Who's who profile series on area professionals in the fields of law, medicine, education, business and finance.
Produced by Proactive Resources in the August 7, 2012 issue of Folio Weekly.


Florida and National Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, WAYNE HOGAN and the personal injury and wrongful death team at TERRELL • HOGAN are committed to injured consumers; that's been the case for nearly 40 years. Terrell • Hogan is Jacksonville's largest firm representing injury and accident victims in only jury trial cases. Dedicated to preparation, hard work and problem solving as the keys to obtaining justice, the law firm has a strong foundation for success in a personal injury and wrongful death cases. Terrell • Hogan's experienced trial attorneys, substantial resources and dedicated staff seek justice for every client.

WAYNE HOGAN'S clients have suffered life-altering accidents and wrongful deaths caused by defective products, car/truck accidents, dangerous drugs & medical devices, asbestos, negligent security, medical malpractice and reckless misconduct. Wayne Hogan has extensive experience in products liability cases and punitive damages verdicts, including Florida's first asbestos punitive damages verdict. He also served on the legal team that won Florida's historic settlement against cigarette manufacturers. Terrell • Hogan is committed to Jacksonville and supports many community efforts through pro bono representation, board service and financial support.

Wayne Hogan*
233 E Bay St, Blackstone Bldg, 8th Fl
Jacksonville, FL 32202

With 40 years of experience, CAROLYN S. ZISSER, ESQUIRE, understands that divorce presents many changes, concerns and options. She helps her divorce clients sort out their options during an extremely stressful period in their life. Carolyn recognizes that each family has special needs. During a divorce, her attention centers on the needs of the clients & their children, With a local, state & nationwide practice, Carolyn takes a team approach to solving complex family law issues involving significant equitable distribution awards, support, prenuptial agreements, custody and other divorce issues. Her team consists of an associate, a paralegal, an office administrator and clerical staff. She takes a holistic approach to solving family law matters by being concerned with her clients' mental, physical & emotional health, while solving their legal problems. Carolyn's overall goal is to seek as peaceful a solution as possible with zealous advocacy when court action is necessary, protecting her clients rights. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Associate attorney, LAURA GIOVANNETTI, ESQUIRE, received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law and has been practicing in the area of marital and family law for six years. Laura's undergraduate degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College allows her to offer her clients great empathy and understanding of the emotional issues both they and their children face. In addition to her experience in traditional divorce, paternity and post-judgement litigation, Laura is trained in Collaborative Family Law, a model that allows parties to resolve disputes in a non-adversarial fashion. Laura has recently been invited to join the Florida Family Law Inn of Court as an Associate and was elected Secretary of First Coast Collaborative Family Law.

Carolyn S. Zisser, PA*
302 3rd St, #6, Ocean Office Plza, Neptune Beach, FL 32266


Attorneys Scott Ellerin, Jason Hutchinson, Charles Furbish, Kacie Hutchinson & Kent Griffin at ELLERIN | HUTCHINSON have years of combined litigation experience in all family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, modifications and military divorce. The attorneys at Ellerin | Hutchinson believe the two most important things to a client are their family and their finances. Protection of these invaluable assets is the goal of each attorney in the firm. Ellerin | Hutchinson implores a reasonable yet aggressive approach to litigation; reasonable in planning and setting goals, and aggressive in achieving them.

The attorneys at Ellerin | Hutchinson are particularly proud to have served and protected the rights of military families in the Jacksonville area for many years. Military divorces involve many complex issues which are unique to military families as opposed to civilian families. These issues included military support, retirement, relocation and custody issues. Ellerin | Hutchinson is proud to continue to protect the families who protect America.

Ellerin | Hutchinson*
9141 Cypress Green Dr, #3, Jacksonville, FL 32256

ATTORNEY ASHLEY MCCORVEY MYERS states that when it comes to the major life change of divorce, it is critical to seek answers early and become familiar with your legal rights & obligations. Even if you think you may be divorcing, she states that you should talk to an attorney who is well-versed in family law matters.

Ashley has 16 years of professional experience in family law & related matters. She is Board Certified in Marital & Family Law and is a member of the Florida Family Law Inn of Court. She is the immediate Past Chair of and serves on The Family Law Rules Committee of The Florida Bar and served on two prior Florida Bar grievance committees in addition to serving on many other professional committees. Initially, she makes an effort to stabilize her client's financial situation. This may require obtaining court orders concerning parenting plans which includes time sharing and spousal & child support. Many times, these issues can be resolved amicably, and a settlement agreement can be negotiated. Balancing the emotional & financial costs of litigation, Ashley maintains a commitment to a fair & equitable resolution of her clients' cases. She emphasizes that her professional obligation to her clients is to counsel, advise, litigate, make recommendations and to keep them fully informed & participatory throughout the process of divorce.

Attorney Ashley McCorvey Myers, PA*
1912 Hamilton St, #204, Jacksonville, FL 32210


When faced with a serious criminal charge, it's always important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. ATTORNEY JERRY SESSIONS at THE SESSIONS LAW FIRM has been practicing criminal defense law for more than 22 years. He has handled felony & misdemeanor cases ranging from violent crimes and murder to DUI, petty theft & violations of probation. Mr. Sessions has the necessary experience to obtain the best plea offer available and explain its pros & cons. Whether to accept it or to go to trial, is always the client's decision.

Attorney Sessions is easily approachable and has direct contact with his client from beginning to end. He never forgets that it is the client who stands to gain or lose the most and therefore must be the central focus of the case. His areas of concentration include violent felony crimes, drug related matters, sexual offenses, white collar crimes, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, felonies, juvenile matters, fraud & robbery. He offers each client aggressive representation, honesty & integrity, innovation, superior client service, responsiveness and compassion. For your initial consultation there is no charge.

The Sessions Law Firm*
10752 Deerwood Park Blvd S, #100, Jacksonville, FL 32256

KENNY LEIGH & ASSOCIATES is a professional firm with experience in all aspects of family law. They handle family law cases through a team approach, with their clients being integral members of the team. They work closely with clients throughout the entire legal process. The firm's experienced lawyers immediately analyze the merits of each case, evaluate the significant facts and law, and develop a strategy. Kenny Leigh & Associates fight for their clients' rights ethically, fairly and professionally.

Senior Partner Kenny Leigh exclusively practices family law, focusing on men's rights. Mr. Leigh is a member of the Florida Bar and a Barrister in the Family Law Inns of Court. Quality customer service is of utmost importance to the firm, and clients can expect Kenny Leigh & Associates to be courteous, personable, responsive and effective. Count on them to communicate quickly and professionally, via returning telephone calls or completing reports on case developments. Moreover, expect the firm to be up-to-speed regarding changes and updates to the law, and how those updates and changes affect the rights of men: "We make this a top priority."

Kenny Leigh & Associates*
Jacksonville / Fleming Island / Gainesville / Daytona


Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer, Kristen Van der Linde and all of the attorneys at BOYD & JENERETTE, PA take pride in becoming a true partner with the clients they serve. They provide them with an exceptional combination of knowledge & experience and a wide scope of practice expertise.

Since 1952, Boyd & Jenerette has focused sharply on building relationships with their clients, helping them achieve success in ways that go far beyond the role of a traditional law firm. Offering all the expertise and talent of a major, global legal firm, Boyd & Jenerette counsel their clients in many diverse areas. They use their skills to put their clients in position for new, unexpected opportunities for success. The firms practice areas include all forms of litigation: bankruptcy law, construction law, corporate law, employment law, family law, global settlements, immigration law, insurance law, international law, maritime law, real estate, sports and entertainment law, and workers' compensation.

Boyd & Jenerette, PA*
Ft Lauderdale / Jacksonville / Miami / Savannah / Wilmington


ATTORNEY MARTIN L. LEIBOWITZ, PA, is "AV" Rated and a member of Martindale-Hubbell's elite Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He represents injured employees and employers in workers' compensation cases, including Heart/Lung Statute cases for police officers, firefighters and correctional officers. Since he works for both sides, he understands the tactics each side utilizes. Attorney Leibowitz diligently and aggressively represents each client, while taking great pride in his mission to better the workers' compensation system as a whole -- having served as the Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of The Florida Bar. He also mediates workers' compensation cases as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Attorney Leibowitz has more than 29 years of experience handling the legal & medical aspects of all work injuries, including trauma, heart & hypertension disease, back & neck, catastrophic injuries and death claims. He represents clients from initial interview through trial. Employers & insurers rely on his thorough familiarity with this complex and changing area of law. He is an accomplished trial lawyer with a unique dual perspective, working with his clients in the prosecution and defense of claims. Mr. Leibowitz has served as a guest lecturer at numerous continuing legal education seminars and review courses for attorneys seeking certification in workers' compensation practice.

Attorney Martin L. Leibowitz, PA*
2120 Oak St, Jacksonville, FL 32204


Attorney Albert J. Datz and his son Lawrence at DATZ & DATZ, PA concentrate their practice primarily in the intricacies of domestic and family law. Their areas of concentration include divorce, custody, visitation, child support issues, maintenance & support and equitable asset distribution.

With more than 85 years of combined experience, Albert & Lawrence believe they present a sensitive, caring, comprehensive and tough approach to their practice of law. Albert is a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Lawrence is Board Certified in Marital & Family Law and is actively involved with the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar where he also chairs its Litigation Support Committee. Both are Masters with the Family Law Inn of Court and were selected by Jacksonville Magazine "Best Lawyers" 2007-2011. The firm's general practice includes criminal defense, DUI and personal injury.

Datz & Datz, PA*
6816 Southpoint Pkwy, #101, Jacksonville, FL 32216

PROACTIVE RESOURCES DESIGN, INC. is a full-service marketing agency offering turnkey marketing & advertising strategy, PR support, graphic design, corporate identity, business development, event planning and Web planning & implementation.

With 27 years of marketing industry experience, PRD is poised to offer innovative approaches to advertising for the busy business executive. They've helped many businesses sharpen their brand, refine their materials & present a strong consistent image. Affordable design services for: websites (one-page sites starting at $800), business cards ($325+), logos ($750+), stationery ($425+), brochures ($575+), print ads ($450+) and eblasts ($250+). Receive $100 off your first design project with us!

Proactive Resources Design Inc.