Tallahassee Bar Association celebrates 100 years with Centennial Gala; New Executive Officers and Directors Announced

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PRESS RELEASE - Centennial Gala & Announcement of 2020-21 Officers and Directors

PHOTO GALLERY - Centennial Gala

Tallahassee Bar Association celebrates 100 years with Centennial Gala; New Executive Officers and Directors Announced

Tallahassee, FL – Members of Tallahassee Bar Association (TBA) capped off their 100-year anniversary with a Centennial Gala on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020. More than 125 members, event sponsors and guests gathered to commemorate the important milestone. The event included a reception honoring TBA’s past Presidents, toast by Florida Bar President John Stewart, and a presentation by local attorney and TBA Historian Sid Matthew. Matthew recounted how the organization began in 1919 with a meeting of fifteen area attorneys at the Dutch Kitchen. The Gala coincided with the launch of the TBA’s new website,, designed to better serve both members and the Tallahassee community.

Lolia Fernandez was named the recipient of the 2020 Thomas M. Ervin Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award. Fernandez is an Assistant Public Defender with the 2nd Circuit Court and an active member of the Tallahassee legal community currently serving on the Boards of the TBA, Tallahassee Women Lawyers and Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee. The award was presented by last year’s recipient, G.C. Murray, and Helen Ervin, wife of the late Thomas M. Ervin Jr.

Outgoing TBA President, John Sawicki, announced the 2020-21 Executive Officers and Board of Directors. Greg Noonan, partner with The Corry Law Firm, was named President of the Tallahassee Bar Association. Noonan is a native of Albany, New York and graduate of Eckerd College and the Florida State University College of Law. He’s served as President of the Capital City Justice Association, a Fellow of the Florida Bar Foundation, an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and a member of the American Inns of Court. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Tallahassee Bar Association's Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Most Distinguished Young Lawyer Award.

I am humbled and honored to follow in the footsteps of the highly-respected TBA Presidents that have preceded me.  We have assembled an accomplished, diverse and motivated board who will work very hard to serve the members of our legal community and the City of Tallahassee during these challenging times. – Greg Noonan, TBA President

The event was sponsored by Thielen+ Tax and Business Consulting; Accurate Serve; Clio; DSK Law; Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; Northwestern Mutual, The Gantt Financial Group; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; Forensic Data Corp; Lexis Nexis; Nelson Mullins; Ausley McMullen; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar; Florida Justice Association; 850 & Tallahassee Magazine; Sniffen & Spellman, P.A.; Dean Mead; Butler, Weihmuller, Katz, Craig; Hinkle & Foran; Baker Donelson; Haselden Law; Max Factor Attorney at Law P.A.; The Corry Law Firm; Bodiford Law, P.A.; Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer & McConnaughhay; Oertel, Fernandez, Bryant & Atkinson, P.A.; Legal Aid Foundation Tallahassee and Legal Services of North Florida.

The following Officers and Directors were elected for 2020-21:
Executive Officers:
Greg Noonan, The Corry Law Firm - President
Lorence Bielby, Greenberg Traurig, P.A. - President-Elect
Joe Bodiford, Bodiford Law, P.A. - Treasurer          
Erin Tilton, Hopping Green & Sams - Treasurer-Elect                 
Sid Bigham, Oertel, Fernandez, Bryant & Atkinson, P.A. - Secretary 
Mutaquee Akbar, Akbar Law Firm, P.A.
Nick Bader, Bass Sox Mercer
Jami Coleman, Williams & Coleman, P.A.
Lisa Fountain, Sniffen & Spellman, P.A.
Will Haselden, Haselden Law
Jerry Rumph, Sweeting & Rumph, P.A.
Max Factor, Max Factor Attorney at Law P.A.
Lolia Fernandez, 2nd Circuit Public Defender's Office
Kimberly King, King & Wood, P.A. - Senior Director
Tabitha Jackson, Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Cohen - YLS Director
John Sawicki, Forensic Data Corp - Immediate Past President
Brandi Thomas, Akbar Law Firm, P.A. - Legal Aid Foundation Rep
Larry Sellers, Holland & Knight - Florida Bar Board of Governors Rep
Melissa VanSickle, Nelson Mullins - Florida Bar Board of Governors Rep