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CHRISTOPHER J. BONDANI is a partner with the Law Offices of Hill & Bondani, PLLC, and practices in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He offers legal advice and assistance in connection with a wide variety of complex legal matters that include estate planning, trusts, probate, asset protection, business law, limited liability company law, partnerships, corporations, not-for-profits, tax law, elder law, and deferred compensation/ERISA. Mr. Bondani is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Florida Coastal School of Law; and his LL.M. degree in tax law from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. (Gainesville and Jacksonville locations)
REBEKAH GLEASON HOPE focuses her practice around the needs of children with disabilities and their families, including special education, guardianships, special needs trusts, wills, probate, and general family law areas such as divorce, paternity, child support, parenting plans, alimony, and asset division. She earned her B.A. degree at Vassar College, her M.A. degree from Columbia University, her J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School, and her LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. After a decade of teaching junior high school mainstream and special education students, Ms. Gleason Hope attended law school and practiced law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She focused her attention on the needs of children with disabilities; representing parents of children with disabilities in Maryland and Washington, D.C., testifying at public hearings on the needs of children, submitting comments to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and participating on numerous panel discussions and presentations on the legal rights of parents of children with special needs. Upon relocating to Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Gleason Hope continued her advocacy of the rights of children with special needs and representing families in all aspects of family law matters while directing the Family and Child Advocacy Clinic at the Florida Coastal School of Law. During her tenure at the school she also taught classes in the areas of education law, family law, trusts, wills and estates. In law school Ms. Gleason Hope was awarded the West Publishing Award in Family Law. In 2002 she was awarded the Frederick Abramson Award in Public Service, and in 2007 she was awarded the Jacksonville Woman Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Gleason Hope has published several articles in the area of special education and the public schools and continues to write on the intersection of family law and trusts and estate planning. She has a history of involvement in legal and community organizations. Ms. Gleason Hope was the co-chair and founding member of the Special Education Attorney Roundtable in Washington, D.C., board member of the Jacksonville chapter of CHADD, member of the Jacksonville Women's Network, and board member of the Florida branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is currently a member of the Jacksonville Bar subcommittee on the special needs of children, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Jacksonville Women's Legal Association, member of the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and former chair and current board member of the Northeast Florida Girls on the Run, and Host Committee Member of Florida's Children First. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, and Florida. (Gainesville location)
JUDY-ANN SMITH is an attorney with Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, where she practices in the areas of divorce cases and family law cases. She has counseled and advised clients on their estate planning needs, given estate planning presentations, and successfully handled probate cases. Ms. Smith has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and for many years worked as a registered nurse in the hospital and clinical setting, as well as having held administrative and management positions. She earned her B.S. degree in nursing from Florida Atlantic University, her M.S. degree in nursing from Florida Atlantic University, and her J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Smith is a member of The Florida Bar (member, Family Law Section, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section) and Jacksonville Bar association. (Gainesville and Jacksonville locations)
COLLEEN A. WHITE has been a member of The Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association since 1993. For the years 2018 and 2019, she has been and is the president of the Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association. Ms. White is also a member of the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; and the Family Law Section. She is also a qualified arbitrator and a former certified mediator. Ms. White is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Association. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her J.D. degree from Creighton University, School of Law. Ms. White is the owner of a general practice firm which represents clients in the areas of family, probate and business law. She has been a CLE presenter for the Jacksonville Bar Association and is currently an author and presenter for National Business Institute. (Jacksonville location)