Meeting With Sarasota Mediation Attorney Gary H. Larsen


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Gary Larsen is one of the firm’s Senior Partners who was recently asked to appear as a guest on Law & Sarasota. This local TV show discussed the benefits and differences between Mediation and Arbitration.

Mr Larsen is a full time mediator who has devoted his career to this area of law for the last ten years.

WATCH: Law & Sarasota, Sarasota County Bar (YouTube: UUdkM7yC8)

Sarasota County Bar Sponsored Law & Sarasota meeting with Gary H. Larsen, Florida Certified Federal and Circuit Court Mediator, Senior Judge Lee E. Haworth and Drew Clayton (Videotaped and published on YouTube).

D&G Proud Sponsor of Children First Charity Event

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Dickinson & Gibbons is proud to sponsor Children First’s 5th Annual “Rockin’ Lobster” Event Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Attendees will watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico while dining on delicious Maine Lobster under a large tent on the beach. The Rockin’ fun begins with live music by Version 3.0, delicious food, a silent auction, and exciting beach activities. The mission of Children First is to strengthen children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.  For more information about the many services offered by Children First to both children and families, visit their website

Jim Rolfes, and his wife Jackie Rolfes, are co-sponsors of this event.  Jim Rolfes is managing partner of Dickinson & Gibbons, and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Children First.

A. James Rolfes to Chair Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

A. James Rolfes, Legal Malpractice AttorneyGovernor Rick Scott Appoints A. James Rolfes to Chair Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

A. James Rolfes has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to Chair the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties.   Governor Scott selected him from among a list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.  Mr. Rolfes has served as a member of the JNC since 2016.

Judicial Nominating Commissions (JNCs) select nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Florida court system. There are twenty-seven separate JNCs: one for the Florida Supreme Court; five for each of the district courts of appeal or “appellate districts”; twenty for each circuit court and the county courts contained in that circuit; and one Statewide Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims. JNC members serve four-year terms, except when an appointment is made to fill a vacant, unexpired term.

The Supreme Court, appellate districts, and circuit JNCs consist of nine members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor. Four members are appointed from separate lists of three nominees certified to the Governor by the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar. The Governor directly appoints the remaining five members. JNC members must be residents of the territorial jurisdiction served by the JNC for which he or she is appointed.

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.