Vernis & Bowling

Established in 1970

Attorneys at This Firm 15 + attorneys view all
Attorney Awards
AV Preeminent

Vernis & Bowling

Serving Lee Co., Florida view address

Serving Lee Co., Florida view address

Attorney Awards
AV Preeminent

About Vernis & Bowling

Our mission is to provide the most cost-effective, full service, legal representation possible that consistently exceeds the expectations of our clients.

VERNIS & BOWLING has proudly served the needs of its clients since 1970. Frank C. Vernis, Jr. and James W. Bowling devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm providing exceptional, cost-effective,personal representation by experienced, highly qualified personnel.This philosophy continues into a new generation. G. Jeffrey Vernis, Esquire, and Robert C. Bowling, Esquire, the sons of the firm’s original founders, comprise the firm’s management team. Together they oversee the firm’s direction and ensure its mission and goals are achieved. VER...

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Our mission is to provide the most cost-effective, full service, legal representation possible that consistently exceeds the expectations of our clients.

VERNIS & BOWLING has proudly served the needs of its clients since 1970. Frank C. Vernis, Jr. and James W. Bowling devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm providing exceptional, cost-effective,personal representation by experienced, highly qualified personnel.This philosophy continues into a new generation. G. Jeffrey Vernis, Esquire, and Robert C. Bowling, Esquire, the sons of the firm’s original founders, comprise the firm’s management team. Together they oversee the firm’s direction and ensure its mission and goals are achieved. VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have received an “AV” rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, evidencing the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Vernis & Bowling is also listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys.

Vernis & Bowling offers personalized and cost-effective legal representation to businesses, insurance companies, self insureds and government entities. We pride ourselves on the fact that 96% of our cases are resolved without a trial, but have built our reputation on the 4% that do require trial. That’s why we don’t just meet our clients’ expectations, we exceed them.

While many of our clients retain VERNIS & BOWLING for our exceptional trial experience and skills, we recognize that not all cases go to trial. We are keenly aware that smart, innovative resolution strategies effectively save our clients money, both in indemnity and expenses. These resolution strategies include early evaluation and ADR (mediation), analysis to determine what is needed to effectively resolve a matter and creating an early exit plan for litigation. Identifying and implementing an agreed exit path with our client partners, with an eye on the bottom line, sets our firm apart.

Our litigation philosophy begins with our firm’s primary mission: providing exceptional, cost-effective legal representation. To support that mission, we are careful about firm overhead. We maintain reasonable, professional offices in business locations that offer reduced costs. We utilize cost saving technologies that offer efficient file management and document creation. We consistently create and utilize different fee structures, including fixed fee, tiered volume reduction, annual retainers and success bonuses. Personal service and attention are the trademarks of VERNIS & BOWLING. Our legal representation and advice are unsurpassed in the industry. Each of our attorneys provides the highest level of personal service to our clients. By offering this level of service, we consistently exceed client expectations. Our Management, Client Services and Accounting teams are available to assist our clients with their specific needs. We look forward to continuing to build our partnership and encourage you to contact us to see how we may be further able to assist you.

The firm takes pride in the racial, ethnic and religious diversity reflected by its attorneys and staff. Each of its offices reflects the diversity and makeup of the regions we serve. Our attorneys are selected for their experience, skill, legal education and interests. Some of our attorneys have joined the firm after years of litigation experience or after years of “hands on” involvement in business or government service. Others join the firm directly from distinguished law school careers. Additionally, our attorneys are innovators and leaders in their areas of practice and often serve as lecturers to insurance companies, self-insureds and trade association groups.

At the inception of every case, the firm’s attorneys give the client a prompt and thorough analysis covering issues such as available defenses, a concise discovery plan, possible exposure, settlement values and an estimated cost of defense. The attorney and the claims representative work together as a team to decide strategy and direction. The firm believes that avoiding protracted litigation is largely the result of experienced, informed teamwork between the client and VERNIS & BOWLING. Our firm gives its attorneys a strong team of support staff, including certified legal assistants, secretaries and paralegals. The firm is equipped with a state-of-the-art, fully networked computer system that enables its attorneys to have both local and remote, immediate access to e-mail communications and legal research for the most current court decisions and statutory revisions.

The firm also maintains a secure intranet for its clients’ billing and handling guidelines and preferences, pleadings, motions and orders. We host on-site educational seminars, maintain an active presence in industry-related organizations and communicate new legal developments in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi to our clients through the Vernis & Bowling Law Update and our website.

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Areas of Law

  • Civil Litigation
  • Liability Defense
  • Insurance Law
  • Workers Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • SIU/Fraud Litigation
  • Labor Law
  • Employment Related Practices
  • Commercial Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions Liability
  • Property and Casualty (Commercial Lines and Personal Lines)
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defects
  • Environmental Liability
  • Private Passenger and Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Long-Haul Trucking Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Admiralty/Maritime Litigation
  • Government
  • Business Litigation

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Client Reviews

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  • 86% client recommended 6 recommendations
  • 4.1/5.0 7 reviews
  • Communication

    4.1/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    4.1/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    4.1/5.0
  • Value for Money

    4.1/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Leonard Thomas Hackett Esq. on 02/18/17 in Labor and Employment

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Michael P. Barratt on 06/07/16 in Workers Compensation

    Very knowledgeable attorney and is always able to answer the questions I have regarding any WC claims we have.

    Very knowledgeable attorney and is always able to answer the questions I have regarding any WC claims we have.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Jules R. Mabie Jr., Esq. on 06/03/15 in General Practice

    Mr. Mabie represented us when an unscrupulous attorney (since disbarred)sued us for breach of contract. When he saw the case, Mr. Mabie suggested he represent us for a very reasonable flat fee. He never wavered on his obligation to us. The other atto... Read more

    Mr. Mabie represented us when an unscrupulous attorney (since disbarred)sued us for breach of contract. When he saw the case, Mr. Mabie suggested he represent us for a very reasonable flat fee. He never wavered on his obligation to us. The other attorney tried every obstacle she could think of, thinking we were paying an hourly rate. Mr. Mabie took it to her on every detail, she crumbled. She was eventually disbarred in 2014 after wronging numerous other clients. We will be ever grateful to him.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Jules R. Mabie Jr., Esq. on 04/02/12 in Elder Law

    Informative, patient, knowledgable, kind and understanding. A very positive experience. I would highly recommend him to the elderly needing help with their affairs.

    Informative, patient, knowledgable, kind and understanding. A very positive experience. I would highly recommend him to the elderly needing help with their affairs.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Mr. Michael Steven Price on 10/16/11 in Real Estate

    He settles disputes concerning real estate. I was advised by him to look for another lawyer since it would have involved litigation. It was not worth it to me so I declined. I would recommend Michael S. Price anytime as long as it concerns a dispute... Read more

    He settles disputes concerning real estate. I was advised by him to look for another lawyer since it would have involved litigation. It was not worth it to me so I declined. I would recommend Michael S. Price anytime as long as it concerns a dispute that can be negotiated and settled rather than go into litigation.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Vernis & Bowling on 09/14/10 in Personal Injury

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  • 3.0/5.0

    Review for Vernis & Bowling on 02/03/11 in General Practice

    Patrick Gonyea was responsive, helpful and understanding. He was direct in all dealings with me. Scott Dwyer was arrogant & very disrespectful, I wold not want to deal with him again.

    Patrick Gonyea was responsive, helpful and understanding. He was direct in all dealings with me. Scott Dwyer was arrogant & very disrespectful, I wold not want to deal with him again.

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 261 reviews
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.6/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.6/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.6/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.6/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Michael P. Barratt by a Partner on 06/09/16 in Workers Compensation

    I have known Mike for over 10 years and have always found him to be a zealous, intelligent, and effective advocate for his clients. At the same time, he is both reasonable and a pleasure to work with at all times. Mike is truly an asset to the Alab... Read more

    I have known Mike for over 10 years and have always found him to be a zealous, intelligent, and effective advocate for his clients. At the same time, he is both reasonable and a pleasure to work with at all times. Mike is truly an asset to the Alabama State Bar.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for J. Scott Bell by a Sole Practitioner on 07/09/14 in Personal Injury Defense

    Scott Bell is a top-shelf attorney in every respect. He is of the highest character and his skills are impeccable.

    Scott Bell is a top-shelf attorney in every respect. He is of the highest character and his skills are impeccable.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Michelle Lynn Hendrix Esq. by a Sole Practitioner on 03/15/13 in Trial Practice

    Michelle is an outstanding lawyer who works diligently for her clients and is well respected by both judges and her peers.

    Michelle is an outstanding lawyer who works diligently for her clients and is well respected by both judges and her peers.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Michael P. Barratt by a Partner on 06/09/16 in Workers Compensation

    Mike is a great lawyer. He is a man of his word, very good easy to work with and always adheres strictly to his ethical obligations.

    Mike is a great lawyer. He is a man of his word, very good easy to work with and always adheres strictly to his ethical obligations.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for J. Scott Bell by a Partner on 06/30/14 in Personal Injury

    Scott is a great lawyer and person. Scott works hard in defense of his client, while at the same time being professional at all times to opposing counsel. He is honest and his word is reliable. In sum, Scott is all things that we want members of t... Read more

    Scott is a great lawyer and person. Scott works hard in defense of his client, while at the same time being professional at all times to opposing counsel. He is honest and his word is reliable. In sum, Scott is all things that we want members of the bar to be.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Michelle Lynn Hendrix Esq. by a Partner on 03/04/13 in Criminal Law

    Michelle fits the definition of a zealous advocate. She cares for her clients and will fight for them. I would hire her to represent me or a family member.

    Michelle fits the definition of a zealous advocate. She cares for her clients and will fight for them. I would hire her to represent me or a family member.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for William Kenneth Thames II by an Attorney on 11/20/18 in Workers Compensation

    Attorney Thames exemplifies integrity and works hard in the representation of his clients, and he is forthright and professional in his dealings with other attorneys. His experience and knowledge in the workers' compensation field serves as a signif... Read more

    Attorney Thames exemplifies integrity and works hard in the representation of his clients, and he is forthright and professional in his dealings with other attorneys. His experience and knowledge in the workers' compensation field serves as a significant advantage for his clients.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ms. Lauren M. Maione-Walsh Esq. by a Partner on 07/19/18 in Insurance

    Ms. Maione-Walsh is an extraordinarily professional attorney, who maintains professionalism despite the adversarial nature of the practice. Her legal knowledge as it relates to insurance defense is far superior to most. I have litigated against h... Read more

    Ms. Maione-Walsh is an extraordinarily professional attorney, who maintains professionalism despite the adversarial nature of the practice. Her legal knowledge as it relates to insurance defense is far superior to most. I have litigated against her over the years, and while she is zealous in her advocacy her candor and conduct make her a pleasure to work against.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Eric J. Knuth by an Attorney on 05/29/18 in Insurance

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Mr. William McFarland Blume III by a Partner on 04/13/18 in Criminal Law

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Blume for over 10 years. He is a zealous advocate and a good lawyer. Will takes a practical approach to the law which is lost on many lawyers. He routinely achieves stellar results for his clients and is thought... Read more

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Blume for over 10 years. He is a zealous advocate and a good lawyer. Will takes a practical approach to the law which is lost on many lawyers. He routinely achieves stellar results for his clients and is thought highly of by his peers.

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Year Established
1970

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Fax: 305-892-1260

Website: http://www.florida-law.com

Firm Address:

Vernis & Bowling 1680 NE 135th Street
Miami, FL 33181
U.S.A.

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