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Grower, Ketcham, Eide, Telan & Meltz, P.A.
901 North Lake Destiny Road, Suite 450
Maitland, Florida 32751Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 407-423-9545
Fax: 407-425-7104
E-Mail: gk@growerketcham.com
www.growerketcham.com
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Client Information
Personnel
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 538065, Orlando, FL 32853-8065
Established: 1986

Practice Areas
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Automobile
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Health Care Liability
  • Health Care Professional Licensure Defense
  • Long-Term Care
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Governmental Entity Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Accountants and Attorneys Liability
  • Hospitality
  • Administrative Law
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Police Liability Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Family Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Civil Rights Defense
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About Us
Relationships matter, and at Grower Ketcham, nothing is more important to us. We are focused on our clients' long term perspectives and the value that a relationship built upon trust will yield. For our clients, the result is a higher commitment to provide unparalleled quality and satisfaction while achieving the best possible result. For our partners and attorneys, it is a commitment to each other to provide an environment to serve our clients at the highest professional level. We believe that this commitment is why many of our client relationships have lasted for more than 25 years. We understand that our success is a product of our clients' continued trust and confidence in us, and the quality and delivery of our legal services. As a firm, we will always endeavor to create long-standing relationships based upon professional experience, client responsiveness and cost-effective, aggressive representation.

What began as a small, litigation-oriented firm, has grown to a diverse practice focused in several practice areas. Our firm mirrors the ever-expanding diverse cultural and business environment of the state of Florida. Grower Ketcham offers the variety of legal services that you might expect to find only at significantly larger firms. Our clients benefit from our wide-ranging litigation practice and our ability to leverage the breadth of expertise within our team. Our style of practice, coupled with our depth and experience, gives us the ability to handle complex litigation in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Our day-to-day litigation efforts include representation in state, federal and administrative court bodies throughout Florida and the country. Because all major air carriers serve Orlando International Airport, we can quickly be anywhere in the state or nation to represent our clients' interests.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Safety Insurance CompanyCarolina Casualty Insurance Company
CNA Insurance CompanyEssex Insurance Company
Farmers Insurance GroupFlorida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies
Frontier Insurance CompanyGallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
Horace Mann Insurance GroupHunt Insurance Group
Johns Eastern Company, Inc.Lancer Insurance Company
Markel Insurance CompanyNational Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company
Navigators Insurance CompanyOcean Harbor Casualty Insurance Company
Security First Insurance CompanyService Insurance Company
T.H.E. Insurance CompanyTravelers Insurance Companies
Wells Fargo Insurance ServicesWestern Litigation Specialists, Inc.
Zurich American Insurance Group
Non-Insurance Clients
Adventist Health SystemsAllied Universal Security Services
Belz EnterprisesCity of Orlando, Florida
Desoto Memorial HospitalEmergency Medical Services Association
Florida Emergency PhysiciansFlorida Hospital
Florida School Boards Insurance TrustGencor Industries
Lakeside Behavioral HealthcareMears Transportation
Orange CountyOrange County School Board
Orange County SheriffOSI Restaurant Partners, LLC
Quality Circle for Healthcare, Inc.The Schumacher Group
Seminole County School BoardState of Florida, Division of Risk Management
Sysco CorporationTeam Health
Varsity Contractors, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
Mason H. Grower, III
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • General Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Death
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Liability
  • Health Care Professional Licensure Defense
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Law
  • Hospital Law
Admitted
  • Florida, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
Additional Biographical Details:
Florida SuperLawyers (2006-2016); Legal Aid Award of Excellence
Memberships:
  • American and Orange County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Florida Hospital Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1971
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1975
Military:
Capt., JAGC, U.S. Air Force, 1976-1980
Born:1949
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Walter A. Ketcham, Jr.
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Municipal Law
  • Subrogation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:
Florida SuperLawyers; Former Member of National Mock Trial Team, Dental Malpractice, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; 2015 ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year for Central Florida
Memberships:
  • American and Orange County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President; Charter Member)
  • Fellow Litigation Counsel of America
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Circuit and County Mediation
Education:
  • Stetson University, B.B.A., 1970
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1973
Fraternity Information:
Delta Sigma Phi; Phi Delta Phi
Military:
Capt., USA AG, 1973
Born:1948
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Eric R. Eide
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Health Care
  • Workers' Compensation
  • General Liability
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships:
  • American and Orange County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar (Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Valencia Community College, A.A. (with high honors), 1983
  • University of Florida, B.S. (with honors), 1985
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1988
Fraternity Information:
Phi Theta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi
Born:1963
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Patrick H. Telan
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • Civil Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2008
Memberships:
  • American and Orange County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Society of Pharmacy Law
  • Florida Hospital Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A. (with honors), 1989
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1992
Born:1967
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Charles J. Meltz
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Hospitals
  • Community Associations Managers Liability
  • Real Estate Professionals/Closing Agent Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Florida Bar Investigations (defense); Department of Business and Professional Regulations Investigations (defense)
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1990
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1993
Born:1968
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Philip J. Wallace
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • General Liability
  • Health Care
  • Civil Rights
  • Hospitals
  • Antitrust
  • Health
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Health Care Professional Licensure Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 1997
  • Louisiana (Inactive), 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida Hospital Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.A. (with honors), 1992
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1997
Born:1971
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John J. Tress III
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • General Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2003
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Central Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The George Washington University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1996
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1999
Born:1974
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Jennifer L. Phillips
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • Hospitals
  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2009
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.A. (cum laude), 1993
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1999
Law Review:
Executive Editor (1998-1999), Notes and Comments Editor (1997-1998), Florida State University Law Review
Born:1971
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Brian F. Moes
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Government Affairs
  • Employment Law
  • Administrative Law
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Civil Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Florida, 1994
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, B.A. (with honors), 1990
  • University of Miami, J.D. (cum laude), 1994
Born:1966
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Associates
Emily R. Katz
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Health Care
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Family Law
  • Civil Defense
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Hospital Law
  • Hospital Credentialing
  • Medical Staff Bylaws
Admitted
  • Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Additional Biographical Details:
University of Florida, Certificate in Family Law, 2008
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.A. (with honors), 2003
  • University of Florida, J.D. (Dean's List), 2008
Honors:
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor's Fraternity; Golden Key Honor Society; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Recipient: Appellate Advocacy, Award of Distinction; Legal Research and Writing, Award of Distinction
Born:1981
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Stacey J. Carlisle
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Malpractice
Admitted
  • Florida, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A. (cum laude), 2007
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2010
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Samantha L. Aylward
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Hospital Administration
Admitted
  • Florida, 2013
Additional Biographical Details:
Criminal Procedure Adversary Systems Book Award; Environmental Moot Court; Student Recruitment Team; Pro Bono Certificate; Community Service Certificate
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Central Florida Gator Club
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A. (cum laude), 2010
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D. (cum laude, Dean's List), 2013
Law Review:
Executive Articles Editor, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy
Born:1989
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Laura M. Kelly
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Additional Biographical Details:
Recipient: Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation Award of Distinction
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 2010
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2013
Honors:
National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
Born:1988
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Amanda J. Newlon
Maitland, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2017
Additional Biographical Details:
Association for Criminal Justice (Executive Board Member); Book Awards in Evidence, Closely Held Business Organizations, and Criminal Litigation Skills; Research Assistant to Professor Nat Stern
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.A. (cum laude), 2014
  • Florida State University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2017
Honors:
Executive Board Member: Trial Team and Phi Alpha Delta
Born:1992
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Tim Groves
Maitland, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2017
Additional Biographical Details:
Book Award in Trial Practice
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S. (cum laude), 2014
  • University of Florida, J.D. (cum laude), 2017
Law Review:
Executive Board Member Journal of Law & Public Policy
Honors:
Florida Moot Court
Born:1992
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Of Counsel
Launa K. Rutherford
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • General Liability
  • Health Care
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Antitrust
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Home Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida Guardians Association
Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Circuit and County Mediator
Education:
  • University of Central Florida, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1979
  • Florida State University, J.D., 1981
Born:1949
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Jeanelle G. Bronson
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Insurance Defense
  • Municipal Law
  • Governmental Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Florida, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • National, American and Orange County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Paul C. Perkins Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Police Attorneys
  • Leadership Florida
Education:
  • Rollins College, B.A., 1973
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D. (with high honors), 1978
Honors:
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Born:1951
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Jack E. Holt, III
Maitland, FL
Practice Areas
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Professional Licensure Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Contracts
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Florida, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Memberships:
  • American (Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section) and Orange County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Hospital Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1986
  • University of Florida, J.D. (with honors), 1991
Born:1964
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