Jason Waddell is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney. He was born & raised in Athens, GA. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia & Cumberland School of Law at SamfordUniversity. While at Cumberland, Jason focused his studies on Estate Planning and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Following graduation Jason moved to Pensacola with his fiancée Amy Kicklighter.
Jason is extremely passionate about his chosen field of practice. While not a factor in his decision to develop an Elder Law practice over a decade ago, his families’ struggles with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s over the past few years have intensified his desire to stay on top of his practice. Jason collaborates with several non-profit organizations along the Gulf Coast supporting his clients, such as, Covenant Alzheimer’s Services, Counsel on Aging, and Area Agency on Aging.
Jason has emerged as a leader within the field of Elder Law. Aside from being one of only 99 Board Certified Florida Elder Law attorneys out of the 83,539 Florida Attorneys, Jason has written for The Advocate (Florida Bar Elder Law Section publication). He sits on both the Executive Council and the Executive Committee for the Florida Bar Elder Law Section. In 2015, he was nominated to become the Section’s Treasurer as a part of the leadership track for the Elder Law Executive Council.
Jason’s passion for seniors together with his unique humor have made him a sought after speaker within the field of Elder law. He has been selected to present in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 for the Florida Bar Elder Law Annual Update and Hot Topics Course for advanced practitioners (recently confirmed he will be again presenting in 2017). Additionally he has spoken before the National Academy of Elder Law attorneys in Washington D.C. and countless churches and organizations along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Jason jokes his mother told him not to become a “typical lawyer.” In keeping with his promise, he has maintained a strong ethical commitment to this community and his profession. He is the prior Chair of the 1st Circuit "A" Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar. He is the former Chair for the 1st Circuit "A" Unlicensed Practice of Law committee. Both of these committees deal with ethics and a good practice management system regardless of whether you are an attorney or lay person.
In January 2016 Jason was awarded the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for his work in developing an advance directive workshop and legal education course for his community. In June 2014 Jason was awarded the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Member of the Year for his work in promoting the field of Elder Law. He was credited with working for over four years as chair of a committee which developed a mentoring program that has been copied around the country and within other Sections of the Florida Bar. This is in addition to working on several other committees and projects within the Elder Law Section.
Jason and his wife, Amy, live in Pensacola, FL where they are raising their son. Jason is a Cub Scout Den Leader for his son. When not with his family, Jason loves to talk college football, go fishing, and “capture pictures of the beautiful place he calls home.”
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I am an attorney who has practiced since 1968. Since early in Jason Waddell's practice, I have found him to be a valuable resource in the legal community. I have consulted with him on numerous occasions in the areas of special needs trusts and guardianships; and in particular, elder law for which he is Florida Bar certified.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2001||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President's Pro Bono Award||Florida Bar||2016|
|Charlotte Brayer Public Service Award||Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar||2016|
|Elder Law Section Member of the Year||Florida Bar, Elder Law Section||2014|
|Certification in Elder Law||Florida Bar||2013|
|Outstanding Service to the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar||Enrique Zamora Chair of the Elder Law Section||2012|
|Partner||Waddell & Waddell, P.A.||2002 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alzheimer's Family Services||Vice Chair||2012 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2002 - Present|
|Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Grievance Committee||Chairman||2009 - 2012|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Young Lawyers Board||Board Member||2009 - 2011|
|Florida Bar, UPL Committee||Chairman||2004 - 2010|
|The Summation||Elder Law: Not Just Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning||2013|
|Advocate||ELS mentors answer your questions||2009|
|Advocate||Special Needs Trust answers||2008|
|Co-Authored with Rod Max and Kerry P. McInerney||A Matter of Principle:The Role of Religious Philosophies in Resolution||2001|
|Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|Florida Bar Annual Update and Hot Topics||PreMortem Legal Planning||2017|
|National Acd. of Elder Law Attorneys Annual Meeting||How to Succeed in Elder Law||2009|