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Vernis & Bowling of the Florida Keys, P.A.
Islamorada Professional Center
81990 Overseas Highway, Third Floor
Islamorada, Florida 33036Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 305-664-4675
Fax: 305-664-5414
E-Mail: vbinfo@florida-law.com
www.florida-law.com
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Established: 1970

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Environmental Liability
  • Personal and Commercial Vehicle
  • Appellate Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law
  • Elder Law
  • Liability Defense
  • SIU/Fraud Litigation
  • Education Law (ESE/IDEA)
  • Property and Casualty (Commercial and Personal Lines)
  • Long-Haul Trucking Liability
  • Government Law
  • Public Law
  • Criminal
  • White Collar
  • Business Litigation
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About Us
VERNIS & BOWLING has proudly served the needs of its clients since 1970. At that time, Frank C. Vernis, Jr. and James W. Bowling devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm dedicated to meeting the needs, requirements and expectations of their clients. To accomplish this end, they adopted a fundamental philosophy of providing exceptional, cost-effective, personal representation to their clients by experienced, highly qualified personnel.

This philosophy continues into a new generation. G. Jeffrey Vernis, Esquire, and Robert C. Bowling, Esquire, the sons of the firm's original founders, comprise the firm's management team. Together they oversee the firm's direction and ensure that the firm's mission and goals are achieved.

VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have received an "AV" rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, evidencing the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Personal service and attention have always been trademarks of VERNIS & BOWLING. Our legal representation and advice are unsurpassed in the industry. Our attorneys and staff are viewed as an extension of the firm; therefore, each provides the highest level of personal service to the firm's clients. In providing this level of service, we consistently exceed the expectations of our clients.

Our litigation philosophy has been a key component to our firm's success, growth and on-going client relationships. While many of our clients retain V&B for our exceptional trial experience and skills, we recognize that not all cases go to trial. We are keenly aware that smart, innovative resolution strategies effectively save our clients' money, both in indemnity and expenses. These resolution strategies include early evaluation and ADR (mediation), analyze to determine what is needed to effectively resolve a matter and creating an early exit plan for litigation. Identifying and implementing an agreed exit path with our client partners, with an eye on the bottom line, sets our firm apart.

Moreover, our litigation philosophy starts with our firm's primary mission: to providing exceptional, cost-effective legal representation. In order to help support our mission, we are smart about our firm overhead. We maintain reasonable, yet professional offices located in business locations that offer reduced overhead costs. To further benefit our clients, we utilize cost-saving technology that offers efficient file management and document creation. We have created and utilized many different types of Fee arrangements, including fixed fee, tiered volume reduction, annual retainers and success bonuses.
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Personnel Information
Managing Attorney
Dirk M. Smits
Islamorada, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1991
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.S.M., 1988
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1991
Born:1966
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Attorneys
Scott C. Black
Islamorada, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1998
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1995
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1998
Born:1973
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Theron Simmons
Islamorada, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2003
Education:
  • Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., 1997
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude, Dean's List), 2002
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 2003
Language:
  • French
Born:1970
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Matthew Francis
Islamorada, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2011
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S./B.A., 2008
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 2011
Born:1985
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Mark Hruska
Islamorada, FL
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1975
  • Florida, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1972
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1975
Born:1950
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Ryan A. Abrams
Islamorada, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2014
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar (Sections on: Business Law; City, County & Local Government Law; Environmental & Land Use Law)
Education:
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D. (Dean's List), 2014
Honors:
Book Award
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Dale R. Coburn III
Islamorada, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2011
Education:
  • Wittenberg University, B.A., 2007
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2010
Born:1985
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Service Areas
Key Largo, Florida17 miles
Key West, Florida85 miles
Marathon, Florida36 miles
Plantation, Florida107 miles
Tavernier, Florida10 miles
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