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2015-2016 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.



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


Cary A. Cash           
President 2015-2016

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.

Erica K. Smith
President-Elect 2015-2016

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.

Gregory J. Hoag
Secretary 2015-2016


William B. McQueen
Treasurer 2014-2016

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.

J.S. Lucas Fleming
Immediate Past-President 2015-2016

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 ( 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.



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.

Beth A. Horner
Term Expiring 2017


Jovita Kravitz
Term Expiring 2017

Stephen Lewellyn, YLS Rep.
Term Expiring 2016


Sean K. McQuaid
Term Expiring 2017


Shirin M. Vesely
Term Expiring 2016


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