Dickinson & Gibbons P.A., Attorneys At Law

Dickinson & Gibbons P.A., Attorneys At Law Founded in 1937, the law firm of Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. has evolved to one of the oldest and mos The office of Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A.
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At Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A., we combine the resources and sophisticated practice of a large law firm with the innovative, efficient and personal service of a smaller firm to serve our client’s needs. The firm provides cost efficient, quality legal services and legal resources to businesses and individuals, who require the expertise of experienced trial specialists. Our attorneys are well versed

in diverse legal specialties and our clients are representative of nearly every industry and trade, including transportation, medicine, insurance, product manufacturing, food service, hospitality, retail, legal, agricultural, tire manufacturing, utilities, computer technology, engineering, banking, automotive, trucking and construction. Our firm also provides quality and cost effective mediation services to litigants seeking to resolve legal disputes. Our mediators are skilled negotiators and experienced trial lawyers who are certified by the Florida Supreme Court. is located in close proximity to the I- 75 corridor, which provides very easy and convenient access to our clients and other lawyers in the region. The firm holds Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV rating which represents the height of professional excellence. Only 5% of all attorneys have attained an AV rating. The firm has also been named in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and AM Best’s Directory of recommended Insurance Attorneys. Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is also a member of ALFA International, which is one of the oldest and established associations of its kind. combines proven, professional trial expertise and quality, cost efficient legal services to resolve our client’s important legal issues. The firm has enjoyed the loyalty of our clients for decades, which has contributed to our continued growth and success as a law firm. Proud of our past and excited by the promise of our future, Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. welcomes the opportunity to serve you.

Dickinson & Gibbons is proud to announce that shareholders, Deborah J. Blue, Gary H. Larsen, and Jeffrey D. Peairs have ...
06/29/2023

Dickinson & Gibbons is proud to announce that shareholders, Deborah J. Blue, Gary H. Larsen, and Jeffrey D. Peairs have been once again been designated as Florida Super Lawyers, and Jesse R. Butler has again been designated a Florida Rising Star. Congratulations!

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is pleased to announce attorney selections as Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Rising Stars for 2023.

Partners at Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. have again been selected as Florida Super Lawyers. Deborah J. Blue, Gary Larsen , ...
07/14/2021

Partners at Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. have again been selected as Florida Super Lawyers. Deborah J. Blue, Gary Larsen , and Jeffrey D. Peairs have been named Super Lawyers for 2021 and Jesse R. Butler and Andrew L. Douberly have been designated Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, identifies the top lawyers in Florida via a patented selection process that includes peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation.

Partners at Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. have again been selected as Florida Super Lawyers. Deborah J. Blue, Gary H. Larsen, and Jeffrey D. Peairs have been named Super Lawyers for 2021 and Jesse R. Butler and Andrew L. Douberly have been designated Rising Stars.

Dickinson & Gibbons Attorneys Named “2020 Elite Top Attorneys” by SRQ Magazine!Ten Dickinson & Gibbons attorneys were na...
09/03/2020

Dickinson & Gibbons Attorneys Named “2020 Elite Top Attorneys” by SRQ Magazine!

Ten Dickinson & Gibbons attorneys were named “2020 Elite Top Attorneys” in the September-October edition of Sarasota’s SRQ Magazine. Attorneys from the area were nominated by their peers and results were compiled by an independent research firm. Local attorneys from Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, Palmetto Bay, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Venice and Northport were considered for this honor.

The following Dickinson & Gibbons attorneys were named to this prestigious list. Deborah J. Blue, family law; Jesse R. Butler, appellate law; Charles W. Denny, IV, civil litigation; Andrew L. Douberly, insurance; Gary H. Larsen, arbitration and mediation; Ralph L. Marchbank, medical malpractice defense; Michael P. Murphy, construction; Jeffrey D. Peairs, insurance; David S. Preston, construction; and A. James Rolfes, civil litigation.

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Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is pleased to announce, once again, that partners in the firm have been selected as Florida Su...
06/04/2020

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is pleased to announce, once again, that partners in the firm have been selected as Florida Super Lawyers. Deborah J. Blue, Gary H. Larsen, and Jeffrey D. Peairs have been named Super Lawyers for 2020 and Jesse R. Butler and Andrew L. Douberly have been designated Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, identifies attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, approximately five percent of the lawyers in Florida are named Super Lawyers and 2.5% of lawyers 40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less, are named Rising Stars.

Deborah J. Blue specializes in complex marital and family law cases involving equitable distribution, business valuation, alimony, child support, parental responsibility, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, paternity, and other related matters. Ms. Blue is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law.

Gary H. Larsen, a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, mediates in all areas of civil litigation, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, probate, construction, business, professional malpractice, employment, real estate, product liability, and insurance coverage disputes.

Jeffrey D. Peairs is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who specializes in complex litigation matters, including personal injury, motor vehicle negligence, wrongful death, trucking and transportation, product liability, insurance coverage, and construction.

Jesse R. Butler is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Appellate Practice, as a well as a civil trial attorney. Mr. Butler’s trial practice focuses on cases involving consumer law, legal malpractice, deceptive and unfair trade practices, insurance defense and coverage disputes, and general civil and commercial litigation.

Andrew L. Douberly, a civil litigation attorney, focuses his practice on auto and trucking litigation, premises liability, and personal injury.

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. represents a broad range of individual and corporate clients in complex litigation matters. Founded in 1937, the Sarasota-based firm holds the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell® AV rating, and is a member of ALFA International, a global network of 150 law firms.

04/15/2020

Already struggling to stay afloat during this global crisis, many people are finding themselves the victim of unfair, fraudulent, and illegal business practices. Fraud and price-gouging are just two common problems facing consumers during this time of economic uncertainty.

04/03/2020

Governor DeSantis’ 30-day stay-at-home Order has gone into effect. However, our law firm is considered an “essential service" and as such remains open in order to help you, your family, and your business through the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many people are experiencing financial, business, employment, and insurance issues, and are in need of legal advice and services to help them navigate, recover, and uphold their legal rights.

Our attorneys are here to help you. Please contact our office at (941) 366-4680 if we can be of any assistance.

01/20/2020

Congratulations again to Jesse Butler and all the other recipients this year on being selected to receive the 2020 Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award! 🥰

ANNOUNCEMENT: 22 Lawyers Will Receive Florida Pro Bono Awards In Supreme Court Ceremony On Jan. 30

The Florida Bar will recognize 22 lawyers for their work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients at a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.

Established in 1981, The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are intended to encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor. The annual awards recognize those who make public service commitments and raise public awareness of the volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers. Florida Bar President John M. Stewart will present the 2020 awards.

The awards recognize pro bono service in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits (with two honorees this year in the 14th Circuit) as well as service by one Florida Bar member practicing outside the state of Florida. They are presented annually in conjunction with the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, which is given by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Awards recognizing pro bono contributions also will be presented in the categories of Distinguished Judicial Service, Distinguished Federal Judicial Service, Law Firm Commendation, Voluntary Bar Association and Young Lawyers Division.

By the latest available reporting period, Florida attorneys collectively provided more than 1.6 million hours of free legal service and, in addition, more than 24,000 hours were provided through law firms, along with donations of more than $6.2 million in legal aid.

This year’s ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court of Florida. Watch it at http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridasupremecourt and The Florida Channel.

Here are the 2020 circuit honorees: https://www.floridabar.org/news-release/pro-bono/22-lawyers-will-receive-florida-bar-pro-bono-awards-in-supreme-court-ceremony-jan-30/

07/09/2019

A. James Rolfes Re-Appointed to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission

A. James Rolfes, managing partner of Sarasota law firm Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A., has been re-appointed to the Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Ron DeSantis. This is Mr. Rolfes’ third term on the Commission where he was selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar. He has previously served as chair of the Commission and his new term will run through July 1, 2023. The Judicial Nominating Commission selects nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, consisting of Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.

Mr. Rolfes is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and a Supreme Court Certified Mediator. His diverse practice includes legal malpractice, transportation, product liability, commercial litigation and mediation. He has been awarded the AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell; a peer-reviewed rating signifying the highest level of professional excellence.

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. represents a broad range of individual and corporate clients in complex litigation matters. Founded in 1937, the Sarasota-based firm holds the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell® AV rating, and is a member of ALFA International, a global network of 150 law firms.

06/21/2019

Another Trial Victory!

Attorneys Jeff Peairs and Andy Douberly achieved defense verdicts against two plaintiffs, both claiming injuries as a result of a rear-end motor vehicle accident in Manatee County, FL. Plaintiffs asked for nearly $1,000,000 in damages from the jury. After a five day jury trial, the jury agreed with the Defendants that the subject accident was not the cause of the Plaintiffs' alleged injuries or any of their post-accident medical treatment.

06/19/2019

Dickinson & Gibbons is happy to announce that partner Jesse Butler has earned Board Certification in Appellate Practice.

Dickinson & Gibbons is a full-service trial, appellate, and family law firm. Jesse became the seventh attorney at D&G to earn Board Certification in a specialized area of practice. This includes five Board Certified Trial Lawyers - Gary Larsen, Ralph Marchbank, Michael Murphy, Jeffrey Peairs, and James Rolfes – and a Board Certified Marital & Family Law attorney, Deborah Blue.

Board Certification represents The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of attorneys’ competence and experience in one or more of the 26 areas of law approved for certification by the Florida Supreme Court. Board Certified attorneys are evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise.

06/03/2019

Dickinson & Gibbons Attorneys Selected as Florida Super Lawyers for 2019!

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is pleased to once again announce that partners in the firm have been selected as Super Lawyers. Deborah J. Blue, Gary H. Larsen and Jeffrey D. Peairs have been named Florida Super Lawyers for 2019 and Jesse R. Butler has been designated a Rising Star. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, identifies attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, approximately five percent of the lawyers in Florida are named Super Lawyers and 2.5% of lawyers 40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less, are named Rising Stars.

02/05/2019

Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. is pleased to announce that Jesse R. Butler and Andrew L. Douberly have been named partners of the firm. Managing Shareholder A. James Rolfes stated, “We are pleased to have these fine litigators as partners and look forward to their continued outstanding service to our clients.”

Jesse Butler represents clients in legal actions involving civil and commercial matters, specializing in product liability, consumer protection, and complex tort cases. He also maintains an active appellate practice, and has handled appeals in every District Court of Appeal in the State of Florida. Mr. Butler holds the prestigious AV PreeminentTM Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Andrew Douberly focuses his practice on auto and trucking litigation, premises liability, personal injury, and criminal defense. Prior to joining Dickinson & Gibbons, Mr. Douberly was an assistant State Attorney in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in Manatee County, Florida.

12/29/2017
D&G Recovers Fees for City of St. Pete Beach - Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A.

D&G Recovers Fees for City of St. Pete Beach - Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A.

Dickinson & Gibbons is in the news again for successfully settling a legal malpractice case in favor of their client, the City of St. Pete Beach. The Tampa Bay Times previously reported when Dickinson & Gibbons was originally hired by the City of St. Pete Beach. The City hired Dickinson & Gibbons to...

11/22/2017
UF Levin College of Law

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10/31/2017
Sarasota County Bar Association

Sarasota County Bar Association

SARASOTA NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE PART OF NEW PROJECT TO CLEAR HOME TITLES
Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | October 27, 2017
A number of older and even historic family homes in Sarasota’s Newtown area could be part of a new pilot program designed to clear up title issues on long-held properties. The “No Place Like Home” program created by The Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section is a new effort starting next month in five areas, in concert with local legal aid groups and volunteer attorneys, to help low-income property owners with title defects. Through “No Place Like Home,” volunteer attorneys can help families in those situations jump through the legal hoops to clear their title for free.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171027/newtown-to-be-part-of-new-project-to-clear-home-titles

10/06/2017
The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar

"The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with a fortified conservative majority and a docket filled with some of the moment’s most contentious issues: voting rights, religious liberty, protection from discrimination and privacy in an increasingly monitored society.

The court was shorthanded for more than a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016 and responded by largely avoiding controversial topics and compromising to reach narrow, consensus decisions.

Now, with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch not only filling Scalia’s seat but also matching his conservative ideological role on the court, the court is back to its full nine members and has a docket that will test harmony."

10/05/2017

C. Taylor Smith Joins Dickinson & Gibbons!
http://www.dglawyers.com/attorneys/c-taylor-smith/

Dickinson & Gibbons is happy to announce that C. Taylor Smith has joined the firm as an associate. Taylor recently graduated from Stetson University College of Law.

Taylor joins the firm's civil litigation practice, where he will be focusing primarily on cases involving labor & employment law, construction litigation, and motor vehicle negligence.

09/21/2017

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR FLORIDA HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS

A legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929. The hotline operates through a partnership between The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Assistance through this hotline is available to qualified Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma in all Florida counties. Those who qualify will be matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help such as:

· Securing FEMA and other benefits
· Making life, medical and property insurance claims
· Dealing with home repair contractors
· Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
· Helping with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
· Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues

09/13/2017
Consumer Pamphlet: Mass Disaster: A Victim’s Guide – The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar has published a helpful guide to assist consumers dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Irma. Mass Disaster: A Victim’s Guide outlines several steps you can take to protect your rights. If you have questions about your consumer rights, contact Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A.

https://www.floridabar.org/public/consumer/pamphlet023/ %20WILL%20PROTECT%20MY%20LEGAL%20RIGHTS%3F

What Is A Mass Disaster?What To Do When A Mass Disaster OccursWho Will Protect Your Legal Rights?When Do You Have To Decide?A Few Final Thoughts

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