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Today, I was involved in a fascinating discussion regarding cross border taxation issues.  As some of my readers may already know, the rules are unfortunately designed to be complex, involving several pitfalls that could ensnare both Americans and Canadians alike in tax liability — whether due to business interests or due to investment and other […]

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A bit of professional history and insight: In 1995, I began my in-court career (one year prior to my becoming formally licensed for practice as an attorney).  Back then, I was serving as a “certified legal intern,” qualified by the Florida Supreme Court for active courtroom practice and client representation.  Back then, I confess that […]

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Grateful to Andrew MacDonald for his recent piece on me in the MacDonald Report. Minor changes indicated in brackets to ensure factual accuracy: MACPOLITICS III: A HALIGONIAN SUPPORTING HILLARY CLINTON Andrew Macdonald Ex-pat Floridian turned Haligonian Derek Brett is going to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton, as she campaigns in a tight race for […]

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Well, although I always cringe when a news article identifies me as an “expert” (lawyers are to refrain from any such classifications, except under unique circumstances), I suppose that I have been contacted in the past to issue expert opinions on matters involving Constitutional Law (also, I spent a decade teaching the subject). In the […]

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I am pleased to acknowledge my election as the Chair of the Greater Burnside Business Association.  It is a great honor.  I look forward to working alongside the Board of Directors, and to helping the GBBA continue to grow in prominence.  I also look forward to working alongside other regional and business improvement districts and […]

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Alright, this email — sent by a client — leaves me a bit gushing.  With the client’s explicit permission, I am republishing it, here: I love you for your close, caring help; I love you for your loyalty; I love you for your talent; you are just an amazing human being and we are so privileged  […]

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I just learned that the U.S. Supreme Court will be in conference this Thursday, to consider the merits between accepting my client’s petition in Bee’s Auto v. City of Clermont.  This is an exciting and consequential period:  if at least four (4) Justices vote to accept the petition, we would be notified of a calendaring […]

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Apologies for the recent lapse in posts.  Practice has proven extremely busy, especially from a cross border perspective.  I wanted to advise of at least some of the ongoing events that have marked the past few months of my practice: (1)  Yesterday, I shipped off a petition for a writ of certiorari to the United […]

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http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/21/watch-out-for-dirty-voter-suppression-tricks-elections-canada-warns-staff_n_8168806.html In the above, linked article, Elections Canada is warning of voter suppression tactics being used against Canadians on the upcoming federal election day, October 19.  This brings back lessons learned in Florida, from 2004-2012, while I served as co-lead regional elections  counsel for the Presidential nominees, as well as other Democratic Party candidates. In […]

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  I am pleased to announce my selection as the incoming Vice Chair (and, in-turn, Chair-Elect) of the Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Branch’s Privacy & Access Law Section.  I look forward to helping to advance the objectives of the Section, and to further advance education and advocacy aimed at protecting privacy rights for all […]

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