News & Victories

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.

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.

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.