I want to tell you about myself. I have a strong sense of justice. All my friends and family would tell you it is absolutely true, but I once took a personality test that confirmed it! Seriously, when Chris and I started our firm, we took personality tests to determine if we would work well together, and it confirmed that justice is extremely important to me. That is probably why I became a trial lawyer. The courtroom is the great leveling of the playing field. I enjoy taking on big opponents for the disadvantaged or the oppressed. I feel helping individuals fight against big corporations or the government is a calling of mine.
My clients hire me because they know I will fight for them. Sometimes cases go to trial. Sometimes they do not. Regardless, I am always prepared to try a case and to aggressively represent my clients within the scope of the law. I am constantly studying the law and the latest strategies for being a successful lawyer. I regularly talk with other lawyers about what has worked best in their practice and share my own experiences with them so that they can help their clients. Many lawyers try to keep information or strategies to themselves because they are afraid that other lawyers will compete with them for business. I feel that if I can help another lawyer help his or her client, then I have not lost business, but have helped someone gain justice.
I am a native Floridian. I was born in Pensacola and graduated from Gulf Breeze High School. I attended college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. I majored in American History and felt a strong call to become a lawyer after realizing just how short we sometimes fall of the American Dream. I went to law school at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and passed the Florida Bar shortly after. I am also licensed in Federal courts and in Alabama. I have represented clients from Huntsville, Hayneville, Foley, and Mobile, Alabama to Pensacola, Fort Walton, Marianna, Jacksonville, and Tampa, Florida. I have found that the American system of justice is the same in each place. It is the greatest system in the world despite its flaws. I spent my early years as a lawyer honing my trial skills through stints as a prosecutor and an insurance defense lawyer. However, I have found my passion is representing individuals in the courtroom against those who mistreat them.
I grew up in the waters and the forests of Florida and Alabama’s Gulf Coast, and I chose to move back home because of the natural beauty of the area. I find strength spending time with my family on the waters of Pensacola Bay or the Gulf of Mexico or among the pine woods of South Alabama. Watching my kids play sports (they play baseball, soccer, and football) gives me great joy. If I am not in the office, I am likely enjoying an outdoors activity with my wife or children. I am also active in community and civic organizations including governing boards for Christ Church, Pathways for Change, and St. John’s Cemetery. I have played drums since I was 10 years old, and Chris and I play in a rock and roll band called Alcaniz. We play in different venues around Pensacola like Hopjacks,The Fish House,The Bridge Bar, and Seville Quarter. Come see us play some time!
Law School: J.D. Cumberland School of Law, Samford University Birmingham, Alabama, 1998
College: B.A. University of the South, Sewanee Tennessee, 1994
2015 – Present: Stevenson Klotz – Partner — personal injury, auto accidents, slip and fall, civil rights, wrongful death, consumer protection, and criminal defense.
2009 – 2015: Sellers, Skievaski & Stevenson, criminal defense and accident and injury law
2007 – 2009: Whibbs & Stone – Associate, criminal defense and accident and injury law
2003 – 2007: Law Office of David Lee Sellers – Associate, criminal defense and accident and injury law
2001 – 2003: Office of the State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit of Florida – Assistant State Attorney