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14 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 13510, Pensacola, FL 32591-3510

Established: 1997

Qualified Member Since: 1997

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Bodily Injury
  • Coverage Issues
  • Subrogation
  • Property and Casualty
  • Construction Law
  • General Liability
  • Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination

Employment Litigation, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation, Construction Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith, Products Liability Claims, Medical Malpractice Defense

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • CGI
  • FedEx
  • ResortQuest International, Inc.
  • Select Medical Corporation
  • State of Florida, Division of Risk Management

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Personnel Information

Managing Partner


Linda H. Wade

Pensacola, FL

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Bad Faith
  • Wrongful Death
  • Professional Liability
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Florida
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar, Civil Trial Certification Committee, (2004 - 2007), Assistant Chair (2007)
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • American and Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Associations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Vice President, Northwest Florida Chapter (2007), President, Northwest Florida Chapter (2010)
  • American Inns of Court, Pensacola, FL (1991-1993,1997-1999)
  • Judicial Nomination Committee, First Circuit (2001-2002, 2002-2006, Co-Chairman, 2004)
  • Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "A Man in a Wheelchair and His Lawyers Go Into A Bar: Serial ADA Litigation is No Joke", Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Trial Advocate Quarterly - Fall 2006
Certifications:
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S., 1982
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1986

Born: 1961

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Partners


Elizabeth Nicole Palmer

Pensacola, FL

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • Georgia, 2003
  • Florida, 2005
  • Virginia, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Update on Recent Trends in Medical Malpractice and How Impacted By Senate Bill 3: Georgia Tort Reform," G.D.L.A. Law Journal, 2005
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1997
  • East Tennessee State University, M.B.A., 2000
  • Mercer University, J.D. (cum laude), 2003

Born: 1975

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Gregory M. Shoemaker

Pensacola, FL

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Construction Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Nebraska, 1986
  • Florida, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1991
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.A., 1983
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, J.D., 1986

Born: 1960

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Associate Attorneys



Matthew C. Chavers

Pensacola, FL

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2014
  • Florida, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S. (cum laude), 2010
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2014

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Luke R. VanFleteren

Pensacola, FL

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2016
  • Florida, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
Education:
  • Lipscomb University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2012
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2016

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Kellianne C. Barkley

Pensacola, FL

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Alabama, 2018
  • Florida, 2019
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Alabama State University, B.S., 2015
  • Brock School of Business, Samford University, M.B.A., 2018
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 2018

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Meredith D. Crawford

Pensacola, FL

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 2006
  • Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2018
Additional Biographical Details:

Certified in: US Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Management Institute, FEMA (IS-100.b ICS-100- Introduction to Incident Command System; IS-200.b ICS-200-ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident; IS-700.a (NIMS)-National Incident Management System and Introduction; IS-701.a (MACS)-NIMS Multiagency Coordination System and IS-800.b-National Response Framework, An Introduction); State of Florida, Division of Emergency Management, State Emergency Response Team, G-300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents and G-400 Advanced Incident Command System Command & General Staff: Complex Incidents

Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar (Sections: City, County and Local Government, 2015; Labor & Employment Law and Environmental and Land Use, 2016)
  • Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • American Planning Association (Emerald Coast Section)
Certifications:
  • Applicant, Board Certified Specialist, City, County & Local Government Law in Florida
  • Application in Process, Certified Planner, American Institute of Certified Planners
Education:
  • University of Mobile, B.S. (summa cum laude), 2002
  • Mississippi College of Law, J.D., 2006

Born: 1980

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Service Areas

De Funiak Springs, Florida 81 miles

Destin, Florida 47 miles

Fort Walton Beach, Florida 40 miles

Panama City, Florida 103 miles

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