For Immediate Release
Contact: Nicole Weinacht
THREE LAWYERS NAMED MEMBERS OF HAND ARENDALL HARRISON SALE
Mobile, AL – February 7, 2020 – Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is proud to announce J. Cole Davis, Christine Harding Hart, and Edward T. Rowe have been promoted to Member with the firm.
“As a testament to their dedication to both the firm and their clients, we are pleased to welcome all three of these exemplary lawyers into our membership,” said Roger Bates, Managing Lawyer of the firm.
Davis is a member in the firm’s Panama City Beach office. He currently serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Panama City Beach and represents other local governments in a wide range of matters including the Bay County School Board, the City of Callaway, the City of Springfield, and the City of Mexico Beach.
In addition to his local government practice, Davis handles a wide variety of civil litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment disputes, workplace discrimination, wage and hour disputes, commercial business litigation, and workers' compensation defense.
Davis enjoys counseling clients to solve tough issues and enthusiastically litigates for them when necessary. He has represented employers in Florida’s federal district courts, state courts, First District Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, and before numerous government agencies - including the DOL, EEOC, and FCHR.
In 2018, Davis was appointed to the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee for the 14th Judicial Circuit. He also serves as a member of the Operating Board of Alignment Bay and as a member of the Junior Leadership Bar Steering Committee.
Davis is a native of Panama City Beach, and after earning his Bachelor's degree from Florida State University, Davis spent two years with Bay District Schools as a third-grade teacher. Davis went on to graduate from Florida State University's College of Law before returning home to begin his practice.
Hart is a member of the firm’s litigation section in Mobile. Her practice consists largely of federal court litigation and she has litigated cases from the initial pleading stage through trial and appeal. She also provides counseling to local businesses and institutions on a variety of issues.
She is admitted to practice in Alabama and California (inactive), all federal district courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Hart has substantive knowledge and experience in anti-discrimination matters involving Title VII, Title IX, ADA/Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. She also has experience litigating constitutional matters involving First Amendment free speech and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process. She monitors developments in the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court related to federal practice, discrimination, and constitutional rights.
Hart serves as an officer for the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (“SAVLP”) Board, and provides legal services as a SAVLP Volunteer Lawyer. She also serves on the Board of Flight Works Alabama, and volunteers as the Alabama Chapter Chair for Stanford University's Alumni Interview Program. Hart is a member of Class 15 of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum.
Hart grew up in Orange County, California, and attended Stanford University and USC Gould School of Law. She clerked for Third Circuit Judge Ted McKee in Philadelphia shortly after she began her legal practice.
Hart is married to Curtis Hart, who works at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Mobile, and together they are raising a young son in Baldwin County.
Rowe is a member in the firm’s litigation section in the Mobile office. His practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals in contract disputes including issues related to commercial transactions, partnerships, construction projects, debt collection, insurance coverage, and employment matters. His experience also includes defending personal injury claims in both premises liability and motor vehicle cases. He has tried cases in state and federal court in Alabama and Florida and has been involved in appeals to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Rowe is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He and his wife Laura live in Fairhope where they raise their two daughters.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, is the result of a merger of two law firms in January 2018.The two firms, Hand Arendall LLC and Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law, merged which resulted in one of the largest regional law practices with offices along the coast of Northwest Florida and throughout the state of Alabama. Since the start, HAHS LLC has maintained a fundamental commitment to providing quality legal services. Cases and projects are staffed with the goal of achieving success for the client with maximum efficiency. With offices in Athens, Birmingham, Mobile, and Fairhope Alabama and Florida offices in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City, the firm is uniquely situated among the Southeast's major law firms to provide legal direction to clients throughout Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Learn more at www.handfirm.com.
Chairman’s Message: Who’s Ready for the Next Decade?
January 1, 2020
I am pleased to have the honor of serving as the Chairman of the Destin Chamber for 2020, as we kick off the next decade. I follow many great leaders who have served in this role and want to thank them for their service and mentorship. To Julie Cotton, 2019 Chairman, thank you for leaving a strong legacy to follow…you created some big shoes to fill! To Shane Moody and the Destin Chamber team, I look forward to serving alongside you this year to lead the Chamber and the businesses we represent into a prosperous 2020. To our Board, I applaud you for being the visionaries in an effort to move the Chamber into a new decade. Last but not least, to my Hand Arendall Harrison Sale & Emerald Coast Title Services teams, my family, and my friends…thank you for the support and opportunity to serve in this role for 2020.
The collaborative efforts of the Destin Chamber are many – State, City, County, tourist development, economic development, educational institutions, nonprofits and businesses. Together we all strive to strengthen our community.
Just as our Chamber Mission states: “Advocating for businesses… strengthening our community.” Borrowing from our website: “The Destin Chamber prides itself on working to build successful businesses and a vibrant economy. The Chamber provides products and services to its member businesses helping them grow and prosper. The Chamber acts as the voice of business in government affairs. Governed by a volunteer board of directors and operated by a professional staff, the Chamber works daily to ensure that businesses have what they need to flourish. A strong base of volunteers assists in making sure that all of our programs are relevant to the needs of businesses.”
Our 2020 initiatives set forth by the Board, Chamber Staff and our members will focus on continuing to make Destin the best place to live, work and play.
With all we want to accomplish this year, we need your help! We want you to be involved and stay involved. Your membership, participation, sponsorship and time will certainly help us to achieve our goals in 2020. Let’s continue the collaborative spirit we have in Destin and throughout Okaloosa County.
Cheers to an outstanding 2020, and the beginning of a new decade!
Dion J. Moniz
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale
Emerald Coast Title Services
2020 Chairman, Destin Chamber
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John Townsend joins HAND ARENDALL HARRISON SALE LLC
Destin, Florida - (November 19, 2019) -Board Certified Attorney John P. Townsend has joined Hand Arendall Harrison Sale. He is certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law by the Florida Bar.
Townsend has practiced in Community Association and Planned Development Law, Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law in Northwest Florida for several years prior to joining Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.
“I have worked across the table with many of the Hand Arendall Harrison Sale Attorneys over the last several years and also, served with some of them in the trade associations. I am delighted to join this client first, client driven firm. This is an expanding southeast regional law firm with a strong team atmosphere. You may be working with me in a specific area, decide to broaden your sphere of work and with our extensive range of practices, you are likely covered by one on our team” states Townsend.
Townsend holds the AV® Preeminent™ highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which rates attorneys in the areas of professional conduct, ethics and ability based on evaluations by other attorneys. Townsend was also recognized as one of Florida’s top-rated lawyers (less than one percent of all lawyers in Florida) by Florida Trend Magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite, which is determined by evaluations and recommendations from other Florida Attorneys.
John will office in the Destin office complex and also, consult by appointment in the three additional offices in Northwest Florida upon request.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, HAHS, is the result of a merger of two firms in 2018. Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law and Hand Arendall LLC merged which resulted in one of the largest regional law practices with offices along the coast of Northwest Florida and throughout the state of Alabama. Since the start, HAHS has maintained a fundamental commitment to providing quality legal services. Cases and projects are staffed with the goal of achieving success for the client with maximum efficiency. With offices in Athens, Birmingham, Mobile, and Fairhope Alabama and Florida offices in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City Beach and Panama City, the firm is uniquely situated to provide legal direction to clients throughout Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. HSMcLaw.com
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
For Immediate Release
HAND ARENDALL HARRISON SALE LLC ANNOUNCES NEW ASSOCIATE
Panama City FL June 25, 2019-- Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is pleased to announce that Jennifer Gutai Comella has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.
“I am looking forward to being a part of the leading law firm in Northwest Florida, really, they are a leading firm in the southeast region. I have watched their growth. They deliver consistently to all clients, whether individuals or businesses, and their expansion geographically through the region has been smart and right,” says Comella. “I’m excited to continue my practice here in Destin.
Comella’s practice will focus on community association law with additional practice in real estate litigation, landlord-tenant, collections, local government law and business/commercial litigation. She has been practicing on the Emerald Coast since 2011 and continues to be very active in the community.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, HAHS, is the result of a merger of two firms in 2018. The two firms, Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law and Hand Arendall LLC merged which resulted in one of the largest regional law practices with offices along the coast of Northwest Florida and throughout the state of Alabama. Since the start, HAHS has maintained a fundamental commitment to providing quality legal services. Cases and projects are staffed with the goal of achieving success for the client with maximum efficiency. With offices in Athens, Birmingham, Mobile, and Fairhope, Alabama and Florida offices in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City, the firm is uniquely situated to provide legal direction to clients throughout Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
Franklin R. Harrison received a call to speak at the CELEBRATION OF THE LEGAL & JUDICIAL CAREER OF JUSTICE R. FRED LEWIS in Coral Gables Florida. Supreme Court of Florida Justice Lewis was celebrated by a host of dear friends, family and colleagues.
Franklin was asked to provide a personal reflection of his professional and personal relationship as he worked alongside Justice Lewis over the years. Franklin's work and relationship with Justice Lewis on various committees and boards afforded Franklin additional time over the years to build those close friend-familiar bonds and make humorous memories, which were included in the presentation. The privilege of speaking to honor Justice Lewis also provided a time to discuss the new phase of life that Justice Lewis is entering however, the impact he has made in his service to our state and our youth will not be forgotten. As the printed program for the evening stated, “In addition to his many landmark decisions, Justice R. Fred Lewis leaves an important legacy for Florida’s Children: Justice Teaching."
Franklin is known for his dedication to the practice of law, the field of study including sound examination that will bring the brightest and best attorneys to the practice for years to come. Franklin said, “It was not only an honor to be asked to share a few words about Fred on one very special evening, but it has been an honor to know him and share time together through the years and I’m planning for the two of us to share more time together in the future."