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James Chase

Family Attorney at Pensacola, FL

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Chase, Higdon & Ralls, PLC

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1980
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business

  2. Divorce and separation

  3. Family
    Divorces, Modification, Child Support, Custody, Contempt, Enforcement, Parental Rights

    44 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Tax
    Representation of taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in tax audits, Tax Court representation, representation of clients in collection issues with IRS, and income tax appeals.

    44 years, 300 cases



Graduated from University of Florida Law School, with Honors, in 1979.  Obtained a Masters Degree in Tax Law from New York University in 1980.  Board certified in Marital and Family Law for over 20 years.  Have been in practice in Pensacola, Florida since 1981.  Member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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James Chase
101 E Government St
Pensacola, FL, 32502-5801

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Posted by Kristen | December 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Mr. Chase has represented me in several Family Law legal issues. He was recommended to me, and I am so thankful I hired him and his law firm to represent me. He will fight for your case! He has extensive knowledge, and he is ready to battle in court. If you are looking for someone not afraid to debate items in the court room, he is who you need to hire! Mr. Chase has always made sure I understand the whole process and has put me at ease. Mr. Chase and his law firm are the best in town, and I will not use anyone else to represent me!
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Attorney
Mr. Chase helped us with a property dispute we had with another family member. He provided wise counsel and guided us through, what to us, was an unfamiliar process. His fees were reasonable and he was very direct and succinct in his communications, yet always willing to provide more details if necessary. He was knowledgeable and professional. Overall, we were extremely pleased with his services.
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Posted by Holly | October 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I would definitely hire and recommend James Chase to anyone that needed an attorney for handling probate. He was very professional, put me at ease and was very well prepared for my case.
Posted by Don | August 3, 2015
Best in the business
As a retired business owner of a large company, I have personally known Jim for several years while he was handling a case for me. He understands law and his business. I greatly admire his skillful and diligent work ethic. I would highly endorse his attorney services to anyone that requires such. After being totally honest and upfront with Jim, he will guide and resolve your legal issue. Jim is very professional with a great intellect and has been in his business for many, many years. He is highly respected among his peers, co-workers and friends with an abundance of legal skills and instincts. Jim is objective in matters and will strive to steer all parties toward a fair and reasonable resolution. First of all, Jim has been a life saver to me throughout this most unpleasant experience. Since he is so hard working and highly educated, people do not wish to face him in a courtroom setting. Jim knows most all of his adversaries and truly what motivates them and their limitations. He handles correspondence in a timely manner to everyone. What he tells you is the truth, as he knows it, through his many years in business and his countless clients. When you face an abrupt change of life, he will intervene, take charge and calm you down considerably about your specific situation. Thank you so much for resolving this tax matter in such a timely and orderly manner. Our entire family applauds you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2015
Jim represented my firm in a suit with an x-partner that was suit crazy.
I found Jim to be very competent and felt well represented in this suit. He was always organized and prepared for each deposition. Jim's CPA experience was also helpful because he not only understands the legal side of things but also the business side. I would not hestate to use him again and i often refer my clients to his firm.
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Posted by John | July 17, 2015
Jim chase
Known Jim for over 25 years, have referred numerous clients and personal friends.Will continue to so when I become aware someone I care about needs professional and timely legal counsel.... The best at what he does!
Posted by Terry | July 17, 2015
Representing my family and me for over 25 years.
Jim Chase has represented me and my family in family law matters for over 25 years. I would not trust anyone else with my family matters and that is why we keep coming back when any of us require a family law attorney. Jim and his staff are very professional and know the law.
Posted by Bruce | July 16, 2015
Job well done!
Mr. Chase was recommended to me by someone who had used him for their divorce and was very satisfied with his work, so I decided to engage him for the same purpose. My ex and I went through a protracted period of offers and counter offers, and through it all Jim and his knowledgeable, experienced staff handled the myriad details quickly and efficiently. I cannot recommend Jim Chase more highly!
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Posted by Miss Terry | July 11, 2015
Absolute trustworthy attorney
Mr. Chase has been my attorney for 15 years. He has handled all of my real estate, probate and business matters. He has also represented friends and family through the years with their family law and tax issues. He is a kind, caring man who treats his clients with respect and has a way of making you feel like you are his only client. He is a board certified atttorney which gives me great peace of mind. He is articulate , professional and an awesome attorney who I would recommend to anyone.
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Posted by Chris | July 10, 2015
Best of the Best
I've known Jim for at least 23 years. First as a student of his at the University of West Florida where students jockied for a seat in his class, then in recent years after I became a Certified Public Accountant I've had the honor of working with Jim on issues involving my own clients. Jim is a true expert in his field; his integrity and professionalism unmatched. I know when I refer a client or friend to Jim that they are going to receive personable, professional, and exceptional service. Jim truly is the Best of the Best.
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Posted by Johnny | July 9, 2015
Jim became my attorney in 1989 representing me in my divorce. He was recommended by a friend. As my lawyer he made me feel like I was the only client he had. He was always available when I had a question or was uncertain about anything. It was the lowest point of my life and he seemed to say the right thing at the right time. I was scared to death and he knew what to say to console me. He is a very detailed person and was always prepared when we went to court. I have an electrical contracting business and Jim is my corporate attorney as well. Jim also encouraged me to get a will which he drafted for me to protect my son and grandchildren. When asked by others about a recommendation for an attorney I do not hesitate to tell people about Jim and his giftings as a lawyer and professional at the highest level. I have enjoyed a 26 year relationship with Jim and consider him also as a friend.
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Posted by Randy | July 9, 2015
Can't thank Jim enough.
Jim has been my attorney for many years and has ALWAYS preformed beyond my expectations. He has been instrumental in helping me deal with the IRS and with Estate Planning as well as many different business matters. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Elaine | July 9, 2015
Attorney Services
Mr. Chase has been our business and personal attorney since he first came to Pensacola, probably 35 years ago. He has always provided us with the best possible understanding of what we should expect and the best possible results. He spends the time needed for both myself and him to be prepared and keeps me informed all the way to the end. He always returns my calls in a timely manner and has never failed to be available when he is needed. Mr. Chase is ethical, honest, dependable and trustworthy. His staff, especially his office manager, is also extremely helpful. I will continue to take anything needing legal attention to his office.
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Posted by Darrell | July 9, 2015
Excellent Attorney in Pensacola
I Have been using Jim as an attorney for over 20 years and he has always been very knowledgeable, prepared and attentive to my needs. He knows his way around the courtroom and follows with ease every detail. He is very well spoken and admired in the community. I can depend on him to advise me in any situation. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by Ben | July 9, 2015
The Absolute Best Family Law Attorney in Florida!
I was involved in a divorce where my ex-spouse did not want to settle the case and her attorney had no client control. Mr. Chase handled the other attorney, the judge and everyone involved with this case with respect and defended me to the best of his ability. There is nothing more I could have asked for from an attorney. I am an attorney and although I do not practice in family law I learned how to better deal with judges, attorneys and witnesses from Mr. Chase's handling of my family law case. After a full trial, Mr. Chase was able to obtain a result far better than my last offer to my ex-spouse. If anyone is looking for a family law attorney I cannot recommend anyone better than Mr. Chase!
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Posted by Arby | July 9, 2015
Best service and outcome.
If you are in need of an attorney, there are a lot on TV bending the truth to get you to hire them.... Don't. Look to James L Chase Esquire, to get your side of the case heard. He was in my corner on both of my cases. He and his staff got it handled and saved me Thousands. I would go directly to him if I needed an attorney again. You should too. 1st rate.
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Posted by Virginia | July 9, 2015
Exceptional Attorney
Mr. Chase is an exceptional attorney with an amazing staff. Mr. Chase kept me informed throughout the process, and gave me honest advice about my case, while being realistic about possible outcomes. Mr. Chase is a bulldog in the courtroom, and fought for me. I recommend him for any tax, family or business law matters you may be involved in.
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Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Chase, Higdon & Ralls, PLC
  • 1987 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of West Florida
  • 1985 - 1995
  • Partner
  • Harrell, Wiltshire Stone and Swearingin
  • 1981 - 1987


  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1980
  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979


  • American Society of Tax Problem Solvers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tax Freedom Institute
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Northwest Florida Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Legal Boss of the Year
  • Pensacola Legal Secretaries Association
  • 1985
  • Book Award (Highest Grade in Class for Income Tax)
  • University of Florida Law School
  • N/A
  • Book Award (Highest Grade in Class in Land Use Planning)
  • University of Florida Law School
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Estate and Tax Issues in Divorce Proceedings
  • 2016
  • Divorce Litigation From Start To Finish
  • Divorce Litigation From Start To Finish (Rated 4.75 out of 5.0)
  • 2016
  • Family Law 101
  • Taxes and Divorce
  • 2014
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Representing Clients in Tax Audits
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Chase is one of the most effective and ethical attorneys I know. Having known Jim and his reputation for the last 28 years, I have also am aware that Jim and his staff care greatly about giving their Clients the best legal service possible. Jim not only has extraordinary academic credentials, e.g. a degree in accounting, passing the CPA exam, having a Masters in Tax law and graduating from the University of Florida law school with honors, but he also possesses a high "emotional IQ" making him extremely socially adept. This balance of intelligence and "social adeptness" inures to the benefits of his clients. So does this 30+ years of experience in tax law, family law, IRS issues and other related areas of law practice. If a family member of mine needed legal advice in an area of law in which Jim Chase practices I would without hesitation suggest to them to seek out his advice."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim has many years of experience in complex family law and estate/tax matters. His extensive experience and education allow him to give sage input to clients during difficult times. I have referred clients to him over the years and always felt comfortable each time that the clients were in good hands."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jim for almost thirty years. He has been an outstanding lawyer and is very ethical. In fact, we don’t do domestic cases and when someone asks for an attorney to handle such cases, I recommend Jim."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is well known in the community for handling family law matters with complex financial and tax ramifications. His business and tax practices complement his family law practice, and are a real benefit to his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected and well qualified"
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Jim since I began practicing law over 20 years ago. He's not only a fantastic family law, business and tax attorney, he's a great guy--very friendly, approachable and makes clients I've referred to him feel very comfortable and confident that their case is being handled professionally. I've referred many clients to him over the years and will continue to do so. I highly recommend Jim Chase."
Tax Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent tax lawyer and tax litigator."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the pleasure of working for Jim for 7 years just out of law school. He's been a wonderful mentor to me personally & my law practice. I refer family law & tax matters to Jim and know that anyone I refer to him will be well taken care of. He's highly ethical and I learned my practical approach to helping clients from Jim. He has a wonderful, caring, efficient support staff. It's a pleasure working with his firm."
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Pensacola Family Lawyer James Chase
James Chase
Family Attorney
Pensacola, FL
Licensed for 43 years