Attorneys

The Team You Want In Your Corner

The attorneys at BBDG are tenacious and committed to client service. We’re eager to use our passion, experience and creativity to solve your legal problems. These are the top-notch professionals who will be serving you.

Robert W. Bleakley

Partner

ABOUT
Robert Bleakley comes from a family of lawyers. After beginning his career as an associate attorney in one of Tampa’s most prestigious law firms, Bleakley joined a law firm owned by current partner, Chuck Bavol. In April 2000, Bleakley opened “The Bleakley Law Firm” as a solo practitioner mainly defending trucking companies in personal injury cases and defending workers' compensation claims. Bleakley gradually added talented lawyers, new practice areas, new clients, and new partners to the growing firm. In January 2019 the firm became “Bleakley, Bavol, Denman & Grace”. BBDG has a statewide litigation practice. The firm also handles corporate, real estate, probate, estate, and guardianship transaction matters as well as litigation related to those areas.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Premises Liability
 Trucking and Commercial Auto Claims
 Employment Litigation
 Workers Compensation Defense
 Commercial Litigation

EDUCATION
1988: University of Michigan, B.A.
1992: Thomas Cooley Law School, J.D., Cum Laude
Thomas Cooley Law Review Member

BAR ADMISSION: 1992: Florida

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
 Advance Auto Parts
 URW Westfield
 True Blue, Inc.
 Interstate Cleaning Corporation
 OPIS Resources
 Quality Distribution
 Smithfield Foods
 Little Caesars
 Detroit Tigers
 Florida Everblades
 Orlando Solar Bears

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
North Tampa Young Life:
Board Member: 2014 - Present
Board Chair: 2014 – 2018
Carrollwood Day School:
Board of Trustees: 2015 – 2019
Idlewild Baptist Church
Member: 1993 – Present
Avila Golf & Country Club
Member: 2003 - Present

Charles D. Bavol

Partner

ABOUT
Chuck Bavol is a civil trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience trying a broad range of cases in federal and state courts across the country involving a wide variety of complex issues including products liability, commercial litigation, construction defect litigation, medical negligence, and guardianship/trust litigation. Chuck has also successfully litigated mass tort cases, both individual and class action, involving a variety of medical devices, implants, pharmaceuticals, and building products.

In the commercial area, Chuck has litigated cases involving private and public contract issues, UCC sales, insurance contracts and insurance coverage, trademark counterfeiting, environmental pollution, construction, fraud proceedings, and non-competition and employment disputes.

In the mass tort area, Chuck served as National Trial Counsel for Dow Corning Corporation in its defense of silicone implant product liability cases involving its many and varied non-mammary implants. In that capacity, he has tried silicone mass tort cases across the country, as well as serving on the National Litigation Team managing local counsel throughout the United States and Canada. Chuck continued to serve Dow Corning Corporation during its Chapter 11 reorganization brought about by the silicone mass tort cases by serving the company’s efforts to develop its generic trial strategies and defenses for cases expected to be defended in the Litigation Trust formed through the plan of reorganization. Thereafter, Chuck continued to work with the Litigation Facility in the ultimate successful resolution of all non-mammary opt-out cases.

Other mass tort representations have included the successful resolution of cases involving products in both the medical and non-medical arenas. Mass tort medical product representations have included an adhesion prevention solution used during gynecologic procedures, drug infusion (“pain”) pumps, implantable defibrillator leads, uterine sling devices, cochlear implant systems, female hormone replacement therapy medications, and fen-phen. Non-medical products mass tort representation has included products as diverse as bulletproof vests (alleged defective Kevlar-type product sold to law enforcement) and table saws (allegedly failing to employ an automatic shut-off technology within milliseconds of a blade touching skin).

Chuck has also served as Florida Trial Counsel to manufacturers supplying parts and products to the automobile industry, including air bag and seat belt automotive product liability litigation.

In the construction litigation area, Chuck has handled the gamut of construction related cases from defending general contractors in litigation involving public projects, wastewater treatment plants, and the like, to defending luxury home builders involved in construction defect/mold claims involving oceanfront property. Chuck serves as Florida Trial Counsel for TopBuild Corp., the leading installer and distributor of insulation products to the United States construction industry. Chuck also serves as Florida Trial Counsel for Masco Corporation and its subsidiaries in all manner of construction related litigation matters.

A significant portion of Chuck’s trial practice has been in defense of medical malpractice claims against physicians, dentists and hospitals.

Along with partner Ron Denman, Chuck was part of the BBDG trial team winning a recent landmark $16.4 million verdict in a federal district court trial in West Palm Beach on behalf of a guardianship estate of an incapacitated ward for breach of professional and fiduciary duties by a law firm hired by the professional guardian.

Chuck was appointed to the 2010 faculty of the esteemed Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the preeminent trial advocacy training program for defense lawyers seeking to improve trial skills and techniques. The Trial Academy faculty is annually selected from lawyers recognized as the best civil defense litigators in the country.

Chuck is a member of The Florida Bar, State Bar of Michigan, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute. He was selected as a "Leading Florida Attorney," a recognition conferred upon fewer than 6% of the state’s attorneys. Chuck served as Past President and Emeritus Director of the Florida Easter Seal Society, and also served on the Executive Committee of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

On a personal note, Chuck and his wife Georgia enjoy travel and time away at their summer home in northern Michigan. An avid golfer, Chuck is a member of Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club and Crystal Mountain Resort (Michigan). Chuck also served as co-chairman of the Great Lakes Golf Academy, a charitable organization seeking to provide talented young golfers access to professional instruction and necessary exposure in order to receive college opportunities and scholarships.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Commercial Litigation
 Construction Litigation
 Drug and Medical Device Products Liability
 Automotive Products Liability
 General Products Liability
 Professional Malpractice Defense
 Guardianship/Trust Litigation

J. Ronald Denman

Partner

ABOUT
J. Ronald Denman is a Litigation Partner with extensive courtroom experience in state and federal courts throughout the country. Licensed to practice in Florida and North Carolina, Denman has a national litigation practice and represents individuals, and public and private companies in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including intellectual property litigation, deceptive and unfair trade practices, directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability, defamation and slander personal injury and products liability defense, and construction litigation. Denman also represents personal representatives, heirs, beneficiaries, Guardians, and trustees in all areas of litigation involving Guardianship matter, will contests, and trust litigation throughout Florida. Denman also represents high wealth individuals in family law matters that involve complex business issues.

Beginning his career as Assistant State Attorney in 1990 in Sarasota and Orange County, Denman quickly began prosecuting major felony crimes. In 1993, he entered the civil arena representing insurance companies and corporations in a variety of litigation matters, focusing on product liability, medical malpractice, director and officer liability, and professional liability defense. In 1998, Denman joined the prestigious Miami law firm Bilzin Sumberg, and expanded his practice to include aviation defense, complex commercial litigation and intellectual property, and high profile family law matters. There, Denman achieved the status of a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated lawyer, which he continues to maintain today.

In 2003, Denman was asked by one of his largest clients to join his company as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Operations. This company quickly grew to become an international manufacturer and distributor with more than $300 million in annual revenues. During his tenure with this company, Denman was able to oversee national and international litigation, intellectual property, and governmental regulation. In this position Denman regularly met with Senators, Governors, Attorneys General, and was honored by the governor of Colombia in connection with the construction of a new manufacturing plant.

In 2010 Denman returned to private practice and joined the Miami law firm of Perlman Bajandas Yevoli and Albright heading up the Miami litigation department. Besides continuing to provide business consultation services for a number of companies in connection with all aspects of operations, finance, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and international business development, Denman rebuilt his commercial litigation practice and continued to focus on complex commercial litigation, director and officer liability, professional liability, family law and probate and guardianship litigation.

Denman joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in 2014 and continues to maintain a statewide practice in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, professional liability, personal injury and products liability defense, construction litigation, probate, trust and guardianship litigation, and family law matters.

In 2012 Denman became a Member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a member of the U.S. District Court for the Southern and has served on the Florida Bar Aviation Standing Committee and as a Director of the Orange Bowl Foundation. Denman has also served as a Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers for Children and Guardian Ad Litem Program, and participated with the Miami-Dade County Put Something Back Program, and served as a director for the Miami Beach JCC. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association and Defense Research Institute. For a list of clients, or significant cases, please inquire.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Commercial Litigation
 Construction Litigation
 Probate and Guardianship Litigation
 Family Law Matters

Robert Grace

Partner

ABOUT
Robert J. Grace, Jr. received his Masters of Law in international banking law from Boston University in 1991, his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi in 1990, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history in 1987 from Indiana University.

Grace joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in September 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Grace was a shareholder of the law firm of Stiles, Taylor & Grace, P.A. His areas of practice include civil trial practice, workers’ compensation and general insurance defense.

Grace is admitted to the Florida Bar, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is active in the Florida Bar, where he was a committee member of the Clients’ Security Fund from 1997 to 2003, serving as Vice-Chairman during 2002-2003. He served on the executive council of the Florida Bar Workers Compensation Section from 2012-2015.

He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers and Workers’ Compensation Sections of The Florida Bar. He is active in the Florida Defense Lawyers’ Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice and Labor and Employment Law sections. BBDG is the Florida member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) where Grace serves on their long range planning committee.

Grace is a contributing author to The Defense Speaks: A Civil Defense Practice Manual, published by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the editorial consultant to Dubreuil’s Florida Workers’ Compensation Handbook, 2009 through 2019. He serves on Larson’s National Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board and is a frequent lecturer around the country on a variety of legal topics.

Grace is "AV" Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as part of Florida’s Legal Elite and by Tampa Bay Magazine as a top lawyer. He has been selected for inclusion into Best Lawyers in America for eight consecutive years.

Brian Battaglia

Partner

ABOUT
Brian Battaglia is a partner with Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace with a focus on complex civil litigation, business and commercial litigation, employment and labor law and real estate litigation. Brian Battaglia began his career, and was a shareholder with one of the oldest and most respected law firms in Pinellas County, Florida. Brian then established and operated his own law practice before joining Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace. Brian Battaglia has argued cases at every level of the Florida state court system, including successfully arguing in the Florida Supreme Court. Brian Battaglia holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating of AV Preeminent® which evaluates legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience. In 2017, Brian Battaglia was honored to have been nominated for the position of Circuit Court Judge by the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Civil Litigation
 Commercial Litigation
 Employment and Labor Law
 Real Estate Litigation
 Zoning and Land Use
 Health Care Law

EDUCATION
2006: Loyola University Chicago, LL.M. in Health Law
1982: Florida State University, B.S.
1985: Drake University School of Law, J.D.

BAR ADMISSIONS
1986: Florida
1987: United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
1993: Supreme Court of the United States of America

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Past Recipient, The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Leader, Culver Club of Tampa
Leadership Pinellas, Class of 2018
Past Treasurer and Board Member, PEMHS
Past President and Trustee, Community Law Program
Past Board Member, Bay Area Legal Services
Served as Vice Chair, Pinellas County Board of Adjustment
Past President, Pinellas Opportunity Council
Member, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida Pro Bono Committee

Christina C. Hebert

Partner

Christina C. Hebert joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in January 2006, bringing ten years of legal experience working with a small Tampa firm. Ms. Hebert has continued to focus her practice in the areas of contracts, corporate and business law, securities, and estate planning and probate.

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, Ms. Hebert is a native Floridian. She attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she received her Bachelor of Science, with High Honors, in Accounting in 1992. Ms. Hebert continued her education at the University of Florida College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor graduating with Honors in 1995. During law school, Ms. Hebert was a Legal Research and Writing Teacher’s Assistant, the Chairperson of the College of Law’s Honor Code Committee, and a member of the John Marshall Bar Association. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Currently, Ms. Hebert is a member of the Hillsborough County and American Bar Associations, the Florida Bar, and the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Sections of both the Hillsborough County and Florida Bar Associations. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ms. Hebert is also a member of the Hillsborough County Association of Women Lawyers and the North Suncoast Estate Planning Council. In addition, Ms. Hebert authored the chapter, Dissolution, in the first edition of the LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES IN FLORIDA, a Florida Bar CLE Manual published in 2004.

An avid golfer, Ms. Hebert is a member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, Tampa Bay Florida Chapter (Golf Events Committee Co-chair 2005 - 2008). Ms. Hebert is married with two sons and daughter and lives in Land O’ Lakes, Florida.

Grant W. Kindrick

Partner

ABOUT
In March, 2011 Grant W. Kindrick joined what was then The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm directly from law school. Mr. Kindrick has practiced in virtually all of the practice areas offered by the firm, including general liability litigation, trust and probate litigation, guardianship litigation, commercial litigation, professional liability litigation, First Amendment litigation, first party insurance litigation, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, insurance coverage and re-insurance litigation, corporate derivative lawsuits, employment litigation, and workers' compensation.

Mr. Kindrick has represented for-profit, not-for-profit corporations, and individuals on both the defense and plaintiff’s side of cases. He has practiced in circuit court, federal court, arbitration proceedings, and administrative proceedings.

Mr. Kindrick, with J. Ronald Denman and Charles Bavol tried the matter of Bivins v. Rogers et al, which resulted in a jury verdict of 16.4 million dollars in favor of the firm’s client. Mr. Kindrick has also litigated on both sides of several other multi-million-dollar cases involving catastrophic personal injury matters, commercial disputes and lawsuits involving damage to real and personal property.

Mr. Kindrick is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but has devoted his professional career to practicing law in the state of Florida. In 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. Kindrick earned his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

Mr. Kindrick is a member of the Florida Bar, the United States District Court for the Middle District and Southern District of Florida, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Commercial Litigation
 Trust and Probate Litigation
 Guardianship Litigation
 Employment Litigation
 First Amendment Litigation
 First Party Insurance Litigation
 Insurance and Re-Insurance Litigation
 Professional Liability Litigation
 Workers Compensation

EDUCATION
2007: Furman University, B.A.
2010: George Washington University Law School, J.D.

BAR ADMISSION: 2010: Florida

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
 Advance Auto Parts
 Guarantee Insurance Company
 Layne Christiansen
 Shriners Hospitals for Children, Inc.
 Albany Academies, Inc.
 Edwin Taylor, LLC

PUBLIC SPEAKING
“Protecting Your Agency and Your Staff Under PDGM” – 30th Annual HomecareCon - Orlando
“Medical Marijuana and Employer Considerations” – 30th Annual HomecareCon - Orlando
“Employee Classification, Non-Competes and Other Legal Conundrums” – Private Care Symposium - Tampa

Gerard P. Duignan

Partner

Gerard (Jerry) Duignan joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in 2016. Duignan has extensive experience litigating first and third-party insurance matters.

Duignan was born in Oyster Bay, New York but grew up in Tampa, Florida where he attended the University of South Florida. Duignan subsequently earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from the University of Florida.

Since becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Duignan has handled a wide array of cases including automobile negligence claims, premises liability claims, defense of sinkhole claims, professional liability claims, construction claims, insurance coverage issues, and personal injury protection claims. Duignan also has appellate experience, including arguing before the Second District Court of Appeals.

Duignan lives in Lutz with his wife, Annabel, and two sons. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing guitar.

Melissa D. Krepps

Partner

ABOUT
From the beginning of her legal career, Krepps has represented international corporations in product liability actions in both state and federal jurisdictions, from inception through appellate resolution. Over the years, she has added to her practice the defense of medical/dental practitioners in Florida malpractice cases and in administrative actions brought by the Department of Health, as well as commercial litigation and trademark infringement. In 2011, Krepps joined the firm now known as Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace as a partner.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Product Liability (pharmaceuticals/medical devices)
 Product Liability (toxic torts)
 Product Liability (automotive, construction, and general consumer products)
 Medical Malpractice
 Commercial Litigation

EDUCATION
1993: Bradley University, B.A.
1996: Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.
Executive Editor, Syracuse Law Review
1996:Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, M.A.

BAR ADMISSION:
1997: New York, Missouri
2002: Florida

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
 The Dow Chemical Company
 St. Jude Medical, Inc.
 Abbott Laboratories
 Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
 Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
 OMS National Insurance Company
 Fortress Insurance Company
 Advance Auto Parts
 AmTrust

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: 2010-2016

Jonathan Newlon

Partner

ABOUT
Jon has been representing families and businesses in Florida since 1999. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Law, Jon joined a mid-sized Tampa firm, then a large national firm, working in the areas of real estate and corporate transactions and tax planning. In 2001, he took over the estate and tax planning practice of a well-respected attorney in Pasco County, Florida. During his time in that practice, he developed his estate planning expertise and added probate, trust, and family law litigation to his skill set. Today, Jon advises clients in all facets of estate planning and represents people in family law matters, probate and trust administration, probate and trust contests, and guardianship/fiduciary disputes.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Estate and Tax Planning
 Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation
 Guardianship and Fiduciary Litigation
 Family Law Litigation

EDUCATION
1995:University of South Florida, B.A.
1998:University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with Honors
Senior Editor, Florida Tax Review
Editor-in-Chief, Florida Law Review

BAR ADMISSION:
1999: Florida

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
 Coach and former board member, East Pasco Youth Soccer League.
 Member, East Pasco Bar Association.
 Athletic and Academic booster, Pasco High School.

Associate Attorneys

Marko Crespo

Associate

ABOUT
In March 2018, Marko joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace primarily defending Employers and Carriers in workers’ compensation claims. Marko has dedicated his career to workers’ compensation defense as well as general insurance defense litigation. When not at the office, Marko enjoys spending his weekends with his family and rooting for the Buccaneers and Seminoles.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Workers Compensation Defense
 Insurance Defense

EDUCATION
2008: Tampa Jesuit High School
2012: Florida State University, B.S.
2015: Stetson University College of Law, J.D.

BAR ADMISSION:
2015: Florida

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
 AmTrust North America
 Progress Energy
 Johnson Controls, Inc.
 Publix
 Penske
 United Natural Foods, Inc.
 Kuehne & Nagel
 Hussmann
 CCMSI
 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Jesuit Bar Association

Richard Ervin

Associate

ABOUT
Richard William Ervin, IV is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars, he is admitted to practice law in all state courts in Florida and the federal Middle District Court of Florida. He practices in the areas of business, civil litigation, family, real estate, and appellate law.

Richard received his B.S. degree in political science from Florida State University in 1997. While attending Florida State, Richard interned at the Florida legislature for Representative Barry Silver and assisted with his political science professor’s mayoral campaign. Richard was also a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity. Richard earned a second bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida in 2003 where he excelled academically, graduating with honors and gaining admission into Golden Key International Honor Society. Richard continued his education at Florida State where he earned a master’s in business
administration and achieved honors on the Dean’s List. Richard earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern Law School. While attending Nova Law, Richard interned at the Public Defender’s office, 2nd Circuit, the Ft. Lauderdale City Prosecutor’s office, and Yoss LLP. Richard was awarded Nova Law School’s highest pro bono distinction for completing over 500 pro bono service hours.

Prior to attending law school, Richard pursued a career in banking and finance, working as a financial analyst for Branch Banking and Trust and a financial planner with American Express Financial Advisors. During that time, Richard gained valuable experience in analyzing financial data and reports.

After graduating law school, Richard assisted with and litigated a wide range of cases including breach of contract, real estate transactions, shareholder actions, fraudulent transfers, breach of fiduciary duties, deceptive trade practices, securities fraud, family law, and landlord tenant matters.

Richard has been active in the community, volunteering for the Trey Curry Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries, Volunteer Reading Tutors, and The Sharing Tree.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Contract Disputes
 Business Litigation
 Real Estate Litigation
 Family Law
 Appeals

EDUCATION
1997: Florida State University, B.S.
2003: University of Florida, B.S.
2005: Florida State University, M.B.A.
2011: Nova Southeastern, Shepard Broad Law School, J.D.

BAR ADMISSION:
2015: Florida
2017: Washington D.C.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
 Scott’s One Hour Air
 Flex It Nutrition
 Dempsey Construction

Victoria M. Pearce

Associate

ABOUT
Ms. Pearce joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in March, 2018 following her employment with the firm as a Summer Associate in 2017. As a Summer Associate, Ms. Pearce was able to participate and play a key role in the firm's record $16.4 million jury verdict award in a professional malpractice/guardianship matter, Bivins v. Rogers et al.

Ms. Pearce has practiced in nearly all of the practice areas offered by the firm, including general liability litigation, trust and probate litigation, guardianship litigation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, appellate counsel, professional liability litigation, First Amendment litigation, first party insurance litigation, insurance coverage and re-insurance litigation, and construction litigation.

Ms. Pearce received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of South Florida in December of 2014 and graduated Cum Laude from The Florida State University College of Law in December of 2017. In fact, Ms. Pearce completed her undergraduate and law degrees in just 5 years total.

Ms. Pearce is a member of the Florida Bar the United States District Court for the Middle District, The Young Lawyers Division, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Outside of the office, Ms. Pearce is a Tampa Bay native and grew up racing motocross across the United States. Prior to attending college, Victoria raced in the women’s professional class. Outside of the office, Victoria enjoys CrossFit, volunteering with Make-A-Wish, "betting the ponies," and working on her farm.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Commercial Litigation
 Trust and Probate Litigation
 Guardianship Litigation
 First Amendment Litigation
 First Party Insurance Litigation
 Insurance and Re-Insurance Litigation
 Professional Liability Litigation
 Construction Litigation
 Bankruptcy Litigation
 Appellate Matters

EDUCATION
2014: University of South Florida, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
Dean’s List 2012-2013, Fall 2014
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Chi Omega Fraternity: Owl Awards (3.5-3.99 GPA), Pearl Award (4.0 GPA)

2017: Florida State University College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude (Top 14%)
Florida State University Law Review, Staff Editor
Book Awards: Florida Constitutional Law; Seminar on the Constitution Revision Commission
Dean’s List Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

BAR ADMISSION: 2018: Florida

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
 Layne Christiansen
 Shriners Hospitals for Children, Inc.
 Albany Academies, Inc.
 Edwin Taylor, LLC

PUBLICATIONS
 A Family Affair: Presumption of Benefit if Family Member? (FSU Business Review, Spring 2017);
 Oink, puff – and pass the statutory initiative (Tallahassee Democrat, April 25, 2017);
 Florida retirees should be alert to guardianship abuse (Tallahassee Democrat, July, 27, 2018);
 Estate Planning: A Guide to Avoiding the Terrors of the Guardianship System (Tallahassee Democrat, September 23, 2018)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
 Crossfit L1 Trainer, Crossfit Aero
 Make-A- Wish

Matt Prado

Associate

ABOUT
In October 2019, Matthew joined Bleakley, Bavol, Denman, & Grace. Matthew practices primarily defending Employers and Carriers in Workers’ Compensation matters. Prior to joining Bleakley, Bavol, Denman, & Grace, Matthew worked at a large insurance defense firm in Downtown Tampa. Matthew was born and raised in Tampa and attended Jesuit High School. During his free time, Matthew enjoys working out, attending USF football games, and spending time with family and friends.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Workers Compensation Defense
 Insurance Defense

EDUCATION
2008: University of South Florida, B.A.
2012: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.
2014: Villanova University School of Law, LL.M.

BAR ADMISSION:
2012: Florida

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
 Advance Auto Parts
 Detroit Tigers
 AmTrust North America
 Progress Energy
 Johnson Controls, Inc.
 Publix
 Penske
 United Natural Foods, Inc.
 Kuehne & Nagel
 Hussmann
 CCMSI
 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
 Krewe of the Knights of Sant Yago

Josephine B. Rahn

Associate

Josephine (Josie) Rahn joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in March 2019. Josie came to the firm with multiple years of experience defending complex medical malpractice and nursing home cases, wrongful death matters, and general litigation and premises liability claims.

Josie is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Telecommunications, with a minor in French. She then relocated to Florida and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. During her time in law school, she served as a senior editor for the Journal of Technology Law and Policy, worked as a legal research and writing assistant, and served on the Executive Boards for the Law Association for Women and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

Josie is a member of both the Florida Bar and the Georgia Bar. She also serves as an active member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar and the Women Lawyers Association.

In her free time, Josie enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs from enemy territory.

Courtnee C. Reid

Associate

Courtnee C. Reid joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in July, 2017. Ms. Reid concentrates her practice in the areas of workers compensation and insurance defense litigation. Prior to joining Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace, Ms. Reid practiced exclusively in the area of workers compensation defense for three years at a large law firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Ms. Reid was born in Miami, FL and grew up between Florida and the island of Jamaica. She attended The University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, earning her Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, in Psychology. Ms. Reid continued her education at Vanderbilt University Law School where she received her Juris Doctor.

During law school, Ms. Reid was a First Amendment and Professional Responsibility Legal Research Assistant, a member of Moot Court, the Vice President of the Black Law Student Association, and selected as a Cal Turner Fellow. Following law school, Ms. Reid was chosen for a pro bono fellowship at Dade Legal Aid, practicing in the areas of family law, focusing on domestic and child custody issues.

In her free time, Ms. Reid loves to spend time with her family and close friends. An avid traveler, she has been to over twenty countries and loves to explore new cultures, while meeting new people.

Latasha Lordes Scott

Associate

ABOUT
L. Lordes Scott joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in 2020 following a decade of specializing in the Consumer Financial Services and Financial Services industries. Ms. Scott has worked for national law firms in the consumer financial service industry, and she is a tenacious attorney having extensive courtroom experience. She focuses her practice on trial and appellate consumer finance matters. As a litigator, Ms. Scott has extensive experience partnering with industry leaders and the largest institutions defending lawsuits involving debt origination, servicing, and investment. Ms. Scott advises clients and in-house counsel in litigation arising under the Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Ms. Scott also represents clients in insurance defense and eminent domain. She also provides exemplary client service.

PRACTICE AREAS
 Consumer Financial Services Litigation
 Commercial Litigation
 Construction Litigation
 Appeals
 Premise Liability
 Probate and Guardianship

EDUCATION
University of Notre Dame, B.A., cum lude
University of Notre Dame, M.A.
University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D.

FEDERAL CLERKSHIPS
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit,
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Charles R. Wilson

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida,
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Magistrate Thomas G. Wilson

BAR ADMISSIONS
Florida
U.S. District Court, for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Eleventh Circuit

NOTABLE WORK
Representation of Florida Gas Transmission Company obtaining dismissal of appeal. City of Miami Beach v. Fla. Gas Trans. Co., LLC, 3D19-503 (Fla. 3d DCA 2020)

Representation of Florida Gas Transmission Company opposing jurisdictional basis for First Amendment challenge. Hurchalla v. Lake Point Phase I, LLC, SC19-1729 (Fla. 2020)

Explanation of evidence needed when authenticating business records to prove conditions precedent were met by prior servicer. Perez v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co., Case No. 2D17-1043 (Fla. 2d DCA 2019)

Explanation of summary judgment affidavit requirements for personal knowledge when authenticating business records of a third-party vendor. Rivera v. Bank of New York, 276 So. 3d 979 (2019)(expanding Knight v. GTE Federal Credit Union, 2018 WL 844352 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)).

Expounded on evidentiary requirements for personal knowledge when authenticating business records of a third-party vendor. Knight v. GTE Federal Credit Union, 2018 WL 844352 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

Explanation of authentication of business records and personal knowledge needed when proving conditions precedent were met by prior servicer. Spencer v. Ditech Financial, LLC, 242 So. 3d 1189 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

Explanation of authentication of evidence needed when proving conditions precedent were met by prior servicer. Soule v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 2018 WL 3402390 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

Explanation of authentication of business records to prove conditions precedent were met by prior servicer. Vitaliy v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 253 So. 3d 779 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018)

Representation of servicer by obtaining dismissal of appeal. Flynn Brown v. BAC Home Loans Serv., 4D15-1426 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)

Representation of servicer by obtaining dismissal of appeal. Suarez-Ramos v. PHH Mortg. Corp., 2D16-0249 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016)

Representation servicer and lender by obtaining dismissal of appeal. Atchison v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., 4D15-1418 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015)

Representation of investor against due process challenge to motions to intervene. Trustbiz v. Christiana Trust, a division of Wilmington Savings Fund, 2D15-4863 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)

Representation of lender and servicer by obtaining dismissal of appeal. Ruel v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., 2D15-2135 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)

Representation of servicer and investor in appeal attacking servicer standing, discovery, personal knowledge to authenticate prior servicer business records, pooling and servicing agreement on summary judgment. Gibson v. U.S. Bank Nat’l as Trustee, 2D14-5584 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)

Representation of servicer and investor in appeal attacking conditions precedent, standing and personal knowledge regarding authentication of business records. Thompson v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 14D4-0893 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)

Representation of servicer against challenge to compliance with conditions precedent, standing subsequent to merger, and attorney fees. Offir v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 4D15-4041 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014)

Representation of servicer in appeal to vacate final judgment of foreclosure. Nationstar v. Elizabeth Carmont, 13D1-5523 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)

Representation of servicer on motion to vacate final judgment of foreclosure. Molina v. Aurora Loan Serv., 3D13-2511 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)

Representation of servicer and investor in appeal attacking indorsement on note and challenge to pooling and servicing agreement. Murray v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 4D14-1488 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS
Florida Super Lawyer, “Rising Star,” Banking and Appeals (2016-2018)
Florida Super Lawyer, Banking and Appeals (2019–2020)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Mortgage Bankers Association of Tampa Bay (2020)
The Federalist Society (2019-2020)
American Constitution Society (2019-2020)

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