In The News

Firm partner becomes newest Board Certified Aviation Law Attorney on the team

Spohrer Dodd would like to congratulate firm partner, Keith Maynard, on becoming the newest Board Certified Aviation Law Attorney on its team.

Board Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization. Even if an attorney does meet the stringent application criteria; judges and other lawyers must evaluate the lawyer as to character, ethics and professionalism; and the lawyer must pass a rigorous examination before officially earning board certification. Read More

Public warning – Demand proof of proper wheel installation

Spohrer Dodd has earned a reputation for winning complex claims where fault is not obvious. But recently, our client was injured when his entire wheel came off at highway speeds, only minutes after being serviced at a local dealership. Our investigation found that the mechanic failed to tighten the lug nuts with a torque wrench to ensure that the manufacturer’s specifications were met. While we believed this to be a rare occurrence, we were surprised to hear of similar circumstances, and this simple mistake can have tragic consequences. We caution the public to demand proof that their wheels are properly tightened to the value reflected in the vehicle’s manual.

Partners and attorneys at Spohrer Dodd named to Super Lawyers annual lists

Spohrer Dodd is proud to announce their partners and attorneys have been named as outstanding lawyers by Super Lawyers. Three of the partners were chosen for the Super Lawyers list and two attorneys were named to the list of Florida Rising Stars.

Roger Dodd was once again named as a Super Lawyer in the transportation/maritime category, Robert Spohrer was named as a Super Lawyer in the personal injury category and Barry Newman was named as a Super Lawyer in the aviation and aerospace category. Galen Bauer was named to the Florida Risings Stars list for his work in the personal injury general category and Jay Howanitz was named in the personal injury products category of the Florida Rising Stars list. All the attorneys have been named to the lists for consecutive years. Read More.

Spohrer Dodd is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the law firm’s formation

Ten years ago, Roger Dodd and Robert Spohrer entered into a partnership and created Spohrer Dodd, P.L. Now known as Spohrer Dodd, the partners, attorneys and staff are celebrating ten years of successful representation of hundreds of families and for the contributions the firm has made to the community.

“I am so proud of all the firm has accomplished over the past ten years, especially for the positive impact we have been able to make on the lives of hundreds of families,” said Spohrer. “When we started this firm, we made a decision to be the law firm that digs deeper and utilizes the resources of experts to find out what really happened and who is legally at fault. Through our dedication and intensive investigations, we have been able to get significant restitutions and answers for our clients.”

Spohrer said the firm’s success have also allowed them to significantly contribute to the community. The firm’s financial success has permitted them to actively support numerous organizations including Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Southern Legal Counsel and the Boy Scouts of America. They not only support the organizations through donations, but also by providing pro bono services and volunteering. Read More. 

Spohrer Dodd Paralegal named Treasurer of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.

Jacksonville, Fla., June 19, 2017 – Jennifer M. Heape, a certified paralegal and Florida registered paralegal at Spohrer Dodd, has been elected to the position of treasurer for the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.’s executive board. Heape will begin her term for the statewide organization on July 1. She has been a member of the First Coast Chapter of the organization since 2011 and is excited to make the move to the state level.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve at the state level alongside some of the best paralegals in the business,” said Heape. “Through networking and CLE events, PAF has allowed me to gain knowledge from my peers. As a result, this knowledge has allowed me to better serve my clients. I look forward to assisting other paralegals in reaching their professional goals.”

Heape is the immediate past president and current first vice president of the First Coast Chapter of PAF, which she joined in the first year the local chapter was formed. As an active member of the local board, she has served as president, first vice president and DAL-school/student liaison. Heape served on the FSCJ Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2016. She was an integral part of the 2014 PAF Spring Seminar Planning Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2017 FSCJ Paralegal Studies Program CLE Professional Event.

Heape earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of North Florida, a paralegal certificate at the University of North Florida in their Legal Studies Program and has been in the legal field for more than 20 years. She began her career with the State Attorney’s office and joined Spohrer Dodd in 2011 as paralegal to senior partner Robert Spohrer. Heape has a wealth of knowledge in a variety of legal genres and currently handles complex personal injury cases, including aviation crashes.

The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (PAF) was formed in 1976 and has approximately 1,000 members statewide. PAF’s mission is to enhance the professional standards for paralegals, offer legal education opportunities to its members and encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment.

Paralegal named second vice president for local chapter of Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.

Sarah Shedlarski, Florida Registered Paralegal at Spohrer Dodd, has been appointed second vice president of the board of directors for the 2017-2018 First Coast Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. Shedlarski was elected to the position after serving as secretary on the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 board of directors for the organization and will take over the position in June.

“I am honored to serve alongside some of the best in my profession,” said Shedlarski. “This organization helps all of us to be better at our jobs and better serve our clients. I look forward to serving on the board and helping others in my profession reach and exceed their career goals.” Read More

Spohrer Dodd provides scholarships to Florida Coastal Law school students

For the ninth year in a row, Spohrer Dodd held a closing argument competition at Florida Coastal School of Law with the student winners receiving cash scholarships from the firm. The competition was held in the law school’s courtroom and the top eight students from the school’s mock trial team competed for the chance to win. Read More

Robert Spohrer, senior partner at Spohrer Dodd, has been named a 2017 Lawyer of the Year

Jacksonville, Fla., April 12, 2017 – Robert Spohrer, senior partner in the law firm of Spohrer Dodd, was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville. Spohrer is among 33 Jacksonville attorneys who were chosen for the Lawyer of the Year designation by a vote of their peers in The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

In addition to being chosen for the Lawyer of the Year designation, Spohrer was also named in the Best Lawyers® list for aviation law and personal injury litigation for plaintiffs.

Attorneys are nominated for Best Lawyers and Lawyer of the Year by their peers and inclusion is determined through exhaustive peer reviews. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included in the list. Best Lawyers has provided the annual referral guide for more than 30 years and has proven to be a leading benchmark of the very best legal counsel in the country. The guide assists those in need of legal services to identify the best qualified attorneys to represent them. For more information, visit www.bestlawyers.com.

Roger Dodd, partner at Spohrer Dodd, has written a new book focused on depositions

Jacksonville, Fla., March 23, 2017 – Roger Dodd, partner in the law firm of Spohrer Dodd, has co-authored a new book titled “Cross-Examination for Depositions.” Dodd wrote the book with his son, Matthew Dodd, founding partner of Dodd Law Firm, P.C. in Montana. The book is a guide for attorneys to maximize their effectiveness at depositions. Read More

 

Monday on First Coast Connect we discussed the recently completed federal hearings into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro with Glenn Jackson and Jill Jackson-d’Entremont, whose brother Jack Johnson was one of the 33 crew members who was killed in the disaster . The family’s attorney Bob Spohrer, maritime legal expert Rod Sullivan and Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Kitchen also discussed the hearings. Dr. Ruby Satpathy from Baptist Heart Specialists told us about a unique heart procedure to replace an aortic valve without opening the chest and without general anesthesia and Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news.
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Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorney admitted to practice law in the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi

Barry Newman, partner in the law firm of Spohrer Dodd, has been admitted to practice law as a foreign advocate before the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi. Kenya Attorney General Githu Muigai approved Newman’s application to allow him to appear with Muthoga Caturu & Co. before the Kenyan courts on behalf of two United Kingdom residents who were injured in the crash of a sightseeing helicopter while visiting Kenya. Only lawyers admitted as advocates of the High Court of Kenya, have the right of audience before Kenyan courts. Read More

In Studio Interview on First Coast Connect

Dec. 16, 2016- Monday on “First Coast Connect,” guest host Ryan Benk spoke with Dr. Bob Summers, CEO of the Mental Health Resource Center in Jacksonville.

He also spoke with local attorneys Barry Newman and Keith Maynard from the Spohrer Dodd law firm about their work helping families of the victims of air crashes.

“When a family or a company is affected by an airline crash, it can be difficult to receive proper legal help, especially when it happens in a foreign country. Local law firm Spohrer Dodd has a great deal of experience dealing with international air crashes.” Read more

El Faro Safety Equipment Questioned – News4Jax WJXT

Dec. 14, 2016- The horror the crew of the El faro went through as the Jacksonville-based cargo ship sank is something families members say they’ll never forget. Details of the ship’s final hours and minutes detailed in the 510-page transcript of audio from the ship’s bridge released by the National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday were painful for the crew’s loved ones, and brought up issues that they and lawyers representing them want addressed.

“Our expert found in the lifeboat not would you expect, which would be commercial life jackets with whistles and lights on them” Spohrer said. “They found recreational-like ski vests, like what you might have on a fishing boat.” Read more

Tire Safety

This video features Steve Browning as he discusses concerns about tire safety and consumer options.

Contact Lens Cleaner Causing Blindness

Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) can cause blindness in your eye and can be caused by No Rub contact lens solutions. This video shows the cause and result of AK.

Lead Paint

The dangers associated with lead paint exposure still exist today. Roger Dodd discusses the dangers of lead chips and dust from lead paint.