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Barth, James C.
James C. Barth, P. A.

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


• 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


• Spanish
• Thai


• Pi Kappa Alpha
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.

Boyd, Ginger Barry
Broad and Cassel

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
U.S. District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern District of Florida
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
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
Critzer, S. Scott
The Critzer Law Firm, P. A.

Scott Critzer began working in the construction and real estate business more than 30 years ago, after graduating from Virginia Tech’s top ranked Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He worked first as an engineer for a commercial developer and later as a development project manager. Continuing his education, Scott graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 1993, and has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1993.  Scott opened his law practice in Atlanta where he worked litigating real estate cases and performed real estate closings.  Scott has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995 and moved permanently to the Emerald Coast to become Corporate Counsel, and later General Counsel of a title insurance agency in Destin.  Scott is a past President of the Walton County Bar Association, Inc.
In 2008, Scott Critzer renewed his private practice primarily concentrating in the area of real estate law. Since then Scott has provided legal advice to a wide range of corporate and individual clients throughout the Southeastern U.S. in real estate law (including residential and commercial closings, title insurance, short sale negotiations, and escrow services), banking law, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, business law, probate-trust law and other civil matters.
Scott provides a personal approach to the practice of law, taking time to get to know his clients. He takes pride in being able to explain difficult concepts in easy-to-understand terms in order to empower a client to be fully included in the legal process.

12889 US Highway 98 W Unit 110A
Miramar Beach, FL  32550-3241
Henry, Michael J.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
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
Stratton, John M.
Matthews & Jones, LLP
Matthews & Jones LLP
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