Bedell Firm News

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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John G. Woodlee smiles. To this left is The Daily Record logo.

John Woodlee Featured Leader in the Law by Jacksonville Daily Record

Bedell Firm Attorney John Woodlee, director, was featured as a “Leader in the Law” by the Jacksonville Daily Record. John served as the president of …

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Best Law Firms 2020

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 2020 U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Bedell Firm was recognized as a Tier …

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Lidija Barauskas smiles. Text to her left reads "Attorney spotlight Lidija Barauskas"

Attorney Spotlight: Lidija Barauskas

Attorney Lidija Barauskas joined the Bedell Firm in 2019, practicing criminal defense law.  Background Lidija Barauskas received her undergraduate degree from Emory University in 2012, …

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Florida Trend Lawyers

Bedell Firm Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Florida Trend Legal Elite

David Barksdale, Brian T. Coughlin, Henry M. Coxe III, John A. DeVault III, R. H. Farnell II, and Michael E. Lockamy were recently recognized in …

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Patricia J. Abraham smiles. To her left, text reads "Paralegal Spotlight Patricia J. Abraham"

Paralegal Spotlight: Patricia J. Abraham

Patricia J. Abraham joined the Bedell Firm in 2016. She joined the firm as a Family Law Paralegal and has been a strong member of …

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Brian T. Coughlin smiles. The Florida Bar logo is to his left

Brian T. Coughlin Appointed to Juvenile Court Rules Committee

Attorney Brian T. Coughlin was recently appointed to the Juvenile Court Rules Committee for the 2022 term. The scope and function of the Juvenile Court …

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Hank Coxe sits against a podium outside of the Bedell Firm's building

Hank Coxe Speaks at the Florida Bar’s Annual Convention

Attorney Hank Coxe, former President of the Florida Bar and Director of the Bedell Firm, recently spoke at the Bar’s Annual Convention. Coxe discussed the …

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Brian Coughlin, David Barksdale, and Hank Coxe sitting around a conference table looking at a document together

Bedell Firm Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2020)

Nine of the Bedell Firm’s attorneys were listed in this year’s Best Lawyers in America for excellence in practice areas from Criminal Defense to Commercial Litigation. Each attorney and his respective listing is outlined below.

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David Barksdale Joins Episcopal Boards for 2019-2020

David Barksdale Joins Episcopal Board for 2019-2020

Attorney David Barksdale recently joined the Episcopal School of Jacksonville’s Board of Trustees for 2019-2020.

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Ashley Cox smiles. The blue Bedell Firm logo is to her right

Ashley Cox on First Coast Connect to Discuss Bifurcation

Couples with contentious cases can become single again without getting a divorce, through a legal strategy called bifurcation. While common among celebrities, any couple can …

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