D&G Attorney Jesse Butler Wins Appeal Protecting Abused Child’s Interests

On August 23, 2017, the Fifth District Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the termination of parental rights in the case M.B. v. Department of Children and Families.  Jesse Butler represented the interests of the minor child, M.B., on appeal.  The appeal involved the neglect and abuse of a minor child with special needs.  The trial court found that it was in the best interests of the child to terminate the parental rights of the mother.  Termination of the mother’s parental rights would permit the child to be adopted by a close caregiver, whom the child had formed a special bond.  Jesse Butler represented the Guardian Ad Litem Program on appeal as a volunteer (pro bono) appellate attorney through the Defending the Best Interests project of the Florida Bar. The Guardian Ad Litem Program serves as the voice of the child in these proceedings.   After an expedited appellate briefing schedule, the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the termination of parental rights by the trial court.

Jesse Butler practices appellate law, consumer law, and general civil/commercial litigation at Dickinson & Gibbons.  He is a member of the Appellate Section of the Florida Bar and is the immediate past-president of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.  Jesse Butler currently serves on the Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division’s Board of Governors as elected representative of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, which includes Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties.  He is A/V rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

If you have a question about an appeal or need an appellate law attorney, contact Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. at 941-366-4680.

Sarasota Magazine Style Watch Features Deborah J. Blue

Sarasota Magazine features our own Deborah J. Blue, a Marital and Family Law Attorney in Sarasota, Florida

What I Wear to Work: Deborah J. Blue

“More is more. Go big or go home.”

By Alicia King Robinson 3/31/2017 at 10:58am


What I Wear to Work:  Attorney Deborah J. Blue has a sophisticated but daring, colorful and expressive style. A native-born Floridian, this Florida State University and Stetson University College of Law grad is known for her southern accent and tough-as-nails courtroom presence. She dishes on her bold and vintage-inspired style and discloses some legal advice.

To read the story in its entirety, please visit Sarasota Magazine: What I Wear to Work: Deborah J. Blue.

Guidelines For a PreNup

PreNup Do and Dont: Femme Rouge MagazineFemme Rouge Magazine interviews Deborah J. Blue, a Marital and Family Law attorney in Sarasota, Florida (Published, May 11, 2015).

Do and Don’t: Guidelines for a Pre-Nup

Deborah J. Blue, Marital and Family Law AttorneyIn a litigation-prone world, many couples have turned to drafting legally binding contracts clarifying exactly what will  be his and hers beyond that set of bathroom towels. While prenuptial agreements may remove some of the romance of “happily ever after,” they don’t mean couples have lost that lovin’ feelin’.  We spoke to Deborah J. Blue, an attorney at Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. an authority on marital and family law, to learn what to put in writing before you say, “I do.”

To read the story in its entirety, please visit Femme Rouge Magazine: Do and Don’t: Guidelines for a Pre-Nup.  Or you may download the article as a pdf PreNup Guidelines

Happiest Cities in the U.S.

Sarasota, FloridaNorth Port, Sarasota, Bradenton, Florida, Tops Large Communities in Well-Being

A recent Gallop Poll concluded North Port, Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, tops large communities in the Well-Being Index, just slightly above the Honolulu, Hawaii index, making us one of the happiest cities in the U.S.   According to The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, “the score is comprised of five essential elements of well-being:

  • Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals;
  • Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life;
  • Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security;
  • Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community; and
  • Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.”

There are a number of reasons why people want to live and work in Sarasota.  It is a cultural mecca that offers a “winterless” wonderland.  The area boasts spectacular white sandy beaches and is considered one the top 25 places to retire, according to Money Magazine.  There is an abundance of parks and wildlife, and an endless supply of things to do from kayaking to visiting the Ringling Museum of Art–all in an area that offers excellent healthcare and a flourishing business climate. When it comes to location and well-being, I believe most of us at Dickinson & Gibbons would agree with the Gallup Poll.

Whether you live here, or are coming to visit, here are 20 Things You May Not Know about Sarasota, as reported by 106.5 Suncoast Country.

Morris & Widman, P.A. Joins Dickinson & Gibbons As Of Counsel

Morris & Widman Of Counsel

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is pleased to announce Morris & Widman, P.A. has joined us as Of Counsel, beginning April 1, 2015. Geoff Morris and Bob Widman bring their over collective 80 years of experience in representing clients that have been injured through fault of others and clients who have been the victims of legal malpractice. Both Bob and Geoff have tried numerous legal malpractice cases to verdict and have established ground breaking law through appellate decisions in the field.

Bob & Geoff are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and Board Certified in Civil Trial law by the Florida Bar. Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is proud to have them join our firm and we look forward to continuing to provide aggressive and experienced representation in the field of personal injury law and legal malpractice.