Ms. Kirtland is currently a shareholder and managing partner at the law firm of Community Association Law Group where she focuses her practice on community association law. Over the past fourteen years, Ms. Kirtland has had extensive experience in the area of community association law, including collection and foreclosures, construction litigation, condominium and homeowner association covenant enforcement, contract review, and real estate matters.
She is the former Managing Partner of Becker & Poliakoff’s Orlando office, at which she practiced community association law from 2000 through 2011. Prior to being employed at Becker & Poliakoff, Ms. Kirtland was an Assistant State Attorney in Orange County and had seventy-five (75) jury trials at both the felony and misdemeanor level.
Ms. Kirtland is an avid speaker in the area of community association law and has spoken several times on the CAI Legal Panel, has taught the board certification course more than fifty (50) times, and has spoken on various other topics, including but not limited to, hurricane preparedness, construction defects, contract review, and other issues relating to community association law. In addition, she authored several articles regarding association matters while being employed at Becker & Poliakoff.
Ms. Kirtland attended Kent State University where she majored in criminal justice and paralegal studies and graduated cum laude in 1993. She then went on to study law at the Syracuse University College of Law with a concentration in real estate law, and graduated cum laude in 1998. She is a former adjunct professor at Florida Metropolitan University where she taught paralegal students. She has been admitted to the Florida Bar since 1998, is a member of the Trial Practice Division of the Florida Bar, and a member of the Middle District of Florida.
Joseph J Rosen
Joseph Rosen received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1999, graduating with honors. In law school, Joseph served for a semester as a Senior Articles Editor with the Florida Journal of International Law. At that time, he wrote a paper on the legal and political conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis over the status of Jerusalem. Joseph also received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Florida, graduating with honors. In 2000, Joseph was admitted to the Florida Bar.
Joseph began his legal career in Fort Lauderdale, where he worked as an associate for a mid-sized real estate commercial firm. In that capacity, Joseph primarily handled transactional matters for the firm’s community association clients. He also performed legal research and assisted with the firm’s commercial litigation matters. In 2003, Joseph moved to Atlanta, Georgia, obtaining his bar license with the State of Georgia in 2004. For several years, Joseph worked as an associate in a medium sized commercial firm in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, primarily handling transactional matters for the firm’s community association clients and also performing general corporate work. In 2006, Joseph returned to Florida and worked for several years as an associate in a small community association law firm.
Joseph’s areas of practice include interpretation and drafting of community association documents, contracts, board of director issues, collection matters, corporate law, non profit law, and insurance claims.
James M Miller
James received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University, and his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. James has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1984. James spent four years as a US Air Force Assistant Judge Advocate General (or “JAG”). After leaving the Air Force, James joined a large civil litigation defense firm in Orlando, Florida. While there, he defended professional and medical malpractice lawsuits, and also developed an estate planning, guardianship, and probate practice, rising to the level of partner before departing in 1995.
Since then, James has practiced in several areas of the law, including community association law. He has also handed general real estate matters, probate, estate planning, and general civil litigation. Over the last 15 years, Jim has also represented the Seminole County/Lake Mary Chamber of Commerce as their legal counsel. Additionally, he served as legal counsel for Habitat for Humanity in Seminole County between 1997 and 2002. Jim is licensed to practice before the Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Military Court of Appeals, and all state courts in Florida.
Don Mckeever attended Memphis State University before transferring and graduating from Florida State University in 1979. He graduated in 1983 from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he received top awards in trial advocacy. After graduating from Cumberland, he moved to Winter Park and in 1984 opened his own civil trial practice. Since that time he tried to verdict approximately 50 cases, ranging from contract disputes to wrongful death cases.
Although not his field of focus, he has also co-counseled in appellate proceeding at the State and Federal level. He is admitted to all Courts in the State of Florida, including the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association.
Don is married to Suzanne, his wife of 29 years, and they have one child, Joseph, who is in the eight grade at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic School.
Robert H Ellis
Robert H. Ellis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in 1998. While in law school Robert was a member of the Moot Court Board, competing in mock appellate proceedings against other law schools from around the nation, and received the Outstanding Competitor award. He began practicing law in 1998 as an Assistant Public Defender in Palatka, Florida handling hundreds of criminal cases. After leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Robert moved to a prestigious law firm in the Jacksonville area with over 400 attorneys where he defended civil lawsuits and represented a number of corporate clients, including several Fortune 500 corporations.
Robert has been rated “AV” Preeminent, the highest possible rating, by Martindale-Hubbel. He has also been recognized as one of the top lawyers of Northeast Florida by Jacksonville 904 Magazine in 2010 and 2011. Robert also has a “Superb” rating from Avvo attorney rating service.
Robert regularly volunteers both his legal services and his time to his community. He currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar member Benefits Committee and as a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee. He is also the Federation Chief for the YMCA Adventure Guides and Princess Program at the Winston YMCA in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
During his free time, Robert spends time with his wife and two children in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He also enjoys surfing, going to the gym, and golf, but is also an accomplished runner, having ranked 12th in the State of Florida (Four A Division) as a cross-country runner during high school and competing as an NCAA Division 1 athlete for the University of South Florida during college.
Eric M Myers
Eric M. Myers received his Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University in 2000, where he was on the Dean’s List, an officer of Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity, and was named to Who’s Who of American Law Students in both 1998 and 1999. Eric also has received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, where he was a member of Sigma Delta Honor Society and named to Who’s Who of Graduate Students in 1995. Eric also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida, where he served as President of the Student Government Senate, and was a recognized expert in parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order, giving many workshops on at statewide conventions, in the local community, and on campus.
Eric’s legal experience is extensive. While still in law school, he was a Judicial Intern at the Florida Supreme Court, in the office of Justice R. Fred Lewis, where he wrote two Supreme Court decisions, and assisted the Court with a wide variety of cases, ranging from capital punishment to corporate law. In his years of experience, Eric has held positions such as lead foreclosure attorney for one of Florida’s most prestigious international law firms, been the managing attorney of the collections/foreclosure department for a community association law firm, as well as the managing attorney for a major mortgage foreclosure firm. He also has extensive trial experience, having served as in-house counsel for a major insurance company. Additionally, he has been a speaker and panel member at Florida Bar Conferences, as well as a guest speaker at Florida Atlantic University.
Eric is also very active in the community, and has many other interests. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Broward College, the second largest college in South Florida. He also serves on the board of directors for the Caribbean American National Association. He was the former chair of a South Florida charitable foundation and was on the allocations committee of the Broward County United Way. He has also been an athlete that trained for the Olympics, and is an opera singer, having performed at several south Florida venues.
Eric’s primary areas of practice include foreclosures, collections, litigation, corporate governance and board/annual meetings, contract negotiation, and interpretation and amendment of association documents.
Jodi L Chase
Jodi is a well-established attorney and lobbyist with a background in investigative journalism. She started her own firm after serving as the lead in-house intelligence resource, both domestically and internationally, for a multi-strategy, multi-billion dollar global hedge fund. Her success in being part of that fund’s explosive growth led her to expand the firm. Jodi approaches everything with a deep passion for winning, whether influencing important business legislation, representing national and international clients, or running marathons (ten and counting). Helping clients answer their toughest questions comes naturally to Jodi. She employs her vast rolodex, keen investigative research abilities, and unwavering tenacity to track down the perfect solution to every client request.
Jennifer A Winegardner
Before joining Community Association Law Group, Jennifer worked for one of Florida’s oldest and most prestigious law firms where she represented large and small business interests. In addition to her deep experience in commercial litigation, Jennifer served as a career staff attorney for the Florida Supreme Court. Her sharp analytical skills and impeccable attention to detail makes her an invaluable partner to our clients. She knows how to navigate complex issues and track down high-level information and resources to meet our clients’ needs.
Biography coming soon!