Boyd & Jenerette Partners Kristen Van der Linde and Mark Eckels were recognized as Jacksonville's Best Lawyers in the April 2013 edition of Jacksonville Magazine. The 'Best Lawyers' selection was determined by The Best Lawyers in America and The Florida Bar. The partners were recognized in the following areas:
Kristen Van der Linde, Insurance Law & Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
Mark Eckels, Workers' Compensation Law: Employers
Mark Eckels, Kristen Van der Linde and Elizabeth Howard were also included in the April 2013 Jacksonville Magazine's board certified attorneys listing. The Florida Bar board certification is the highest level of evaluation of competency and experience in one or more of 24 certification fields, as well as professionalism and ethics in practice.
Boyd & Jenerette Partner Elizabeth Howard will speak at the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry's 2013 spring meeting. Ms. Howard will speak on 'Ethical and Effective Ways to Identify and Network at Events and Conferences'.
Ms. Howard along with Amy Phillips of Arcadis U.S. Inc., will discuss the ABA rules that limit the marketing abilities of lawyers and how to successfully avoid violating them.
Ms. Howard serves as Boyd & Jenerette's Construction Law Practice Group leader and is Board Certified in Construction Law.
For more information on the ABA forum April 25, 2013 click here.
Boyd & Jenerette Partner Elizabeth B. Howard has been appointed to be a Barrister in The Chester Bedell Inn of Court, for a three year term 2012-2015. The Chester Bedell American Inn of Court was Florida’s first Inn and the fourteenth in the nation, founded in 1985 in Jacksonville.
American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, the professionalism, and the legal ethics with which the bench and the bar perform their functions. As a Barrister, Ms. Howard will assist the Inn of Court in helping lawyers become more effective advocates, with a keener ethical awareness, by providing them with opportunity to learn side-by-side with the most experienced judges and lawyers in their communities.
Ms. Howard is head of our firm’s construction practice group and is BV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for an attorney with less than 10 years of practice. She is active in the American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry; Associated Builders and Contractors; and is on the Board of Governors for the Jacksonville Bar Association. Ms. Howard was voted a Florida Trend Magazine “Up & Comer” in 2008 and 2010 and a Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for Construction Litigation 2009-2012.
Michael J. Childers joins Boyd & Jenerette as an associate from the law firm of Schutt Schmidt & Noey where he worked as a litigation associate. Mr. Childers practice involves complex civil litigation matters, with a primary focus in construction law.
He represents general contractors, subcontractors, architects, developers, and suppliers in cases involving construction defect, breach of contract, delay, liens/bonds, surety issues, personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims. Mr. Childers also has experience in drafting and negotiating construction contracts, subrogation suits, premises liability, and various insurance coverage issues.
Mr. Childers graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University with a B.A. and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
On August 10th, 2012 The Associated Builders & Contractors held their annual Excellence in Construction Awards. Boyd & Jenerette was one of the many sponsors of this wonderful event recognizing the "best of the best" in construction. This event gives a closer look at the innovation, creativity and extraordinary quality that ABC members build into their award-winning projects.
ABC Florida First Coast Chapter was chartered in 1993 and consists of more than 140 member companies representing thousands of Northeast Florida construction industry professionals.
The Florida First Coast Chapter serves Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Associates in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union counties.
Super Lawyer Rising Stars recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state!
Elizabeth Howard and Eileen LaCivita share an expertise in Construction law, commercial law and civil litigation.
Kansas Gooden specializes in appellate practice, coverage & bad faith and global settlements.
Christopher Ritchie devotes his practice to civil litigation including, automobile, premises liability, products liability, property damage.
Congratulations to Boyd & Jenerette Partner Elizabeth Howard for being elected to a 2 year term on Board of Governors for the Jacksonville Bar Association!
Ms. Howard has been on the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Section since 2006 and has held several positions on the Board, serving as Treasurer, Secretary, President-Elect, and this past year as President. Along with her activities with the local Bar, she is active in the ABA Construction Forum, the Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, and the local chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
The Jacksonville Bar Association plays an extremely important role in the legal community, as well as to the entire Jacksonville community. It offers many opportunities for its members, including Continuing Legal Education and networking. Serving on the Board of Governors, Elizabeth's goal is to continue to build on these aspects of The JBA, but to also work on making The JBA more user-friendly and encouraging all members to be actively involved.
Elizabeth Howard, Board Certified Construction Attorney, Partner and Construction Department Head for Boyd & Jenerette comments on local construction case Berkman Plaza II in Jacksonville Business Journal.