Bedell Firm Director Brian Coughlin was recently re-elected to the Jacksonville Bar Association Board of Governors. Brian’s goals for the year include supporting Jacksonville lawyers personally and professionally, keeping in high esteem the judiciary and system of justice, leading on major issues affecting the profession, and helping maintain strong membership and financial infrastructure for the organization. Learn more about Brian.
The Bedell Firm is proud to have sponsored two little league baseball teams during the Spring 2021 season. Learn more about the Bedell Firm’s community involvement:
In recognition of the 120th anniversary of Jacksonville’s Great Fire, the Bedell Firm sponsored and participated in the Great Fire Run on May 1st. Learn more about the history of the Great Fire and how it shaped the Bedell Firm as we know it:
In April, current and former members of the Bedell Firm and their families came together to recognize former director Charles P. Pillans, III. Pillans retired from the firm in 2020 after 53 years at the Bar. Over the course of his legal career, he was recognized as one of the top attorneys in Florida, earning […]
As the oldest law firm in Florida, the Bedell Firm has a well-established tradition of excellence in federal and state court litigation. Among our firm’s capable attorneys is John G. Woodlee. John Woodlee specializes in civil litigation. He has experience at the trial and appellate levels in a variety of complex matters, including contract and […]
Bedell Firm Director Michael Lockamy has a diverse legal practice, with experience litigating cases involving contract and other business disputes, professional malpractice, personal injury, domestic relations, and employment discrimination. He has also argued a variety of appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
Valeen M. Arena, Bedell Firm attorney, was recently featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record. A civil litigator, she gained experience at the firm GrayRobinson, P.A. in Tampa. Valeen then relocated to Jacksonville to serve as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Brian J. Davis in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, […]
Director Brian Coughlin joined the firm in March 2007. Brian specializes in matters of criminal justice, as well as internal investigations, personal injury, wrongful death, and professional licensing. One of Northeast Florida’s promising young leaders, he has been repeatedly recognized for his excellence in criminal defense by Super Lawyers and in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. […]
Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans & Coxe, P.A. turned 155 years old in 2020, and is the oldest law firm in continuous existence in Florida. The legacy of the firm has been its attorneys. Charles P. Pillans, III, C. Harris Dittmar and Chester Bedell spent decades committed to comprehensive legal representation. Pillans retired in 2020 after nearly […]
The Bedell Firm was honored as one of the 2021 U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Bedell Firm was recognized as a Tier 1 firm in the metropolitan area of Jacksonville for excellence in over a dozen practice areas ranging from Criminal Defense to Commercial Litigation.
Each year, our children decorate special holiday cards to help us wish you the merriest of seasons. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy all the wonderful moments this holiday has to offer!
Bedell Firm attorney Michael Lockamy, director, was recently honored at the William A. Van Nortwick Jr. Presentation of the Pins Pro Bono Awards Ceremony.
See the Bedell Building featured for 35 nights this season in Christmas in the Cathedral District 2020: Let There Be Light, beginning Friday, November 27.
Brian Coughlin, Bedell Firm director, was featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record to bring attention to Florida’s new laws. In this feature article, “A look at Florida’s new laws,” Brian highlights a few notable laws that are now in effect as of July 2020. Click here to read the full article from the Jacksonville Daily […]
Valeen M. Arena Featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record: Student Athletes May Profit From Their Name, Image and Likeness
Valeen Arena, Bedell Firm attorney, was featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record to discuss the Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights Bill. For the first time, Florida college athletes will be allowed to profit from the use of their name, image, and likeness, beginning as early as July 2021. In this feature article, Valeen shares details […]
Attorney Brian Coughlin, Director of the Bedell Firm, will participate in the Florida Bar’s virtual CLE event, “4193 ABC’s of Juvenile Delinquency; An Introduction to Delinquency for Criminal Practitioners.” Coughlin will join a panel of experts to help criminal practitioners better understand basic concepts of juvenile delinquency court.
Attorney Valeen M. Arena joined the Bedell Firm in 2020 as a civil litigator. Arena works primarily with attorney Michael Lockamy on general civil litigation cases. Read more about the firm’s newest attorney.
Secretary Jennifer Griffis returned to the Bedell Firm in 2020. She works with managing director David Barksdale and Ashley Cox, director and lead counsel for the firm’s family law practice. Read more.
Congratulations to Bedell Firm director Ashley Wells Cox, who was honored as one of the 2020 Women of Influence presented by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Ashley was chosen as one of 20 women who through her work, words and accomplishments serves as an inspirational leader for the First Coast.
Nine Bedell Firm attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. “The Best Lawyers in America 2021” identified each as a top legal talent in their respective practice areas. Among the honorees, Bedell Firm attorney R.H. Farnell, II received a 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” […]