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Lori Weems Evers

Lori Weems Evers practices in areas of Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, Health Law, Family Law, Corporate, Government & Regulatory Law and Land Use. She is an experienced & accomplished Florida attorney with more than 20 years’ experience advocating for clients before Florida courts, regulatory bodies, agencies and elected policymakers ranging from local governments and boards to, the Florida Legislature and the Cabinet.

After graduating first in her class at Baylor School of Law in 1994, Lori began clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She eventually worked her way up to equity partnership at the largest law firm in Florida, Holland & Knight, LLP. She then built her own premiere boutique Tallahassee lobbying firm which she ran from 2005-2015. In 2015, Lori made the decision to go back to her passion in the law – representing individuals and businesses with Florida roots.

With extensive knowledge of the Florida Constitution and its interrelation with complex statutory and regulatory schemes, Lori can spot legal issues decisively and accurately. As importantly, she uses her experience lobbying opinion makers and leaders to solve her client’s problem.

Lori has fought tirelessly for children and has received awards and accolades from The Florida Bar, Lawyers for Children America, the American Bar Association and Holland & Knight for excellence in representing Florida’s most vulnerable. She is active in her community serving on the Estate Planning Council of the Emerald Coast, the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Fellows of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Foundation and on multiple community boards and councils.

Her clients have included presidential campaigns, elected officials, political parties, counties, municipalities, multi-national corporations, high net worth individuals, labor unions, death penalty appellants, foster children, domestic violence victims, wounded warriors and other trauma survivors. Lori works to treat them all with the highest level of respect, compassion, commitment and competency. Lori is certified by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs as an accredited attorney to represent disabled veterans and their famalies on benefit claims before the VA.

Education:

  • LLM Candidate, Elder Law, Stetson University School of Law (current)
  • Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude, Baylor University School of Law (February 1992-July 1994)
  • Highest Ranking Graduate
  • Baylor Law Review, Executive Editor & Notes & Comments Editor
  • Recipient, The President’s Award – 1994
  • Recipient, Fullbright & Jaworski Outstanding First Year Student Award Recipient, Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox Moot Court Award
  • Member, National Order of the Barristers
  • ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition – Regional Winner & National Semi-Finalist
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association State Moot Court Competition - Winner Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P., Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Vinson & Elkins Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Book Awards: Edwin P. Horner Oil & Gas Award, William J. Roswell Torts Award, John R. Wilson Remedies Award, Contracts, Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Business Law, Secured Transactions
  • Research Assistant to Professor William D. Underwood (President, Mercer University)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Baylor University (September 1986-June 1990)
  • Majors: Political Science, English Literature & Philosophy Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, President Outstanding Graduate, School of Political Science
  • Dean’s Award
  • Research Assistant to Professor Rick Battistoni (Director, Feinstein Institute for Public Service, Providence College)

Memberships:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, member(2018-Present)
  • The Florida Bar, Member, Bar Number 085431 (September 1996-Present)
    • Co-Chair, Family Law Section Technology Committee
    • Member, Elder Law Section
    • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida
  • American Bar Association (September 1996-Present)
    • Member, Board of Governors (2000-2003)
    • Member, American Bar Association Board of Governors Program & Planning Committee (2000-2003)
    • Executive Board Member, Young Lawyers Division (1997-2003)
    • Fellow, Young Lawyers Division (2000-Present)
  • Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, Designated Professional Lobbyist (2004-Present)
  • Supreme Court Historical Society (2000-Present)

Honors:

  • American Inns of Court, Member
  • Lawyers for Children American 2004 National Volunteer Attorney of the Year
  • Holland & Knight, LLP, Most Productive Pro Bono Partner 2002
  • The Florida Bar Lynn Futch Award, 2002-03 Most Outstanding Young Lawyer
  • 2001 South Florida Business Journal Up & Comers Award

Community Service:

  • Estate Planning Concil of the Emerald Coast, Member
  • Pro Bono Counsel to many Children in Florida Dependency System
  • Miami-Dade County League of Women Voters, Board Member
  • Suited for Success, Board Member
  • Girls Advocacy Project, Founding Board Member
  • City of Miami Charter Review Commission, Member
  • Lawyers for Children America, Volunteer Attorney
  • National Rifle Association, Volunteer Attorney & Advocate
  • National Presidential Campaign, North Florida Legal Director 2008
  • Statewide Political Party, Miami-Dade County Legal Director
  • Presidential Campaign, Miami-Dade County Volunteer Attorney 2000 Recount

Experience & Expertise:

Estate Planning; Elder Law; Health Care including Pharmacy, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Standard of Care, Access-to-Care, Indigent Care, Medicaid & Managed Care, Compliance, Licensure, Regulation, Plan Design, Benefits Management and Health Care Finance, Disabilities, Workers Compensation, Provider Networks, Provider Contracting, Recoupment, Fraud and Enforcement, Medical Device & Provider Liability; Insurance & Risk Management; Mergers & Acquisitions; Secured Transactions; Health Care Finance; Family Law; Public Policy & Regulatory Issues; State & Federal Constitutional & Civil Rights; State & Local Sales & Use Taxation; Incentive Finance; Municipal Finance; Trade Association & Non-Profit Governance, Compliance & Finance; Economic Development & Tax Incentive Finance; Campaign Finance & Elections; Rulemaking & Constitutional Law; Land Use & Development; Corporate & Securities; Indian Casino, Casino Resort & Pari-Mutuel Gaming; Civil Justice Litigation; Surface & Sub-Surface Mining & Regulation; Environmental & Regulatory Compliance & Clean-Up; Labor & Employment; Collective Bargaining; Public Retirement & Employee Benefits; ERISA; Issue Advocacy Campaigns; Transportation Matters; Hospitality; Food & Beverage; Second Amendment Rights; Privacy Law

Journal Publications:

Secrecy in Texas Grand Jury Proceedings: The Accused’s Right to Prosecutorial Silence, 46 BAYLOR L. REV. 431 (1994)

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For decades, the Emerald Coast attorneys at Chesser & Barr, P.A. have been committed to providing clients with results-oriented representation. Our clients come to us when facing sensitive legal issues and they seek cost-effective, practical, and efficient resolutions. Since our firm’s founding, we have always put the rights and interests of our clients first, and this is reflected by our happy clients, proven results, and professional accolades.

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