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Lance practices law in all areas of personal injury, with particular skill in workers’ compensation law and auto accidents. He has had substantial success before the Judges of Compensation Claims pursuing benefits denied by insurance companies. In numerous cases, he has obtained six to eight-figure settlements for his clients. Lance is a preeminent claimant’s workers’ compensation attorney, and he is well-respected by both the defense bar and claimant’s bar throughout Florida.
He has been a board-certified workers’ compensation attorney in Gainesville, FL, since 1999, demonstrating his commitment to high standards of practice. This is a rare and important distinction that contributes immeasurably to his skill in handling workers’ compensation cases. There are approximately 90,000 lawyers licensed to practice in the state of Florida. However, less than 0.5% of them are board-certified in workers’ compensation law.
Excelling in trial litigation, Lance is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for attaining settlements above one million dollars, representing plaintiffs in auto accidents, trucking accidents and wrongful deaths.
Outside of his practice, Lance is an outdoorsman, an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his wife, Kerri, have two daughters, Ashton and Ella.
|GA||Inactive Member in Good Standing||1990||11/19/2020|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1989||09/29/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2019|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2019|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Board Certified - Workers' Compensation||Florida Bar||1999|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||N/A|
|Partner||Avera & Smith||1996 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Florida Academy of Workers Compensation||Past Chairman||N/A|
|Florida Workers' Advocates||Member||N/A|
|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of Central Florida||Undergraduate||1985|
|Berry v. Romac Lumber & Supply||$560,000|
|Smart Estate v. Redwine||Confidential|
|Loudermilk and Holt v. MasTec, Inc.||$4,100,000|
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