Alumni News, Fall 2011


Timothy Eves of Huntington, West Virginia, recently succeeded in obtaining a $32 million dollar verdict for a Navy veteran in an asbestos case. Working with local New York counsel, Eves’ successful result was reached after an eight-week trial in Manhattan. Eves is the principal attorney in the Eves Law Firm, LLC, a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims, toxic torts, pharmaceutical claims, rollover and crashworthiness claims, mining injuries & deaths, railroad accidents and various other complex cases throughout the country.

Sam Jubran was recently board certified in family law.


Donald Bradshaw received the Richard D. Custureri Pro Bono Service Award for his involvement in a free foreclosure clinic offered by Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. He was honored at the Marion County Bar Association’s annual Law Day luncheon.


Michael D. McGrath, managing partner of McGrath Gibson, LLC welcomed Jessica
Rose Rieffel (2009) as an associate attorney focusing her practice in family law, joining attorneys Kevin J. Loftus (associate, 2001) and Brad M. Sopotnick (partner, 2007) in the Jacksonville offices. McGrath Gibson was founded in 2007 by McGrath and M. Brad Gibson (2000) and focuses on personal
injury, workers’ compensation and family law with offices in Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, Florida.


Jo-Anne Yau received her sports agent license as the Yau Law Firm became the official law firm of Tom McManus’ “Suck It Up!” brands, the 2010 USA Rugby League Champions, the Jacksonville Axemen and the IrishWaterDogs outdoor apparel company. Yau is also a co-host of “Business Talk” on Blog
Talk Radio.


Jay Howanitz was named one of Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, which honors annually 40 of Northeast Florida’s brightest, most promising professionals. He is a partner at Spohrer & Dodd PL in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jamie Ibrahim was recognized by the family law section of the Florida Bar through the monthly “Making a Difference” award. She was recognized for making a difference in the lives of the underserved or disadvantaged in Florida. Ibrahim is a staff attorney for the family law unit of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.

Clark Wilson recently became board certified in intellectual property by the Florida Bar.


Gretchen Brantley is at the Office of the Attorney General in Tallahassee, Florida, in the Employment Litigation Bureau. Her practice is dedicated to defending state agencies in employment-related matters before the Unemployment Appeals Commission, PERC and the EEOC. She also defends state agencies in state and federal courts against discrimination and retaliation claims.

Lindsay Faroni is the new general counsel for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

David Goldman was the subject of a recent ABA article, “Florida Lawyer Fashions Gun Trust (and Niche Practice),” which discussed NFA gun trusts and the innovative marketing for legal services. He currently works with over 150 Gun Trust Lawyers in 43 states to provide trusts to clients all over the world.

Erin Moorman Pooley is a litigation associate handling insurance defense and personal injury claims with Zimmet, Unice & Salzman, P.A., a civil litigation firm located in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Stephen A. Mosca is president and owner of the Mosca Law Firm, P.A. The Mosca Law Firm specializes in criminal defense and foreclosure defense litigation in both state and federal court.

Travis Walker was elected to the St. Lucie County Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors for a term beginning in October. He will be completing his term as president of the Port St. Lucie Bar Association in


Rachel A. Compton, second chair, and David Sacks, lead counsel, obtained a verdict in favor of their client, the plaintiff, in the case of Peterson v. McTyre Trucking in June. The case was a workers’ compensation retaliation claim under Chapter 440 section 205 Florida Statutes and a perceived disability discrimination claim under the Florida Civil Rights Act.

Jodi Harris-Schaffer established a law practice association in Chattanooga, Tennessee with attorney Martin L. Pierce under the new name of Pierce & Schaffer, Attorneys at Law. Practice areas include estate planning, probate, elder law, Medicaid and VA planning, asset protection planning, special needs trusts, corporations and LLCs, business matters and contracts, nonprofits/501(c)(3), family law, and retirement plans and employee benefits matters.

Matthew Kindel joined the St. Petersburg, Florida law firm of Yesner & Boss, P.L. Kindel was formerly a Polk County prosecutor. He works on family law cases out of the firm’s new Tampa office.

Heather Lohse began active duty with the Air Force JAG Corps and is a prosecuting attorney and government representative in labor law, civil law, contract/procurement law and environmental law. She also serves fellow military and retirees by assisting with civil matters, estate planning and family law issues.


James Clifton of The Clifton Law Firm, LLC recently signed an Of Counsel agreement with Consumer Attorney Services, a national debt negotiation company. Consumer Attorney Services will use Clifton’s licensure in Georgia, California, and Texas to increase the scope of coverage and engage a larger client base. 


Arthur “A.J.” Grossman and his wife Kiki opened their family law practice, Grossman & Grossman P.A., in Winter Garden, Florida.

Melissa Schwartz’s article, “A Model Linking Crisis Intervention, Political Sanctions, and Cultural Transformation: Female Genital Mutilation in Context and in Law: a Comprehensive Approach for Ending the Practice,” was published in George Mason University’s International Affairs Journal, TABLET.  Her original artwork was used on the cover.

Butch Tanner recently joined Yau Law in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded by fellow Florida Coastal alumna Jo-Anne Yau, the Yau Law firm is focused on protecting businesses and representing the injured. Areas of service include personal injury; trademarks, patents & copyrights; franchise & business law; civil & criminal litigation; and BP oil spill claims.

Sarah L. Terry joined the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Assistant Chief Counsel as a general attorney. Her primary duties include providing advice to their two largest clients U.S. Border Patrol and the Customs Field Office. She is located in the Laredo, Texas office.


Michael C. Daugherty and Kimberly M. Luckey have been admitted to the Virginia State Bar and joined the Manassas, Virginia office of the Daugherty Law Firm. Mr. Daugherty and Ms. Luckey’s areas of legal practice include criminal law, family law, divorce law and personal injury law in Virginia.

John R. Eberhard joined the office of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC in Jacksonville, Florida. Eberhard represents clients in the financial services industry in consumer financial services litigation, real estate, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.



Larry Gilliam passed away on January 7. Prior to his death, Larry practiced family, personal injury and criminal law.


Jerome Smiley, Jr. passed away on April 22.


Anna Asher Lester passed away on November 15.



Natasha Plumly married Thomas Zani on May 14 in Barnesville, Ohio. Natasha is an attorney at Southeastern Legal Services in Steubenville, Ohio.


Adam Joseph Marshall married Lauren Elizabeth Troxclair on April 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jamie McIntyre and James Daugherty were married in a private ceremony on the beach in Ponte Vedra, Florida in May. Jamie is the contract manager for Memorial Hospital and James is director of e-commerce at George’s Music. 

Christine Parrish married David Palmer on May 6 in Maui, Hawaii.


Paula Post and Chad Parker were married on March 20, at Casa Marina in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Paula is currently employed at Fernandez Trial Lawyers in Jacksonville, Florida.


Melody Gilliland married Cedric Small, class of 2009, on August 6.

Kelly Stevens Ryan married fellow Coastal Law alumnus Bradley Ryan Lee on April 22 at One Ocean Resort in Jacksonville, Florida. They are both currently employed at the Apple Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida.



Harlan Derek Saltsman and his wife Brandi Saltsman welcomed their baby girl, Harlei Anne, on May 31.


Robert Baggett and his wife Ryungso welcomed their second child, Annabelle Kim, on January 17. Robert is a special agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service.


Sobrina Cox (Thomas) and her husband Dr. Shawn Cox welcomed their first child, Sophia, on January 25.

Damien D’Ascenzio and his wife Lindsay welcomed their first son, Landon Dominick, in 2009 and will welcome another baby boy in October.


Laura Stevens Gruber and her husband Tristan welcomed their first son, Thomas Andrew, on September 27.



Heather Burnett will marry Charlie Beard on December 10 at the Jekyll Island Club. Heather is currently employed at JEA as the manager of procurement contracts. Charlie is general counsel for Dikenson Klotz Real Estate Investments and an adjunct professor at Coastal Law teaching environmental law.


Sarah L. Villa is engaged to David Oberliesen. Villa is an associate with Matthews Jones & Hawkins in Destin, Florida practicing in the area of criminal defense and family law. Oberliesen, a graduate of the University of Florida School of Law, is an associate with Fleet, Spencer, Kilpatrick, PA in Shalimar, Florida practicing in the area of criminal defense.


Amanda Leigh Rowland is engaged to Jonathan Barr Hampel. The wedding is planned for June 9, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Amanda is employed at the law firm of Stone & Hinds in Knoxville, Tennessee and Jonathan is a partner in the architecture firm of A Boheme Design in Rosemary Beach, Florida.