Condominium / HOA – Walton County Bar Association
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Condominium / HOA

Anchors, Michelle
Keefe, Anchors & Gordon
850-863-1974
manchors@kaglawfirm.com

Michelle Anchors is one of the Gulf Coast’s preeminent attorneys and a founding partner of Keefe, Anchors & Gordon.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1987) and the University of Florida College of Law (J.D. 1991), Michelle provides counsel to many businesses, condominiums, and homeowners associations along the Emerald Coast. Michelle is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator. She has received the highest rating offered by her professional peers in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review system and has been honored as one of Florida’s ”Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.

Michelle’s depth of government and administrative knowledge allow her to match the needs of her private sector clients with the most efficient and effective solutions. After graduating from law school, Michelle served as a law clerk to Justice Parker Lee McDonald of the Florida Supreme Court. She subsequently served as Deputy General Counsel to former Governor Lawton Chiles and was a member of his staff when he served in the United States Senate. Since 2013, Michelle has served as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and currently serves as the commission’s chair.

Michelle and her family have been leaders in the Fort Walton Beach and Destin communities for generations. In addition to serving as pro bono counsel to a number of local non-profit organizations, Michelle is personally and actively involved with a number of organizations and issues.  Former Governor Jeb Bush appointed Michelle to chair the Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast and in 2007 Michelle was named “Best Corporate Citizen” by Emerald Coast Magazine. In 2012, Michelle was honored to serve as one of the founding members and first President of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, which raises and provides significant grant funding for deserving local non-profit organizations. Michelle also formerly served as chair of the Okaloosa County School Readiness Coalition and on the boards of directors for the University of West Florida Foundation and the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Michelle, her husband Steve and their two children are active members of St. Simon’s Episcopal Church. She enjoys long distance open water swimming, playing the piano, and backpacking with her family.

Keefe, Anchors & Gordon
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
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

Hall, Steven K.
Hall & Runnels
steve@hrlaw-destin.com

Education and Professional Experience
Choctawhatchee H.S.; Florida State University B.S.; Florida State University J.D.
Asst. General Counsel, Florida Dept. of Environmental Regulation
Deputy General Counsel, Florida Dept. of Community Affairs
Assistant General Counsel. Northwest Fla. Water Management District
City Attorney, City of Valparaiso
Attorney, Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council
General Counsel, The Sterling Companies
Community Involvement
Founding Board Member Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance
Board of Trustees, Staff Parish Committee, Lay Worship Leader, Crosspoint United Methodist Church
Board of Directors, GRACE Rides Equine Therapy Program
Blue Lake Emmaus Community
Member, Urban Land Institute
Member, Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section

Business address:
4399 Commons Drive East, Suite 300
Destin, FL  32541

Hall & Runnels' website
(850) 337-4720
Henry, Michael J.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-3315
michael@dunlapshipman.com
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-5816
Hillis, Svetlana “Lana”
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-3315
lana@dunlapshipman.com

Education:

Florida State University College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
Florida State University, B.S., Public Safety and Security, Summa Cum Laude

Groups and Associations:

Florida Bar Association
Walton County Bar Association
Community Institute Association

Languages

Russian
English

Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Howell, Jr., William S.
William S. Howell, Jr., P. A.
850-622-0529

Litigation Percentage

25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1984
Colorado, 1995
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1988

Education

Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida – 1983

Address:
1727 S County Hwy 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Kauffman, Robert
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-3315
Robert@dunlapshipman.com

Civil Litigation
Construction Law
Construction Litigation
Contract Law
Contract Litigation
Business Litigation
Condominium and Community

Association Law:

Professional Negligence Defense
Insurance Defense
Insurance Bad Faith
Health Care Law

Education:

University of Florida, B.S.B.A, Finance
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, Doctor of Law (J.D.)

Groups and Associations:
Bar/Court Admissions: Florida Bar, Alabama State Bar, U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida

Address:
60 Clayton Lane
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

www.dunlapshipman.com
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
Sachs, Colleen
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-3315
colleen@dunlapshipman.com
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-5816
Watson, Valerie Anne
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse
850-269-8863
vwatson@clarkpartington.com

Professional Experience:
Valerie Watson practices in the firm’s commercial transaction department. Her practice areas include corporate transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and governance, and contract review;  Valerie also handles real estate matters, with a focus on real estate closings, construction law, HOA disputes,  and insurance law.  Whether forming a new business, revising a business associate agreement, or drafting a document for a multi-million dollar transaction, she understands each legal issue is of the utmost importance to that client and she treats each as a priority.

Valerie graduated cum laude from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Science in English with minors in Pre-law and Political Science. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and the Oxford Law Program, St. Edmund Hall of Oxford University. While in the process of earning her International and Comparative Law Certificate, Valerie worked with the director of the World Intellectual Property Organization at the United Nations.

Utilizing her extensive real estate title background, Valerie worked with Louisiana residents after Hurricane Katrina to research property records and facilitate community development based programs.  The teams that she managed assisted thousands of families.

As a native to the Florida panhandle and a 2015 Pensacola Inweekly Rising Star, Valerie is excited to bring her legal skills to our region and live close to family.
Education

J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 2004
Oxford Law Program, St. Edmund Hall of Oxford University, 2003
B.A., Flagler College, cum laude, 2001

White, Aaron
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
850-231-3315
Aaron@dunlapshipman.com

Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation
Community Association Law
Construction Litigation
Creditor’s Rights (Collections)

Education:

Lee University, B.A., Political Science
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, Doctor of Law (J.D.)

www.dunlapshipman.com
Williams, Kirby H.
Shoreline Title, LLC
850-308-7107
kirby@shorelinetitlellc.com

 

 

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.

Experience:
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
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

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