Bedell Firm News

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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Bedell Firm Attorney Valeen M. Arena is the firm's newest attorney

New Attorney Spotlight: Valeen M. Arena

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.

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Jennifer Griffis is a secretary at the Bedell Firm

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Griffis

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.

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Bedell Firm Director Ashley Cox smiles

Ashley Cox Recognized as a 2020 Jacksonville “Woman of Influence”

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.

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R.H. Farnell is named 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" at the Bedell Firm

Farnell Honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in Legal Malpractice Defense

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 …

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Hank Coxe, Bedell Firm Director

Hank Coxe Featured Speaker: The Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Conversation Series

Attorney Hank Coxe, former President of the Florida Bar and Director of the Bedell Firm, is speaking at the Bar’s virtual meeting, “CONNECT: A Criminal Law Conversation Series.” Coxe will share thoughts on lessons learned through the years, how his practice has adapted to COVID, and his views on the future of criminal law.

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Bedell Firm Attorneys Selected by Super Lawyers 2020—Florida Top 100 and Rising Stars

David Barksdale, Allan F. Brooke II, Brian T. Coughlin, Henry M. Coxe III, John A. DeVault III, R. H. Farnell II, Michael E. Lockamy, Charles …

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Ashley Cox Featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record

Ashley Cox Featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record: Family Law Practice Growth

Attorney Ashley Wells Cox, Bedell Firm director, leads the firm’s Family Law practice. Learn more about Ashley and the incredible growth of the practice in a feature article published by the Jacksonville Daily Record.

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Five lawyers from the Bedell Firm recognized in Florida Trend Legal Elite

Bedell Firm Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Florida Trend Legal Elite and Hall of Fame

Congratulations to our attorneys David Barksdale, Brian T. Coughlin, Henry M. Coxe III, John A. DeVault III, R. H. Farnell II, and Michael E. Lockamy, who are recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and Hall of Fame.

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The exterior of the Bedell Firm building

History Spotlight: Bedell Firm Building

This month marks 115 years since the Bedell Firm building, once known as the Carnegie Library or the Jacksonville Free Public Library, first opened to the public. Learn more about its history and get an insider look at our recent remodel.

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John Woodlee Featured in the Florida Bar Journal

John Woodlee Published in The Florida Bar Journal

Attorney John G. Woodlee, Bedell Firm director, was published in the latest issue of The Florida Bar Journal. He discusses key considerations to navigate district court review of mandamus proceedings in land-use litigation. Read more.

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Hank Coxe at Jay Fund Wine Gala 2020


The 2020 Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Wine Tasting Gala took place on Friday, March 6 at the Wells Fargo Center. The annual Wine Tasting Gala provides the Bedell Firm an opportunity to pay it forward by participating as a sponsor. The 2020 Wine Tasting Gala raised over a quarter of a million dollars in honor of 25 years of helping Jacksonville families tackling childhood cancer.

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Michael Lockamy selected by the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award

Michael Lockamy Honored by The Florida Bar: Receives President’s Pro Bono Service Award

Congratulations to Bedell Firm attorney Michael Lockamy, who was recently honored by The Florida Bar as this year’s outstanding pro bono attorney with the President’s Pro Bono Service Award. Michael is actively involved in groups that serve the legal profession and our community. Learn more about Michael Lockamy.

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Four people wearing aprons stand in front of a table with food at the Staff Chili Cook Off

Bedell Firm Competes in Young Lawyers Section Charity Chili Cook-Off

Team Captain Gwandos Ward and Bedell Firm attorneys David Barksdale, John Woodlee, Michael Lockamy, and Lidija Barauskas served Bedell’s famous vegetarian chili at the Charity Chili Cook-Off.

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Ashley Wells Cox New Bedell Firm Director

Bedell Firm Promotes Ashley Wells Cox to Director

Please join us in congratulating attorney Ashley Wells Cox, recently promoted to Director (Partner). Ashley is lead counsel for the Bedell Firm’s Family Law division, a practice area she helped found in 2016. Learn more about Ashley Wells Cox.

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Brian T. Coughlin smiles. To his left is The Daily Record logo

Brian Coughlin Featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record: Commentary on Florida’s Distracted Driver Law

Attorney Brian Coughlin, Bedell Firm director, helps drivers get up to speed on the changes to Florida’s distracted driver law in a feature article published in the Jacksonville Daily Record.

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Holiday Greetings 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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Justice Day Committee

Brian Coughlin Co-Chairs Leadership Jacksonville’s Justice Day

Attorney Brian Coughlin, Bedell Firm director, recently served as Co-Chair for the Leadership Jacksonville program Justice Day. Along with his co-chair Kathy Para, he planned …

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