Contact Info

Employment history:

• Senior Staff Attorney, Florida First District Court of Appeal (Tallahassee, 1990-93)
• Contract Partner, Foley & Lardner, L.L.P. (Tallahassee; Jacksonville, 1993-2000)
• Shareholder, Motes, Shaw, Sturgess & Williams, P.A. (Jacksonville, 2000-08)
• Of Counsel, Marks Gray, P.A. (Jacksonville; 2008-2015)
• Mediation First Coast (present; Nassau County (northeast) Florida; 4th Judicial Circuit)

Current activities / Post-doctorate studies / certifications:

• Supreme Court Certified Mediator in Circuit, County, Appellate Courts
• AV / "Preeminent" peer review rated by Martindale / Hubbell (also 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in ADR)
• 'Master of the Bench', Robert M. Foster Nassau County American Inn of Court
• 10 / "Superb" peer review rating by Avvo
• Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
• Authorized Court-Appointed Arbitrator
• Academy of Professional Mediatoors
• Institute for Reconciliation and Peacemaking, Certificated
• Justice Teaching trained representative – Nassau County
• Authorized to practice law in all Florida state courts


• J.D., Nova Univ. School of Law, 1990 (Executive Editor, Law Review)
• B.A., Univ. of Georgia, 1973

Past affiliations:

• Chairman, Civil Appellate Practice Committee of the Florida Bar
• Vice chairman, Board of Editors of the Florida Bar Journal and Florida Bar News
• Board of Directors, Vice President, Christian Legal Society
• Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar
• Executive Council, Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar
• Recipient, Deborah M. Smart Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to The Florida Bar Journal, 1999-2000     

Activities and employment prior to law school:
-- Swimming scholarship, University of Georgia (1969-73)
-- Professional musician (1973-75)
-- Peaches Records and Tapes, Vice President (1975-1980) (nationwide retailer)
-- Coconuts Tapes and Records, Owner and Manager (1980-86)
-- Volunteer County Court Mediator in the new, experimental program, Duval County Courthouse, 4th Floor (1985-86)
          The volunteers were selected from local, successful business persons within the downtown community.  


"Good Faith' Mediation Orders in Florida Civil Federal Courts -- Let Judges do the Judging and Mediators do the Mediating", a Feature article in Florida Bar Journal (Sept./Oct. 2015) pp. 25-29
LINK --!OpenDocument  

"MEAC Opinion 2014-022 - Prohibiting Key Information in Mediation Reports", The Florida Bar, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Vol. IIII, No.2, (Spring 2015) 
LINK --$FILE/ADR-2014-MediationWeekEdition.pdf?OpenElement 

COMING FALL 2015:   (co-authored with mediation trainer Eric Dunlap; issue Sept. / Oct, pp. 25-29.)

The ‘Loss of Chance’ Doctrine of Damages for Breach of Contract,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol.79, No.9 (2005)

“Damage Assessment in Breach of Contract Litigation,” 46 Jurimetrics, Section of Science & Technology Law, Vol.46, No.2, pp.129-138 (Winter 2006) This paper was presented at the Sixth International Conference on Forensic Statistics, Tempe, Arizona, March 2005 Dr. Stephen F. Feinberg, Professor at Carnegie ​Mellon University. Jurimetrics is a publication of the American Bar Association.

“Appellate Pro Se (Self-Represented) Handbook” currently available on Florida Supreme ​Court ​Clerk’s homepage (Founding, original co-author)

“Employers’ Liability Coverage Under the Standard Workers’ Compensation Insurance ​Policy,” Florida Bar Journal
LINK --!OpenDocument&Highlight=0,employers,liability,coverage,under,the,standard,workers,compensation,policy*

Practice and Procedure in Handling Automobile Cases,” Florida Automobile Insurance ​Law (4th ed. 1998) (co-author)  Florida Bar CLE publication, copyrighted and available by authorization or purchase only.