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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. 


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Construction: 50%
    19 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 50%
    19 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Smith Frasier, P.A.

2209 NW 40th Terrace, Suite A
Gainesville, FL, 32605

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200206/19/2016
IDAuthorized to practice law199708/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Instructor - The Fundamentals of Construction LawConstruction Industry Licensing Board, Florida Dept. of Business and Prof. Regulation2009
Board Certified in Construction LawFlorida Bar2005
Business Bankruptcy Specialist 2003-2009American Board of Certification2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MediatorSmith Frasier, P.A.2013 - Present
ShareholderSmith Frasier, P.A.2012 - Present
ShareholderNiesen Price Worthy Campo Frasier & Blakey, P.A.2010 - 2012
AttorneyThe Robertson Group2002 - 2010
AssociateLandeck Westberg Judge & Graham, P.A.1999 - 2001
Lawclerk to Hon. Terry L. MyersU.S. Courts1998 - 1999
BAP Lawclerk to Hon. Alfred C. HaganU.S. Courts1997 - 1998
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Construction Law CertificationN/A2005 - Present
American Bankruptcy Institute, Business Reorganization CommitteeN/A1997 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy SectionN/A1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of IdahoAccountingB.S. Bus., cum laude1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CFMA Lunch and LearnHow to Make Your Liens Enforceable2013
Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers CompensationConstruction Law2009
The Fundamentals of Construction ContractsConstruction Contracts2008
Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers CompensationConstruction Law2008
Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers CompensationConstruction Law2007
Managing the Contract Bond Default in FloridaBankruptcy2006
Construction Safety, Laws, Advanced Code and Workers CompensationConstruction Law2006
Construction Contract and Purchase Orders in FloridaContracts2005
19th Annual Winter Bankruptcy SeminarBankruptcy2001
18th Annual Winter Bankruptcy SeminarBankruptcy2000
17th Annual Winter Bankruptcy SeminarBankruptcy1999