As a retired judge and practicing attorney I can pledge to use my education, experience, and love for helping others to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. I have worked on both civil and criminal cases regarding: wrongful death, family law, negligence and product liability, car accidents, and truck accidents, and more.
I earned my law degree with honors in 1978 from Florida State University, Tallahassee where I also was an intern with the State Attorney's Office of the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. After being admitted to the Florida State Bar, I began working in the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida with a ten-lawyer firm for six years. Next, I became a general partner with a firm that grew from two-lawyers to a five-lawyer law firm. Then in 2003, former Governor Jeb Bush appointed me as a Judge in Dixie County. The following year, 2004, and again in 2010, I was elected for six-year terms. Upon my reaching the mandatory retirement age for judges in the state of Florida, in 2013, I was appointed as a Senior Judge by the Florida Supreme Court, where I served until I joined KLO, to once again practice law as an attorney and I am loving life practicing with my son and Meagan Standard.
During my first tenure as an attorney I worked on cases from inception to appeal involving jury and non-jury trials, hearings before arbitrators and administrative bodies, and filed both pretrial and post-trial motions. I also served as General Counsel for the Columbia County School Board, was a certified Circuit Court Mediator and a certified Family Court Mediator, and was an approved mediator for the Florida Bar Grievance Procedures. I spent ten years resolving a variety of cases while active as a mediator.
I was also the coach of the Columbia High School Mock Trial team, where our team earned the Professionalism Award (highest honors) twice. Thankfully, I have been recognized with a voluminous array of both legal and community volunteer experiences working with teenagers to seniors. I enjoy advocating for fairness for all and I have utilized my skills with the State of Florida Bar Association, the Third Judicial Circuit, Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, Boys Club, and the Humane Society, to name a few.
I returned to practicing law because I love helping people. My philosophy on life is family first, church second, and the law third. Moreover, my philosophy as an attorney is CLIENTS FIRST and personal life second. I have spent countless hours working on cases for my own clients as well as for others within the firm. I see the law as a means of service for my own clients as well as the law firm itself; assuring everyone that I am on their side. One of my proudest moments was having had the opportunity as a judge to swear in my son, Fred, Jr. as an attorney for the state of Florida.
If experience, knowledge, trust, and commitment are what you seek in an attorney, you can count on me.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1979||09/29/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Professionalism||Florida Mock Trial Association||1999|
|Pro Bono||The Florida Bar||1992|
|Attorney||Koberlein Law Offices||2016 - Present|
|Dixie County Judge||State Of Florida||2003 - 2013|
|School Board Attorney||Columbia County School Board||1992 - 2003|
|Partner||Norris and Koberlein||1986 - 2003|
|Associate||Brannon, Brown et.al.||1979 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association||Past President||1979 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Juvenile Court Rules Committee||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Rules Committee||Member||N/A|
|Rotary International||Board of Directors||2003 - 2013|
|James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court||Master||2002 - 2013|
|Florida School Board Attorneys Association||Former Director||1992 - 2003|
|Three Rivers Legal Services||Past President||1985 - 1995|
|The Florida State University College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||1978|
|University of West Florida||MBA - Master of Business Administration||1972|
|United States Naval Academy||BS - Bachelor of Science||1965|
|Dixie County Rotary||Jury Trials in Florida||2008|
|Shamrock Lodge||Amendments to the Florida Constitution 2004||2004|
|Columbia County Mediation Program||Mediation||2001|