Partner Blake J. Hood
Partner Blake J. Hood

Blake J. Hood

Partner

Areas Of Practice

Mr. Hood devotes his practice to the defense of employers and insurance carriers in claims and appeals arising under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act as well as claims brought under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Workers’ Compensation, a designation he earned in 2013. He is an expert in workers’ compensation law dealing with the analysis and litigation of problems or controversies arising out of the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law.

His practice extends throughout the state of Florida, and he is licensed to practice law in North Carolina as well. He represents many insurance carriers and third party administrators. Additionally, he lectures on various topics concerning state and federal workers’ compensation claims.

He proudly served as Co-Chair for the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund between 2010 and 2012 and helped co-ordinate numerous fundraising events for the purpose of raising scholarship funds for the organization. When not working, Mr. Hood enjoys spending his time with his wife and daughter, cooking, reading and playing classical guitar.

Admissions

  • Florida, 2002
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2007
  • North Carolina, 2006

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
    • Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law, 2013-present
  • The Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Associate, 2006-2007
  • E. Robert Williams Inn of Court, Barrister, 2011-Present
  • The Jacksonville Bar Association
    • Workers’ Compensation Section, Co-Chair (2007-2008, 2008-2009)
  • The North Carolina Bar
  • Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, Inc., Jacksonville Division Co-Chair, 2010-2012
  • Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Phi

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Publications & Seminars

Speaker on “Repetitive Trauma, Exposure and Occupational Disease,” The Florida Bar 2016 Workers’ Compensation Forum, April 7, 2016, Orlando, Florida.

“Florida Common Law Jurisprudence,” by Michael Cavendish and Blake J. Hood, The Florida Bar Journal, January, 2007 Volume 81, No. 1, Page 8.

Mr. Hood has presented seminars to numerous organizations and clients and covered various topics including the jurisdictional issues arising from the interaction of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act, the Jones Act, and the Long shore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. He was published in 2007: Florida Common Law Jurisprudence, Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 81, No. 1 (co-authored with Michael Cavendish).

Education

  • B.A., Emory University, 1999
  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 2002
    • Member, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law
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Comprehensive Services

Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

Our bilingual staff is available to assist with immigration matters, including consular and removal defenses.