Shutts & Bowen Miami Partner Aleksey Shtivelman recently hosted an art sale to raise funds to assist Ukranians struggling amidst the Russian Invasion. The 2-day garage sale -- which was covered by local TV stations WSVN, CBS, WPLG, and WTVJ -- included an exhibition of Shtivelman’s grandfather, artist Yakov Novak’s, paintings. Novak Yakov, 97, and his wife Tsilya, 92, are both Ukrainian and survivors of WWII and the Holocaust.
“I think we were all sitting around thinking ‘What can we do? This is terrible,” said Shtivelman. “We decided what we could do was try our best to raise and donate some money and create something positive out of all this.”
He added that he will be donating the proceeds directly for direct relief efforts in Ukraine for people who need medical supplies, insulin, food, and water to help those that are in dire need, under extremely difficult circumstances.
Aleksey, his wife Felicia, and their grandparents were able to raise $8,000 dollars so far, which included a matching donation from Shutts & Bowen, as well as personal donations from his firm colleagues, friends, family, neighbors and other generous donors in the community. The art sale continues online at the following link: Yakov Novak - Art for Ukraine. You may contact Aleksey Shtivelman with any questions and for additional details regarding the oil paintings up for sale, as well as the initiative.
“I’m deeply grateful to my firm, my co-workers, and everyone from my community for their generosity and kindness,” he said.
Those wishing to donate may designate Ukraine and do so directly here: https://www.unicefusa.org/
Click the links below to view the news segments.
- Local Ukrainian Artist Raising Money For Relief Efforts – CBS Miami (cbslocal.com)
- Local Ukrainian Artist Raising Money For Relief Efforts (msn.com)
- Coral Gables family hosts garage sale to help Ukrainians in need; event features exhibit of paintings by Holocaust survivor, 97 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale
About Aleksey Shtivelman
Aleksey Shtivelman is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Aleksey focuses his practice on counseling companies and individuals doing business across borders. He specializes in complex dispute resolution, commercial arbitration, and international litigation, including simultaneous proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, such as the United States, United Kingdom, British Virgin Islands, Ukraine and Russian Federation. Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, he is a native Russian speaker, fluent in Spanish, and adeptly represents clients who conduct business in those languages. Aleksey has been recognized as one of South Florida’s “Most Effective Lawyers” by the Daily Business Review in the Business/Complex Litigation category and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.