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Vernis & Bowling of Miami, P.A.
1680 N.E. 135th Street
Miami, Florida 33181Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 305-895-3035
Fax: 305-892-1260
E-Mail: vbinfo@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
Founder
James W. Bowling
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Memberships:
  • American, Dade County and Florida Keys Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • South Florida Claims Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Kentucky, B.S., 1960
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1970
Born:1935
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Managing Partner
Robert C. Bowling
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1990
  • Florida, 1991
Memberships:
  • American and Dade County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Stetson University, B.B.A., 1987
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1990
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi
Born:1964
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Attorneys
Andrew W. Bray
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2004
  • Connecticut, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2004
Memberships:
  • American and Broward County Bar Associations
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1988
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1991
Military:
U.S. Army
Born:1959
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Eric J. Knuth
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1991
  • Florida, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1994
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Lapeer County Bar Association
  • Lapeer County Optimist Club
  • Sons of the American Legion-Post 16 Lapeer
Education:
  • Northern Michigan University, B.S., 1987
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. (cum laude, with honors), 1990
Born:1964
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K. Scott Dwyer
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1980
Education:
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (cum laude), 1975
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 1979
Fraternity Information:
Phi Eta Sigma
Born:1953
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Ramy P. Elmasri
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Texas, 2005
  • Florida, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2012
Memberships:
  • American and Dade County (Young Lawyers Section) Bar Associations
Education:
  • Texas Tech University, B.A., 2001
  • Texas A&M University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2005
Language:
  • Spanish
Born:1979
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Justin D. Siegwald
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2009
Education:
  • Florida International University College of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2007
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Alexandra Blanco
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Education:
  • The George Washington University, B.A., 2011
  • Fordham Law School, J.D. (Dean's List), 2013
Born:1987
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Christopher C. Horne
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2015
Education:
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A. Political Science, 2007
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2012
Born:1985
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Shane P. Doolin
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2017
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2002
  • St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2016
Born:1979
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Nicholas Travis
Miami, FL
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Evelyn Greenstone
Miami, FL
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Adam Davis
Miami, FL
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Amy Soto
Miami, FL
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Workers' Compensation
Jerry M. Hayden
Miami, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1990
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar (Workers' Compensation and Employment Law Sections)
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A. (cum laude), 1984
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1990
Born:1962
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Theron Simmons
Miami, 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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Antonio Caula
Miami, FL
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