Commercial Litigation – Walton County Bar Association
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Commercial Litigation

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
Bruner, Robert C.
Bruner Wright, P. A.

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court
U.S. Bankruptcy Court


Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana

J.D. – 1971

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

B.S. – 1968

Honors: With Distinction

Professional Associations And Memberships

Tallahassee Bar Association, Member, 2009 – Present
Indiana Bar Association, Member, 1971 – Present

2063 County Highway 395
Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459


2810 Remington Green Circle
Tallahassee, FL  32308

Bruner Wright, P. A.
Conerly, Lamar A.
Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title

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

Corona, Lacey
Broad and Cassel

Ms. Corona represents clients in the public bid and proposal sector on some of the State’s largest infrastructure, transportation, and development projects, such as:

Special Counsel to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) on its $3.2 billion Capital Improvement Program;
GOAA General Construction Counsel ($500+ million annual expenditure for design and construction);
Counsel to Jacksonville Transportation Authority for construction-related procurements and contracts, including public-private partnerships (P3);
Counsel to St. Lucie County on its New York Mets stadium project, P3s, and drafting agreements and procurements.

Ms. Corona also represents clients protesting and defending local, state, and federal contract awards in all industries, and is well-versed in all phases of litigation regarding construction, employment, federal and state intellectual property and trade secrets, and general business litigation matters, including winning rulings from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Ms. Corona is also licensed to practice in New York.
Gordon, A. Benjamin
Keefe, Anchors & Gordon

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
Milam, David
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.

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.

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 O’Rourke has been practicing law in Florida for nearly 20 years and focuses on general civil and commercial litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts of northwest Florida. Dan has represented clients in matters ranging from Covenants Not to Compete in the trial court of Walton County to construction liens and contract disputes throughout northwest Florida. He has also represented clients in real estate fraud disputes in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida and claims pursuant to the federal Hyde Amendment (awarding attorney fees to victims of malicious, vexatious, frivolous and bad faith federal criminal prosecutions) before the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit & Family Mediator, Dan helps clients create practical and livable solutions of their disputes. As a Mediator, Dan works with clients and counsel to resolve a vast array of disputes in circuit-civil and family matters.

The youngest of five children, Dan is a native of Florida and longtime resident of northwest Florida. He is the son of Lt. Col (USAF Ret) Michael J. and Julie M. O’Rourke. After growing up in Fort Walton Beach, he went on to the Universities of Florida and West Florida for his undergraduate education. Dan graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1994 and came home from St. Louis and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1995.

Dan’s current practice includes circuit-civil and family mediation, civil and commercial litigation, probate, real estate law, creditor’s rights law and construction litigation. His certification includes Florida Supreme Court, Circuit and Family Mediator number 21031FR. Dan, a Knight of Columbus, previously served the community as president of the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, an Okaloosa County Planning Commissioner, and Board Member of OASIS (Okaloosa AIDS Support and Informational Services)

12889 US Highway 98 W Unit 110A
Miramar Beach, FL 32550-3241
Reeder, H. Wesley
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon

As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Wes primarily mediates cases involving construction, business and commercial disputes, real estate, land use, property rights issues, and eminent domain. In addition, Wes is available to provide third party neutral evaluations and to serve as an arbitrator. Wes is dedicated to helping you and your clients efficiently and effectively resolve your case or dispute.

Florida Bar Board Certified in Construction Law
AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Available to serve you State wide
Competitive Rates
No multi-party fee enhancement
No cancelation fee

To schedule a Mediation, simply contact Wes by phone at 850.433.6581 or email

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon
30 South Spring Street
Pensacola, FL  32502

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon
Strayhan, III, H. Lee
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse

From 2000 to 2006, Lee was with a law firm headquartered in New Orleans where his law practice was predominantly litigation, with an emphasis in admiralty, maritime, tort, and commercial litigation. He is experienced in handling a wide variety of matters including insurance coverage, maritime personal injuries, offshore platform claims, contractual indemnity disputes, vessel collisions, premises liability, toxic tort, and other commercial disputes that have involved complex multi-party litigation. In Louisiana, Lee also gained experience handling appellate litigation, successfully briefing and/or arguing appeals in state and federal court.

In May of 2006, Lee joined our firm to work in the Destin office and since then his practice has continued to focus on civil litigation, primarily in the area of commercial and real estate litigation, with an emphasis in representing financial institutions in loan enforcement matters and litigation. Lee is a Partner and shareholder of the firm.
Recent Acknowledgments:
“Florida Super Lawyers” – selected to Florida Rising Stars 2009, 2010 and 2011 as recognized by peers.

“Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite” – selected to 2010 “Up and Comers” as recognized by peers.

4100 Legendary Drive
Suite 200
Destin, FL 32541
J.D., Loyola University School of Law; B.A, University of Alabama
Bar/Court Admissions:
Florida; Louisiana; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Florida and the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

4100 Legendary Drive
Suite 200
Destin, FL 32541
Sullivan, Jennifer A.
Guilday Simpson West Hatch Lowe & Roane, PA
Guilday Law
Wright, Byron “Trey” III
Bruner Wright, P. A.

Trey Wright is one of the founding partners of Bruner Wright, P.A., Attorneys At Law. Trey practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Prior to forming Bruner Wright, P.A., Attorneys At Law, Trey served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Karen K. Specie of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida. His experience during his clerkship provided him with invaluable experience that allows him to efficiently and effectively analyze legal issues from many different perspectives.


2063 County Highway 395
Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459


2810 Remington Green Circle
Tallahassee, FL  32308

Bruner Wright, P. A.
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