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Vernis & Bowling of the Gulf Coast, P.A. (St. Petersburg)
696 1st Avenue, 1st Floor
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 727-443-3377
Fax: 727-443-6828
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
Kenneth E. Amos, Jr.
St. Petersburg, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009
Education:
  • Hillsborough Community College, A.A. (with honors), 1998
  • University of Central Florida, B.A. (cum laude), 2000
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2003
Born:1970
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Attorneys
William C. Gula
St. Petersburg, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2006
Education:
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A. (Dean's List), 2003
  • Florida International University College of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2006
Born:1981
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Matthew S. Garnett
St. Petersburg, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, 2007
Memberships:
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Rochester, B.A. (Dean's List), 2000
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2006
Born:1978
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Kory Watson
St. Petersburg, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2012
Education:
  • University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, B.S. (with honors), 2008
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2011
Born:1986
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Lauren Pcholinski
St. Petersburg, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2009
Education:
  • Wheaton College, B.A., 2006
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D./M.B.A., 2009
Honors:
Sociology Honor Society, Wheaton College
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Kimble David McKay
St. Petersburg, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2015
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2010
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2013
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Davis Watson III
St. Petersburg, FL
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Workers' Compensation
Jeffrey J. Kerley, Workers' Compensation Managing Attorney
St. Petersburg, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2002
Education:
  • The George Washington University, B.S., 1992
  • University of South Florida, M.H.A., 1999
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2002
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Service Areas
Bradenton, Florida44 miles
Largo, Florida5 miles
Palm Harbor, Florida9 miles
Sarasota, Florida63 miles
St. Petersburg, Florida20 miles
Tampa, Florida23 miles
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(See profile under North Palm Beach, FL for additional information)