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Monitoring & Correcting the Information on your Credit Report

By Andrew C. Wilson, Esq. The financial strain imposed on families around the country in the wake of COVID-19 means that the ability to obtain credit is, for many, more important than ever. Individuals often learn of harmful inaccuracies on their credit reports at the worst possible time – when they apply for, and are

Consumer Fraud Increases in Wake of COVID-19

By Jesse R. Butler, Esq. Already struggling to stay afloat during this global crisis, many people are finding themselves the victim of unfair, fraudulent, and illegal business practices. Fraud and price-gouging are just two common problems facing consumers during this time of economic uncertainty. Consumer fraud and unfair business practices are likely to continue to

Protecting Yourself from Scams During COVID-19

With shoppers staying home, more people are buying online. Unfortunately, online fraud is skyrocketing. Due to this surge in online ordering, hackers are increasingly targeting consumers with sophisticated fraud schemes. According to the FTC, over 14,000 submitted coronavirus-related fraud reports as of April 8, 2020. The total losses exceeded $10 Million Dollars, with the average consumer being defrauded of $564.00.

Jesse R. Butler Certified in Identifying, Investigating & Eliminating Fraud Harming Florida Seniors

Attorney Jesse R. Butler

The State Attorney’s Office of the 12th Judicial Circuit and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office have certified that Dickinson & Gibbons partner, Jesse R. Butler, has completed a course on Identifying, Investigating and Eliminating Fraud Harming Florida Seniors.

Andrew L. Douberly Receives Meritorious Public Service Award

Andrew L. Douberly, a partner with Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A., has been recognized for Meritorious Public Service by the Florida Bar. Mr. Douberly received this honor for completing a three year term with the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 12th Judicial Circuit. Andy was the Chair of Section 12A of the Committee, which oversees attorney misconduct in Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto Counties.

Jesse R. Butler Selected as 2020 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award Honoree

Attorney Jesse R. Butler

Jesse R. Butler, a partner with Sarasota law firm Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A., has been selected as the 2020 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award honoree for the 12th Judicial Circuit. This award encourages lawyers to volunteer free legal services to those in need by recognizing those who make outstanding public service commitments in each judicial circuit. Mr. Butler will formally receive this award on January 30, 2020 at the Florida Supreme Court.

A. James Rolfes Re-Appointed to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission

A. James Rolfes

A. James Rolfes, managing partner of Sarasota law firm Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A., has been re-appointed to the Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Ron DeSantis. This is Mr. Rolfes’ third term on the Commission where he was selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar. He has previously served as chair of the Commission and his new term will run through July 1, 2023. The Judicial Nominating Commission selects nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, consisting of Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.

Dickinson & Gibbons Attorneys Selected as Florida Super Lawyers for 2019

From left to right: Gary H. Larsen, Deborah J. Blue, Jeffrey D. Peairs, Jesse R. Butler

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is pleased to once again announce that partners in the firm have been selected as Super Lawyers. Deborah J. Blue, Gary H. Larsen and Jeffrey D. Peairs have been named Florida Super Lawyers for 2019 and Jesse R. Butler has been designated a Rising Star. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, identifies attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, approximately five percent of the lawyers in Florida are named Super Lawyers and 2.5% of lawyers 40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less, are named Rising Stars.

Deborah J. Blue to present at Family Law Boot Camp in Lakewood Ranch

Deborah J. Blue to present at Family Law Boot Camp in Lakewood Ranch

Family Court Professional Collaborative Presents: Family Law Boot Camp – Part II – Beyond the Basics. This conference will focus on Honing the Skills of the Family Law Practitioner. Friday, February 15, 2019 – 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Cost is $20 for FCPC Members & Their Support Staff, $50 for Non-Members.

Jesse Butler Receives Pro Bono Award from Legal Aid of Manasota

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. appellate and civil trial attorney Jesse R. Butler was honored by Legal Aid of Manasota for his efforts in 2017 in providing pro bono legal services to clients in financial need. A ceremony took place on April 20, 2018 at the Sarasota County Courthouse, which honored the many Sarasota County Bar Association members who provided free legal services to clients that qualified for pro bono legal assistance based on their need and financial hardship. Mr. Butler primarily provided pro bono assistance through the Guardian Ad Litem’s Defending Best Interests project, through which he advocated on behalf of abused and neglected children in termination of parental rights and dependency appeals.

Making HERStory!

Making HERStory!

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Teen Court of Sarasota proudly presents the 2nd annual Making HERstory!

Join hundreds of students and professionals from our community as we gather for a special evening cocktail reception over light hors d’oeuvres and a gorgeous view of Sarasota Bay followed by an inspirational keynote speech by Michael Saunders.

Dickinson & Gibbons attorney Deborah Blue is proud to be a featured panelist at this wonderful event.

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