Bedell Firm News

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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 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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Portraits of all leaders of the Bedell Firm over the years. Text: History Spotlight: The Bedell Legacy

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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Best Lawyers best law firms U.S. News 2021

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 Firm Building in Let There Be Light Driving Tour

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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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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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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