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Robert A. Goodwin III

Litigation Attorney at Shalimar, FL

3.7   6 reviews

also known as Trey Goodwin

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Construction and Real Estate Litigation

    18 years

  2. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts, Living Wills, Advance Directives, Durable Power of Attorney, Healthcare Surrogate

    15 years

  3. Probate
    Estate and Will Administration, Will Contests, Homestead, Summary Administration, Ancillary Administration

    15 years

  4. Real estate
    Real Estate Contracts

    18 years


Robert A. “Trey” Goodwin III earned his bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida (2001), and his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida State University School of Law (2005).

Trey founded the law firm of Robert A. Goodwin III, P.A., where he and his team make client satisfaction a top priority. Trey’s legal practice focuses on representing clients in real estate disputes, construction matters, probate, and estate planning.

Trey also gained significant experience in public service leadership as a member of the Fort Walton Beach City Council (2011 – 2013); and as Okaloosa County Commissioner for District 4 (2014 - present).

Trey’s deep commitment to public service is rooted in his comprehensive understanding of Northwest Florida’s community, business and governmental affairs environment.

In addition to his service in government, Trey is been actively involved in our community as a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Destin and the EDC Business Leadership Council of Okaloosa County.

Trey lives in Fort Walton Beach with his wife, Krystle and their children, daughter Alexia and son Robert. Trey and his family worship at Wright Baptist Church.


Goodwin Law Group, P.A.


3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Robert | February 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Trey helped us through a terrible construction lawsuit. He is thorough and competent, he handles trial very well and is a truly impressive litigator. Wouldn’t recommend anyone else.
Posted by Klare | February 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate Professionalism
Mr Goodwin very clearly explained the probate process to me in the beginning. From there to the end, his associates walked me through every step with compassion and professionalism, always keeping me informed and seeking to make the experience as convenient for me as possible. I would not hesitate to refer his services to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2021
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Hard working with great attention to detail
Throughout a long and difficult case, Trey remained focused and gave me excellent advice. He did a great job of getting us ready for trial and was terrific in the courtroom. He out-lawyered two excellent attorneys who worked for the opposing side. I continue to call him for advice on various matters and he is always responsive.
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Posted by Gary | February 16, 2021
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Excellent Law Firm with an Excellent Attorney
I was referred to this Law Firm by another local well know Law Firm. I consulted with and hired this Law Firm and Attorney. I found myself needing representation in a Probate case in dealing with the sale of a house and land that was owned by 3 family members. My case involves a one third owner , another surviving heir and a missing heir that is presumed dead at this point. The Mr. Goodwin P.A. and his entire staff have been friendly and very easy to work with. I have no complaints or regrets in hiring and working with this Law Firm and Attorney. I will admit that I don't usually like dealing with Law Firms or Attorneys. Dealing with Law Firms, Attorneys, and Lawsuits in general are not usually an enjoyable experience for most people to say the least. I have nothing negative to say about my experience. Everything has been totally positive!
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Posted by TwoFreedoms | February 10, 2024
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A simple contract to pay between individuals and they failed to file case due to more research needed.
A simple contract to pay between individuals and they failed to file case due to more research needed. $5000 paid and never received a call from Mr. Goodwin. The contract was for payment of settlement of partnership with an air force officer when he sold the property. The air force office made $3,000,000 on sale and did not honor his promise and signature on recorded document at Okaloosa County County. The firm told and we believe they understood the funds were to be used in continued support of the Ukraine and U.S. humanitarian charity Two Freedoms Foundation and their work helping children and families in and during the war in Ukraine. Not an apology for failure but a request for several more thousand dollars for more research. And all documents and history were recorded and kept with the Foundation from date of partnership beginning 1992 but not used for filing a letter to the air force officer to pay. The sale was in 2022 with no statue of limitation limit as our contracting his firm was in 2022. We believe all that is given is correct and given this day from eastern Ukraine where will continue to support families and children during the Russian war in Ukraine.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2023
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Concerned with lack of information and attention to detail
Our interactions with this firm were quite disappointing. We paid an initial consultation fee of $290 for Mr. Goodwin to provide “preliminary guidance” (their emphasis) for establishing an LLC in Florida to hold our Florida property. After a discussion of the requisite steps, we left the meeting not feeling comfortable with the matter, but still intending to move forward. At no point during the consultation were any downsides of creating an LLC brought up. Over the next couple of days I was emailed twice by a paralegal from the firm asking us to select a registered agent so she could begin work setting up the LLC. During this same time, our Georgia estate attorney contacted me wanting to know if Mr. Goodwin had warned us of the impact of creating an LLC on our non-homestead 10% ad valorem real property tax cap, which would be followed by a higher base for annual assessments. He stated there was a recent Florida 3rd DCA opinion addressing this issue. I called the Okaloosa tax office and they confirmed that if we placed our property into an LLC then the base tax rate readjusts and it would potentially cost us thousands of dollars. In my view, this is precisely the type of information which should be brought up during a paid initial consultation session. Another indicator of a lack of attention to detail on the part of the Goodwin firm is they placed the wrong home address on our documents. We had not lived at the address they used in over four years, and we had never given it to the firm. Even on a subsequent bill of $275, apparently for the paralegal’s time, they again used the wrong address. We decided not to continue our relationship with the Goodwin law firm.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney / Shareholder
  • Goodwin Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Commissioner District 4
  • Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Keefe, Anchors & Gordon
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Matthews & Hawkins, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Pennington Moore Wilkinson Bell & Dunbar, P.A.
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Florida State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001


  • Okaloosa County Law Library Board of Trustees
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Book Award Conflict of Laws
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 2004
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Litigation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Trey is no-nonsense, and always prepared. I know I am in for a battle when Trey appears on the other side."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Goodwin is a highly-skilled and intellectual litigator. He spends significant time preparing his cases and achieves the best possible outcomes for his clients."
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