Boyd & Jenerette, P.A., a civil litigation defense firm serving Florida and Georgia, is pleased to announce the election of partners Kansas Gooden and Beth-Ann Schulman as shareholders, effective January 1, 2019.
“The firm is very proud of Kansas and Beth-Ann’s accomplishment,” notes shareholder Jane Anderson. “They have both demonstrated a high level of dedication to the firm’s clients and have proven their expertise in their respective practice areas.”
“The addition of Kansas and Beth-Ann as shareholders reflects Boyd & Jenerette’s continuing expansion in Florida and Georgia,” notes shareholder Benford Samuels. “The firm now has more than 40 attorneys with a diverse blend of backgrounds and skills. Our advanced use of technology supports our capabilities throughout the Southeast in a secure and cost-effective manner.”
About Kansas Gooden:
Kansas Gooden, a Board Certified Appellate Specialist and AV Rated attorney, serves as the firm’s Appellate Practice Group Leader. She has extensive experience handling all types of civil appellate proceedings, including extraordinary writs and plenary appeals, in state and federal courts. She also provides litigation and trial support to attorneys throughout the state.
Ms. Gooden is highly involved in state and local bar associations and has served in many leadership roles. Currently, she is on the board of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association as the Third District Representative and serves as the chair of the FDLA Amicus Committee. She serves on the Florida Bar’s Appellate Board Certification Committee, which writes and grades the board certification test. She is also an Executive Council member for The Florida Bar’s Appellate Section and chair of the Section’s CLE Committee. Ms. Gooden is a frequent lecturer and travels the state presenting seminars and presentations on various topics to both attorneys and adjusters.
While in law school, Ms. Gooden interned for the Third District Court of Appeal Chief Judge David Gersten. It was there that she developed her passion for appellate practice. Additionally, Ms. Gooden played nationally competitive junior, amateur and collegiate golf. She was the Virginia State Girls Golf Champion in 1997 and 1999 and was awarded the Marion Miley Bracelet by the Western Women’s Golf Association in 1997.
About Beth-Ann Schulman:
Beth-Ann Schulman chairs the firm’s Construction Law Group. She is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. As such, she is an expert in construction law matters involving construction defects, professional liability, breach of contract, liens and insurance coverage.
Ms. Schulman represents general contractors, subcontractors, developers, and design professionals in all areas of construction law in both a litigation and transactional capacity.
She started her legal construction experience with a nationally recognized construction law firm, where she represented owners and contractors involved in theme park construction, horizontal heavy civil construction projects, and Florida lien claims. Ms. Schulman is experienced in drafting contracts, subcontracts and other construction-related documents.
In 2006, Ms. Schulman started Travelers’ Florida staff counsel construction defect litigation practice. At Travelers, Ms. Schulman was the product line lead for the state of Florida and served on the national construction defect leadership board. For four years prior to joining Boyd & Jenerette, Ms. Schulman was in private practice serving the construction industry.
Ms. Schulman is an American Arbitration Association approved Arbitrator, and prior to becoming a licensed attorney worked as a Certified Public Accountant primarily for the construction industry.
About Boyd & Jenerette:
Boyd & Jenerette is an experienced yet progressive civil litigation law firm that represents insurance companies and self-insured entities in a wide range of claims and litigation matters in all state, federal, appellate, and workers’ compensation courts across Florida and Georgia. Other state admissions include the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Boyd & Jenerette’s mission is to change the way defense firms do business. The firm recognizes that clients’ needs have changed over the years and that many traditional defense firm models are outdated. Therefore, we Boyd & Jenerette has in innovative solutions which enable it to partner with clients to develop defense strategies that are beneficial both as to cost and ultimate outcome.
Boyd & Jenerette is committed to diversity and a progressive workplace. More than half of the firm’s 43 attorneys are women, including shareholders and partners. Details are available on our About Us page.