Okaloosa County Lawyers

Aaron Watson
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 10 years of experience
(850) 607-2929 165 Brooks St
Ste C
Fort Walton, FL 32548
Free ConsultationCivil Rights, Criminal Defense and Personal Injury
Stetson University College of Law
Aaron Watson is a Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer. Before graduating law school, Attorney Aaron Watson was named a national champion in trial advocacy after he defeated 248 teams from 148 law schools in the American Association for Justice student trial competition. The competing teams were judged by other lawyers and judges on their trial advocacy skills, opening statements, examination of witnesses, use of facts, and closing arguments. During this time, Mr. Watson was also named Who's Who Among American Universities & Colleges.

Mr. Watson is involved in the following legal associations:

Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association
American Bar Association, Member
Florida Bar...
Jennifer Hanson Copus
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 19 years of experience
(850) 609-1433 25 Walter Martin Road
Suite 200
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Business, Collections, Construction and Real Estate
Loyola University New Orleans
Jennifer H. Copus originally hails from Arab, Alabama, but has called the Emerald Coast home since moving to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in 2000 upon graduating from law school. Jennifer began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Shalimar, Florida and later worked as a prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Jennifer now focuses on serving clients in the areas of corporate and business litigation, commercial litigation, condominium law and litigation, real property litigation, landlord/tenant law, foreclosure litigation, employment law and personal injury....
Tim Michael Flaherty
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 19 years of experience
(850) 243-6097 1817 Lewis Turner Blvd #E
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Southern Illinois University School of Law
My name is Tim Flaherty. I am a Fort Walton Beach criminal defense attorney. Since I passed the Bar in 2001, I have dedicated 100% of my practice to criminal defense. No matter what you are accused of, Flaherty Defense Firm will not judge you. We will defend you.

We will fight for the best possible result in your case, and we will also do everything we can to minimize your stress. If you entrust Flaherty Defense Firm with your case, you will be treated with compassion and respect as you go through this crisis.

We are available 24 hours...
Stephen G. Cobb
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 30 years of experience
(850) 423-0035 1992 Lewis Turner Blvd
Suite 101-B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationAppeals, Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI and Juvenile
Florida State University College of Law and Victoria University of Manchester
Stephen G. Cobb, author of Florida Criminal Law and a board certified expert in criminal trial law since 2002, is proud to announce our merger of Cobb Law Firm with the Law Firm of Sherry Ivey Jones. We are now known as Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC.

Whether you or someone you love is charged with a misdemeanor, criminal traffic, felony or juvenile crime, Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC, is ready, willing and able to help you and your loved ones in your time of need.
Shawn M. Risen
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 24 years of experience
(850) 864-1951 436 Green Acres Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
Shawn holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Florida State University, College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in History Education from the University of West Florida. Shawn has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1996, a member of the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida since 1997, and Board Certified as an expert in Juvenile Law since 2017.
Jay Patel
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 7 years of experience
(850) 863-4064 909 Mar Walt Drive Ste. 1014
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Florida Coastal School of Law
Jay Patel is a former prosecutor and a former law enforcement officer with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Jay joins ASG from the State Attorney’s Office where he spent almost four years prosecuting thousands of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life. Jay achieved success in criminal cases that were before a jury, a judge, and at the appellate level. Jay’s family moved to the area in 1990 when his family began a hospitality management venture in Destin. Growing up in the family business taught him many aspects of business and instilled what he believes...
Gillis Edward Powell, Jr.
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 46 years of experience
(850) 682-2757 422 N. Main Street
Crestview, FL 32536
Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
South Texas College of Law
Gillis E. (Gill) Powell, Jr.main focus is litigation and trial practice. He handles complex personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases, wrongful death cases, catastrophic injury cases, criminal defense cases, railroad cases, real estate litigation, and commercial litigation. Mr. Powell has tried and won numerous civil trials and he has obtained substantial jury awards for his clients. He is a member of the million dollar advocates club as a result of his jury verdicts. He has also successfully defended many clients in criminal cases, including clients charged with homicide, aggravated battery, sexual battery, drug offenses, driving under the...
Matthew Nowicki
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 5 years of experience
(850) 837-5507 1241 Airport Road
Suite H
Destin, FL 32541
Business, Construction, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Matthew is a dedicated and seasoned litigator. He has a great deal of experience trying cases throughout all phases of litigation in both state and federal court.

Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. As a student, his work in his community taught him the importance of advocacy for those who need a voice and who may be otherwise be heard. It was the lessons he learned at Michigan that led him to the practice of law.

While earning his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, Matthew focused intensively on advocacy as a member of the International...
Joseph Anthony Zarzaur
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 23 years of experience
(855) 447-3563 10065 Emerald Coast Pkwy
Destin, FL 32541
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Products Liability
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. Zarzaur Law, P.A. is focused on personal injury litigation has more than 20 years of experience in this niche. The firm’s lawyers meet with each client and carefully explain the steps they need to protect themselves and any loved ones who have personal injuries. Zarzaur Law offers free initial consultations to Florida personal injury victims. The firm has two offices in Pensacola and Destin to help serve Escambia, Santa Rosa and the surrounding areas.

Zarzaur Law has earned its reputation as one...
David L. Stevens
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 10 years of experience
(850) 304-7880 1825 Hurlburt Road
Suite 10
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationMedical Malpractice
Regent University School of Law
Attorney David Stevens is a third-generation resident of Okaloosa County. A proud Seminole, David graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University before earning his Juris Doctorate from the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA. He currently resides in Niceville, FL with his wife and three-year-old daughter.

David was sworn in to practice law in Florida in 2010, and soon joined a civil litigation law firm in Santa Rosa Beach as an associate attorney. He went on to become a prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office in Shalimar, FL, and served in that capacity for...
Coy H. Browning
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(850) 864-4384 418 Racetrack Rd NE
#B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Coy H. Browning graduated cum laude from Charleston Southern University in South Carolina, where he majored in criminal justice. A Pre-season All-American linebacker for the CSU Buccaneers, Coy was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.After college, Coy graduated second in his class from the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy, where he also earned the school’s prestigious Director’s Award for leadership. During his years serving as a Florida State Trooper, he investigated over 1,000 motor vehicle crashes.

Building on his successful law enforcement career, Coy earned a law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland Law School in 2002. After...
Thomas Shawn Lupella Esq.
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 16 years of experience
(850) 362-6655 2110 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of North Dakota School of Law
I have been practicing for over 10 years and over 5000 court cases, ranging from DUIs and Domestic Violence charges–to the most serious and complex felony cases. I have had many jury trials and have represented those charged with capital offenses. I attended law school at the University of North Dakota. While there I focused on trial advocacy and litigation and worked some excellent attorneys at Zimney, Foster, P.C. I worked in the areas of Insurance Defense, Commercial Law, and Federal Criminal Law. After moving to Florida with my family, I started working as a prosecutor for child...
Matthew J Ausley
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney
(850) 362-7228 1992 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Suite #1048
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationBusiness, Collections, Divorce and Family
Florida Coastal School of Law
Matthew J. Ausley and his team represent clients in litigation related to:
collections,
business,
real estate,
landlord issues,
divorce & custody, and
family law.

As Good Life Legal Services' founder, Matt brings nearly two decades of business experience to the team, and employs a common-sense, business-like attitude in his law practice. Matt has helped hundreds of clients to solve their legal issues and get back to living the Good Life.

As an entrepreneur, Matt has owned and managed three businesses; a pressure washing company, a collection agency, and now the law firm.

Matt’s career started as a manager of a finance company branch...
Christopher Paul Brannon
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 15 years of experience
(850) 863-5297 975 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Personal Injury
Stetson University College of Law
Paul Brannon was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida in 1980. Paul was raised in Destin, Florida and attended school at Destin Elementary, Bruner Middle School, and Fort Walton Beach Highschool. Paul graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1998. Paul played competitive golf for Fort Walton Beach High School and actively participated in Key Club. Paul was also part of Fort Walton Beach High School's first leadership class. Upon graduation from Fort Walton Beach High School, Paul attended the University of Florida. During his sophomore year at the University of Florida, Paul was one...
Jeremy T. Cranford
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 11 years of experience
(850) 837-5507 1241 Airport Road
Suite H
Destin, FL 32541
Business, Construction, Foreclosure Defense and Real Estate
University of Miami School of Law and University of Missouri - Columbia
| Board Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law (Florida)
| 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star

| Ward & Ketchersid, P.A.
| "Best Law Firm of the Emerald Coast" by Emerald Coast Magazine in 2017 and 2013
| "Finest Law Firm on the Emerald Coast" by Northwest Florida Daily News in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013

| Phone: (850) 837-5507
| Email: jcranford@flaattorney.com ?

I have focused my practice on issues involving Real Estate Litigation, Transactions, and Government Relations since my career began and, as a result, each new year of practice pays dividends in the knowledge I gain to help future clients in...
Joseph Lorenz
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 47 years of experience
(850) 331-2289 1992 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Practicing personal injury and divorce law litigation in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties for over 40 years. Also, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Civil Mediator since 1992.
Clark H. Henderson
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 9 years of experience
(850) 863-0494 906-D Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Criminal Defense, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Clark H. Henderson, originally from Waynesboro, Mississippi, is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Alabama and a 2011 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, Sam ford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. During law school Clark interned at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and with the Honorable Laura Petro, 10th Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division. He practiced in Birmingham, Alabama before being admitted to the Florida Bar. Clark is licensed to practice in both Florida and Alabama.
Jeffery James Lathem
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 21 years of experience
(850) 796-2345 173 NE Eglin Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Family and Probate
Stetson University College of Law
I have been practicing law for over 17 years and for the majority of that time have practiced in some area of family law. In the last three years, however, I have devoted my practice on a full time basis to areas of family law and probate document preparation. The technicalities and long term implications of handling family law matters are often less than obvious. The legal forms available for pro se individuals are sometimes insufficient to address all the long term effects of decisions made today. Though engaging an attorney in what seems to be...
Stephen Joseph Ryan
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 25 years of experience
(850) 864-1951 436 Green Acres Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationBankruptcy, Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
Stephen “Steve” Joseph Ryan was born in the Bronx, where his mother worked as a nurse and his father was an officer with the New York Police Department. In the early ’90s, Steve moved to Tallahassee, Florida to continue his studies at Florida State University’s College of Law, where he met fellow law student and his future law partner, Shawn Risen. In 1995, Steve graduated with honors and received a Juris Doctorate, and one year later, Steve and Shawn Risen established Risen & Ryan, Attorneys at Law.
Brian Norback
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 20 years of experience
(850) 200-6200 1455 S Ferdon Blvd D1
Crestview, FL 32536
Consumer, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Michigan State University
18 Years experience in Family, Dependency, Consumer Defense and Disability Law. Our practice gives you the attention you deserve!
Brandy L. Merrifield
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney
(850) 243-6097 1817 Lewis Turner Blvd
Ste E
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
My name is Brandy Merrifield. I am a criminal defense attorney and partner at Flaherty Defense Firm. We serve Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, and all of Northwest Florida. I devote 100% of my practice to criminal defense. With my background in psychology, I bring a unique perspective to the resolution of criminal cases. My objective in all of my cases is aggressive defense coupled with compassion and understanding.

No matter what you are accused of, Flaherty Defense Firm will not judge you. We will defend you.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. Call...
Drew Bruner
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Lawyer with 8 years of experience
(800) 278-6371 110 Eglin Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 3548
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Vincent Maxwell Bruner
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 6 years of experience
(800) 278-6371 110 Eglin Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Free ConsultationUniversity of Tulsa College of Law
Durward James Duplechin Esquire
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 23 years of experience
(850) 585-3811 1512 East John Sims Pkwy #304
Niceville, FL 32578
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Social Security Disability
Birmingham School of Law
Experienced Attorney representing Social Security Disability and SSI claimants in Alabama and Florida for over 20 years.


Military Service: United States Air Force

Caroline Larochelle Nadeau
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 6 years of experience
(833) 872-6863 97 Lang Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationImmigration
University of Ottawa and University of Ottawa
Attorney and Founder of Compass Immigration P.A., Caroline Larochelle Nadeau is originally from Quebec, Canada. In 2015 she immigrated to the United States on a K-1 Fiance Visa to be with her husband, a member of the U.S. Military. As an immigrant herself, she has first-hand knowledge of the stress that can be caused by navigating the immigration process. As a military spouse, she has had the privilege of assisting many military members and their families with their immigration needs. Her experiences, both professional and personal, allow her to better prepare and assist her clients through...
Mark Scott Rubin
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 26 years of experience
(850) 796-2345 173 Eglin Pkwy NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Elder and Family
Tulane University School of Law and University of Florida
The Rubin Law Firm dedicates its practice exclusively to areas of marital and family law. Mark S. Rubin is an experienced trial attorney who has been practicing and litigating cases in Okaloosa County, Walton County, Santa Rosa County, Escambia County, and surrounding counties for over 18 years. The Rubin Law Firm offers skilled representation and advice in all family law and divorce matters.
William J. 'West' Ritchie
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 30 years of experience
(850) 344-1597 134 Eglin Pkwy NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Samford University
Christopher Melendez
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney
(850) 344-1597 134 Eglin Pkwy NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Florida Coastal School of Law
Rendi Katalinic
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 19 years of experience
(850) 654-0892 254 Harbor Blvd. Suite 102
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI and Domestic Violence
Mark Leonard Bonfanti
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 15 years of experience
(850) 213-0604 Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts, & Shanlever, LLP
1241 Airport Road
Destin, FL 32541
Florida State University College of Law
Michael Reldon Leininger
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 18 years of experience
(850) 650-9916 114 Palmetto St
Suite 8
Destin, FL 32541
Divorce, Employment, Landlord Tenant and Traffic Tickets
Florida Coastal School of Law
Attorney Information Meet Michael Leininger Attorney Michael R. Leininger began his legal career in real estate law and commercial law serving small businesses in a variety of ways. Since founding Leininger Law Firm, P.A., in Destin, Florida, he has become increasing involved with family law, criminal defense and estate planning/probate for individuals. Litigation has always been an important portion of his legal practice and he has extended that into the area of personal injury, contract law, contract disputes and commercial litigation. Known for his rigorous attention to detail and his commitment to being overly-accessible at all times, he is a lawyer with unwavering honesty,...
Peter Loffler
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 28 years of experience
(850) 729-1520 181 Eglin Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
IP, Patents and Trademarks
Florida State University College of Law
Specializing in patent applications and patent searches in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, electrical and electronic, software, Internet and business method arts as well as providing related services including licensing agreements and prototype referrals. Helping clients obtain federal trademark protection.
Nicholas Gresham Foster
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 8 years of experience
(850) 863-4064 909 Mar Walt Drive
Suite 1014
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Business, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Tax
University of Alabama School of Law and Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
Shiraz Ali Hosein
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 19 years of experience
(850) 863-4064 909 Mar Walt Drive, Suite1014
FORT WALTON BEACH, FL 32547
Free ConsultationBankruptcy
University of Miami School of Law
Shiraz practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy (debtor and creditor), estates, trusts, wills, probate litigation, landlord/tenant, business law, and general civil law. For over 35 years, Shiraz has made Lower Alabama his home. After graduating from Niceville Senior High School, Shiraz graduated with distinction from Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Roll Tide) and earned his law degree with honors from Miami (The U). Shiraz has been with ASG since 2001 and is an active member of the All Sports Association, is a participant in the voluntary legal clinic for the Veterans' Stand Down and is a proud uncle of many...
Donald Edward Witmyer
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 24 years of experience
(850) 543-1864 4399 Commons Drive East, Suite 300
Destin, FL 32578
Criminal Defense, Family and Military
Widener University School of Law
Robert Foster Boyette
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(850) 344-1597 134 Eglin Pkwy NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Divorce and Family
Florida Coastal School of Law
William Banton Price
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney with 14 years of experience
(850) 863-4064 4460 Legendary Dr
Destin, FL 32541
Business
The University of Alabama School of Law
Jeffrey Wayne Watson
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 37 years of experience
(850) 460-7760 225 Main Street
Suite 5
Destin, FL 32541
Administrative, Business, Collections and Military
and Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Mr Erich Mathes Niederlehner
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Okaloosa County, FL Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(888) 462-7653 217 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
Michael Weinstock
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Okaloosa County, FL Attorney
(850) 729-7770 795 E. John Sims Pkwy
NICEVILLE, FL 32578

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