Our People

Our firm has in excess of 80 years combined experience in the manufactured housing area.. Four of our five partners maintained individual manufactured housing law practices in competing firms. Recently, these competitors merged their practices to create a department focusing entirely on legal issues affecting the manufactured housing industry. The firm’s depth and experience in this area is unparalleled.


Tallahassee

David D. Eastman -- David has been representing the manufactured housing industry for over fourteen years. He practiced in Tallahassee in the office of the FMHA General Counsel and during that time served as legislative and litigation counsel to the FMHA. David has also represented a large number of individual manufactured housing community owners in civil and administrative litigation. He is a lecturer on manufactured housing law and has published a number of articles in that subject matter. David is co-author of the chapter "Mobile Home Parks" in the Florida Bar's Complex Real Estate Transactions publication (Fla. Bar 1995, 1998).

** to be reformatted >> Richard P. Lee, (Member) born Atlanta, Georgia, March 14, 1952; admitted to bar, 1980, Florida; 1981, U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Education: Emory University (B.S., 1974); Florida State University (J.D., 1980). Phi Sigma. Co-Author: "Environmental Law for the General Practitioner," Hampton Seminars, Inc. Publishing Division, 1986; "Groundwater Quality Protection," Chapter 7, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law, Volume I, 1997; "State and Federal Regulation of Construction Activities in the Waters and Wetlands of Florida," Chapter 4, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law, Volume I, 1997; "Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution: The Special Master," November, 1995, The Florida Bar Journal. Member: The Florida Bar (Member, Executive Council, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 1985-1988); American Bar Association. (Resident, Tallahassee Office). Practice Areas: Mobile Home Park Law; Environmental Law; Land Use Law.

Carol Silico Grondzik -- Carol is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (B.S. and M.P.A.) and the Florida State University (J.D. with honors) and is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, and Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Carol is co-author (with Catherine K. Johnson) of A Guide to Selecting and Evaluating Workers' Compensation Managed Care Arrangements. Her primary practice areas include: Administrative Law; Fair Housing; Commercial Litigation; and Civil Litigation.

Michael Sealey -- Mike is a paralegal in the Tallahassee office. Mike developed significant experience in the mobile home law practice area working with Richard Lee at the Katz, Kutter Law Firm, where he assisted Richard in drafting prospectuses, researching and writing for the RV and Mobile Home Park Advisor and assisted in drafting and filing eviction and collection actions on behalf of Richard’s clients. Mike’s experience and training in Richard’s firm make him a uniquely qualified individual to assist in the practice.


Sarasota

J. Allen Bobo -- Allen is a very experienced trial lawyer. He has represented the manufactured housing industry, since the adoption of Chapter 723, Florida Statutes, in 1984. He has litigated over fifty unconscionable rent, unreasonable rent and failure to maintain cases in circuit court in the past fourteen years. He has also litigated a large number of administrative law cases involving community owners who have had enforcement actions brought against them by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Allen is perhaps the most experienced trial attorney in the state of Florida in this area of the law.

Richard S. Webb, IV -- Dick has represented a large number of manufactured housing and recreational vehicle community owners and operators over the past eighteen years. He is involved in general business representation of those clients, and has also litigated a number of county and circuit court cases on behalf of his clients over that time. He has also represented his clients before the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Public Service Commission. However, his primary focus is on real estate sales and acquisitions. In 1997, Dick was involved in over $50 million in sales and acquisitions of mobile home and recreational vehicle communities and thus far this year, he has been involved in substantially more than $60 million in sales. Dick has also been involved in a large number of refinancings for manufactured housing portfolios and individual communities, including securitized transactions and traditional lender refinances.

Jody B. Gabel -- Jody is the evictions and collections litigation attorney in the firm. She is a 1994 graduate of Florida State University College of Law with high honors. She was a member of the FSU Law Review and was the recipient of the Irving G. Foster Award for highest overall academic achievement at FSU. She is involved in both county and circuit court litigation, and is specializing in eviction and collection actions for a number of the firm’s clients.

** to be reformatted >> Alison H. Haskins, (Associate) born Sarasota, Florida, December 19, 1971; admitted to bar, 1998, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Education: Duke University (B.A. with honors, 1994) University of Florida (J.D., with honors, 1998). Recipient, Book Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Member: Sarasota County (President, Sarasota County Young Lawyers Division, 2001-2002) and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Twelfth Circuit Governor, Board of Governors, Florida Young Lawyers Division, 1999—); Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Board Member, Sarasota County, 1999—; Director, 1999-2000). Practice Areas: Real Property; Commercial Transactions

Mary Hawk -- Mary is a dedicated researcher. She is a former Journalist, prior to law school. She graduated from Georgia State University in the top 10% of her class, and was an editor for the Georgia State University Law Review. She is an excellent researcher and writer and is a dedicated researcher for appellate practice, trial briefs and any other issues in the mobile home practice area.