Jeffrey A. Cramer holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.), with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review. He has been admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Florida. With more than 34 years experience as a civil trial lawyer, Jeff successfully has handled a wide variety of personal injury and employment-discrimination claims, contract and family disputes, as well as probate and guardianship contests in both trial and appellate courts. Jeff also has been an adjunct professor of employment law at Florida Coastal School of Law, a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and has published several articles on civil trial issues.
Jeff has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as both a circuit court and family mediator. He has received the highest rating from his peers, “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Company, is listed in the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers” and “Who’s Who in American Law”. Jeff has served as Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association President and both as Northwest Florida Chapter President and member of the National Board of Directors of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.
The extensive trial experience gathered from handling thousands of diverse civil matters has provided the skills necessary for Jeff to embark on the next phase of his career, helping people and families to plan effectively for their future. Jeff undertook a several month course of intensive study of all facets of estate planning and now focuses his law practice on estate planning, estate administration (including probate), guardianship and elder law. He is a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, an experienced, cutting-edge group of forward thinking lawyers who collaborate and educate on the latest estate planning laws and techniques. Jeff also is a certified legacy advisor helping clients pass on their wisdom along with their wealth. As a result, his law practice now offers clients the combination of the support of a group of experienced estate planning colleagues from around the country along with Jeff’s own extensive legal background and experience.
- Five Flags Sertoma Club
- President, 1985 – 1986
- Distinguished Honor Club Award, 1986
- Leadership Pensacola, 1985 – 1986
- Pensacola Vanderbilt Club
- President, 1985 – 1990
- Sertoma International
- Gulf Coast District Governor, 1986 – 1987
- Distinguished Governor Award, 1987
- Speech and Hearing Board, Baptist Health Care Foundation, 1987
- Temple Beth-El
- Board of Trustees, 1987 – 1988
- Partners in Education
- Warrington Elementary School – Pensacola, 1990 – 1998
- Rufus Payne Elementary School – Jacksonville, 1994 – 2000
- Etz Chaim Synagogue
- Board of Directors, 2002 – 2003
- Jacksonville Vanderbilt Club
- Alumni Recruiting Chair, 2005 – 2008
- Southside Businessmen’s Club
- National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
- Certified Legacy Advisor – Sunbridge Legacy
- Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida
- Florida Bar Elder Law Section
- Martindale-Hubbell Rating: “AV”
- Listed in the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers” and “Who’s Who in American Law”
- Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association President, 1990 – 1991
- American Board of Trial Advocates - Northwest Florida Chapter President, 1992 - National Board of Directors, 1993
- Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, June, 1990 – May 31, 2005
- International Association of Defense Counsel, 1993-1998
- Circuit Court Certified Mediator, January, 1995 – December, 2008
- Certified Family Law Mediator, January, 2005 – December, 2008
- Board Certified Worker’s Compensation Lawyer, August, 1988 – August, 2003
- Florida Bar - Worker’s Compensation Rules Committee, 1980 – 1983 - Health Law Committee, 1983 – 1986
- Waiver of the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege: The “Garden Variety” Damages Conundrum The checkoff, Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, March, 2008.
- Consumer Protection Under the Florida Consumer Finance Act:
- Illusion or Reality?
- 27 U.Fla. Law Review (Winter, 1975)
- Discovery of Hospital and Medical Records, 58 Fla. Bar Journal (March,1984)
- Guest Editor, Worker’s Compensation Section News and 440 Report
- (March/April 1985 and November/December 1985)
1975 – 1984
Stallworth v. Monsanto Co. 558 F. 2d 257 (5th Cir. 1977); Cavalier Ins. Corp. v. Myles, 347 So. 2d 1060 (Fla. 1st DCA 1977); Hamm v. City of Milton, 358 So.2d 121 (Fla. 1st DCA 1978); Blue Shield of Fla. v. Woodlief, 359 So.2d 883 (Fla. 1st DCA 1978); Whitney v. United States, 451 F.Supp. 669 (N.D. Fla. 1978); Tri-County Community Council v. Gillis, 384 So.2d 48 (Fla. 1st DCA 1980); Armour & Co. v. Cannon, 384 So.2d 1128 (Fla. 1st DCA 1981); Exxon Office Systems Co., QWIP Division v. Lewis, 422 So.2d 955 (Fla. 1st DCA 1982); Universal Corp. v. Lawson, 447 So.2d 293 (Fla. 1st DCA 1984); DOT v. Hanes, 448 So.2d 1130 (Fla. 1st DCA 1984)
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Pensacola, Florida 32501
Nicholas v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 503 So.2d 993 (Fla. 1st DCA 1987); Dennison & Sansom, P.A. v. Gregory, 506 So. 2d 1044 (Fla. 1st DCA 1987); Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Moffett, 513 So.2d 1345 (Fla. 1st DCA 1987); Distinctive Builders of Panama City, Inc. v. Walker, 518 So.2d 1351 (Fla. 1st DCA 1988); United States Fire Ins. Co. v. Coachmen Industries, Inc., 528 So. 2d 1351 (Fla. 1st DCA 1988); Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. v. Morgan, 533 So. 2d 783 (Fla 1st DCA 1988); Hepworth v. Hatcher, 553 So. 2d 1169 (Fla. 1st DCA 1989); Franklin v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 566 So. 2d 529 (Fla. 1st DCA 1990); Wyse v. Fitzgerald & Co., 581 So. 2d 170 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991); Imhof v. Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co., 614 So.2d 622 (Fla. 1st DCA 1993); Coulter v. Consolidated Employment Benefits, 638 So. 2d 940 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994); Hart v. Corbin’s Bailed Pine Straw, 641 So. 2d 867 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994); Imhof v. Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co., 643 So.2d 617 (Fla. 1994); Wright v. Florida Hardware Co., 659 So. 2d 1093 (Fla. 1st DCA 1995); Guarantee Mutual Life Co. v. McCartney, 672 So.2d 636 (Fla. 1st DCA 1996); B.R. v. Pope & Associates, 675 So. 2d 124 (Fla. 1st DCA 1996); G’Sell v. Odom, 675 So. 2d 932 (Fla. 1st DCA 1996); American International Adjusting Co. v. Fireman’s Fund, 679 So. 2d 776 (Fla. 1st DCA 1996).
CRAMER LAW CENTER, P.L.4217 Baymeadows Rd., Suite 1
Jacksonville, Florida 32217
1993 – Present
Rowe v. Board of Trustees for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 70 F. Supp. 2d 1283 (M.D. Fla. 1998); Hunt v. Exxon Co., USA, 747 So 2d 966 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000); Lore v. Barr, 771 So. 2d 589 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000); Green v. Office of the Sheriff’s Office, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26485 (M.D. Fla. 2002); Fowler v. Florida Department of Corrections, 849 So. 2d 299 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003); Skritch v. Thornton, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27200 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 27, 2003); Prudential Ins. Co. of America v. Tolbert, 320 F.Supp. 2d 1378 (S.D. Ga. 2004); Suelter v. State, 894 So. 2d 250 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005); Espirit v. Moore, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS (M.D.Fla. Apr.19, 2005); Wheeler v. Florida Department of Corrections, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57048 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 9, 2006); Youngblood v. Florida Department of Health, 224 Fed.Appx. 909 (11th Cir. 2007)/2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4391 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 6, 2006); Mathews v. Crosby, 480 F.3d 1265 (11th Cir. 2007); Pittman v. Tucker, 213 Fed. Appx. (11th Cir. 2007); Pittman v. Svir, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3705 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 30, 2006)
Amelia Hough Henderson
Amelia is the newest attorney in our office. A graduate of the University of Florida, Amelia Hough Henderson earned both her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her juris doctor (J.D.) with honors. While in law school, she won the book award for the highest grade in her Legal Research and Writing class and rose to the position of Chief Executive Articles Editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy. Amelia was also a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy and a research assistant to Professor Robert W. Emerson.
Amelia joined Cramer Law Center in October, 2011. She is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship and elder law. Before coming to Cramer Law Center, Amelia gained experience through volunteering with probate and guardianship staff attorneys for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. She also worked as an extern for the City of Jacksonville Office of the General Counsel and Alachua County Attorney’s Office.
Amelia is married and enjoys running, travel, and spending time with her friends and family.
Valentina A. Chapman
Valentina A. Chapman, ACP, CFLA, FRP is originally from Broomall, Pennsylvania. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1994 after experiencing one too many blizzards in Pennsylvania. She is our paralegal and trust funding coordinator.
Val has been a paralegal for over 20 years and, in the last decade, has focused her work in the areas of wills, trusts and estates. She has earned the designation of Advanced Certified Legal Assistant from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and Certified Florida Legal Assistant through the Paralegal Association of Florida Inc. Val also carries the designation of Florida Registered Paralegal. Val has served as an instructor for the NALA certification review course covering the areas of estate planning and probate on several occasions and has served as a speaker on the subject of “The probate process from start to finish” for the National Business Institute. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association (NEFPA) and maintains her membership with NEFPA and NALA. Val also holds a degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
When Val is not working, she enjoys running, hiking and bike riding and spending time with her husband, Marc, and their son, Marcantonio.