Criminal Law – Walton County Bar Association
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Criminal Law

Clark, Lacey Powell
Powell, Powell & Powell
(850) 682-2757

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
Davis, Mark D.
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse

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)

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.

Matthews, II, Dana C.
Matthews & Jones LLP

D.C. was born and raised in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School, he went on to receive his B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University in 2006. Before deciding to study law he worked as a legal assistant for Matthews & Hawkins, P.A. and as an assistant closing agent for Destin Land and Title, Inc.

While attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, D.C. worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit in Florida for two semesters. While interning at the State Attorney’s Office, D.C. worked on numerous felony and misdemeanor cases, and also sat first and second chair for multiple judge and jury trials. D.C. received his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall in May 2013.

Following graduation, D.C. joined Matthews & Jones, LLP.
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
Rushing, Leah Baye “Bailey”
Office of the Public Defender, 1st Circuit

Bailey Rushing graduated from Florida A&M University, College of Law and was admitted to practice in 2014.

Office of the Public Defender
Weimorts, Michael
Weimorts Law Firm

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
Weinstock, Michael D.
Michael D. Weinstock, P. A.

795 East John Sims Pkwy.
Niceville, FL 32578

Michael D. Weinstock, P. A.
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