Business Law – Walton County Bar Association
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Business Law

Anchors, Michelle
Keefe, Anchors & Gordon

Michelle Anchors is a founding partner of Keefe, Anchors & Gordon.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida College of Law, Michelle returned to her hometown to practice law after a career which included serving as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor and law clerk to the Florida Supreme Court.  Now, Michelle specially enjoys serving as a mediator, and representing general business clients, community associations, and employers with employment issues and disputes.  Since 2013, Michelle has served as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and currently serves as the commission’s chair.

Keefe, Anchors & Gordon

Barker, Farrar J.
Barker Williams Attorneys at Law

Farrar focuses her practice on representing private, public and non-profit entities in a variety of transactional matters, including formation and organization, corporate governance, securities and financing, business transactions and planning, contract preparation, and intellectual property protection.  She represents clients of all sizes across a wide range of industries, including real estate, hospitality, technology and health care. Farrar enjoys helping her clients grow and expand their businesses through financing, private securities offerings, joint ventures and acquisitions. She regularly assists individuals and companies of all sizes in the purchase, sale and combination of businesses.

Barker Williams Attorneys at Law

Beard, Amelia M. Hallenberg
McCalla Raymer, LLC

Mrs. Beard is the current president of the Walton County Bar Association and also served as the 2017 president.  Her practice includes real estate transactions and litigation, estate planning, business formation and collections.  She is licensed to practice in Florida and Georgia and lives in Freeport, FL with her husband and two sons.

Billhimer, Elizabeth C.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Elizabeth joined the firm’s commercial litigation group in early 2016 after practicing in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth is a native of Niceville, Florida and has extensive experience handling complex legal matters. In D.C., her practice focused on general litigation matters, including representing companies and individuals in civil and criminal government enforcement actions, bid and grant protests in administrative and judicial forums, and conducting corporate internal investigations, compliance reviews and risk assessments.  Elizabeth has represented corporate clients in a variety of industries, including oil and oil services, pharmaceutical, automotive, advertising, and technology.

Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Bowman, J. Bruce
Conerly Bowman

Education: Graduated from University of Florida, B.S. Accounting, 1984; Graduated from South Texas College of Law, J.D. 1987

Associations: The Florida Bar (Trial Lawyer’s Section; City, County and Local Government Law Section), Texas Bar Association, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast (Board Secretary, 2003-2004), Guardian Ad Litem for the Second judicial Circuit, Leon County, Florida (volunteer, 2001-2002), Legal Aid Program (volunteer, 1990-2001), Shoreline Church – Legal Society, Leadership Okaloosa 2005, Christian Legal Society.

Conerly Bowman

Boyd, Ginger Barry
Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel

Ginger Barry Boyd represents clients in general commercial litigation matters including multi-claim and class action litigation, RICO litigation, unfair and deceptive trade practices litigation, real estate litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, contracts litigation, foreclosures, employment litigation, intellectual property litigation, and general business litigation.

Mrs. Boyd was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2009-2015.  She was included on the Okaloosa County Women’s Wall of Honor in 2014 and was recognized by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers as a Leader in the Law in 2017.

Mrs. Boyd is involved in a variety professional and community organizations, including Rotary International.



Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel

Brauer, Lynn A.
Brauer Law Firm, PLLC

Lynn Brauer is a graduate of Stetson University, University at Albany, and Stetson University College of Law. Her undergraduate degrees are in Slavic Languages and Literature, and she traveled to Russia at the end of the Cold War. After law school, Lynn served as assistant city attorney for several cities in Pinellas County, Florida, and worked in private practice in the areas of real estate, business, contracts, litigation, and family law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and a member of the Walton County Bar Association.

Brauer Law Firm, PLLC

Campbell, Scott M.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Mr. Campbell has been practicing law in the panhandle for 13 years and is a Board Certified Real Estate Attorney. His practice focuses on all areas of real estate law, banking law, transactional work and corporate law involving closely held corporations and limited liability companies.

His practice includes representation of financial institutions, builders, developers, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of real estate, corporate, and financing matters. These include commercial and residential real estate transactions, condominium and association formation, secured and unsecured loans, complex loan workouts, entity formation, residential and commercial leasing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Conerly, Lamar A.
Conerly Bowman

Education: Mississippi State University, College of Business (B.S. Accounting and Pre-Law, 1971) University of Mississippi, College of Law (J. D., 1974).

Honors: Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity (President) Phi Alpha Delta Award (Most Outstanding Law Student) Drennan Scholar Pi Kappa Delta Honorary Debate Society.

Associations: Admitted to Mississippi Bar, 1974; admitted to Florida Bar, 1993; admitted to Practice in the Federal Courts of the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; admitted to Practice before the United States Supreme Court; Florida Bar Association; Mississippi Bar Association; Federal Bar; Copiah County Bar Association (President 1978, 1981);”


Conerly Bowman

Copeland, Scot B.
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon

Since 1998, Scot has represented numerous individuals, lenders, business entities, and insurance companies in a broad range of litigation and transactional matters.  Scot regularly litigates commercial, contract and business disputes, and real estate and title disputes.  Scot also maintains a transactional real estate, business law, and estate planning and probate practice.   Scot’s broad experience enhances his ability to represent clients in matters involving multiple subjects.

Attorney Copeland is please to assist his clients in our Pensacola, Miramar Beach, or Tallahassee locations.

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon

Cordle, Nathan R.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Nathan’s primary focus is commercial and residential real estate transactions, title insurance, and title curative work. Additionally, his practice area includes general real estate law, business and corporate entity formation, and estate planning. Nathan earned his law and undergraduate degrees from The University of Alabama. During law school, Nathan served on the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association, President of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Dykes, Jr., Hayward
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLP

Hayward Dykes, Jr. is a Member in the Hand Arendall Harrison Sale Destin Office.  Mr. Dykes earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi and earned his B.S. from Florida State University in Criminology.  His primary areas of practice are Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Contracts, Construction Law, Local Government Law, and Business Law.  Mr. Dykes has represented individuals, businesses, elected officials and local governments in trial, appeals, and administrative hearings in state and federal courts.

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLP

Gordon, A. Benjamin
Keefe, Anchors & Gordon

With over 15 years of experience focused on legal issues impacting businesses and individuals, Ben works to avoid liability triggers as general counsel as well as to resolve disputes through litigation. Ben counsels new and existing businesses on creating a strong foundation for a successful enterprise, including with respect to operating agreements, contracts, and employment issues. In particular, Ben frequently advises clients and litigates issues related to trade secrets, non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements. Ben’s litigation practice primarily focuses on real estate litigation, commercial litigation, corporate and partnership litigation, and condominium/homeowner’s association litigation.

Keefe, Anchors & Gordon

Gutai, Jennifer
Conerly Bowman

Education: University of Buffalo, B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, 2006; Florida State University College of Law, J.D. 2010 (Dean’s List 2009).

Associations: Admitted to Florida Bar, 2010; Board Member of Okaloosa Bar Association YLD (Treasurer, Vice-Pres., President; 2015-2018); Board Member of Okaloosa Florida Association of Women Lawyers (OFAWL) (Secretary, Vice-Pres.; 2016-present); Board Member of Walton County Bar Association (Secretary; 2018-present); Assistant Organizer and Brief Grader for E. Earle Zehmer Worker’s Compensation Moot Court Competition (2012-2018). Member of Okaloosa Bar Association (2015-Present); Member of the St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court (2013-2015); FSU Moot Court Team, 2008-2010.

Conerly Bowman

Hawkins, John W.
The Hawkins Law Firm

I provide private client services for estate planning, business planning and asset protection, I am a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator, and I am licensed in Florida and Texas. I was the Managing Partner of Matthews & Hawkins, P.A. (now Matthews & Jones, LLP) and Of Counsel before founding the Florida office of The Hawkins Law Firm in 2017. I graduated from the University of Texas (B.B.A), the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (M.B.A.) and South Texas College of Law (J.D). I am a member of the Estate Planning Council of the Emerald Coast and its President in 2008.

Helmich, Kevin M.
Beggs & Lane, RLLP
(850) 650-4747

Kevin M. Helmich graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois, College of Law. In 1996, he moved his practice to Destin, Florida. In 2000, he was certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts & Estates. Mr. Helmich is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of the Florida Bar. He is past president of the NW Florida Estate Planning Counsel and serves as a director of the Emerald Coast Estate Planning Council. Mr. Helmich is an equity partner of Beggs & Lane, and department head of the firm’s Wills, Trusts & Estates division.

Beggs & Lane, RLLP

Hoffer, Stefan Thomas “Tom”
Matthews & Jones, LLP
Matthews & Jones LLP

Kerrigan, Jane E.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

After beginning her legal career in downtown Chicago, Jane Kerrigan relocated to Northwest Florida, with her husband Mike, to be closer to her family. Now a resident of Grayton Beach, Jane has firmly established herself in the community and has expanded her family to include three young children.

Jane has experience in many facets of the law, but she found her calling when she began assisting individuals and families in planning for their futures and the futures of their children and loved ones. Jane has a masters of law in taxation from the University Of Alabama School Of Law.

35008 Emerald Coast Pkwy Ste 500
Destin, FL  32541

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

Pentel-Klang, Laura
Matthews & Jones Attorneys at Law

Laura Pentel-Klang is a transactional attorney with the law firm of Matthews & Jones, LLP. She is third generation South Walton County, Florida. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Maine magna cum laude in 2009. Laura attended Charlotte School of Law and received her juris doctorate in 2013. During law school she received the Queen City Merit Scholarship, was on the Dean’s List, and was Vice-President of the Real Estate Law Society. She studied abroad with Cornell Law School at The Sorbonne in Paris. Laura began as a law clerk at Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters & Smith, P.A., and was promoted to Associate Attorney upon her acceptance to the Florida Bar in 2014.

Matthews & Jones Attorneys at Law

Pleat, David B.
Pleat & Perry, P. A.
(850) 650-0599

Mr. Pleat, founding partner of Pleat & Perry, P. A., graduated from Duquesne University in 1981 (B.A.).  He attended law school at the University Of Baltimore (J.D. 1985) and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1985.

Pleat & Perry, P.A. was founded in 1995 with the goal of providing top-quality legal services in many  different areas. Our lawyers’ success has brought us to cases throughout the United States, but we remain primarily in service with offices in Destin and servicing the surrounding communities of Destin including Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Pensacola, Santa Rosa Beach, Rosemary Beach Florida, Niceville, Crestview, Freeport, Walton County, South Walton, 30A, and others throughout the Florida panhandle.
4477 Legendary Drive, Suite 202
Destin, FL  32541

Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P. A.
(850) 650-4402

Roberts, David A.
Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP

Dave Roberts is the Managing Partner of the Seagrove Beach office of Atlanta-based employment and business law boutique Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts and Shanlever.  He practices nationally in employment and business law including non-compete agreements, trade secrets, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour and general business contracts.

During his 23 years as an employment attorney, Mr. Roberts has practiced with large national Firms including Greenberg Traurig, Fisher Phillips, Seyfarth Shaw and Broad and Cassel.

Dave received his J.D. from the University of Texas, and his B.S. cum laude from FSU which he attended on a football scholarship and was an Academic All-American.   He is also the Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach for South Walton High School.

Sachs, Colleen
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.

Slaman, Amy P.
Beggs & Lane

Beggs & Lane
4405 Commons Dr E Ste 102
Destin, FL 32541-3538
Young Lawyers Division:
Law School:          University of Miami School of Law, 2011

Real Property, Probate Law

Young Lawyers

Practice Areas:
Estate Planning

Probate and Trust Litigation

Real Estate

Federal Courts:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Beggs & Lane website

Stratton, John M.
Matthews & Jones, LLP
Matthews & Jones LLP

Watson, Franklin H.
Watson Sewell, PL

Since 1997, Mr. Watson has practiced law in a boutique law firm environment. His practice is dedicated to business and real estate law, integrated estate planning and their related fields.

His real estate practice includes representation of clients as to a wide variety of transactions such as the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of residential lots, homes, subdivisions, multifamily developments, shopping centers, hotels, resorts and commercial office buildings. He also represents clients in personal property transactions such as those involving the purchase and sale of stock, limited liability membership and partnership interests, negotiable instruments, businesses and business assets. Mr. Watson’s finance experience includes both borrower and lender representation in the initiation, modification, purchase, sale and workout of secured and unsecured loans.

Mr. Watson’s practice in the area of integrated estate planning marries the client’s needs of life planning with death planning in order to protect their estates so as to provide for themselves as well as their loved ones during and after their lifetime.

Mr. Watson has supervised in the development of over thirty-five residential and commercial developments, providing legal representation in the acquisition, retention and financing of large tracts of land for the development of master planned communities, the disposition of finished lots to end users, investors and merchant builders, and has represented many clients in the development of apartment, office, retail, and hotel properties.  He also represents landlords and tenants in lease transactions involving residential and commercial space.
University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Concentration: Real Estate and Banking

University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business
Masters of Business Administration
Concentration: Finance

Davidson College, Bachelor of Arts
Concentration: History & Philosophy
Professional Experience:
Watson Sewell, LLC, Attorneys at Law, ATTORNEY
Seagrove Beach, Panama City Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

Franklin H. Watson, P.A., Attorneys at Law, President
Seagrove Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

Seagrove Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

1st National Bank & Trust, Board of Directors
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

W. Wade Wallace P.A., Attorney at Law, Attorney
Destin, Florida
F.N. Wolf & Co., Inc., Account Executive (Stock Broker – SERIES 7 & 63 Licenses)
Charlotte, North Carolina

Alabama Small Business Development Center, Management Consultant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Marvin’s Building Materials & Home Centers, Human Resources Consultant
Trussville, Alabama

The University of Alabama Executive MBA Program, Graduate Assistant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The University of Alabama Department of Economics,
Finance, and Legal Studies, Graduate Research Assistant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Johnstone Adams Bailey Gordon and Harris, Attorneys, Law Clerk
Mobile, Alabama

Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk
Charlotte, North Carolina
Licenses & Memberships:
Florida License to Practice Law
Alabama License to Practice Law
Florida Real Estate Agent License
Florida Bar Elder Law Section
Florida Bar Environmental Land Use Law Section
Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Series 7 General Securities Representative (inactive)
Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law License (inactive)

Watson Sewell, PL
5410 E County Highway 30A Ste 202
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-6589

Watson Sewell, PL's Website

Williams, Kirby H.
Shoreline Title, LLC



Kirby is a real estate attorney board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in real estate law. He is a member of the firm of Barker Williams and licensed to practice in both Alabama and Florida. Kirby’s mission is to give sound, yet practical, legal advice to his clients-all while doing his best to be readily available to his clients. His practice areas include real estate financing, commercial and residential real estate transactions and real estate development.

Prior to Shoreline Title and Barker Williams, Kirby has worked with the law firm of Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse in Florida and the law firm of Ruston, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett in Alabama. In addition, Kirby served as senior counsel for The St. Joe Company one of Florida’s leading real estate developers.

Shoreline Title, LLC

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