Civil Litigation – Walton County Bar Association
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Civil Litigation

Ausley, Matthew J.

Matt represents clients in collection, litigation, and family law matters, and brings almost a decade of business experience with him to Anchors Smith Grimsley.

Matt has owned and managed two businesses; a pressure washing company, and a collection agency. Matt’s career started as a manager of a finance company branch with a $10 million loan portfolio. Matt has earned promotions and awards for excellence in sales and leadership.

In law school, Matt interned at Holland & Knight and with the Hon. Joel B. Toomey, a Federal Judge. Matt graduated cum laude with a certificate for legal research and writing.

Anchors Smith Grimsley
Barth, James C.
James C. Barth, P. A.

After roughly 30 years of a general trial practice, in Leon County at first, and Okaloosa and Walton counties for the next 25 plus years, I became “of counsel” to the Dunlap & Shipman firm in Grayton Beach and reduced my practice hours so dramatically that about the only thing I do professionally now is mediate. I enjoy mediating cases and still am available to do so.
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.

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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
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
Davis, Mark D.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Mark Davis has been practicing law in Walton County for 28 years, both in private practice and as In-House counsel for the county.  His practice areas include governmental affairs, real estate, probate and general litigation.

Mark is a current member of the Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee of the Florida Bar and has previously served on the First Circuit Bench Bar Professionalism Committee and chaired The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 1-B, First Circuit.  He is also an active member of the Walton County Bar Association.

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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
Hoffer, Stefan Thomas “Tom”
Matthews & Jones, LLP
Matthews & Jones LLP
Milam, David
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.

David Milam has lived and worked in the Florida Panhandle since arriving at Florida State University in 1996 as an undergraduate. He attended the Florida State University College of Law and graduated in 2004 with honors.  Mr. Milam joined Dunlap & Shipman in 2004 and has been a partner since 2010.  He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Walton County Bar Association, the First Judicial Circuit’s Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee as well as the First Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee B.   Mr. Milam resides with his wife and three children in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

60 Clayton Lane
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Defense
Construction Litigation
Condominium Association Law
Community Association Law


Florida State University, B.A.
Florida State University, Doctor of Law (J.D., with honors)

Groups and Associations:

Bar/Court Admissions: Florida Bar.
Walton County Bar Association (Vice President)
First Judicial Circuit Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee
Member, Point Washington United Methodist Church
O’Rourke, Daniel C.
Matthews & Jones, LLP

Dan practices civil & commercial litigation, creditors & debtors’ rights, probate, construction, real estate, and land use – handling matters ranging from Covenants Not to Compete to construction liens & contract disputes, to federal real estate fraud trials – and Hyde Amendment claims – attorney fees for victims of bad faith federal criminal prosecutions before the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Also a Certified Circuit & Family Mediator, and Qualified Arbitrator, he helps clients and counsel create practical and livable resolutions of disputes. Dan, a Knight of Columbus, previously was president of the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, and Okaloosa County Planning Commissioner.
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
Rahm, Mary Grace
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Mary Grace’s practice primarily focuses on general litigation, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, real estate litigation and personal injury litigation.  She understands that litigation can be stressful for a client and approaches each case with the client’s goals in mind.   While in law school, Mary Grace was an active member of the Legal Aid Volunteer Association and served as the organization’s Secretary. She also served as Co-President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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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.

Stewart, Jessica L.
Matthews & Jones

Jessica L. Stewart is an experienced litigator of divorce and paternity litigation involving issues such as child custody and support, alimony, domestic violence injunctions, asset and liability distribution, and child relocation.

Jessica graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in psychology. She was also a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society while attending Auburn University.  She continued her education at Mississippi College School of Law, where she obtained her law degree. While attending law school, she received the Best Paper Award on two occasions.

Matthews & Jones
Stratton, John M.
Matthews & Jones, LLP
Matthews & Jones LLP
Sullivan, Jennifer A.
Guilday Simpson West Hatch Lowe & Roane, PA
Guilday Law
Townsend, John P.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.

John is a sixth generation native Floridian, born and raised in north central Florida.  He attended the University of Florida where he obtained his B.A. degree in Political Science and his J.D. (law degree) from the University of Florida’s College of Law. He has lived, and practiced law, in the Panhandle since 1981, and is licensed to practice in all Florida state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Uhlfelder, Daniel W.
Daniel W. Uhlfelder, P.A.

Graduated from Stanford University
Attended University of Florida College of Law; Georgetown University Law Center
Received J.D. from University of Florida College of Law
Served as law clerk, summer associate, staff aide in the White House, U.S. Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald M. Middlebrooks, U.S. District Court Judge
Member of University of Florida Levin College of Law Alumni Council
Member of the Republican Party of Florida Jewish Leadership Advisory Council
First non-minority Member of Okaloosa County Branch of NAACP, serving as Chair of Legal Redress Committee

Daniel W. Uhlfelder, P.A.
Weimorts, Michael
Weimorts Law Firm
Weimorts Law Firm
Wilson, Stephen D.
Beggs & Lane

Stephen D. Wilson is a Partner at Beggs & Lane.  He is Practice Group Manager of the Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment, and Food & Beverage groups, and a member of the Corporate, IP Litigation, and Appellate groups.

Steve assists clients worldwide with intellectual property (IP) matters and litigation.  He has received a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, and other recognitions in areas including IP, Entertainment, Sports, Litigation, and Appellate Practice.

Steve is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts, U.S. Courts of Appeals (First, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits), and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Work, Scott M.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

Scott’s practice focuses on all stages of real estate development, including his primary practice areas: residential and commercial real estate transactions, landlord and tenant matters, land use, associations and creditor’s rights.  Scott received an LL.M. (Master of Law Degree) in real property development from the University Of Miami School Of Law.  As a result, Scott offers clients an informed perspective on residential and commercial financing, commercial leasing, environmental law, planning and zoning, construction law, condominium law and real estate project development.  Scott was recently chosen as a Fellow for the Real Property Probate and Trust section of the Florida Bar.

Clark Partington Attorneys at Law
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