Robert G. Cochran

Mr. Cochran has more than 42 years of experience representing clients in bankruptcy, real estate, real estate litigation and wills, trusts and estate planning.

Clay A. Gilman

Mr. Gilman counsels clients on a variety of matters, focusing his practice primarily on corporate and business affairs including formation of businesses, mergers and acquisitions, contract drafting, and tax and planning issues. In addition, Mr. Gilman assists clients in preparation of their wills and the planning of their estates.

Born and raised in Clearwater, Mr. Gilman is excited to have the opportunity to come back home and serve in the community that gave him so much growing up.

Ellen M. Macfarlane

Commercial real estate transactions, development and financing, including office, retail, industrial, warehouse, apartment and condominium property; utility projects, facilities and rights of way; citrus grove, ranch and other agricultural property, and minerals; project and sale and leaseback financing; retail and office leases and public lands leases; FDEP restrictive covenants; like kind exchanges, including multi-party exchanges, local counsel opinions, and mitigation bank development.


J. Matt Marquardt

Mr. Marquardt is general counsel to numerous successful companies.  He also handles commercial loans for lending institutions.

Thomas C. Nash, II

Tom began his legal career with the firm in 1986.  He regularly represents clients relating to the acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial properties in Florida and throughout the southeast, with an emphasis on multi-family and shopping center transactions.  Tom’s practice also involves representing commercial real estate lenders in all aspects of real estate finance.

Tom is the past chairman of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation (a foundation with over $100,000,000 in assets serving Morton Plant Hospital) and serves on the Board of Trustees of Morton Plant Mease Hospital, a facility which is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in America.  Tom is also a Rotarian and serves as general legal counsel for the area Boy Scouts of America.

J. Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond has substantial experience in business acquisitions and dispositions as well as complex real estate transactions.  He also specializes in corporate business structures, operations and tax issues.  Additionally Mr. Raymond assists his clients with trust and estate planning together with probate administration.  He has also lectured on limited liability companies and charitable giving.

R. Carlton Ward

Mr. Ward received a B.S.A. in 1970 and a J.D. in 1973 from the University of Florida. A native of Tampa, Florida, Mr. Ward has been involved in many professional and community activities since moving to Clearwater, having served on organizations, including the Clearwater Bar Association, the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Division, American Bar and Florida Bar Young Lawyers Divisions. Mr. Ward is a former President of the Pinellas Real Estate Law Council and Past Chairman of the Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, the Pinellas County United Way and the United Way of Tampa Bay. Mr. Ward also served as chairman of the Clearwater Homeless Intervention Project and voted one of Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine. He has an AV Preeminent Peer rating by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Ward has lectured frequently regarding real property and condominium law. His practice includes real estate, corporate, condominium, commercial, banking, wills and trusts and general law.