2014-2015 Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg Bar Association is the governing body of the association. Officers and Executive Committee members are selected by a vote of the association. The Nominating Committee is charged with creating a slate of Officers and Executive Committee members each year, and welcomes input from the membership. Elections are held in April/May of each year and the new officers and execuitive members are installed during the month of June at an Installation Ceremony.
STRATEGIC PLAN 2014-2017
We invite members to take a moment to review the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan developed by the Executive Committee and facilitated by the American Bar Association in June 2014.
CLICK HERE to download the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan & Organizational chart
2014-2015 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
J.S. Lucas Fleming
Mr. Fleming is a criminal defense attorney in the Tampa Bay area with over 20 years of experience. A focus of his practice is working with clients who have addiction and mental disorders find treatment. He actively assists clients to find the appropriate treatment for them and negotiates with the residential treatment programs to provide the services at many times less than the advertised cost. His passion to work with families who find themselves caught in the criminal justice system with a loved one extends to children at risk to do the same. He founded Lawyers for Literacy (www.LawyersforLiteracy.org) which is a non-profit organization that attracts volunteer attorneys and professionals to mentor at risk third graders in preparation for the reading portion of the FCAT.
Mr. Fleming is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Stetson College of Law. He currently serves on Stetson’s Alumni Advisory Council. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar and serves on the St. Petersburg Bar Executive Committee. He also has served as the Solo and Small Firm section chair. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Cary A. Cash
Mr. Cash focuses his practice on Trial Litigation (banking, personal injury, commercial, environmental, construction, and landlord/tenant) and Real Estate. Mr. Cash advises local and national insurance carriers, self insured corporations, developers, financial institutions, real estate investment groups, title companies, management companies, governmental entities, home owner associations, and cooperatives regarding community management, finance, development, acquisition, conversion to resident ownership, corporate advise, loss recovery, special assets, and liability litigation. Mr. Cash has represented sellers, buyers and lenders in the sale, purchase and financing of residential and commercial real estate, including mobile home communities and shopping centers. Mr. Cash is a title agent with The Fund and has extensive experience with simple and complex title issues arising out of a wide variety of real estate closings throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Cash also has extensive experience in trying bench and jury trials to conclusion.
Mr. Cash was previously an intern under the Honorable Paul M. Glenn, Chief Judge of United States Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida. Mr. Cash was a Certified Florida County Court Mediator, past President of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, executive director of the Barney Masterson's Inn of Court, and executive board member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Mr. Cash received the Judge Alexander Paskay Bankruptcy Award, William F. Blews Award for pro bono service, and the Raphael Steinhardt Award for character, leadership, and service to the community. Mr. Cash received "The Rock" award from the Inn of Court for exceptional community service and the “Rising Star” award from the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Mr. Cash also received the American Cancer Society's Most Inspirational Cancer Survivor Award 1999.
Mr. Cash is a Master Mason and member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Leadership St. Petersburg (LSP Alumni 2007), Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association, and a volunteer for the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club and the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida. He enjoys playing disc golf, shuffleboard, shooting trap, guitar, making pottery, and being a dad/husband. He hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2000.
|Brittany J. Maxey|
Brittany J. Maxey is a registered patent attorney, and owner and founder of Maxey Law Offices, PLLC, a St. Petersburg, Florida based practice focused on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, with additional Tampa Bay locations, including Clearwater. In addition to providing legal counsel, Brittany manages all aspects of clients’ intellectual property needs including procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights, trade secrets and technology licensing.
Brittany received her undergraduate degree in Biological Science at the University of Mississippi and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. She is a frequent guest panelist and speaker at universities, law schools, industry shows, community events, legal panels, and local radio programs, where she addresses questions about intellectual property topics.
William B. McQueen
Bill is licensed as an attorney-at-law and CPA. His law firm, McQueen & Siddall, LLP, with offices in St. Petersburg, FL and Scottsdale, AZ, limits its practice areas to Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Business Formation & Succession Planning, and Wealth & Legacy Protection. He serves as a trusted advisor and experienced problem solver to many individuals, families and business owners.
Bill is a native and lifelong resident of St. Petersburg having attended Shorecrest Preparatory School from K-12. He received his accounting degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Bill has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1988 when he graduated from University of Florida College of Law with high honors (class rank #2). In addition, Bill received a Masters of Law degree in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law.
Bill’s local community involvement has been extensive including service as a Trustee or Officer with St. Petersburg Family YMCA, The Salvation Army, The Canterbury School of Florida, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Suncoasters, and City of St. Petersburg Board of Adjustment.
Raleigh "Lee" Greene
Immediate Past-President 2014-2015
Over the last two decades, Raleigh "Lee" Greene's practice has been significantly concentrated in the area of Florida family law, both as a trial attorney and as a mediator. Most of his cases involve complex financial issues or high conflict matters. Mr. Greene has been admitted to practice in Florida since late 1973 and has been admitted to the District of Columbia Bar since 1986. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve (JAG) from 1973-1980. Among other areas of recognition, He was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America, by Woodward & White, in both the areas of family law (litigation) and family law mediation. He is one of only two attorneys in Florida with both selections. The Best Lawyers in America, for over a quarter of a century, has been recognized as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Additionally, he has been recognized as possessing the highest professional standards, as an AV lawyer for many years, in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (published by Martindale/Hubbell) and by his inclusion within Law and Leading Attorneys of Florida. Mr. Greene has mediated in excess of 3500 cases and has substantial experience as an arbitrator in civil disputes. He is a frequent lecturer for continuing education courses as well as a guest lecturer at Stetson University’s Law School on mediation, trial practice, negotiation, and family law.
Mr. Greene and his wife, Beverly, who is a CPA and Certified Divorce Financial Planner, have three children and five grandchildren. He has had significant charitable and community involvement, highlights of which include: co-founder and current executive director of the Canakaris Inn of Court (family law Inn of Court); member of Governor Chiles’ transition committee; appointed by Governor Graham to the high speed rail franchise committee; past chairman of: the Pinellas Sports Authority, Florida Sports Hall of Fame, and St. Petersburg Downtown Improvement Corporation. He received his BA from the University of Florida in Economics in 1970 and his JD in 1973, and was inducted as an active member of Florida Blue Key in 1971. He was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1983.
2014-2015 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Kelli Hanley Crabb
Term Expiring 2016
Kelli Hanley Crabb is a family law attorney who has practiced law in St. Petersburg since 1984. Ms. Crabb graduated from the University of South Dakota and was admitted to the South Dakota Bar Association in 1981. After law school, Ms. Crabb was employed as in-house counsel for IBP, Inc. (formerly Iowa Beef Processors, Inc.). After moving to Florida in late 1983, she joined the Battaglia, Ross law firm where she practiced law for twenty-nine years. Ms. Crabb is a co-founder of the law firm of Weber, Crabb & Wein, P.A. Although she has engaged in business litigation and related practice during her law career, Ms. Crabb now specializes in family law. Ms. Crabb believes that it is important that family law attorneys remember the impact that litigation has on the children and enjoys advocating for children as a guardian ad litem.
Ms. Crabb has been very involved with Suncoast Hospice over more than twenty years, currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Suncoast Caring Communities (now known as Empath Health), the parent company, as well as serving on the Board of Directors (and immediate past Chair) of Suncoast Hospice and PACE. Ms. Crabb is a member of the Toby Weinmann Advisory Board and other various committees associated with Hospice and its related entities. Ms. Crabb is active in her church, Holy Family Catholic Church, where she currently is a reader and previously served on the Parish Counsel (including a term as president). Ms. Crabb has served as a pastoral care volunteer at St. Anthony’s Hospital and was a member of the St. Anthony’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Ms. Crabb was previously the chair of the Family Law Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and has recently been appointed to a Florida Bar Grievance Committee “D”.
Bruce H. Denson
Term Expiring 2016
Bruce H. Denson is a partner in the firm of Bruce H. Denson, P.A. Mr. Denson graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Florida. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1994 from Stetson College of Law. After passing the bar in 1994, Mr. Denson was Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant State Attorney, he prosecuted a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony cases including over fifty jury trials. In 1998, Mr. Denson left the State Attorney’s Office to work with Kent G. Whittemore and eventually became a shareholder in the firm Whittemore, Denson PA. At Whittemore, Denson PA, Mr. Denson handled personal injury matters including complex product liability cases. Mr. Denson, with co-counsel, is the first attorney to collect on verdicts against Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in individual consumer cases. He started his own firm in 2006 to devote himself to representing those accused of crimes and plaintiffs in cigarette litigation. Mr. Denson has lectured for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been published in the Journal of the Florida Justice Association, the Defender magazine of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the St. Petersburg Bar’s Paraclete. He sat on the Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. In 2011, Mr. Denson founded a non-profit, Paddle Addict, Inc., that helps people in recovery from substance abuse through watersports activities.
Kristina E. Feher
Term Expiring 2015
Kristina Feher is the managing member of Feher Law, PLLC in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kristina practices in the areas of bankruptcy, divorce, small business transactions, and immigration. Kristina received her B.S. in Criminology from Barry University and her law degree from Thomas M.Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Kristina is a St. Petersburg native and attended St. John Vianney Catholic School and the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT).
Kristina presently serves as the St. Petersburg Bar’s Bankruptcy Section Co-Chair. Kristina previously served as the Young Lawyers’ Section Chair. Kristina previously chaired the Meet the Judges Luncheon and the Judicial Reception. She has been an Oktoberfest Committee member and co-chaired the 2013 event. Kristina has also been a committee member for Holidays in July since 2008.
Kristina works with Community Law Program’s bankruptcy clinics, divorce forms class, and handles pro bono bankruptcy and family law cases. Kristina was the recipient of the Community Law Program Young Lawyer Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012. Kristina also handles pro bono work for the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking for individuals from other countries who have been subjected to involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage.
Kristina also volunteers with organizations not in the legal field. Kristina was a facilitator for Alpha Phi Fraternity’s Emerging Leaders Institute in June 2011 and June 2013. Kristina serves as Secretary on the Board of A Vision of Hope Youth Network, an organization that provides students in Pinellas County with after school programs with a focus on STEM subjects. Kristina also serves as a volunteer Hearing Officer with the Pinellas County Housing Authority. Kristina also makes hair donations to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Erica K. Smith, YLS Representative
Term Expiring 2015
Erica Smith practices in the areas of probate, estate planning, trust administration, land use, and local government law at Fisher & Sauls, P.A. Prior to joining Fisher & Sauls, Erica served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of St. Petersburg and practiced in a private law office practicing in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, real property, and corporate law.
Erica is very active in the St. Petersburg Bar Association, where she currently serves as the Young Lawyers Section Chair, a member of the Membership Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee. She is also a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, the Suncoast Estate Planning Council, and the Suncoast Hospice Professional Partners Council.
In the community, Erica has served as a Guardian ad Litem in the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2008 and has been recognized with the distinction of being named a “Master Guardian ad Litem” for her dedication and skill in advocating for children in the dependency system in Pinellas County. She is a mentor at Northeast High School and tutors weekly at Academy Prep, a tuition-free private institution for middle school students from low-income families. She also volunteers her time at the Community Law Program Elder Law and Probate Clinics, providing legal advice and services to low-income Pinellas residents.
Erica graduated as a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society from The College of William and Mary before attending law school at Stetson University College of Law. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stetson, where she received a full merit scholarship and was selected for the Honors Program.
||Weston Fleming Smith|
Term Expiring 2015
Weston Smith is a shareholder with the firm of Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. He graduated Cumberland School of Law in 1992. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit for 5 years, prosecuting a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases. In 1997 Wes moved to civil practice focusing on insurance defense. He worked with Kevin Korth and Associates, defending State Farm insureds in auto and property suits. He then joined Deacon & Moulds, P.A., defending medical malpractice and nursing home suits. In 2004 Wes became a shareholder and the firm name was changed to Deacon, Moulds & Smith. In 2014 Wes joined Tom Masterson and Greg Hoag as a shareholder at his current firm, concentrating on representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, legal malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Wes has tried over 70 jury trials to verdict. He currently serves on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Trial Section. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is past chair of the Trial Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and the current chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section. Wes was a contributing author for both the 2010 and 2013 Handbooks on Discovery Practice, published by the Joint Committee of the Trial Section of The Florida Bar and Conference of the Circuit and County Court Judges.
Melissa D. Spangler
Term Expiring 2015
Melissa Spangler practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration and Elder Law. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her law degree from the University of Florida. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1989 and has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 1994. She is the current chair of the Probate and Guardianship Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and served as co-chair of the same section in 2012-2013.
Shirin M. Vesely
Term Expiring 2016