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B. Richard Young

(Member) born Florala, Alabama; admitted to Florida Bar, 1984, Florida, U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Florida State University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981; J.D., cum laude, 1984). Articles and Notes Editor, Florida State University Law Review, 1983-1984. Author, “Medical Malpractice in Florida: Prescription for Change,” 10 FLA. St. U.L. Rev. 593, 1983. Member: Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association; The Florida Bar. Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. (Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education). Reported Cases: DeFarrari v. Geico, 1993; May v. Illinois National, 11th Cir.; Hill v. Burch, 1st DCA; Doe v. Dixie, 11th Cir; Green v. Omni, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; Meyer v. INIC, United States District Court, Southern District.

During Mr. Young’s 31 years in practice, Mr. Young has specialized in the representation of insurance companies and their insureds. His practice has involved aviation, products liability, medical malpractice, nursing home liability, construction defect, automobile negligence, premises liability, commercial general liability, bad faith and complicated insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Young maintains an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys. Mr. Young is board-certified in civil trial practice by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and The National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Michael T. Bill

(Member) born Orlando, Florida; admitted to Florida Bar, 1994, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Auburn University (B.S., with honors, 1990); University of Florida (J.D., with honors, 1993). Title Standards Editor, Florida Law Review, 1992-1993. Member: The Florida Bar; Defense Research Institute; Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Reported Cases: Special Care v. Omni, 2nd DCA; May v. Illinois Nat., Florida Supreme Court and 11th Cir.

Mr. Bill’s legal experience has spanned a broad variety of insurance defense and insurance related litigation. Mr. Bill’s primary practice at this time involves construction defect litigation, automobile negligence, commercial general liability, products liability and insurance coverage litigation.

B.B. Boles III

(Member) born Milton, Florida; admitted to Florida Bar, 1983, Florida. Education: University of West Florida (B.A., magna cum laude, 1980); Florida State University (J.D., 1982). Member, Moot Court Team. Adjunct Professor, Pensacola Junior College, 1989 to present. Assistant Public Defender, First Circuit of Florida, 1988-1999. Chief Assistant Public Defender, Santa Rosa County, 1990-1999. Member: Escambia-Santa Rose Bar Association; The Florida Bar.

During his 32 years of practice, Mr. Boles has represented clients in the areas of commercial litigation, domestic practice, personal injury, bankruptcy matters and Social Security Disability claims, including insurance companies and their insureds in automobile negligence, wrongful death, personal injury protection and construction defect litigation. He has also acted as Assistant Public Defender in areas of felony and misdemeanor offenses and maintains status as an Adjunct Professor at Pensacola Junior College teaching tort law.

Brentt E. Palmer

born Chicago Heights, Illinois; admitted to Florida Bar, 2003; 2004, Georgia; 2007, Alabama. Education: Spring Hill College (Bachelor of Science, 2000); Spring Hill College Soccer Team; Athletic Scholarship, 1996-2000; Mercer University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2003; Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting Certificate, 2003 ); Lawson Moot Court Competition; Student Bar Association, Committee Member; Federalist Society; De Paul University College of Law (Health Law LL.M., 2004). Symposium Editor, De Paul College of Law Health Law Journal, 2003-2004; Fellowship, De Paul University Health Law Institute. Member: Florida Bar; Georgia State Bar Association; Phi Delta Phi; American Bar Association.

Mr. Palmer’s practice areas include medical malpractice, nursing home liability, products liability, insurance coverage disputes, premises liability and automobile liability.

Adam A. Duke

(Associate), born Tallahassee, Florida; admitted to Florida Bar, 2008. Education: Florida State University (Bachelor of Science, 2005), Florida State University College of Law (Juris Doctor, 2008). Business Law Review Journal, Florida State University College of Law 2005-2008. Member: Florida Bar, Phi Delta Phi.

Mr. Duke practices in the areas of complex insurance coverage and bad faith insurance litigation.

Associates

Jordan M. Thompson

(Associate) from Riverview, Florida. Education: Florida State University College of Law(Juris Doctor 2010), Earlham College (B.A. Business & Nonprofit Management, 2006). Awards and Achievements: Florida State University Business Review (Executive Editor 2009-10); Book Awards: Legal Research & Writing II, Law of Restitution (Summer 2009, University of Oxford), Torts II (Thomas M. Cooley Law School). Mr. Thompson was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2011. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, including the U.S. District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Thompson practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation and insurance coverage. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thompson was an extern within the Economic Crimes Division of the Office of the Florida Attorney General in Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Florida Bar.

Megan E. Alexander

(Associate) born Henderson, NV; admitted to the Florida Bar, 2008; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Education: New England School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2008); University of Florida (Bachelor of Arts, 2005). (Bachelor of Arts, 2005). Community Involvement: Board of Director for the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce; Member of By-laws Committee for the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Alexander practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation.

Amanda L. Kidd

(Associate) born Hartford, Kentucky; admitted to the Florida Bar (2011) and Kentucky Bar (2013). Education: Florida Coastal School of Law, (Juris Doctor, 2011); Western Kentucky University (Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, 2008). Member: The Florida Bar, The Kentucky Bar, Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association, American Inns of Court, Northwest Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Pensacola Young Professionals.

Ms. Kidd practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kidd represented the interests of employers and national insurance carriers in workers’ compensation claims.

Cody S. Pflueger

(Associate) born Pottsville, Pennsylvania; admitted to Florida Bar (2011), New Jersey Bar (2010) and Pennsylvania Bar (2009); admitted to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2013. Education: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, 2005); Penn State Dickinson School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2009). Environmental Law Review, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Senior Editor. Member: Corpus Juris Society, Phi Alpha Delta.

Mr. Pflueger practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation.

Michel A. Morgan

(Associate) born Houston, Texas; admitted to the Florida Bar (2013); U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2013). Education: Florida Atlantic University (Bachelor of Arts, 2004); University of Maryland, University College (Bachelor of Science, 2007); Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, (Juris Doctor 2012). Semi-finalist, 1L Feinreider Moot Court Competition; Brief Writer and Advocate, Emory Law School Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Competition, Atlanta, GA and Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition, Birmingham, AL; Justice for Teams, Moot Court Honor Society, Associate Managing Editor, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law; Research and Teaching Assistant, Lawyering Skills and Values.

Ms. Morgan practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Morgan protected the securitized interests of national financial institutions in contested real estate litigation.

Stephanie A. McQueen

(Associate) was born in Sarasota, Florida and admitted to the Florida Bar in 2013. Education: Stetson University College of Law, (Juris Doctor, 2012); Florida Gulf Coast University, (Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2008). Member: the Florida Bar and the Sarasota Bar Association.

Ms. McQueen practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McQueen represented the interests of insurance companies in Personal Injury Protection claims.

Richard A. Weldy

(Associate) born Mobile, Alabama; admitted to the Florida Bar (2014); Education: University of South Alabama (Bachelor’s in Business Management, 2010); University of Miami School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 2014).

Mr. Weldy formerly served as a Certified Legal Intern for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. Mr. Weldy practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation.

Derek L. Veliz

(Associate) born Miami, Florida; admitted to the Florida Bar (2014); Education: Florida International University (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2010); Villanova University School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 2013). Semi-finalist in the Theodore Reimel Moot Court Competition, Advanced Certified Legal Intern in the Villanova Civil Justice Clinic; Prior internships: Intern for Chief Judge Juan Ramirez, Jr. at the Florida Third District Court of Appeals? and Intern at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Veliz practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation.

Joshua J. Hartley

(Associate) from Toronto, Ontario; admitted to the Florida Bar, 2015. Education: Florida Coastal School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2015), University of Guelph (B.A. Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice, 2011). Awards and Achievements: Recipient of Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Member of Florida Coastal Honors Society, Business Law Certificate, Teaching Assistant for Contracts I and Research Assistant. Membership: The Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association and Florida Coastal School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

Mr. Hartley practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation with an emphasis in appellate litigation.

Kara R. Ottervanger

(Associate) from Cape Coral, Florida. Admitted to the Florida Bar, 2014; U.S. District Court for the South District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Education: Florida State University College of Law (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2014), Florida State University (B.S. Political Science & International Affairs, cum laude, 2011). Awards and Achievements: Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Secretary of legal fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. Community Involvement: Volunteer Ronald McDonald House Charities. Membership: Tallahassee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and Hillsborough Bar Association.

 

Ms. Ottervanger practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ottervanger represented the interests of medical providers and medical malpractice liability carriers in malpractice litigation in Tallahassee, Florida, and served as a certified legal intern on post-conviction relief criminal defense cases at the FSU College of Law Public Interest Law Center.

Nicia C. Mejia

(Associate) born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; admitted to the Florida Bar (2015).  Education: St. Thomas University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2015); Florida International University (Bachelor of Arts, 2012).  Memberships: The Florida Bar, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.  Publication: 18 HARV.  LATINO L. REV. 201 (2015).  Awards and Achievements: St. Thomas Law Review, Order of the Barristers, Semi-Finalist ABA Labor & Employment Trial Competition.

 

Ms. Mejia practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation.

Michael F. Reese

(Associate) born Hollywood, Florida; admitted to the Florida Bar (2012); U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2012); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2014).  Education: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (Bachelor of Science, 2007); University of Miami School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2011), Business Law Review Articles & Comments Editor, Writing Center Dean’s Fellow; University of Miami School of Business Administration (Master of Business Administration, 2011).  Reported Cases: Nature’s Products, Inc. v. Natrol, Inc., 990 F. Supp. 2d 1307 (S.D. Fla. 2013).

 

Mr. Reese practices in the area of bad faith insurance litigation.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Reese practiced in the areas of complex business litigation and securities litigation.

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