Chad Justice was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. During his childhood Mr. Justice saw first-hand the value of hard work. Mostly through the eyes of his family who were blue-collar workers at the General Motors factories. Although jumping into the career of manufacturing along with his family would have been easy, Mr. Justice rather chose to challenge himself and blaze his own path by becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. Mr. Justice earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Michigan where he studied finance. During his college career Mr. Justice was heavily involved with student organizations and even co-founded a young professional group in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Building upon his education, Mr. Justice challenged himself even further by enrolling in the London School of Economics and Political Science where he studied public finance. Mr. Justice chose to attend law school, feeling this was the best way for him to positively affect the community and advocate for those who didn’t have a voice. During law school…. Mr. Justice was a member of the Student Advisory Board and the treasurer of the American Bar Association – Law Student Division.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Law
Valentina Wheeler graduated magna cum laudewith the degree in Bachelor of Arts in three years. She graduated from Law School cum laude with the Jurist Doctorate degree in 2012, in two years.
Attorney Wheeler has been a solo-practitioner since 2013. She has been admitted to practice law in Florida, Minnesota and West Virginia.
Ms. Wheeler is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ); West Virginia Association for Justice(WVAJ); Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Hillsborough Bar Association.
Attorney Wheeler has extensive bench and jury trial experience in a wide variety of legal specialties. Significant litigation experience on the local, state and federal level. She has litigated hundreds of civil, criminal and personal injury cases and provided rigorous representation for every client for the past five years.
Rania Arwani gained her B.B.A. in Finance at the University of Texas at Arlington. After relocating to Florida, Rania attended Barry University School of Law where her commitment to family law took root. Rania acted as a Research Assistant at Barry University School of Law and a Certified Legal Intern for the Children and Families Clinic. She has trained with the Florida Center for Child Welfare to handle a variety of family law matters, including domestic violence, substance abuse and sexual abuse of children. Prior to co-founding the Arwani Law Firm, Rania was a Certified Legal Intern with the State Attorney’s Office in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County where she gained valuable courtroom experience. As the manager of the family law division at the Arwani Law Firm, Rania is dedicated to protecting the rights of parents and children.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Child Custody
Orlando Criminal Defense & Family Attorney Chad Frost
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t”
― Jerry Rice
This is the motto that attorney Chad Frost lives by. After five successful years as a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office for Orange and Osceola counties, Attorney Chad Frost now puts his experience as a trial attorney to work for his clients. Attorney Frost helps defend people accused of committing crimes and those facing difficult family issues. Chad is committed to working hard on his cases, and dedicating his life to the pursuit of justice. Hard work is not just something someone does, it is a professional way of life.
As a criminal defense attorney, Chad Frost is proud to handle all kinds of criminal cases. He is committed to giving his clients the compassionate personal attention and aggressive representation they need to protect their rights and freedoms.
Attorney Frost’s experience as a prosecutor includes both felony and misdemeanor trials in Orange and Osceola counties. He has handled 1st Degree Attempted Murder, DUI Manslaughter, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death, Robbery with a Firearm, Drug Trafficking, and Carjacking cases, as well as Juvenile crimes. As a defense attorney, he uses the full depth and breadth of his knowledge of criminal law to fight for his clients’ rights.
Attorney Chad Frost has the experience and skill to fight aggressively to protect your rights and freedoms.
Mr. Frost understands that a divorce or serious family matter can be one of the worst experiences a person goes through in their life. He wants to be there for you! Whether you’re fighting to help raise your child or trying to keep what belongs to you, Attorney Chad Frost is here to help.
Loyola New Orleans School of Law – J.D.
Florida State University – B.A.
Double Major Psychology and Political Science
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity; Chair for Events benefiting the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation
London – Summer, 2004
Vienna – Summer, 2009
Prosecutor for State Attorney’s Office Ninth Circuit
Intern for State Attorney’s Office Ninth Judicial Circuit
Intern for DA’s Office in New Orleans,
Intern for Congresswoman Gennie Brown Waite
Intern for Election Campaign for Mel Martinez
Intern for State Representative Bruce Antone
Stephanie attended The Florida State Univeristy majoring in Psychology and English, and minoring in Spanish, and graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. Stephanie attended The Florida State University College of Law, receiving a full academic scholarship due to her academics and high credentials. During law school, Stephanie focused her studies on the areas of family law and juvenile law, working and interning with private law firms in the local area. Stephanie became a Florida Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern where she handled numerous family law cases at the college’s Public Interest Law Center, and also served as a Certified Legal Intern within the juvenile division at the State Attorney’s Office, Second Judicial Circuit. During law school, Stephanie worked with the Tallahassee Bar Association Legal Aid Foundation, where she became the Director of the Family Law Pro Se Program. During law school, Stephanie interned with The Honorable Mary K. Polson, Circuit Judge, First Judicial Circuit, further expanding and enhancing Stephanie’s knowledge and experience with family law and dependency cases. In 2014, Stephanie joined the Law Firm of Tonya C. Petermann, P.A. as an Associate Attorney. Stephanie is a focused, determined and ethical attorney whose top priority is to get the relief her clients are seeking!
Areas of Practice
- Divorce & Seperaton
- Family Law
- Civil Litigation
Brooke Boltz was born and raised in Volusia County, Florida. She attended New Smyrna Beach Middle School, Spruce Creek High School and Stetson University.
In high school, Brooke participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, was a cheerleader, played clarinet in the band and was an undefeated weightlifter.
After graduating from Stetson University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Brooke worked as a probation and pretrial services officer in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Spending time in the courtroom as a probation and pretrial services officer inspired Brooke to become a lawyer. Brooke attended Stetson College of Law, graduating cum laude in 2007.
While in law school, Brooke became a certified Zumba instructor while also serving as an intern to Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas McCoun and working as a law clerk at firms that practiced criminal law, family law, and Social Security Disability.
Brooke was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2008 and began her legal career as a civil litigation defense attorney. She worked for nine years at one of the largest civil litigation firms in the State of Florida.
In 2014, Brooke was promoted to partner and practiced in a variety of areas including personal injury, personal injury protection (PIP), special investigations unit (SIU), premises liability, professional negligence, negligent security, and home owners insurance disputes.
At the time of her departure, Brooke supervised 12 attorneys. Brooke also worked as a managing litigation attorney at a Plaintiff’s firm specializing in personal injury protection.
Brooke Boltz currently owns her own firm, Boltz Legal, representing clients in a variety of civil litigation matters.
Brooke strives to maintain frequent client contact while providing superior legal representation. Brooke prides herself on providing clients with an early and honest case evaluation.
Brooke and her husband, Richard, have two daughters, Lilah and Leia. When Brooke is not advocating for her clients, you can usually find her watching her daughters’ gymnastics practice or rollerblading in the neighborhood with her children.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Child Custody
- Military Divorce
- Child Support
Erin E. Morse, Esquire is an up and coming powerhouse in the Orlando area. Erin started her career as a paralegal under the guidance of a highly respected Winter Park family law attorney. It was while working as a paralegal that Erin developed the passion for helping families through their most difficult of times. Her passion continues throughout her practice today in her aggressive representation of each of her clients in seeking the best resolution to their unique situation. From her downtown Orlando law office Erin handles all types of divorce and family law matters. She is experienced with Business Law and Contract issues, which make her one of the few Orlando area attorney’s qualified to handle mid to high-net worth divorce cases. Erin is always looking for opportunities to volunteer in the community. Erin had the opportunity to intern for the Governor of Florida in the Orlando office supporting the Special Assistant in attendance of local events and contact with the community. Erin has participated in volunteer services for the community including Volunteer work at the Coalition for the Homeless in Central Florida, Volunteer Tax Services though VITA, and has been privileged to work as a Guardian ad Litem representing the interests of children. Erin was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and raised on Cape Cod. She attended the University of Central Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Erin attended Barry University School of Law in Orlando. While attending Barry University, Erin earned the book award for highest achievement in Motions and Depositions among many others.
Rachel Drude-Tomori, Esq., LL.M. is a Partner with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. specializing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law. She believes that your assets should be protected against creditors, predators, divorce, unnecessary taxes, and even the poor decisions of your heirs themselves. She frequently helps clients preserve their legacies, increase privacy, and qualify for long-term medical care through creative planning strategies.
Rachel frequently assists individuals and business owners in protecting their legacies from government and creditor interference. She has developed estate plans for business owners, corporate executives, wealthy individuals and professionals and their families with a wide range of estate planning objectives. She also develops estate plans for modest estates aiming to avoid probate and secure financial stability for loved ones. Rachel frequently assists clients facing complicated questions about how to meet the health care and financial needs of their elderly loved ones.
Other practice areas include: Wills, Trusts (including Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts), Estates, Probate Administration, Trust Administration, Taxation, Business Succession and Corporate Planning, Real Estate, Medicaid Planning, and Probate and Trust Litigation. Rachel offers 30-minute complimentary consultations for first-time clients and makes house calls upon request.
Rachel earned a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law Graduate Program in Estate Planning. Rachel also received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami, graduating Cum Laude. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University, where she majored in English & Writing, receiving the University’s annual award for Excellence in Writing and admission into Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society).
During her studies at the University of Miami School of Law, Rachel was an active member of the Honor Society of Bar and Gavel, as well as the Editorial Board of the International & Comparative Law Review. She contributed to the law school newspaper as Lifestyle Editor & Staff Writer, served as Project Leader for HOPE (Helping Others Through Pro Bono Efforts) and traveled to Leipzig, Germany to present her original paper and presentation, “U.S. Succession Law and the Case for Testamentary Freedom.” Rachel consistently made the Dean’s List and received the Book Awards for Partnership Tax and Legal Elements.
Rachel is a member of the Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is also a member of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Association, serving on the Editorial Board and as a regular Contributing Writer for its monthly publication, The Paraclete. Other literary accomplishments include: contributions to Thomson Reuters Westaw’s Practical Law attorney content; contributions and probate case summaries for ActionLine (Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section); contributions/editing for BNA Tax Managements Portfolios; original article “Incorporating Art & Collectibles Into Your Estate Plan,” IT. Italian Trade Magazine, December 2010; Editorial Board for the New Orleans Literary Review.
Timothy “T.J.” McCan, attended Florida Gulf Coast University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Following his undergraduate studies, Mr. McCan attended Ave Maria School of Law. While enrolled in law school, Mr. McCan worked as a Legal Intern for Algenol Biofuels Inc. where he assisted the General Counsel, Contracts Manager, and Intellectual Property department with corporate, contracts, IP, and other related matters. He also spent a semester clerking for the Office of Judges for Compensation Claims, where he assisted the judges with legal research and drafted memorandums of law, observed trials, and shadowed workers compensation mediators. After completing his Juris Doctor, Mr. McCan was admitted to The Florida Bar. Timothy A. McCan, II is an Attorney at Luis E. Insignares, P.A. where he currently focuses on Marital & Family Law.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Parenting Matters
- Financial Matters
Growing up in Central Florida as the son of a physician I remember conversations about lawsuits; about a family colleague who had been named in a suit and lost everything; about suits that could occur from automobile or private property accidents. My family felt they had an increased exposure and after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Economics I applied to Law School with the focus of helping others live without fear.
The year before law school, it happened to me. I was sitting at a red light and when it turned green I took my foot off the brake in time to gently tap the car in front of me. Doing the right thing, I followed the driver to a parking lot and we determined that there was no damage. The driver suggested we exchange insurance information and not involve the police. I naively agreed. Three weeks later I received a demand letter for $88,000 from her attorney. The case ultimately settled for $5,000 but I learned a lesson the hard way.
This experience helped guide my choice to attend Emory University School of Law, not only because it was a ‘Top Twenty’ school but because of its faculty and reputation in the field of estate planning and asset protection. Protecting families and their legacies includes asset protection and as such I focused on this and related specialties before returning to Florida. While I’ve had the opportunity to handle estate and asset protection planning for numerous people in high risk occupations, anyone can be faced with potential liability just by driving on our increasingly dangerous Central Florida roads. We also focus on protecting our client’s assets from nursing homes and long-term care. Despite what you may have heard, it’s never too late to discuss protecting yourself and your legacy.
The Family First Firm was established in 2009 with the goal serving our local community. We are proud to have helped countless families achieve their goals and gain peace of mind by protecting everything they hold dear. We’d be honored to help you too.
Attorney Lauren Roderick Brusca handles a variety of Family Law and Consumer Law cases with an emphasis on creative problem solving and preventative legal strategies. In pursuing her passion to help others, Ms. Brusca understands the struggles of clients and takes pride in working diligently to obtain the best results.
Ms. Brusca is a native Floridian and is a long standing resident of Orlando. After attending the University of Central Florida and earning her Bachelor’s Degree, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and Analysis at Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Brusca obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida A & M College of Law and graduated in the top of her class.
Ms. Brusca then went on to serve as an Assistant General Counsel for the Office of General Counsel for the State of Florida, representing the State in matters involving the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate during the subprime mortgage crisis. She has significant experience in civil, family and administrative matters.
Ms. Brusca is involved in the following organizations:
The Florida Bar (Family Law Section)
Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)
Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court
Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers (CFAWL)
Women’s Executive Council (WEC)
Former Member of the Junior League
Bar & Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Middle District Court of Florida
Mr. Murphy became a member of the Florida Bar in October, 2015. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners submits for Supreme Court approval members who are of fine character and fitness, verifies the bar examination for attorney candidates and submits for Supreme Court approval for admission to practice. Daniel is an EAGLE member of the Florida Justice Association, a statewide organization of trial lawyers who are dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers. Mr. Murphy was also named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “Rising Star 2018” by the American Institute of Legal Advocates and was selected for Membership as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for Florida, organizations that are extended to top attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results and leadership as a Civil Plaintiff trial lawyer. Daniel is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association which advances professionalism, promotes practice development, encourages public service, fosters fellowship and supports access to legal services for all. Attorneys must be in good standing with The Florida Bar to become a member. Mr. Murphy is also a member of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board. The MTLB is a local organization composed of some of the foremost trial lawyers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Daniel is a Manatee Young Professional with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, which provides social and community resources for young professionals in Manatee County. Daniel was invited to be on the Young Lawyers’ panel at the FJA/Cooley Law School’s Outreach Program in 2016 & 2017. Daniel advised students in a group and then individually about all areas of preparing to become an attorney. His community activities include two intramural sports, Softball and Flag Football, with the Manatee County Parks and Recreation.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Brain injury
- Car Accidents
- Wrongful dealth
- Slip and Fall
- Drunk Driving Victims
- Workplace Accidents
Holding over 37 years of AV Rated Civil Trial experience, Bernard F. Walsh is a powerhouse in the courtroom. He began his law career investing in protection of the general public as a public defender for the state of Florida. The following three years found Mr. Walsh working in the role of trial attorney for the same state, when he helped resolve a number of high profile cases with serious felony-type crimes.
Bernie has been exclusively devoted to personal injury law since 1982. He has helped many accident victims not only in Sarasota, but in surrounding areas in Manatee County. Mr. Walsh has the distinction of winning the highest playground recovery to the tune of $1,900,000.00 in 2008, motorcycle recoveries up to $6,000,000.00 in 2006, and finally, a daycare recovery at $1,000,000.00 in 2010. He has also enjoyed a number of additional recoveries in the state of Florida, including a bicycle versus truck at $1,000,000.00, a motor vehicle versus a commercial truck at $4,700,000.00 in 2016, a single car MVA at $500,000.00, an auto versus van at $1,000,000.00, an auto versus semi at $475,000.00, an auto versus truck at $950,000.00, and a private property, person fall down at %750,000.00.
Bernard Walsh has joined the Board of Governors for the Florida Justice Association (PAC), among other associations, including the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), and the National Trial Lawyers. He has the distinction of being named within the Florida Legal Elite, and enjoys a “Superb Rating” awarded by AVVO, and is widely recognized throughout his legal community for superior professional experience and conduct. He has also received an “AV Preeminent Rating” from Martindale-Hubble, who represents the center of excellence in professionalism. He earned this award through a stringent Peer Review Rating test. This is the highest ranking ever held by any attorney within this organization.
While earning prestigious awards, Mr. Walsh remains committed to his community through community service projects. His efforts in volunteering assist all law enforcement levels have been beneficial to officers and private citizens alike. He continues to give, supporting a number of churches, the arts, and organizations around Manatee County and the greater Sarasota area.
Mr. Walsh was educated at Cumberland Law School. He received his Juris Doctorate in Law in 1978. He was selected to be a research clerk and intern for a judge on the federal level and the United States Attorney’s Office. He was the recipient of the National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility Bachelor Degree as an undergrad in 1975 at the University of South Florida.
Bernard F. Walsh fights for the injured to get what they are owed. Our attorneys have the firm belief that justice pays.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Saiontz has been a resident of Miami, Florida since 2000. Ms. Saiontz attended the University of Miami where she earned her BA degree in 2004 with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. In 2011, Ms. Saiontz earned her Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from the Florida International University College of Law, where she also served as Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and as a Supreme Court Justice for the Student Government Association. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2017. Ms. Saiontz joined Rubinstein & Associates, P.A. as an Associate Attorney for the firm in 2017, practicing in the areas of business law, commercial litigation, real estate law, and estate planning. Previously, Ms. Saiontz served as the firm Manager for over 14 years and as a Registered Paralegal since 2015. Ms. Saiontz is an active member of the Dade County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, serves on the Professionalism Committee for the FIU Law Alumni Association, of which she is also a member, and is currently a participant in the 39th Class of Leadership Miami hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Saiontz is devoted to supporting South Florida charities and foundations. She is a Founding Board Member and Vice-Chairman Emeritus of National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment, Inc. (NVEEE), an anti-bullying non-profit organization based in Miami, and currently serves as an Advisor. She has also served as Vice-President of Women in the Arts Miami since 2013. Ms. Saiontz currently focuses her practice areas into real estate law, commercial/business litigation and transactions, and estate planning.
Areas of Practice
- Real estate law
- Business law
- Contract Law
- Commercial Law
People often ask me why do you practice personal injury law. Don’t a lot of people define you as an “ambulance chaser”?
It certainly is true that many people look down upon personal injury attorneys as simply opportunists who want to take advantage of a person in a bad situation. However, ask any of my past and present clients what they think, and I believe they will all tell you that without my representation or my firm’s representation, they would not have had a chance.
People do not realize that the law of personal injury and wrongful death is extremely complicated and full of legal pitfalls and technicalities. There is nothing straight forward about any personal injury case. Each case is different based upon the facts and circumstances. many factors come into play when representing injured clients, and a full knowledge of all the possible ramifications that could occur in any one case is absolutely important.
I must say that it is an extremely rewarding experience once a case has been pursued to completion and the client is grateful for the result. I certainly cannot guarantee that all of our results are 100% satisfactory to the client. We sometimes lose, but we are more often successful in obtaining a favorable result for our client. A successful outcome is also very rewarding when one realizes that you are up against high powered and well funded insurance carriers and corporations that can outspend you 10 to 1. Therefore, one needs the knowledge of the law, as well as an aggressive attitude in order to overcome such obstacles.
I have practiced personal injury law for over 30 years. During that time I have learned a great deal about the law, how to succeed and how to obtain a successful outcome for an injured client.
The philosophy of our law firm is clear, in that we have built a firm dedicated to personalized and family-oriented principles, in which the client will always be represented by an attorney that they can talk to, meet with and feel comfortable with. The key to any successful attorney/client relationship is trust. We feel we have earned the trust of thousands of our clients whom we have represented over the years.
If you are looking for a conglomerate firm with hundreds of lawyers, you probably will not want to consult with Legler & Flynn. However, if you are interested in speaking with an attorney one on one, as well as a community oriented organization that has been around the Manatee/Sarasota area for over 20 years, then you may want to speak with one of our attorneys.