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Vernis & Bowling of Palm Beach, P.A.
884 U.S. Highway One
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408-5408
Telephone: 561-775-9822
Fax: 561-775-9821
E-Mail: vbinfo@florida-law.com
www.florida-law.com
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Established: 1970

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Environmental Liability
  • Personal and Commercial Vehicle
  • Appellate Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law
  • Elder Law
  • Liability Defense
  • SIU/Fraud Litigation
  • Education Law (ESE/IDEA)
  • Property and Casualty (Commercial and Personal Lines)
  • Long-Haul Trucking Liability
  • Government Law
  • Public Law
  • Criminal
  • White Collar
  • Business Litigation
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About Us
VERNIS & BOWLING has proudly served the needs of its clients since 1970. Frank C. Vernis, Jr. and James W. Bowling devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm providing exceptional, cost-effective, personal representation by experienced, highly qualified personnel.

This philosophy continues into a new generation. G. Jeffrey Vernis, Esquire, and Robert C. Bowling, Esquire, the sons of the firm's original founders, comprise the firm's management team. Together they oversee the firm's direction and ensure its mission and goals are achieved.

VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have received an "AV" rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, evidencing the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Vernis & Bowling offers personalized and cost-effective legal representation to businesses, insurance companies, self insureds and government entities. We pride ourselves on the fact that 96% of our cases are resolved without a trial, but have built our reputation on the 4% that do require trial. That’s why we don't just meet our clients' expectations, we exceed them.

While many of our clients retain VERNIS & BOWLING for our exceptional trial experience and skills, we recognize that not all cases go to trial. We are keenly aware that smart, innovative resolution strategies effectively save our clients money, both in indemnity and expenses. These resolution strategies include early evaluation and ADR (mediation), analysis to determine what is needed to effectively resolve a matter and creating an early exit plan for litigation. Identifying and implementing an agreed exit path with our client partners, with an eye on the bottom line, sets our firm
apart.

Our litigation philosophy begins with our firm's primary mission: providing exceptional, cost-effective legal representation. To support that mission, we are careful about firm overhead. We maintain reasonable, professional offices in business locations that offer reduced costs. We utilize costsaving technologies that offer efficient file management and document creation. We consistently create and utilize different fee structures, including fixed fee, tiered volume reduction, annual retainers and success bonuses.

Personal service and attention are the trademarks of VERNIS & BOWLING. Our legal representation and advice are unsurpassed in the industry. Each of our attorneys provides the highest level of personal service to our clients. By offering this level of service, we consistently exceed client expectations. Our Management, Client Services and Accounting teams are available to assist our clients with their specific needs. We look forward to continuing to build our partnership and encourage you to contact us to see how we may be further able to assist you.

The firm takes pride in the racial, ethnic and religious diversity reflected by its attorneys and staff. Each of its offices reflects the diversity and makeup of the regions we serve.

Our attorneys are selected for their experience, skill, legal education and interests. Some of our attorneys have joined the firm after years of litigation experience or after years of "hands on" involvement in business or government service. Others join the firm directly from distinguished law school careers. Additionally, our attorneys are innovators and leaders in their areas of practice and often serve as lecturers to insurance companies, self-insureds and trade association groups.

At the inception of every case, the firm's attorneys give the client a prompt and thorough analysis covering issues such as available defenses, a concise discovery plan, possible exposure, settlement values and an estimated cost of defense. The attorney and the claims representative work together as a team to decide strategy and direction. The firm believes that avoiding protracted litigation is largely the result of experienced, informed teamwork between the client and VERNIS & BOWLING.

Our firm gives its attorneys a strong team of support staff, including certified legal assistants, secretaries and paralegals. The firm is equipped with a state-of-the-art, fully networked computer system that enables its attorneys to have both local and remote, immediate access to e-mail communications and legal research for the most current court decisions and statutory revisions.

The firm also maintains a secure intranet for its clients' billing and handling guidelines and preferences, pleadings, motions and orders. We host on-site educational seminars, maintain an active presence in industry-related organizations and communicate new legal developments in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi to our clients through the Vernis & Bowling Law Update and our website.
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Additional Locations
Vernis & Bowling of Southern Alabama, LLC
61 St. Joseph Street, 11th Floor
Mobile, Alabama 36602
Telephone: 251-432-0337
Fax: 251-432-0244
E-Mail: vbinfo@law-alabama.com
www.law-alabama.com
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
5821 Hollywood Boulevard, First Floor
Hollywood, Florida 33021
Telephone: 954-927-5330
Fax: 954-927-5320
Vernis & Bowling of Northwest Florida, P.A.
315 South Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502
Telephone: 850-433-5461
Fax: 850-432-0166
Vernis & Bowling of Southern Mississippi, PLLC
2501 14th Street, Suite 207
Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
Telephone: 225-539-0021
Fax: 228-539-0022
E-Mail: vbinfo@mississippi-law.com
www.mississippi-law.com
Vernis & Bowling of Columbia, LLC
1401 Main Street, Suite 655
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Telephone: 803-234-5416
E-Mail: vbinfo@scarolina-law.com
www.scarolina-law.com
Vernis & Bowling of the Florida Keys, P.A.
Islamorada Professional Center
81990 Overseas Highway, Third Floor
Islamorada, Florida 33036
Telephone: 305-664-4675
Fax: 305-664-5414
Vernis & Bowling of Southwest Florida, P.A.
2369 West First Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901-3309
Telephone: 239-334-3035
Fax: 239-334-7702
Vernis & Bowling of the Gulf Coast, P.A. (Tampa)
Airport Executive Center
2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 711
Tampa, Florida 33607
Telephone: 813-712-1700
Fax: 813-712-1701
Clearwater, Florida
696 1st Avenue, 1st Floor
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Telephone: 727-443-3377
Fax: 727-443-6828
Daytona Beach, Florida
1450 South Woodland Boulevard, Fourth Floor
DeLand, Florida 32720
Telephone: 386-734-2505
Fax: 386-734-3441
Vernis & Bowling of North Florida, P.A.
4309 Salisbury Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Telephone: 904-296-6751
Fax: 904-296-2712
Vernis & Bowling of Atlanta, LLC
30 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
Telephone: 404-846-2001
Fax: 404-846-2002
E-Mail: vbinfo@georgia-law.com
www.georgia-law.com
Vernis & Bowling of Birmingham, LLC
3300 Cahaba Road, Suite 200
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
Telephone: 205-445-1026
Fax: 205-445-1036
E-Mail: vbinfo@law-alabama.com
www.law-alabama.com
Vernis & Bowling of Charlotte, PLLC
4701 Hedgemore Drive, Suite 812
Charlotte, North Carolina 28209
Telephone: 704-910-8162
Fax: 704-910-8163
E-Mail: vbinfo@ncarolina-law.com
www.ncarolina-law.com
Vernis & Bowling of Miami, P.A.
1680 N.E. 135th Street
Miami, Florida 33181
Telephone: 305-895-3035
Fax: 305-892-1260
www.Florida-Law.com
Vernis & Bowling of Mississippi, PLLC
One Jackson Place
188 East Capitol Street, Suite 125
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Telephone: 601-500-5927
Fax: 601-500-5957
E-Mail: vbinfo@Mississippi-Law.com
www.mississippi-law.com
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Auto-Owners Insurance CompanyBurlington Insurance Company
Chrysler Insurance CompanyChubb Group of Insurance Companies
CNA Insurance CompaniesCrum & Forster Insurance Group
Florida Insurance Guaranty AssociationLexington Insurance Company
National General Insurance CompanyNational Service Industries, Inc.
United Automobile Insurance Group
Non-Insurance Clients
AAA MichiganAutoNation Incorporated
Lowe's Home Centers, Inc.State of Florida
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Personnel Information
Managing Partner
G. Jeffrey Vernis
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1988
Memberships:
  • American and Palm Beach County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1984
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., 1987
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Attorneys
Karen Nissen
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1991
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Palm Beach County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • Rollins College/University of Georgia, M.Ed., 1981
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1990
Born:1956
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Ralph Mabie, Jr.
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1985
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1982
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1985
Born:1960
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Jeffrey Alexander
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1992
Education:
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., 1988
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1992
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Lauren Walsh
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Education:
  • University of Miami, B.A., 2005
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2009
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Robin M. Rumpf
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2005
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 2001
  • New York Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2004
Law Review:
New York Law School Law Review
Born:1975
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Ashley Landrum
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2014
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.A., 2011
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2014
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Stephanie Gonzalez
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2014
Education:
  • Florida International University, B.B.A., 2010
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2014
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Titania N. Rodolph
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Education:
  • Florida International University, B.A. Political Science, 2002
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., 2006
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Susan Kent
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Education:
  • University of California, B.S., 1994
  • University of Miami, J.D., 1987
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Andrea C. Sconzo
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2016
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2010
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2013
Born:1988
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Jessie J. Ervolino
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2015
Jessie Ervolino was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Stuart, Florida. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature at the University of Florida, where she also performed as an improvisational comic and produced comedy sketch shows. Upon graduation, she was recognized for academic excellence by national honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

Her education continued at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2014. Outside of coursework, she worked in-house with technology and media start-up companies on matters of intellectual property and licensing.

Jessie gained her foundational experience with a Deerfield Beach firm defending matters of mortgage foreclosure from inception through trial and appeal. She then transitioned to practicing insurance defense with a West Palm Beach firm, handling matters of automobile negligence, premises liability, products liability, negligent security, and wrongful death. She is proud to continue this work with Vernis & Bowling.

Jessie is licensed to practice in Florida, and is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division. In spare time, she likes to read, run, and organize backcountry backpacking trips.
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2011
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 2014
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Julia Ann Barrett
North Palm Beach, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2017
Education:
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.S., 2012
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2017
Born:1990
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Deborah Martin
North Palm Beach, FL
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Shannon Kelly
North Palm Beach, FL
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Additional Links
Firm Newsletter with Contributions from: Ken Amos, Jim Patterson, Alisa Ellenburg & Nicole Tackett
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Service Areas
Stuart, Florida31 miles
West Palm Beach, Florida9 miles
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