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Attorney Spotlight: Ashley Cox

Attorney Ashley Wells Cox serves as a director (partner) at the Bedell Firm, specializing in family law, criminal defense, Florida Bar disciplinary defense, and administrative licensure defense cases. Learn more about Ashley’s background and legal experience.

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Eight Bedell Firm Lawyers Honored by Best Lawyers in America

Eight Bedell Firm attorneys were honored in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America for excellence in practice areas ranging from Criminal Defense to Construction Law. “The Best Lawyers in America 2022” identified each as a top legal talent in his respective practice areas.

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Bedell Firm Attorneys Recognized in 2021 Florida Trend Legal Elite and Hall of Fame

We are proud to announce that our attorneys, David Barksdale, Henry M. Coxe, III, John A. Devault, III, RH Farnell, II, and Michael E. Lockamy have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Congratulations!

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Bedell Firm Sponsors 2021 Florida Bar Convention

The Bedell Firm is proud to have sponsored the 2021 Florida Bar Convention. Our attorneys celebrated at the Florida Bar’s Annual Convention this June. Learn more.

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Brian Coughlin Re-Elected to the Jacksonville Bar Association Board of Governors

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.

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Bedell Firm’s Little League Teams Bring Home Titles

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:

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Bedell Firm Sponsors Jacksonville’s Great Fire Run

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:

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Bedell Firm Celebrates the Lifetime Achievements and Retirement of Charles P. Pillans, III

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 …

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Attorney Spotlight: John G. Woodlee

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 …

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Attorney Spotlight: Michael Lockamy

Attorney Spotlight: Michael Lockamy, Director

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.

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Valeen M. Arena Featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record

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. …

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Attorney Spotlight: Brian Coughlin

Attorney Spotlight: Brian T. Coughlin, Director

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, …

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History Spotlight: The Bedell Legacy

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 …

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The Bedell Firm Named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in America

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.

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Bedell Firm 2020 Holiday Card

Happy Holidays From The Bedell Firm Children

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!

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Michael Lockamy Honored at Annual Presentation of the Pins

Bedell Firm attorney Michael Lockamy, director, was recently honored at the William A. Van Nortwick Jr. Presentation of the Pins Pro Bono Awards Ceremony.

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Bedell Building Featured in Cathedral District’s “Let There Be Light” Driving Tour

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.

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A look at Florida's new laws: By Brian Coughlin, Bedell Firm Director

Brian Coughlin Featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record: A Look at Florida’s New Laws

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 …

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Student athletes may profit from their name, image and likeness: By Valeen Arena, Bedell Firm Attorney

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, …

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Bedell Firm Director Brian Coughlin is a panelist for the Juvenile Delinquency CLE event with The Florida Bar.

Brian Coughlin To Speak At The Florida Bar’s Juvenile Delinquency CLE

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.

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