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Rice Family Lawyers

BAR ADMISSIONS
Florida Bar, 2004
West Virginia Bar, 2006
U.S. Middle District, 2009


LAW PRACTICE
Attorney, 

  • Smith, Schoder & Bledsoe, LLP Associate (2006 to present)
  • Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense – Specializing in medical malpractice defense throughout the State of Florida. Experienced in all aspects of complex insurance defense, pre-suit through trial; proficient in research, writing, motion practice, expert discovery
  • Workers Compensation Defense – Firm clients include State of Florida, Risk
  • Management Division of Environmental Protection
  • Governmental Agency General Liability Defense – Firm clients include School Board of Volusia, State of Florida Department of Transportation, City of Daytona Beach, Volusia County
  • Automobile Litigation, Plaintiff
  • Probate Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil and Criminal Appeals

Staff Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit, Florida (2004-2006)
Research Associate, Office of the Florida Attorney General, Criminal Appeals (2004)
Intern, Office of the Florida Public Defender (2003)
Intern, Community Legal Services of Mid- Florida (2003)


EDUCATION
Juris Doctorate, 2003
Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL
     ▪   Recipient of the Phyllis Stansell Award for Ethics and Professionalism, 2003
     ▪   Mock Trial Team
     ▪   Moot Court Team

Master of Liberal Arts, 1997
Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Bachelor of Arts – Theater, 1972
Florida State UniversityTallahassee, FL


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & AWARDS
Volusia County Bar Association (2004 to present)
Volusia County Civil Trial Lawyers Association (2012)
Dunn Blount American Inns of Court – Current Secretary
Volusia-Flagler Association for Women Lawyers – Past President
Florida Association of Women Lawyers – Chapter Representative

  • Recipient of the 2012 Leaders in Law Award

Atlantic High School Academy of Law and Government Teen Court Judge (2007-2011)

  • Recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Service Award

Permanent Judicial Commission of Central Florida Presbytery (2007 to present)


COMMUNITY SERVICE
Board of Directors, Cinematique of Daytona Beach (2005 to present)
Board of Directors, Daytona Beach Film Festival (2005 to present)
Board of Directors, Presbyterian Counseling Center (2012)
Tomoka Oaks Homeowners Association (Past President)
Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County (2003 to present)
Volusia County Schools Volunteer (1995-2000)
     ▪   PTA President, Pine Trail Elementary School
     ▪   Advisory Council, Ormond Beach Middle School
Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church Elder (ordained 1997)


OTHER EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Embry-Riddle University Adjunct Professor of Humanities (1997-2000)
Early employment with Daytona Beach News-Journal, Seaside Music Theater
Volusia County resident for 30 years
Interests include literature, theater, theology, yoga, entertaining, gardening