spinal Trauma” 1997
“Negative Neuro Findings” 1997
“D.C. Rules & Practice” (Sokoloff) 1996
“Estate & Tax Planning Seminar” 1996
“Immigration Law Essentials” 1995

“Family Limited Partnerships in Florida” (Weinstein) 1995

“Effective Discovery Procedures in Florida” 1995

“THE MASTERS IN TRIAL:” Trial Demonstration in an Automobile Intersection Collision Case – from Opening Statements to Jury Deliberations 1995

“Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Florida” 1994

Town Hall Conf. for Solo & Small Firm Practitioners 1994

The Florida Bar’s Bridge the Gap Seminar 1993

Referral Memberships

Referral List of The Florida Bar
Hyatt Legal Service Plan
ARAG Group formerly known as Midwest Legal Services, Inc.
Legal services plan of Glantz & Glantz, P.A.
American Postal Workers Union (A.P.W.U.) Legal Service Plan
Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corp. (FLLIC)
Participating Attorney Providers with ‘Legal Zoom’ (legalzoom.com)
Prepaid Legal Services, Inc.
OmniLaw
Ceridian Legal Plan
Personal Legal Plan-New York State United Teachers and Public Employees Federation
Legal Wise Legal Service Plan (now merged with the ARAG Group)
Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society’s 3 Atty. Referral List and Pro Bono Attorneys
Republic Security Bank-Lectures/Workshops/Seminars in West Palm Beach
Barnett Bank Trust Company (now known as Bank of America)
Lectures/Workshops/Seminars in Royal Palm Beach.
Merrill Lynch Trust Company-Lectures/Workshops/Seminars in West Palm Beach.
First Union Trust Company (now known as Wachovia Bank)
Lectures/Workshops/Seminars in Royal Palm Beach
The Mother’s Connection-Lectures/Workshops/Seminars in
Estate Planning: Palm Beach Gardens (Weinstein)
National Kidney Foundation-West Palm Beach Chapter (Sokoloff)
Lecture on Living Wills and Health Care Durable Powers of Attorney

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, including:

  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Collisions
  • Trip and Falls
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Workers Compensation/On the Job Injuries (Handled by and through local ‘AV’ rated Plaintiff’s Worker’s Compensation affiliated firm)
  • Products Liability
  • Asbestos/Mesotheilioma Cases via affiliation with counsel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Civil Litigation-Personal Injury (in conjunction with ‘Of Counsel’-Brian F. LaBovick, Esq)

Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning (non-taxable estates) & Probate

Corporate and Business Law

Real Estate Transactional Work (Closings: Commercial, Residential and Business)

Professional Collections.

Languages

French (Weinstein),
Spanish (Sokoloff) &
Hungarian (Sokoloff).

Brian F. LaBovick is admitted to the Florida Bar; the Federal Bar (in 1990); the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (in 1993); and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (in 1993).

His work has earned him an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The AV rating is the highest rank conferred by Martindale-Hubbell and reflects both professional ability and high ethical standards. Mr. LaBovick was named a Super Lawyer® by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Mr. LaBovick obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1987.   He obtained a Juris Doctor at the University of Miami School of Law in Florida in 1990. Receiving the distinguished honor of being invited into the Graduate Program at the United States Department of Justice, he began his legal career as a Federal Prosecutor in 1990.

In 1992, Mr. LaBovick established the Florida law firm in Coral Gables, Florida. Initially, the firm was a General Practice and handled various types of cases, including civil, commercial, and criminal cases, securities litigation, bankruptcy, and dissolution of marriage. In 1993, LaBovick Law Group relocated to Palm Beach County and became exclusively a Plaintiffs firm with an emphasis on Civil Trial.

Brian LaBovick and his colleagues are dedicated to helping victims and protecting their rights within our legal system.

Education

J.D., University of Miami School of Law, Florida, 1990 B.P., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1987

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association
  • National ‘Belli Society’
  • Tax Payers Against Fraud
  • Academy of Trial Advocates
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Eagle Member CLE Committee Member Task Force
  • Member Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Director Florida Bar Family Rules Committee
  • Special Appointment American Association of Justice
  • M Club North Palm Beach County Bar Association, Past President

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1990 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1993 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1993

Cited Cases

PNR v. Beacon – 842 So. 2d 773 (FL 2003)

Published Works

Co-author, The New Florida Specific Litigation Volume (2007 Edition) by ProDoc®

Lectures

  • Tort Reform Seminar
  • Marketing Your Practice
  • Proposals for Settlement
  • Proposals for Judgment
  • Advanced Civil Discovery
  • Advanced Paralegal Seminar
  • Tort Reform
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Advanced Auto Accident Litigation
  • Essential Litigation Skills
  • Ethics Essential Litigation Skills
  • Deposition Document Gathering
  • Management for Paralegals
  • Latest HIPAA Rules as part of the Lorman Education Services Seminar on Medical Records Law

Community Involvement

  • Quantum House
  • The Jewish Federation Susan Komen Foundation
  • The Jewish Community Center
  • The Kravis Center in Palm Beach
  • The Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association
  • The Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research
  • Temple Beth Am, Jupiter, Treasurer
  • The Benjamin School of Palm Beach
  • Board Member American Cancer Society, North Palm Beach Chapter, past Director

Brian LaBovick and his colleagues are dedicated to helping victims and protecting their rights within our legal system. The LaBovick, LaBovick & Diaz team specializes in the following practice areas:

Stanley Buky passed away on March 16, 2014. He was a good friend and excellent work associate in the many years we knew him. We have left his attorney “of counsel” information detailed below as a tribute to his professionalism.

“For 30 years, I have successfully represented clients in hundreds of trials, mediations, and arbitrations.” 

Because of his litigation knowledge and skills, Mr. Stanley Buky Esq. had been asked to serve in an “of counsel” capacity with Sokoloff and Weinstein, P.A., a general practice law firm based in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

“Providing a Valuable Perspective”

After spending the first 18 years of his legal career defending corporations and insurance companies in personal injury cases, Stan Buky decided it was time to help those who had been injured rather than those who caused the injuries. He opened his own law firm in 1997 and dedicated himself to representing people who have been wrongfully injured at the hands of negligent drivers, airlines, cruise lines, big business, physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and careless manufacturers of defective products.

Mr. Buky’s previous work experience on behalf of insurance companies and big business gave him a unique perspective and distinct advantage in representing injured plaintiffs. He knew how the other side thought and could anticipate what tactics their attorneys would likely use.

Mr. Buky passionately believed that there is no such thing as an ordinary person or routine case. He devoted personal time and attention to each client, focusing on their particular issues and circumstances

Professional Credentials

Mr. Buky was rated AV in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system, meaning he had been recognized by his peers for reaching the height of professional excellence and ethical practice. He was an active member of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers (Justice) Association and a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.

In 2006, Mr. Buky completed training to become a certified Florida Supreme Court Civil Mediator. This training provided him with additional insight into the mediation process and strengthened his competency as a legal strategist, since mediation was required in almost every circuit court case before it can go to trial.

Educational and Professional Biography (Bio)

After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and graduating magna cum laude from Georgia State University, Mr. Buky entered the University of Florida College of Law. He was awarded the Dean’s “Book Award” for excellence in legal research and writing, and graduated in 1980.

Mr. Buky’s first employer was one of the largest and oldest insurance defense firms in Miami, Florida. He learned the ropes in the litigation arena assisting senior partners in large and complex trials. In addition, he was given the opportunity to independently try scores of jury trials involving automobile accidents, slip and falls, and negligent security cases involving assault and batteries on commercial properties.

As his litigation skills and experience progressed, Mr. Buky handled more complex cases involving toxic waste sites, aviation, maritime, and commercial construction cases. He co-counseled one of the first asbestos cases to be tried before a jury. His practice involved insurance coverage disputes, dozens of mediations, and numerous arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association.

In 1986, Mr. Buky joined a smaller insurance defense firm offering growth opportunities. He spearheaded the opening of a branch office in West Palm Beach, Florida and became its managing partner. He subsequently sought more personal satisfaction in the practice of law, opening his own practice specifically to represent wrongfully injured plaintiffs.