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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.

Jesse R. Butler Receives Statewide Pro Bono Award

Attorney Jesse R. Butler

Jesse R. Butler recently received the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office’s “Children’s Champion Award”, in recognition for his dedication to pro bono representation of abused and neglected children through the Bar’s Defending Best Interests Project.

Trial Victory in Favor of Defendant

Attorney Jesse R. Butler

On October 29, 2019, Jesse Butler obtained a judgment in favor of his client, a local business, in a small claims lawsuit in Sarasota, Florida. The case involved alleged breach of warranty and breach of contract. Following a contested bench trial, Mr. Butler obtained a directed verdict for his client.

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.

Three Dickinson & Gibbons Attorneys Receive “Super Lawyer” Designation

Three Dickinson & Gibbons Attorneys Receive "Super Lawyer" Designation

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is proud to announce that partners Deborah J. Blue, Gary Larsen and Jeffrey Peairs have received the prestigious designation of “Super Lawyer.” Thompson Reuters, who publishes the annual list, announced that the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list includes three Dickinson & Gibbons attorneys. Thompson Reuters notes the list “is comprised of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The annual selections are made using process that includes nominations, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Dickinson & Gibbons Recovers Fees for City of St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach - The Sunset Captial of Florida

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is in the news again for successfully settling a legal malpractice case in favor of their client, the City of St. Pete Beach. The Tampa Bay Times previously reported when Dickinson & Gibbons was originally hired by the City of St. Pete Beach. The City hired Dickinson & Gibbons to bring a legal malpractice lawsuit against the City’s former attorneys, Bryant Miller & Olive, P.A.