Member Spotlight

Sandy-website-e1381175706542TBA Member Profile: Erin Tilton

The Tallahassee Bar Association’s most recent member profile is on Erin Tilton, an associate at Hopping Green & Sams P.A. and the current President of the TBA Young Lawyers Section.

Erin was born and raised in South Windsor, Connecticut. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Hispanic Studies from Boston College in 2010. She went on to attend Stetson University College of Law on a full-tuition merit scholarship where she graduated summa cum laude in 2013, but not before meeting her husband, Anthony.

Erin’s practice focuses on environmental and land use matters, including natural resources litigation, water supply issues, wetlands and mitigation banking, large-scale planning, zoning and private property rights. She represents clients before state and federal courts, local and state agencies, and elected bodies to obtain development permits and approvals and defend against enforcement actions.

Read Erin’s full profile in the June 2017 TBA Bar Bulletin.


IMG_1615Knab Receives Tallahassee Bar Association Martha Barnett Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

Former Legal Services of North Florida Executive Director Kris Knab is the 2017 recipient of the Tallahassee Bar Association’s Martha Barnett Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award was established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers from Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit, and honors an outstanding lawyer who has achieved professional excellence and who has been an advocate or mentor for the advancement of other women lawyers.

Tallahassee Bar Association President Sean Desmond and 2016 Barnett Award recipient Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson presented the award in April at the Tallahassee Women Lawyers – Tallahassee Bar Association joint membership meeting.

“Martha Barnett has been a leader and role model to many in the legal profession,” said Desmond. “This award is intended to recognize successful women lawyers who have gone above and beyond to improve and enhance the practice of law for other women lawyers.”

Knab served as Legal Services of North Florida executive director for 22 years. She is credited with building Legal Services of North Florida from one small office in Leon County to one of the most respected legal services agencies in the country. The organization now provides legal representation and counsel to 7,000 families annually.


HeadshotTBA Member Profile: Jami A. Coleman

Our February 2017 Bulletin profile was on Jami Coleman, a tax law associate at Viera Williams P.A. and this year’s recipient of TBA’s Thomas M. Ervin Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award.

Coleman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, a Juris Doctor degree from FSU College of Law and a Master of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. At FSU, she was an editor of the Business Law Review, a member of the Mock Trial Team, competed in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition and served as the Sub-Regional Director IV of the Southern Region of the Black Law Students Association.

Coleman’s legal career includes work as a Drug Court Coordinator at the Seminole County Courthouse under the supervision of now-retired Florida Supreme Court Justice James E. C. Perry, an internship for Special Trial Judge John F. Dean at the United States Tax Court and service as an attorney for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Legal Services of North Florida. As a LITC Attorney, Coleman assisted approximately 300 low-income taxpayers each year with tax controversies against the IRS.

Coleman joined Viera Williams P.A. in 2013 as a full-time associate in tax law, probate matters, estate planning and business law. Coleman is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and is pending admission to practice in New York.

Read Jami’s full profile in the February 2017 TBA Bar Bulletin.