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Stevenson Klotz Monthly Calendar—February of 2019

National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, Feb. 2. Be a beacon of inspiration to a student or young professional in your area by giving him or her an inside view of your profession.

Super Bowl, Feb. 3. One of the biggest annual sporting events in the USA, the Super Bowl, is the final championship game of the NFL.

Safer Internet Day, Feb. 5. Focusing on safe user experiences, especially where children are involved. “Together for a better internet” is the slogan of this year’s campaign.

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. A festival of romantic love. Many people give cards, letters, chocolates, flowers, or presents to their spouse or partner.

International Mother Language Day, Feb. 21. Promoting unity, cultural diversity, understanding, and high-quality education of linguistics throughout the world, this day also raises awareness to the thousands of languages on the verge of extinction and the impact on cultural identity when native languages are eradicated.

Also Inside This Issue:

Recipe of the Month

Buffalo Chicken Dip


  • Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Calories: 285 calories


  1. 2 medium sweet potatoes
  2. ½ cup of dry quinoa
  3. 2 cups of spinach
  4. 15 oz can of black beans
  5. 1 small avocado


  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Wash and cube the sweet potatoes (I like to remove the skin first). Place on a baking sheet and lightly spray with coconut oil. Roast in the oven for about 20–25 minutes.
  • While the sweet potatoes are roasting, make the quinoa according to directions.
  • Chop the spinach (optional) and mix with the black beans and cubed or sliced avocado.
  • Add the cooked quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes.
  • Divide 4 ways, serve, and enjoy!

What’s up at SKLF?

Happy new year everyone! We are super excited for 2019.

We have some new staff members, who we will feature in our upcoming newsletters, and we are going to have our annual firm kickoff party on January 4th.

Every year on the first Friday of the year we have our kickoff party off-site. We bring in breakfast and lunch and celebrate the new year while going over our goals and reviewing last year to see where we did a great job and where we can improve. Usually we are done by early afternoon and we let our staff go for the day.

The celebration helps us start the year focused and also remind the team that one of our core values is to have fun.

We love to help people. Another one of our core values is commitment. To stay committed, sometimes we need to take a break and have a little fun. The new year is a great time to do this.

We hope all of you had a great new year and are ready to make 2019 the best ever!

Keep Going

If you’re looking for inspiration that will keep you working on your fitness goals this year, remember the name Jeannie Rice.

She’s an Ohio woman and an avid runner at the age of 70.

What Rice likes most about running is that it “is a sport that you can pause and resume at any point throughout your life, and it’s not dependent on other people.”

She started running several years ago to lose the weight she had gained during a trip abroad. She soon discovered that she enjoyed running and was pretty good at it, so she began training to compete in races. The following year, she ran a marathon and finished with a time of 3:45. She finished her second marathon in 3:16 and has run races worldwide since then.

She runs each morning at 5:30 a.m. with a group of younger runners. She says training with them makes her a stronger, faster runner. She also runs shorter races such as 5Ks and 10Ks to work on her speed.

Her love of running and dedication to how she trains has paid off. In October 2018, Rice ran the Chicago marathon. By her tally it was the 116th time she’d participated in such an event. When she reached the finish line she’d set a new world record of 3:27:50 for her age group.

Jeannie Rice knows she may not be running at her current speeds when she’s 80, but she will keep going for as long as she can.

Community Spotlight: DeMaria, de Kozan, & White

Each month, we like to feature people we work with, our neighbors, or people who are influential in our community. This month, we would like to feature our new office-mates: Kathy DeMaria, Belinda de Kozan, and Katie White.

Clients and friends who have come to see us recently will have noticed that there are new lawyers in some of our extra space downstairs. Kathy DeMaria is still in the building, but she has joined forces with Belinda de Kozan and Katie White. Together, they will be DeMaria, de Kozan, & White.

Their firm will focus on Will, Trusts, and Probates. Additionally, they will focus on Civil Litigation and Mediation.

Though Kathy, Belinda and Katie are a separate law firm from Stevenson Klotz, we know and respect all three attorneys very much and know it will be a pleasure to work in the same building with them.

If you have the need for any of the services provided in their focus areas, please let us know and we will be happy to introduce you to these dedicated and wonderful lawyers.

Eric’s Corner

Happy Mardi Gras! While Pensacola’s celebration is not as big as New Orleans or Mobile, the season is enjoyed here just the same. We have already feasted on a number of king cakes and have been to a couple of balls. It is a fun time of year.

Cole and I have been able to get up to Repton, Alabama to do some hunting the past couple of months. Now that he is a freshman, I treasure more and more of the limited time he and I will have together before he’s out of the house. I’m glad he still enjoys spending time with his parents. Days in the woods with him are great days.

Lucy Adams is playing basketball for the first time in many years. To quote Shakespeare, ”though she but little, she is fierce.” She is a competitor and hustles hard. It is fun to watch her play and the effect she has had on her team coming in mid-season after having a broken arm. She hangs with the best of them despite having her dad’s height!

Baseball season is starting soon, so we have both kids up at the batting cages getting ready for tryouts. Spring time will be here before we know it. Cole is hoping to make his high school baseball team, and Lucy Adams is starting her first year in the majors division at Bill Bond league.

Going back to Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent. Lent, in the Christian church, is a time of reflection and a time when many people give up things or take on disciplines. Most of the time, I find myself simply restarting my New Year’s resolutions.

This year, starting New Years, I have started going to the gym and working out with weights again. I have also started a regular practice of doing cardio at least six times a week, either running or on a treadmill. My hope is that by the time Lent comes around, I have stuck with my New Year’s resolutions and I have to find some more areas to improve.

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Are you sticking with them? It is never too late to make a change for the better!

Practice Area: Personal Injury

Why is the insurance company saying my injuries were caused by something that happened years ago?

It is no surprise to those of us who regularly deal with insurance companies that they try to escape responsibility. They are in the business of making a profit, and if they paid every single claim for the exact amount requested, they would not be able to make a profit or produce the ads that make people laugh on TV.

Unfortunately, if you are injured and cannot work or have your medical bills paid, the games insurance companies play are no laughing matter.

One of the tactics that insurance companies use to try to save money is to say that a person’s injuries are not caused by the accident. Insurance companies will dig through decades of medical records to see if a person has had a similar injury in the past so that they can blame an injury on something in the past rather than their insured’s negligence. It is not unusual for a person to have seen a chiropractor for a minor back injury 10 years before, with no problems since then, get into a serious car wreck with severe back pain, and then have an insurance company claim that back surgery is not related to the accident.

While insurance companies want you to believe they are on your side or your good neighbor, always remember that they are in business to make a profit. Many times, they will bend over backwards to try to escape responsibility. We have seen them try to blame clients in a front car for a rear end accident at the stoplight! They can be creative in finding ways to say that an injury is not their fault.

One of the ways they do so is to say that even if their client caused the accident, the injuries suffered are not related. Do not be surprised if you are in a car wreck and an insurance company tries this tactic.

This is one of the many reasons that you should consider hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you with insurance claims.

The Shortest Month of the Year

Have you ever wondered why there are only 28 days in February? The answer dates back to ancient Rome.

It is believed that Numa Pompilius, who reigned around 700 BC, wanted to more accurately sync the 10-month Roman calendar with the annual lunar cycles. He added the months of January and February to fall between the months that ran from March through December.

The addition of these two months became a bit of a problem, because Romans were very superstitious. Even numbers were considered unlucky, and the lunar year was 354 days.

In order to keep the days of the year at an odd number, the king made the new calendar 355 days. January was given 29 days and February 28 to achieve this number.

Because February was now the unlucky month of the year, it was observed as a time when the Romans performed rites of purification and honored their dead.

Hundreds of years later Julius Caesar would make more changes to the Roman calendar. Around 45 BC, Caesar added 10 additional days to the calendar so that it more closely resembled the solar-based Egyptian calendar.

At that time, an extra day that would occur every four years was added to the month of February, giving us the leap year.

Thanks for the Referrals!

A special thank you to the following friends who referred clients to us the last month. A referral is the best compliment you could ever pay us!

  • Ronald Aliberti
  • Gladys Heard
  • Larry Ivey
  • David Bisceglio

Remember Security in the Parking Lot

It’s easy to overlook the parking lot—you only see it on your way in or out. Yet it’s a key spot for safeguarding your employees against injuries and theft. Remind employees to keep up their car insurance and to take the following safety precautions when using the lot:

  • Be aware. Learn to notice whether the lighting and the gate are working, and whether there are any individuals hanging out near the lot who appear to be “casing” cars. Report any problems to the lot attendant or security personnel.
  • Remove temptation. Remember to lock your doors and close your windows, and don’t leave any valuable items visible on the seats, such as cellphones, laptops, or expensive clothing. Take these items along or store them in the trunk.
  • Don’t advertise. Placing alarm decals on a car window may simply help thieves see what device they must evade. Ask your insurance company about using decals.
  • Identify the car. Etch your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the windshield and the engine block. If the car is stolen, it will be easier to identify.

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