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

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
Conerly, Lamar A.
Conerly Bowman

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);”


Conerly Bowman
Cordle, Nathan R.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

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. 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.

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Critzer, S. Scott
The Critzer Law Firm, P. A.

Scott graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After working as an engineer, he continued his education and graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 1993. He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1993 and a member of The Florida Bar since 1995. He is past President of the Walton County Bar Association.

While his primary concentration is real estate law (residential and commercial closings, title insurance, short sale negotiations, and escrow services), he also provides legal advice in banking law, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, business law, probate-trust law and other civil matters.

12889 US Highway 98 W Unit 110A
Miramar Beach, FL  32550-3241
Davis, Mark D.
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

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.

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Gutai, Jennifer
Conerly Bowman

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; Board Member of Okaloosa Bar Association YLD (Treasurer, Vice-Pres., President; 2015-2018); Board Member of Okaloosa Florida Association of Women Lawyers (OFAWL) (Secretary, Vice-Pres.; 2016-present); Board Member of Walton County Bar Association (Secretary; 2018-present); Assistant Organizer and Brief Grader for E. Earle Zehmer Worker’s Compensation Moot Court Competition (2012-2018). Member of Okaloosa Bar Association (2015-Present); Member of the St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court (2013-2015); FSU Moot Court Team, 2008-2010.

Conerly Bowman
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
Pentel-Klang, Laura
Matthews & Jones Attorneys at Law

Laura Pentel-Klang is a transactional attorney with the law firm of Matthews & Jones, LLP. She is third generation South Walton County, Florida. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Maine magna cum laude in 2009. Laura attended Charlotte School of Law and received her juris doctorate in 2013. During law school she received the Queen City Merit Scholarship, was on the Dean’s List, and was Vice-President of the Real Estate Law Society. She studied abroad with Cornell Law School at The Sorbonne in Paris. Laura began as a law clerk at Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters & Smith, P.A., and was promoted to Associate Attorney upon her acceptance to the Florida Bar in 2014.

Matthews & Jones Attorneys at Law
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

For over 20 years, Lori Ellen Ward’s practice has been 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.  She is the current Vice President of the Walton County Bar Association and also serves on both the Florida Bar Law-Related Education Committee and Florida Bar Grievance Committee 1B.  Lori lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her husband, teenaged son and daughter, 1 dog and 2 cats

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon
Watson, Franklin H.
Watson Sewell, PL
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Watson, Valerie Anne
Clark Partington Attorneys at Law

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

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