Board Certified Specialist and Mediator. Allow me to introduce myself. You can finds lots of details below, but these fun facts may help you determine whether I can assist you.
I am working now as an attorney and mediator. As an attorney, my work is mainly in the areas of bankruptcy and construction law. I know, almost everyone has a “friend” who worked in construction who went broke.
Seriously, though . . . I have served as attorney to owners, designers, contractors and sureties. The common element for most of them has been the recovery of money, although sometimes it has just been getting them out of hot water. Examples of types of construction involved have been performance arts centers, wastewater treatment and collection, underground utilities, roadway projects, luxury condominiums/ apartments, developments at the beach, military housing, ambulatory surgical centers, and sports arenas. Understanding the complexity of the various interests, what motivates them and the division of responsibility makes this area of law very intriguing. I was lucky enough to be certified by the Florida Bar in the first class of Board Certified Construction Lawyers in 2005.
My first love in the law, though, is bankruptcy. I fell in love while I was still in law school. My undergraduate degree is in accounting, so naturally, I was “encouraged” to go toward tax law. It just didn’t fit me, but when I found creditor’s rights, I was enthralled! That led to studying bankruptcy and working as a law clerk to two marvelous judges. I learned so much under their tutelage, and they were kind enough to feed my passion. I truly believe in the bankruptcy system, I believe in maintaining its integrity, and I endeavor to keep the standard of practice high in this area.
Needless to say, I have worked in bankruptcy since graduating from law school. First for the judges, then in private practice in a firm, then I was recruited to be bankruptcy counsel in a construction law firm, now I am on my own. I have not had what could be called a debtor’s practice since 2002, but I have had the pleasure of working for special-case debtors, creditors, the trustee and committees. I am currently using my bankruptcy background as a court approved mediator for mortgage modification mediations through Chapter 13 cases. This program provides debtors with a way to demonstrate a consistent pattern of payment activity while opening the dialogue with the creditor regarding whether the debtor qualifies for modification of their mortgage through payment reduction as a result of interest rate reduction, principal reduction and/or making missed payments at the end of the repayment period.
Of course, there are lots more details I could share. Just give me a call if you think we may be able to work together. I will give you my direct line – (352)682-0151.
Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2002||06/19/2016|
|ID||Authorized to practice law||1997||08/12/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Instructor - The Fundamentals of Construction Law||Construction Industry Licensing Board, Florida Dept. of Business and Prof. Regulation||2009|
|Board Certified in Construction Law||Florida Bar||2005|
|Business Bankruptcy Specialist 2003-2009||American Board of Certification||2003|
|Mediator||Smith Frasier, P.A.||2013 - Present|
|Shareholder||Smith Frasier, P.A.||2012 - Present|
|Shareholder||Niesen Price Worthy Campo Frasier & Blakey, P.A.||2010 - 2012|
|Attorney||The Robertson Group||2002 - 2010|
|Associate||Landeck Westberg Judge & Graham, P.A.||1999 - 2001|
|Lawclerk to Hon. Terry L. Myers||U.S. Courts||1998 - 1999|
|BAP Lawclerk to Hon. Alfred C. Hagan||U.S. Courts||1997 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Construction Law Certification||N/A||2005 - Present|
|American Bankruptcy Institute, Business Reorganization Committee||N/A||1997 - Present|
|Idaho State Bar, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section||N/A||1997 - Present|
|Murphy Pipeline Contractors v. B.A. Wilson, Inc.; RLI Ins.Co.;City of Lawtey; Kelly Engineering, Inc.; NBE 2005, Inc.||Settlement over $ 2 Million on eve of Jury Trial|
|Exterior Walls Inc. v. Spectrum Interiors, Inc.||Won 2-week Jury Trial w/ Fin. Judgment $ One Mill+|
|Spectrum Interiors, Inc. v. Exterior Walls, Inc.||Favorable appeal on issues related to damages.|
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|University of Idaho College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of Idaho||Accounting||B.S. Bus., cum laude||1994|
|CFMA Lunch and Learn||How to Make Your Liens Enforceable||2013|
|Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers Compensation||Construction Law||2009|
|The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts||Construction Contracts||2008|
|Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers Compensation||Construction Law||2008|
|Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers Compensation||Construction Law||2007|
|Managing the Contract Bond Default in Florida||Bankruptcy||2006|
|Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers Compensation||Construction Law||2006|
|Construction Contract and Purchase Orders in Florida||Contracts||2005|
|19th Annual Winter Bankruptcy Seminar||Bankruptcy||2001|
|18th Annual Winter Bankruptcy Seminar||Bankruptcy||2000|
|17th Annual Winter Bankruptcy Seminar||Bankruptcy||1999|