KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CANDIDATES - VOTE ACTUAL EXPERIENCE

YEARS IN PRACTICE

Jim - licensed over 20 years practicing in Collier County, over 20 years as a resident.  All 20 years has been spent in the Courtroom arguing cases.


Blake - admitted 12/2/2010, less than 8 years experience as an attorney. AND, LESS THAN 4 YEARS ACTUAL COURT TIME AS AN ATTORNEY WITH THE REST SPENT AS A STAFF ATTORNEY FOR THE COURT DOING RESEARCH AND NOT ACTUALLY ARGUING CASES IN COURT. 

Trial/Court Experience

Jim - over 35 civil and criminal jury trials, well over 250 civil and criminal bench trials.  Personally handled over hundreds of criminal matters with the Prosecutor's Office in Collier County, hundreds of criminal cases as defense counsel and over 1,000 civil cases while in private practice.  Has written 1,000's of motions, orders, pleadings, and has participated as lead counsel on over 25 appeals before Florida DCA courts, TN courts and NY Supreme Court.


Blake - No civil jury or bench trials, has yet to disclose any criminal jury trials. No civil experience as lead counsel.  He did write opinions for the Court as their staff attorney but was not the handling attorney preparing and arguing the appeal. 

Quasi Judicial Experience

Jim - served in quasi judicial role hearing 100's of code violation cases over 9 years ruling on evidence, hearing testimony and deciding cases.


Blake - no prior quasi judicial experience.

Arbitration Experience

Jim - over 25 arbitrations as an attorney, recognized as an arbitrator by Florida Supreme Court,  has served in quasi judicial role on multiple arbitration panels including arbitrating matters for FINRA.  An arbitrator hears and decides cases, takes testimony from witnesses, and issues opinions, much like a judge does.


Blake - none.

Mediation Experience

Jim - certified by the Supreme Court as a mediator. Appointed by Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis to the Dept. Financial Services Hurricane Mediation Panel. Mediated over 100 cases as mediator, participated in over 250 mediations as counsel. 


Blake - none.

Professional Appointments

Jim - appointed by Attorney General Pam Bondi to the New Car Arbitration Board; appointed to the Florida Bar Grievance Committee; appointed to the Florida Bar Protect Democracy Initiative; appointed to the Florida Bar Speakers Board; appointed to the Military Affairs Committee Florida Bar; appointed to leadership roles in the American Bar Association, DRI, and CLM; named SW Florida 40 Under 40 Award Recipient; selected to and graduated from Naples Chamber Leadership Course (GAIN Program).


Blake - no appointments have been disclosed by the candidate.