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LAW GUIDE | Vol. 12, No. 2, January 14, 2010
(Legal Laughter)

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2010 Law Directory

John Asmar
1306 E. Cervantes St.
Pensacola, FL 32501

Before creating his own firm in Pensacola, Mr. Asmar practiced Land Use, Governmental, Environmental and Real Estate Law in Southwest Florida. In addition to his experience in the legal field, Mr. Asmar has over 12 years of professional experience in local government serving communities throughout Florida. Mr. Asmar has represented private businesses, local governments and authorities, statewide organizations and individuals before state and local governments. In addition, he is a frequent speaker on various topics concerning local and statewide issues such as smart growth, sustainable communities, environmental protection and community redevelopment. He assists clients in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, community associations, business law, family law, land use, government law, product liability, consumer protection, real property, collection, landlord/tenant and commercial litigation.

Aylstock Witkin Kreis & Overholtz
803 N. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL 32501

Pensacola based Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz has emerged as a national leader in the fight to protect the safety of those injured by the carelessness of others.  Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz lawyers are regular speakers on issues including product, pharmaceutical and medical device dangers, were selected for inclusion in Florida Superlawyers 2009, and have received the highest rating ("AV") from Martindale Hubbell.  Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz handles a wide range of cases including car accidents and injury cases, insurance fraud and other complex litigation.

James R. Barnes Attorney at Law
114 E. Gregory St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

James R. Barnes has been practicing law in Pensacola for more than 19 years. He has handled thousands of criminal and civil cases working for government agencies, small and large firms. His experience is rare in that he has spent many years on both sides of legal issues, prosecuting and defending many types of actions. Recently, Mr. Barnes opened his own law firm, which allows him to use this exceptional knowledge to aggressively represent clients in a variety of ways. His areas of practice include criminal defense, family law and injury claims.

Beroset & Keene
1622 N. 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32503

Beroset & Keene was founded in 1975 by Barry W. Beroset. Laura E. Keene joined Beroset in 1986, and Ross A. Keene and John C. Beroset have since joined the firm. Beroset & Keene's attorneys provide experienced legal counsel and personal service to clients in practice areas of criminal defense, marital and family law, and litigation and appeals/post-conviction. The firm serves clients throughout Florida and also handles appeals cases anywhere in the United States.

Beroset & Keene has developed a strong reputation thanks to their ability to resolve complex legal matter efficiently and effectively. Beroset & Keene serves clients in Panama City, Port St. Joe, Crestview, Milton, Tallahassee, Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, Bay County, Leon County, Fort Walton, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, Pensacola NAS and Tyndal AFB. The firm also represents clients in Federal Court throughout the United States.

Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse
One Pensacola Plaza, Suite 800
125 W. Romana St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

For more than three decades, Clark Partington has provided legal expertise to major corporations, businesses, families and individuals. The firm specializes in providing effective, comprehensive legal services in the areas of business and banking; construction; environmental; litigation; real estate; taxation; and wills, trusts and estates. Over 30 experienced attorneys work as a team to provide the best resources for each client. At the same time, the firm offers the personalized, one-on-one attention that each client needs and deserves. The firm maintains home office locations in both Pensacola and Destin. All attorneys are licensed to practice in the State of Florida as well as in State and Federal Courts across the U.S. In addition, the firm belongs to the Florida Law Network, a group of independent Florida law firms that can combine knowledge, efforts and resources to expand the scope and quality of legal services each member firm provides.

Coastal Association Law Group, P.L.
139 E. Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

Coastal Association Law Group, P.L. is a law firm focusing exclusively on the representation of community associations. Community associations include condominium associations, homeowner associations, office park associations and the like. The firm is managed by attorneys Suzanne Blankenship and Stephen Lowery, who combine their knowledge of the law with a solution-oriented approach to addressing clients' problems to help obtain efficient results for the associations they serve. Coastal Association Law Group's new offices are conveniently located in downtown Pensacola, but its attorneys represent associations throughout Northwest Florida and Alabama via the use of innovative technology such as web conferencing. The firm plans to soon unveil "Coastal Connect", a system which will connect firm clients with important information about their files in real time through its website   

Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith
118 E. Garden St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith was started in New Orleans in 1987 with a handful of attorneys and a commitment to providing excellent legal services to its diverse clientele. With over 90 attorneys and nine offices throughout the Gulf South, including Pensacola and Mobile, GJTBS continues to expand its practice offering services to its clients in the areas of business litigation, professional liability, construction law, environmental law, wills trusts and estates, maritime, employer's liability, family law, real estate litigation and real estate transactions.
GJTBS offers the breadth of experience and resources of a regional law firm, allowing businesses and professionals to have their legal needs serviced by one law firm that is familiar with their particular situation and expectations.

With the unprecedented growth in the Gulf South and in Northwest Florida, as well as the recovery from the area's many recent natural disasters and economic downturn, the firm's ability to advise and represent an array of clients in many legal areas involving litigation and transactional work is particularly valuable.
GJTBS is proud of more than 13 years of service to the Pensacola Bay area, and looks forward to remaining a part of this vibrant community for years to come.

Michael J. Griffith, P.A.
304 E. Government St.
Pensacola FL, 32502

Michael J. Griffith, P.A. was founded in 1990 by Michael J. Griffith. He does not represent any government entities or corporations. Since 1974, Mr. Griffith has provided his clients with exceptional legal service in the areas of criminal law and personal injury.

Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson, LLP
400 E. Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

Since 1975, when attorneys Robert G. Kerrigan and George W. Estess founded Kerrigan and Estess in Pensacola, the firm, now Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin, McLeod & Thompson, LLP has maintained a commitment to excellence in the practice of law.
Since 1979, the firm has focused on personal injury law, allowing it to most effectively assist clients during what may be the most traumatic and difficult period of their lives. All of the firm's attorneys are partners and are recognized by the Florida Bar as Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers, ensuring that every client is served by experienced, highly skilled counsel. If you have any questions, please contact the office and make arrangements for a free consultation with an attorney.

Levin Papantonio Thomas
Mitchell Echsner & Proctor, P.A.
316 S. Baylen St., Suite 600
Pensacola, FL 32502

In the past twenty-five years, Levin Papantonio has received more than seventy-five jury verdicts in the amount of one million dollars or more, including twelve jury verdicts in excess of ten million dollars, and two in excess of $450 million. Additionally, the firm's total settlements have exceeded one billion dollars. In its July, 2002 edition, the National Law Journal recognized Levin Papantonio as the fourth most successful law firm in America based on total jury verdicts. The firm's attorneys have been profiled by the New York Times, Forbes, Time Magazine, George Magazine, Newsweek, ABC News, CNN, The American Lawyer, Lawyer Weekly and the National Law Journal.
Levin Papantonio is well-positioned to handle any large-scale litigation on behalf of "the people," including work involving personal injury, mass torts, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical liability, commercial litigation, worker's compensation, criminal law and environmental litigation. The firm is also equipped to litigate cases in nursing home and prisoner abuse.

Liberis & Associates, P.A.
212 W. Intendencia St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

The attorneys at Liberis & Associates are dedicated to serving clients in the areas of Business Law, Commercial Law, Civil Litigation Law and Real Estate. Charles Liberis has focused his practice on complex business and real estate transactions, commercial litigation and asset protection. Richard M. Beckish has focused his practice on civil litigation, insurance fraud, bad faith litigation, general tort law, business and commercial litigation. David L. Powell concentrates in construction law, materialmen's rights, commercial collections, Community Association representation, foreclosure and business litigation. Bruce C. Fehr's practice is focused on personal and business bankruptcy.

Meador and Vigodsky, P.A.
900 N. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL 32501

The Pensacola firm Meador & Vigodsky offers accessible, welcoming attorneys who can talk with you confidentially about your family law concerns, including divorce, parenting plans and contact time, child support and paternity. Attorney Craig Vigodsky, a former prosecutor and experienced criminal defense lawyer, defends people accused of misdemeanor, felony and juvenile crimes. The firm is also specially suited to address issues such as domestic violence, which can involve both family law and criminal defense.
Both attorneys Ann Meador and Craig Vigodsky are attorney guardian ad
litems, helping families assess the best interests of their children. They also volunteer with Escambia County Pro Se Clinic providing free legaladvice about family law issues. Craig Vigodsky brings criminal law knowledge to the practice while Ann Meador is an experienced family law lawyer.
To schedule a confidential consultation, call 465-9911. You can also visit or tune in to the firm's Blab-TV show, "The Law Hour", which airs every other Thursday at 7 p.m., for additional information about the firm.

Michles & Booth, P.A.
501 Brent Lane
Pensacola, FL 32504
438-4848 or

The law firm of Michles & Booth provides aggressive and compassionate representation to the victims of the negligence of others. Michles & Booth seeks to obtain for their clients what they have lost after being injured, such as lost wages, payment for medical bills and compensation for victims and their families. As a law firm specializing only in personal injury litigation, the firm advises and represents clients on matters involving insurance benefits, medical care and benefits, property reimbursement, and monetary compensation for their loss. Whether injured in motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls, medical negligence or pharmaceutical malpractice, the firm's attorneys possess the highest academic credentials and subject matter expertise. Each attorney has over 10 years of civil trial experience in the field of personal injury litigation.

Gene Mitchell

2101 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32503

Gene Mitchell represents individuals who are accused of crimes. Gene has been licensed since 1994 in Federal and State courts. Gene is also certified by the Florida Bar in the area of criminal trial practice. Don't wait. Call Gene today to protect your rights. Proudly serving the Pensacola area for criminal law, personal injury, and securities.

Shell Fleming Davis & Menge
Seville Tower
226 Palafox Place, 9th Floor
Pensacola, FL 32502

Shell Fleming Davis & Menge formed in 1956 and has since built a reputation of integrity and trust for its legal work and dedication to the community. The firm, made up of 12 attorneys, holds the most distinguished designation that the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry offers. Its legal team has represented thousands of clients including banks, hospitals, developers and governments in a wide variety of practice areas, such as real estate, family law, wills, estates and taxes, corporate and intellectual property. In a time when the practice of law is increasing emphasis on the bottom line, Shell Fleming Davis & Menge is committed to meeting the needs of its clients in a professional, efficient and competent manner. Please learn more about the firm at

Jeremiah J. Talbott, P.A.
245 E. Intendencia St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

With over 11 years of legal experience, Jeremiah "J.J." Talbott specializes in the areas of Workers' Compensation; Personal Injury, Unpaid Wages and Overtime Law; and Family Law. He is admitted to practice in the states of Florida and Alabama and prides himself on aggressively representing the interest of his clients.
Whibbs & Stone, P.A.
801 W. Romana St.
Pensacola, FL

The law firm of Whibbs & Stone, P.A., provides a full range of legal services. The firm's lawyers are committed to delivering exceptional, client-focused legal representation with a level of personal attention available only from a small law firm.
All of their attorneys focus their practices on a specific area of law. The firm is designed to assist you and your family with all of your legal needs. In good times and in bad, the firm's attorneys will provide focused representation. They handle personal injury, workers' compensation, social security disability, criminal law and divorce. They are also available to assist with any of your transaction needs in the areas of real estate, estate planning, foreclosure, commercial litigation, contract disputes and elder law issues.
Explore the firm's Web site to learn more. Whibbs & Stone provides a full range of legal services and they are confident that their years of experience will enable them to best serve your needs. Contact the firm for more information at 432-HELP, and they will contact you to set up an appointment regarding your legal matter.

Joe Zarzaur
PO Box 12305
Pensacola, FL 32591

Joe Zarzaur specializes in all types of injury and death cases in both Alabama and Florida. He provides aggressive representation to clients in practice areas such as personal injury, motor vehicle injuries, medical malpractice, boating injuries, discrimination, product liability and wrongful death. Mr. Zarzaur is Board Certified by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial lawyer. He has practiced for over twelve years and has tried jury trials in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and Louisiana.