Monday, April 20, 2015

Attorney Giselle Carson sits on Northeast Florida Minority Mentoring Panel

Giselle Carson noted, "I was thrilled to be a panel speaker on the Northeast Florida Minority Mentoring picnic’s “Leaders in Law”. We discussed self-motivation, strategic networking, the importance of thank you notes as well as other sources and strategies for leadership development for minority lawyers and students."

Marks Gray Attorneys among 2015 Florida Legal Elite and Up and Comer by Florida Trend Magazine

(JACKSONVILLE, FLA:  April 15, 2015) MarksGray, P.A. is pleased to announce Jeptha F. Barbour was selected by his peers as a Legal Elite and Jill F. Bechtold has earned the distinction as an “Up and Comer” by Florida Trend magazine in 2015. Both Mr. Barbour and Ms. Bechtold are listed in the Civil Trial category.

“Having Mr. Barbour and Ms. Bechtold named to the Florida Trend magazine’s 2015 Florida Legal Elite and “Up and Comer” list is a great honor,” said firm President, Gerald Weedon.  “We are pleased that they have earned this designation from their peers.”

Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Voters were also asked to name three “Up and Coming” attorneys, as well as in a separate category, outstanding attorneys working in the government and non-profit sectors.

The ballots were processed and each lawyer was given a score based on the number of votes he or she received, with more weight given to votes from outside the firm. The list was further examined using membership status and histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing different practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists. The resulting lists represent fewer than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

Marks Gray, P.A. is a multi-faceted law firm with offices in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach.  The firm has 25 attorneys who specialize in providing highly personalized service while offering clients access to an experienced legal team across a broad spectrum of practice areas.  The lawyers at Marks Gray represent national, regional and local clients in a variety of matters.  The firm has a diverse practice that includes extensive commercial and professional liability and other tort defense litigation as well as banking, real estate, business law, probate, tax law, estate planning, immigration and workers’ compensation.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Giselle Carson publishes the April 2015 Immigration Update

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Attorney's Jill Bechtold and Alison H. Hofheimer appear on The National Lawyers website

Attorney’s Jill F. Bechtold and Alison H. Hofheimer article was featured today on The National Trial Lawyers ( website. The article discusses how traditionally, pharmacists have enjoyed broad protection from potential liability claims of pharmacy customers. Many courts have historically held that pharmacists owe no independent duty to customers, beyond exercising “due and proper care in filling prescription[s].” However, in the last decade, the law provides a good case study in the evolution of pharmacist liability, exhibiting what is gradually becoming a growing movement among the courts. Now, pharmacists arguably must act as a “check” on the prescribing physicians and must independently evaluate the “reasonableness” of prescriptions, including the quantity, frequency, dosage, or combination with other prescriptions.”

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Jill F. Bechtold is Of Counsel with Marks Gray in Jacksonville, FL. She has a civil litigation practice focusing primarily in the areas of medical and professional liability defense, product liability defense, business litigation, trucking litigation and insurance defense. Her clients include physicians, hospitals, business owners, trucking carriers and insurers. She also has experience in defending professional licensure actions, including defending medical physicians in Department of Health investigations and licensed companies in Department of Business and Professional Regulation actions.

Alison A. Hofheimer is an associate at Marks Gray. She was the General Counsel of the Florida State University Supreme Court, served as the Business Relations Editor and a Senior Member of the Law Review. Her article titled, “Saved by the Bell? Is Online, Off-Campus Student Speech Protected by the First Amendment?” was published in the Fall 2013 Florida State University Law Review. Prior to joining Marks Gray, Ms. Hofheimer was a law clerk with the Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic and the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut in Tallahassee, Florida.