Real Property – Walton County Bar Association
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Real Property

Campbell, Bruton M.
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse

Brut’s practice focuses on all areas of real estate law and banking law. He represents clients on a wide array of real estate and loan matters. His clients consist of individuals, developers, builders, businesses, and financial institutions.

Brut graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University in 2008, with a degree in Political Science. He graduated, with honors, from Florida State University College of Law in 2012. While in law school, Brut clerked for the First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in DeFuniak Springs, Florida and was a member of the Real Estate Law Society, the Student Bar Association, Business Law Society, and a Student Member of the American Bar Association.

4100 Legendary Drive
Suite 200
Destin, FL 32541
Florida State University College of Law, with honors, 2012
Florida State University, magna cum laude, 2008
Bar/Court Admissions:
Campbell, Scott M.
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse

Since his admission in Florida in 2003, Scott has focused his practice in all areas of real estate law, banking law, transactional work and corporate law involving closely held corporations and limited liability companies. He represents financial institutions, builders, developers, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of real estate, corporate and financing matters which include commercial and residential real estate transactions, secured and unsecured loans, complex loan workouts, entity formation, residential and commercial leasing and mergers and acquisitions.

4100 Legendary Drive
Suite 200
Destin, FL 32541
University of Florida 1999; Stetson University J.D with honors 2002
Bar/Court Admissions:
Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts

Martindale-Hubbell Rating:
Professional Recognition:
Board Certified in Real Estate by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization of Education; selected to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2011 “Up and Comers” as recognized by his peers.

Community Involvement:
Active member of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce; Florida Banker’s Association; Member of the Board of Directors for Habitat For Humanity in Okaloosa County, Inc.
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

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
Hall, Steven K.
Hall & Runnels

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.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Hillis, Svetlana “Lana”
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.


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



Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
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

Kauffman, Robert
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.

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


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

60 Clayton Lane
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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
Sachs, Colleen
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.
Slaman, Amy P.
Beggs & Lane

Beggs & Lane
4405 Commons Dr E Ste 102
Destin, FL 32541-3538
Young Lawyers Division:
Law School:          University of Miami School of Law, 2011

Real Property, Probate Law

Young Lawyers

Practice Areas:
Estate Planning

Probate and Trust Litigation

Real Estate

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

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Beggs & Lane website
Stratton, John M.
Matthews & Jones, LLP
Matthews & Jones LLP
Sullivan, Jennifer A.
Guilday Simpson West Hatch Lowe & Roane, PA
Guilday Law
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

White, Aaron
Dunlap & Shipman, P. A.

Practice Areas:

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


Lee University, B.A., Political Science
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, Doctor of Law (J.D.)
Williams, Kirby H.
Shoreline Title, LLC



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.

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

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
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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