Real Estate Closings & Title – Walton County Bar Association
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Real Estate Closings & Title

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.

Bowman, J. Bruce
Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title

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


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

Cordle, Nathan R.
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse

Professional Experience:
Nathan believes in client-centered service, and understanding and meeting the unique needs of each individual client. Nathan’s primary focus is commercial and residential real estate transactions, title insurance, and title curative work. Additionally, his practice area includes general real estate law, business and corporate entity formation, and estate planning.

Prior to joining Clark Partington, Nathan served as attorney and manager for Capitol Park Title in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He also worked with Cynthia Lee Almond as an attorney in Tuscaloosa, focusing on real estate law, business law, estate planning, and probate law, and served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Honors College at The University of Alabama. Before becoming an attorney, Nathan worked as a real estate agent. He enjoys utilizing his real estate experience to better meet the needs of his clients and the local real estate community.

Nathan earned his law and undergraduate degrees from The University of Alabama. During law school, Nathan served on the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association, President of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

Born and raised in lower Alabama, Nathan grew up with Destin and South Walton as his back yard. He enjoys spending his spare time volunteering in the local community, and soaking in all that the Gulf Coast has to offer.

Certificate in Public Interest Law
Former President of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
Recipient of the Dean’s Community Service Award

Alabama Bar Association
Tuscaloosa Bar Association
American Bar Association

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
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

Gutai, Jennifer
Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, LLP & Attorneys’ Title

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

Howell, Jr., William S.
William S. Howell, Jr., P. A.

Litigation Percentage

25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

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


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

1727 S County Hwy 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

King, Casey Jernigan
Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law
(850) 769-3434

Law School:  The University of Alabama School of Law, 1999

Federal Courts:  U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

State Courts:        Alabama and Florida


Address:  2050 W. County Highway 30-A
Suite M1-109
Santa Rosa Beach, LF 32459
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
Sachs, Colleen
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Ward, Lori Ellen
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon

Lori Ellen Ward grew up in Jackson County (Marianna), Florida and transplanted to the Emerald Coast in 1996 when she married a true local, Michael Ward.  After earning her law degree at Florida State University in 1997, she began her legal career in a small Destin firm with a broad area of practice, where she quickly developed an interest in and proficiency at representing clients in the real estate industry.  Over the last 20 years, her practice has grown to include developers of large commercial and residential real estate ventures, local banks in their real estate lending departments and individual buyers and sellers of property.  For the 10 years preceding her transition to Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon in late 2017, she was a sole practitioner in Miramar Beach and owner of Priority Title, a title agency providing insured residential real estate closings primarily in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Outside of her professional activities, Lori has served as a past President of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and remains a sustainer in that organization.  She is also a charter and Evergreen member of Impact 100 of Northwest Florida.  Professionally, she is an active affiliate with the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, a former treasurer of the Okaloosa Bar Association and the current Vice President of the Walton County Bar Association.  Her family is involved with a church plant in Santa Rosa Beach – King’s Cross Church – which meets in their backyard.  Lori and Michael have been married for over 20 years; they have a 16 year old son, a 12 year old daughter, 1 dog, 2 cats and an RV!

At Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, Lori’s practice is focused on residential real estate closings, but she also advises clients in the areas of general real estate matters, commercial and residential real estate development, business formations and transactions, probate and estate planning.  Lori works primarily in the firm’s Miramar Beach – Sandestin office, but is available to assist clients in our Pensacola and Tallahassee offices and can conduct closings in all 67 Florida counties.

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon
Watson, Franklin H.
Watson Sewell, PL

Since 1997, Mr. Watson has practiced law in a boutique law firm environment. His practice is dedicated to business and real estate law, integrated estate planning and their related fields.

His real estate practice includes representation of clients as to a wide variety of transactions such as the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of residential lots, homes, subdivisions, multifamily developments, shopping centers, hotels, resorts and commercial office buildings. He also represents clients in personal property transactions such as those involving the purchase and sale of stock, limited liability membership and partnership interests, negotiable instruments, businesses and business assets. Mr. Watson’s finance experience includes both borrower and lender representation in the initiation, modification, purchase, sale and workout of secured and unsecured loans.

Mr. Watson’s practice in the area of integrated estate planning marries the client’s needs of life planning with death planning in order to protect their estates so as to provide for themselves as well as their loved ones during and after their lifetime.

Mr. Watson has supervised in the development of over thirty-five residential and commercial developments, providing legal representation in the acquisition, retention and financing of large tracts of land for the development of master planned communities, the disposition of finished lots to end users, investors and merchant builders, and has represented many clients in the development of apartment, office, retail, and hotel properties.  He also represents landlords and tenants in lease transactions involving residential and commercial space.
University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Concentration: Real Estate and Banking

University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business
Masters of Business Administration
Concentration: Finance

Davidson College, Bachelor of Arts
Concentration: History & Philosophy
Professional Experience:
Watson Sewell, LLC, Attorneys at Law, ATTORNEY
Seagrove Beach, Panama City Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

Franklin H. Watson, P.A., Attorneys at Law, President
Seagrove Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

Seagrove Beach and Miramar Beach, Florida

1st National Bank & Trust, Board of Directors
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

W. Wade Wallace P.A., Attorney at Law, Attorney
Destin, Florida
F.N. Wolf & Co., Inc., Account Executive (Stock Broker – SERIES 7 & 63 Licenses)
Charlotte, North Carolina

Alabama Small Business Development Center, Management Consultant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Marvin’s Building Materials & Home Centers, Human Resources Consultant
Trussville, Alabama

The University of Alabama Executive MBA Program, Graduate Assistant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The University of Alabama Department of Economics,
Finance, and Legal Studies, Graduate Research Assistant
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Johnstone Adams Bailey Gordon and Harris, Attorneys, Law Clerk
Mobile, Alabama

Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk
Charlotte, North Carolina
Licenses & Memberships:
Florida License to Practice Law
Alabama License to Practice Law
Florida Real Estate Agent License
Florida Bar Elder Law Section
Florida Bar Environmental Land Use Law Section
Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Series 7 General Securities Representative (inactive)
Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law License (inactive)

Watson Sewell, PL
5410 E County Highway 30A Ste 202
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-6589

Watson Sewell, PL's Website
Watson, Valerie Anne
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse

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.

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

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