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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

Gregory J. Hoag is a partner with the firm of Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. focusing on medical malpractice, personal injury/wrongful death and legal malpractice. His firm has been dedicated to representing victims of negligence since 1963 and has consistently been recognized among the Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Reports and Super Lawyers.  Mr. Hoag earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and his Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration from Stetson University College of Law.  He has been recognized by his peers as a Florida Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers, as an Up and Comer by Florida Legal Elite and as a Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association.  Mr. Hoag previously served a term on the Executive Committee and returns for a second term currently serving as Secretary for the organization. He has served as Past President of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation and has been an active member of the bar having chaired numerous committees.  Mr. Hoag has also been actively involved in The Florida Bar having previously served as Chair of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee and as an elected representative of the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar. He currently serves as an appointed member of the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Division.  Mr. Hoag has co-authored chapters in the Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook and Florida Civil Trial Practice Manual. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice and Florida Justice Association.

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

Beth is Senior Vice President and Trust Director for The Bank of Tampa where she assists affluent and high net worth clients as well as trust grantors and beneficiaries.    She previously served as Senior Trust and Fiduciary Specialist for Wells Fargo Private Bank and as Senior Trust Officer for Bank of America.  Beth briefly served as General Counsel for St. Petersburg College.  She also practiced with Steven L. Hearn, P.A. and with Harris, Barrett, Mann and Dew where she concentrated in the areas of trusts, estates and guardianships, specializing in litigation.  Beth has served as the Chair of the Probate and Guardianship Section for two terms, the Law Day Committee, The Liberty Bell Award Blue Ribbon Committee, and served several years on The Board for the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation.  She currently serves on the St. Petersburg College Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Executive Committee for the Suncoast Estate Planning Council.  Beth earned her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, her M.Ed. from University of North Texas, and her B.S. from the Florida State University. 


Jovita Kravitz
Term Expiring 2017

Jovita has been actively involved in the St. Petersburg Bar Association since moving to St. Pete in 2005.  Jovita previously served on the Paraclete Editorial Committee and was the magazine’s editor for several years.  She practices plaintiff’s injury law and medical malpractice litigation at her and her husband’s firm, Kravitz Law Group, P.A. in St. Petersburg. 

Jovita is also on the board of Community Law Program and previously served on the board of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (PFAWL) as Awards Director.  She recently joined the board of the Warehouse Arts District Association as secretary, which is building the Arts Xchange in South St. Petersburg.  Additionally, Jovita is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Barney Masterson Inn of Court, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, and the Florida Justice Association.

Jovita graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.  She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.


Stephen Lewellyn
Term Expiring 2016

Stephen Lewellyn practices in the area of U.S. and international patent law, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign counter-part offices. In addition, Stephen handles complex appeals and patent trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and reexamination proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Stephen counsels emerging companies in identifying valuable intellectual property, establishing invention disclosure policies, strategic patent procurement, and patent portfolio management. He has experience in the mechanical, electrical, business method, and software arts. And has prepared and prosecuted over 350 patent applications across a breadth of technologies including oil and gas drilling, logging and completion equipment, vehicle control systems, medical devices, various consumer products, firearms, vehicle control systems, combustion engines, agricultural equipment, excavation equipment, sporting equipment, games and others.    


Sean K. McQuaid
Term Expiring 2017

Sean McQuaid is a partner with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, PA practicing in the areas of personal injury/wrongful death, criminal defense and general civil litigation.

He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Bar of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the St.Petersburg Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and various other legal associations.

Mr. McQuaid is a Martindale Hubbel AV rated attorney, has a perfect ranking and client’s choice award from and from 2013-2015, was recognized in Florida’s top 40 under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. He was named as Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2014 and 2015 and Florida Trend Legal Elite’s Up and Comer for 2014.

Mr. McQuaid has also been recognized for his service to the community. In August 2010, Governor Charlie Crist appointed him to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial Circuit covering Pinellas and Pasco counties. The term of his appointment ran from August 20, 2010 through March 2015.  Mr. McQuaid also was appointed by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and City Council in October 2011 to serve on the Nuisance Abatement Board where he was elected Chairman in 2014 and continues to dedicate his time as a member of the Board.  Mr. McQuaid has also been on the Board of the Harbor Isle Homeowners’ Association in St. Petersburg for the past 8 years, where he served for 6 of those years as President.  He also served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Suncoast Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and remains extremely active in the community.

Mr. McQuaid has been a resident of the St. Petersburg area since August 1997 when he began his legal studies at Stetson University College of Law, eventually graduating with Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration degrees.  During law school he was a member of the Moot Court Board from 1998 through 2000, arguing in national competitions across the country.

While at Princeton University from 1993-97, Mr. McQuaid was a 4-year varsity letterman and was the captain of the Princeton University Baseball Team his senior year.


Term Expiring 2016