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Jami Aisha Coleman is an attorney that practices in the areas of Tax Law, Probate, Estate Planning, and Business Law. Ms. Coleman earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from Florida State University and her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law.
Ms. Coleman then earned her Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. While completing her studies at Georgetown, Ms. Coleman interned for Special Trial Judge John F. Dean at the United States Tax Court. Upon graduation from Georgetown, Ms. Coleman continued her internship with the United States Tax Court until she relocated back to Tallahassee, Florida where she began volunteering and then working for Legal Services of North Florida in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). As a LITC attorney, Ms. Coleman assisted over 300 individuals and families with their disputes against the Internal Revenue Service. In 2010, Ms. Coleman joined Viera Williams P.A., where she primarily serves companies and individuals with their business and tax matters. Ms. Coleman is admitted to practice in Florida and before the U.S. Tax Court. In addition to her practice, Ms. Coleman is an owner/partner of WHYTE & Co., a consulting firm.
Ms. Coleman has spent most her life in Tallahassee, Florida, and is very passionate about serving her community. Currently is the President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, Secretary of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Secretary of Project Embrace Inc., Director of the Tallahassee Bar Association Young Lawyer Section, Past Historian and Member of the Tallahassee Barristers Association, Committee Member of the Florida Bar’s Registered Paralegal Committee, Class III Fellow with the Wm. Reece Florida Bar Leadership Academy, an Associate Member of the William H. Stafford Inns of Court, and an Adjunct Professor at Florida A&M University, where she teaches corporate and individual income tax in the School of Business and Industry. Ms. Coleman is also affiliated with the business leagues in Tallahassee, particularly the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Leadership Council of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, and Business Network International. Ms. Coleman has been recognized by the National Bar Association as a recipient of the 2016-2017 Top 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates. However, her greatest achievements are her two children, Ariel (12) and Khari (17).
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Robert Woolfork, Esquire
Robert Woolfork graduated from the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 1972. Mr. Woolfork is a founding member of the Tallahassee Barristers and served as the first President of the organization in 1975.
Mr. Woolfork is the sole owner and practitioner of the Woolfork Law Firm. He has served the legal community for over 43 years in a broad range of practice areas including trial practice, administrative law, criminal law, personal injury law and workers compensation. Mr. Woolfork has dedicated his career to serving the under privilege in the community and has made significant contributions to the legal profession and for black lawyers throughout the State of Florida.
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Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire
Distinguished lawyers whose names are on the pages of American History books are not there because of their pedigree, their alma mater, or even their affluence. It is because of the landmark cases they won and how their success has changed jurisprudence. Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal prowess and success have created a significant legal legacy that ensures that the promise found in our nation’s constitution is indeed real in every state, municipality and neighborhood. His legal acumen as both a litigator and advocate has ensured that those most frequently marginalized are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. The conspectus of his constitutional battles at both the local, state and federal levels will be the textbook most frequently referenced by this and future generations of civil rights law and the protection of constitutional freedoms.
Benjamin Crump was nationally recognized in 2014 as a NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He was also bestowed the American Association for Justice Johnny Cochran Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award. In 2016, he was designated as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law. Attorney Crump serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors, was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and currently serves as the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He has represented and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States, like Trayvon Martin who was killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer; Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri; the precedent setting Robbie Tolan U.S. Supreme Court case; and 10 Black women who were the victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015.
Attorney Crump understands that the practice of law is a privilege that carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations to our society and to our democracy. He gives freely and unselfishly of his time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless and the oppressed among us. He strives through his work to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump and is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump and legal guardian to Chancellor Isiah Crump and Jemarcus Olajuwon Crump.
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Daryl D. Parks, Esquire
Daryl D. Parks is an accomplished lawyer and businessman who received an undergraduate degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), and a law degree from Florida State University (FSU). His motto, “Advocate for the Least of These,” is embodied in his zealous advocacy and activism in civil rights. Attorney Parks is the managing partner at Parks and Crump, L.L.C., a law firm with a notable reputation for housing brilliant litigators and masterful negotiators. As part of their civil rights activism and commitment to community, his firm has represented families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Corey Jones. The national reputation gained by Attorney Parks and his firm has led to his appearances as a legal expert on national television broadcasts such as MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.
Daryl Parks has received numerous awards and accolades for his work both as an attorney and an outstanding businessman. A few of his awards include the Leadership Pacesetter Award from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the Leon County Small Business of the Year award, the NAACP Chairman of the Board Award, the Florida Bar Henry Latimer Award, the Advocates Award from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Law, and the Johnnie L. Cochran Soaring Eagle Award from the American Justice Association. Because of his diligent efficacious representation of his clients, Parks is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
He has shared his business acumen, financial expertise and leadership locally with organizations such as the Sickle Cell Foundation, the Bethel Community Development Corporation, Legal Services of North Florida and the Tallahassee Urban League. He has also provided his expertise to the Florida Bar, serving as a member of both, the Florida Bar Foundation Board and the Florida Bar Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee. Attorney Parks has also served as Vice Chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Board for both the FAMU Foundation and the FAMU Boosters. As a national leader, Parks is a lifetime member of the National Bar Association (NBA), and has served in national leadership positions over the last sixteen years to include General Counsel, Vice President of Finance, Regional Director of Region XI, and President of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association. He has received NBA Presidential Awards in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2011, Daryl Parks’ was elected as the 69th President of the NBA.
Daryl Parks’ philanthropy and civic engagement reveals his unwavering commitment to make a difference in the lives of others locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to his outstanding community service, Parks partners with other persons of goodwill to sponsor medical mission trips to Africa to provide medical treatment and supplies to the people of Africa. In addition to his personal commitments, his firm is equally committed to investing in the community. His law firm made a $1,000,000 donation to Legal Services of North Florida to fund a legal aid center in Gadsden County (Florida’s only predominately African-American county).
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Kenneth D. Pratt, Esquire
Kenneth D. Pratt is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University College of Law. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he began his career there, as a certified legal intern at the Office of the State Attorney and progressed to the Office of the Attorney General where he served for three years as an Assistant Attorney General in the criminal appeals division. In this capacity, Kenneth handled the legal research and writing of over 50 appellate briefs and 7 oral arguments to the First District Court of Appeals and has submitted several briefs on behalf of the State of Florida to the highest court in the State of Florida–the Florida Supreme Court. In February of 2003, Kenneth began a career as a criminal defense lawyer in the Office of the Public Defender.
As an Assistant Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit, Pratt represented hundreds of misdemeanor and felony clients and has experience as lead counsel in third, second and first degree felony criminal proceedings, including more than 25 felony trials. Following his entrepreneurial spirit, Kenneth co-founded the law firm of Halim & Pratt, LLC, a firm which specialized in criminal defense, labor law, and real estate issues. Kenneth then received his political start in 2006 as a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives for an Orlando State Representative. As a legislative aide, Pratt has been responsible for the every day operations of the office, legislation drafting, press release creation, newsletter production, handling constituent issues, and various other administrative tasks. In 2008, he was tapped for his expertise to serve as the Northeast Deputy Political Director in the successful Presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama. His duties included event and rally coordination and briefing local and National surrogates, such as Congressmen John Conyers and John Lewis. Following this successful campaign, Pratt joined the Florida League of Cities as a legislative advocate for local governments in the areas of housing, economic development and public records/public meetings. Currently, he serves as the Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Bankers Association, lobbying in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. and representing Florida’s banking industry.
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Marva A. Davis, Esquire
Attorney Marva A. Davis was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977 and admitted to practice law in the United States District Court Northern District of Florida in 1981. She was also admitted to practice before the United States District Court Middle District of Florida. She has argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.
She has served the citizens of Florida for almost 39 years. She initially served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Second Judicial Circuit, then as one of the first Associate General Counsels for the Florida Commission on Human Relations now the Florida Civil Rights Commission. In 1980, she opened a law firm, Marva A. Davis, P.A. in Quincy, Florida. She has dedicated over 35 years to providing legal service to the residents of Gadsden County in addition to providing diverse legal representation in Florida courts from Pensacola to Dade County. She has enjoyed a stellar career distinguishing herself as a general practitioner. She has tried cases in both state and federal court and administrative agencies.
Attorney Davis was one of the incorporators of the City of Midway, Florida. She served as City of Attorney for the City of Midway and the City of Jacob, and as counsel for a number of nonprofit corporations, including the Midway Community Council, Inc. (Midway, Florida), Community Economic Development Corporation of Gadsden County (CEDO)(Quincy, Florida), Chipola Rainbow Home Buildings, Inc. (Marianna, Florida), North Florida Educational Development Corporation (NFEDC)(Quincy) and the Gadsden Senior Services, Inc. where her legal services assisted them in their mission to enhance their local communities through development and improvement of housing and providing other needed services for the economically disadvantaged.
She has provided many hours of pro bono legal services including to criminal defense of Gadsden County Hispanic farm laborers who were fired and criminally charged when they exercised their rights to protest and organize, and she fought to maintain the employment of state workers, including members of AFSCME and others seeking help of the NAACP in civil and administrative cases. She has worked on a case-by-case basis to bring justice and equality and to provide quality legal services to the poor.
In June 2009, she was recognized as a living legend and was featured in Florida’s First Black Lawyers 1869- 1879, a book that chronicles the history of black lawyers in Florida. Attorney Davis has received many honors and awards, including recognition in the Global Directory of Who’s Who, Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans, International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs, Who’s Who Among American Women; American Biographical Institute-Woman of Year in Business, Continental Who’s Who, and Strathmore’s Who’s Who.