Civil Litigation – Walton County Bar Association
Call us: (850) 266-7044

Civil Litigation

Barth, James C.
James C. Barth, P. A.
850-654-9099

Since my admission to the Florida Bar in March 1986, I have been involved in all aspects of civil, criminal, appellate and administrative law litigation. I am licensed to practice in the United States Federal District Court, Northern District of Florida. I have litigated dozens of criminal and civil matters through jury trial, in addition to many bench trials in both state and federal court. I have represented over 100 condominium and homeowners associations, and for 12 years was a member of the board of directors of, and was general counsel to, a local community bank. In my general trial practice, I have done a moderate amount of transactional work, in addition to a broad range of litigation involving personal injury, real estate, construction, discrimination, admiralty, maritime foreclosures, commercial issues, collections and condominium litigation. For over ten years, I represented the interests of Allstate Insurance Company and its insureds and have represented the CIGNA Companies, Dixie Insurance Company and the State of Florida Division of Risk Management in its automobile and general liability litigation. I have also represented the interests of BP Oil Company in its underground tank litigation in Florida.

Before entering law school, I supervised the construction of a 65′ sailing ‘junk’ in Thailand, and I worked as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, piloting offshore oil field supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Java and South China Seas.

Prior to that time, I worked at a large water sports business in the United States Virgin Islands, instructing SCUBA diving classes and operating thirteen ocean-going vessels. After becoming a member of The Florida Bar, for three years I also owned and operated a marine towing and salvage company in the Florida Panhandle. I graduated from the Florida State University undergraduate program in 1979, with a B. A. in Spanish Literature. I graduated from the Florida State University College of Law with a J.D. degree in 1985. I was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit civil mediator in 1998 and have mediated cases regularly since then. I speak both Spanish and Thai, although no longer fluently. I was born in Chandler, Arizona, on December 10,1952 and lived in numerous countries around the world as the dependent of a U.S. Air Force pilot.

Bar Admissions

• Florida, 1986
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1988

Education

• Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
• J.D.- 1985
• With Honors

• Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
• B.A. (Cum Laude)- 1979
• Major: Spanish Literature

Professional Associations and Memberships

• Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, 1989-2011
• Walton Bar Association, 2013 – Present
• Original (former) member of the Tallahassee American Inn of Court, n/k/a the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court

Languages

• Spanish
• Thai

Fraternities/Sororities

• Pi Kappa Alpha

www.jamesbarthlaw.com
Billhimer, Elizabeth C.
Clark Partington
850-269-8853
ebillhimer@clarkpartington.com

Elizabeth joined Clark Partington’s commercial litigation section in early 2016 after practicing with a large firm in Washington, D.C. for more than a decade. Elizabeth is a native of Niceville, Florida and we are proud that she has returned home to bring the benefits of her D.C. experience to serve the legal needs of our local and regional community.   Elizabeth 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.  Elizabeth has performed numerous Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations on behalf of multinational clients with issues in numerous countries, including China, Iraq, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Angola, Romania, Austria, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, and Nigeria.  Elizabeth also has assisted companies in enhancing compliance programs to address anti-corruption and anti-bribery requirements.

Elizabeth also has dedicated her time to pro bono matters, including representing former service members before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Army Board for Correction of Military Records and representing a national non-profit entity in various federal grant protests.

Elizabeth is licensed to practice law in Florida, Texas and the District of Columbia.

Address:
4100 Legendary Drive, Suite 200
Destin, FL 32541

Clark Partington's Website
Bowman, J. Bruce
Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title
850-837-5118
bbowman@emeraldcoastlawyers.com

Practice Areas: Personal Injury Law, Destin’s only Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Civil Litigation, Real Estate and Corporate Transactional Law. Certified Civil Mediator.

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 & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title
4481 Legendary Drive, Suite 200, Destin, FL 32541

 

850-424-7000
Boyd, Ginger Barry
Broad and Cassel
850-269-0148
gbarry@broadandcassel.com

Ginger Barry Boyd is also Co-Chair of the Business Litigation department.

Boyd represents clients in general commercial litigation matters. Boyd handles a wide variety of litigation matters including real estate litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, contracts litigation, foreclosures, employment litigation, intellectual property litigation and general business litigation matters.

Boyd has represented private and public clients, including the state of Florida, in employment discrimination litigation matters.

In addition, Boyd has experience in other areas of law, having handled matters in entertainment and family law. She has represented clients in dissolution of marriage actions, child support, and custody actions.

Boyd served as a felony prosecutor in the Leon County State Attorney’s office where she prosecuted property, drug, and sexual assault crimes. She also handled misdemeanor and juvenile prosecutions.

Boyd already has many reported decisions to her credit, including Cotton vs. GS Dev., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8229 (M.D. Ga. 2008), Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Pozzi Window Co., 984 So. 2d 1241 (Fla. 2008), U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. J.S.U.B., Inc., 979 So. 2d 303 (Fla. 2007), J.S.U.B., Inc. v. United States Fire Ins. Co., 906 So. 2d 303 (2d DCA 2005) and John Hall Elec. Contr., Inc. v. Allstate Constr., Inc., 917 So. 2d 310 (1st DCA 2005), Twin Oaks Villas, Ltd. v. Joel D. Smith, LLC, 79 So.3d 67 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011).

Boyd was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2009-2015.

Boyd is involved in a variety professional and community organizations, including Rotary International and the Walton County Chamber of Commerce. She also does various pro-bono work and community service activities.
Bar Membership
Florida
Courts
U.S. District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern District of Florida
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Education
Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, FL, 2000
J.D., Juris Doctor

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, 1996
B.A., English

Broad and Cassel
Clark, Lacey Powell
Powell, Powell & Powell
(850) 682-2757
Lacey@powelllawfirm.com

Lacey Powell Clark is the oldest daughter of Gillis E. Powell, Jr., and the granddaughter of our founding partner, Gillis E. Powell, Sr. She grew up in Crestview and graduated from Crestview High School in 1988. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Criminology in 1991. She earned her law degree (Juris Doctor) from the Florida State University College of Law, with Honors, in 1994.  As a law student at FSU, she received an award for outstanding achievement in Advanced Criminal Procedure.

Mrs. Clark joined the firm in 1994, and became a partner in 2007. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Okaloosa Bar Association, the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, the Okaloosa Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated, the Florida Justice Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Federalist Society. She is licensed to practice in all state courts in Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

She is an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, an award signifying that her peers ranked her at the highest level of professional excellence. She has also earned the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award.

Mrs. Clark devotes the majority of her practice to litigation, including all types of civil litigation, insurance claims, auto accidents, criminal defense, real estate, and probate and guardianship matters.  Many of Mrs. Clark’s clients are active duty or retired military service members.  Mrs. Clark is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans in VA benefits claims. She also assists local special forces troops as a volunteer in training scenarios. Her husband, James G. Clark, is also a member of the firm. They have two children.

Powell, Powell & Powell
P. O. Box 277
Crestview, FL  32536

(850) 689-1588
Conerly, Lamar A.
Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title
850-837-5118
conerly@emeraldcoastlawyers.com

Practice Areas: Business Law, Real Estate, Condominium Law, Construction Law, Commercial Litigation, Contracts, Government Law.

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); Mississippi State University National Alumni Association (President 1999-2000); Mississippi State University Alumni Fellow (Distinguished Alumni 2003); Mississippi State University Butler Fellow (2001); Chamber of Commerce, Destin, Florida (Board of Directors 1999-2004; President 2002); Chamber of Commerce, Hazlehurst, Mississippi (President); Honorary Commander 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, 2001; Lions Club (President 1997, 1998); United Methodist Church (Usher 1994 – 2000; Administrative Board); United Way (Board of Directors 2004-2008); American Heart Association (Volunteer); Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (Sponsor); Destin Charity Auction Foundation (President 2006, Chairman 2007-2009).

Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title
4481 Legendary Drive, Suite 200, Destin, FL 32541

850-424-7000
Davis, Mark D.
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse
850-269-8869
mdavis@clarkpartington.com

rofessional Experience:
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.

Mark is actively involved in the community and was a member of the Walton County School Board for over 20 years.  He is also a past president of the Kiwanis Club, a former volunteer basketball coach and former chair of the Cope Center.  Mark is currently an elder and choir member at First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs.

Mark is graduate of Florida State University and The Florida State University College of Law.  He has been married to Susan Davis for thirty years and they have one son.

Walton County School Board Member and Chair, 1995-2016
The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 1-B, First Circuit, member
First Circuit Bench Bar Professionalism Committee, Former member
Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee of the Florida Bar, current member
First Presbyterian Church, DeFuniak Springs, Choir member and Elder
Kiwanis Club member and past president, 1996-2013
COPE Center, Former Chair and member
Former volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach, Paxton and Freeport High School

Dykes, Jr., Hayward
Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP
850-837-LAWS (5297)
hdykes@emeraldcoastlawyers.com

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Contracts, Government Law, Personal Injury, and Business Law.

Education: Florida State University, B.S. Criminology, 1998; The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D. 2001.

Associations: Admitted to Florida Bar 2002; admitted to U.S. Middle District of Florida 2002; admitted to U.S. Northern District of Florida 2006; admitted to Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court 2009; admitted to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals 2010; admitted to U.S. Supreme Court 2011; Former Assistant State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit (2002-2005); Phi Delta Phi 2001; Moot Court Board 2001; Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, Florida Bar First Circuit Grievance Committee “B” (2012-2015, Chairperson 2014-2015); Florida Municipal Attorneys Association; Destin Forward (2008-2009); Destin Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member (2012-Present); Destin Area Rotary Club (2006-2013); Member Destiny Worship Center (2012 – Present).

Hayward Dykes, Jr. was voted to Florida Trends, Florida Legal Elite Up & Comers for 2010. One of 111 attorneys in the State of Florida voted by their peers in the Legal Elite balloting.

850-424-7000
Gordon, A. Benjamin
Keefe, Anchors & Gordon
850-863-1974
bgordon@kaglawfirm.com

A native of Fort Walton Beach, Ben is a founding partner in 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. Ben works closely with real estate developers, commercial property owners, bars and restaurants, retail businesses, and the hospitality industry, as well as local Northwest Florida manufacturers, technology companies, and government contractors.

Ben’s practice is strongly influenced by his legal experiences within and beyond Northwest Florida. After graduating from law school, Ben served as a law clerk for the Honorable C. Roger Vinson, Chief Judge for the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola. Ben entered private practice as an attorney with King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focused on complex business litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. While Ben continues to spend significant time in D.C., his home is Northwest Florida where he serves local businesses and clients, with his unique understanding of how the local dynamics of this community interrelate with the legal and business realities outside the region.

Ben and his family have a long history of service to our area, serving as teachers, volunteers, and active leaders in our legal and business communities. Ben’s father, the late Honorable Ben Gordon, Jr., served Northwest Florida as a County Judge and Circuit Judge for more than twenty years. Ben continues to serve his community in many roles, including having been appointed by Florida’s governor to serve on the Judicial Nomination Commission for the First Judicial Circuit and serving as the chairman of the First Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee B.

Ben and his wife Amanda have two children, with whom they love to travel as often as possible and with whom they are regularly boating when home in our emerald waters.

Keefe, Anchors & Gordon
Gutai, Jennifer
Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title
850-837-5118
gutai@emeraldcoastlawyers.com

Practice Areas:  Real Estate Litigation, Condo and Homeowners Association Law; Landlord/Tenant Law; Employment Law; Complex Civil and Business Litigation, Torts, Contracts, Leases, and Municipal Law.

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;  Okaloosa Bar Association; Treasurer, Young Lawyers Division of Okaloosa County Bar Association, 2015-2016; St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court, 2013-2015; FSU Moot Court Team, 2008-2010.

Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title
4481 Legendary Drive, Suite 200, Destin, FL 32541

850-424-7000
Hoffer, Stefan Thomas “Tom”
Matthews & Jones, LLP
850-837-3662
thoffer@destinlaw.com
Matthews & Jones LLP
Milam, David
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-3315
David@dunlapshipman.com

Mr. Milam has lived and worked in the Florida Panhandle since arriving at Florida State University in 1996 as an undergraduate. After obtaining his degree in Criminology, he attended the Florida State University College of Law and graduated in 2004 with honors. After joining Dunlap & Shipman in 2004, Mr. Milam moved to South Walton County, Florida to help the firm start a branch office which has grown from one to six lawyers over the last nine years. Mr. Milam resides with his wife and two children in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, is a proud Florida State Seminole and enjoys as much beach, golf and family time as possible, while running a thriving law practice.

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

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

Education:

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

www.dunlapshipman.com
Pleat, David B.
Pleat & Perry, P. A.
(850) 650-0599
law@pleatperry.com

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
Stratton, John M.
Matthews & Jones, LLP
850-837-3662
jstratton@destinlaw.com
Matthews & Jones LLP
Sullivan, Jennifer A.
Guilday Simpson West Hatch Lowe & Roane, PA
800-226-7091
jen@guildaylaw.com
Guilday Law
850-222-2593
Weimorts, Michael
Weimorts Law Firm
850-424-3901
mike@weimorts.com

Attorney Michael Weimorts always knew he would live in the local area. His family has been here for six generations and he was raised here. He loves the Gulf, the bay, the rivers, and the woods, and he is also very comfortable with the people here too.

After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School, Attorney Weimorts pursued his college education with a Political Science major. Four years later, he received his Bachelor’s degree, took a year off, and worked as a lifeguard and deckhand before going to graduate school. Using his Master’s degree in Political Science, he worked as a campaign consultant for the Republican Party on State Representative’s races in Central Florida. He then worked as a lobbyist in Tallahassee for a statewide group of  more than 2,000 doctors.

After working for two legislative sessions, he returned to school for his law degree. Throughout law school, Attorney Michael Weimorts clerked for law firms with litigation practices; enjoying the adversarial process associated with lawsuits.

Upon receiving his law degree, he returned to the Emerald Coast and accepted a position as prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office. Over the course of his time as a prosecutor, he handled thousands of cases and tried dozens. He then left the State Attorney’s Office and began work with a small litigation firm in Destin, FL. There, he learned to handle personal injury cases and family law matters.

After a few years, he decided to start his own firm. Concentrating on litigation cases, and relying on referrals from former clients, he has established a strong practice focused on personal injury, criminal defense and family law litigation – all based on communicating closely and remaining available for clients.

He remains active in the local community too! He has previously served as a mentor and, later, President of the Board of Directors of the Seaside Neighborhood School. Over the past two years, he has concentrated his efforts on serving as a board member with the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast.

Physical Address:
25 Central Square
Suite H-2
Seaside, FL  32459

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 4926
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Weimorts Law Firm
Work, Scott M.
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse
850-650-3304
swork@cphlaw.com

Education:
University of Miami School of Law, LLM in Real Property Development, 2015
Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D. 2004
University of Florida, B.A., 1999
Affiliations:
President, Okaloosa County Bar Association
Okaloosa County Value Adjustment Board member

For over a decade, Scott has practiced law in the Destin community. Trusting in the golden rule, he believes in treating and representing each client as he would want to be treated and represented. His counsel focuses on working with clients in 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.

In 2015, Scott obtained an LLM in real property development from the University Of Miami School Of Law’s Robert Traurig – Greenberg Traurig Graduate Program in Real Property Development. In the program, Scott took advanced courses in residential and commercial financing, commercial leasing, environmental law, planning and zoning, construction law, condominium law and real estate project development.

He values practicing in the tight-knit, legal community along the Gulf Coast, and particularly enjoys working with respected individuals he personally knows and grew up with. A panhandle native, he was born and raised in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School. In his spare time, Scott enjoys relaxing at the beach, water activities, spending time with family and friends.

4100 Legendary Drive, Suite 200
Destin, FL  32541

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!