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FISCHETTE, OWEN, HELD & MCBURNEY  
1916 Riverplace Tower
1301 Riverplace Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32207  
(Duval County)  
Telephone: 904-398-7036  
Fax: 904-398-4283

(MAIN OFFICE)


STATEMENT OF PRACTICE:
Bankruptcy, Commercial, Corporate and Government Contracts Law.

FIRM-PROFILE: Year Established: 1951

The firm was founded in 1951 by D. Byron King and James A. Fischette, fraternity brothers and graduates of the University of Florida Law School. Starting with a local, general practice with concentration on commercial collections and commercial litigation, the firm became more involved in bankruptcy as it grew and has the longest continued bankruptcy experience in the area of Northeast Florida. The firm represents both creditors and debtors and is usually involved in any major commercial bankruptcy in the area. Bankruptcy and bankruptcy related practice amounts to the majority of the firm's engagement. All partners and associates participate in continuing legal education seminars, the partners often as speakers; the partners being very active in the Commercial Law League of America and its Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section.

 MEMBERS OF FIRM

JAMES A. FISCHETTE
Position:
Member. Born Binghamton, New York, June 9, 1922; admitted to bar, 1951, Florida.
Education: Hamilton College; University of Florida (Mechanical Engineering, 1944, ASTP; J.D., 1967, replaced LL.B. conferred, 1949). Phi Delta Phi. Member: Jacksonville and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar; Commercial Law League of America; American Bankruptcy Institute.
Reported Cases: In re Pruner 140 B.R. 1 (M.D. Fla. 1992); McGiffin & Company vs. Bryant 129 So. 2d 711; and McGiffin & Company vs. Craine Fla. 123 So. 2d 482.
Practice Areas:
Bankruptcy; Creditors Rights; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Collections; Construction Law.

PHILIP C. OWEN
Position: Member. Born Jacksonville, Florida, August 4, 1920; admitted to bar, 1948, Florida.
Education: Jacksonville Junior College; University of Florida (J.D., 1967, replaced LL.B. conferred, with high honors, 1948). Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Alpha Delta. Trial Attorney for Contract Claims, Jacksonville District Office of Engineers, U.S. Army, 1954-1958.
Member: Jacksonville Bar Association; The Florida Bar.
Reported Cases: Owen v. Department of Revenue, 597 So.2nd 380; McGiffin & Company vs. Bryant Fla. 129 So. 2d 482.
Practice Areas:
Government Contracts; Probate; Real Estate.

EDWIN W. HELD JR.
Position: Member. Born Jacksonville, Florida, February 14, 1947; admitted to bar, 1973, Florida.
Education: University of Florida (B.S.B.A., 1970); Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1973). Phi Delta Phi.
Member: Jacksonville and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar; American Bankruptcy Institute; Commercial Law League of America (Chairman, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section).
Reported Cases: In re Securities Groups, 116 B.R. 839 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1990)
Practice Areas:
Bankruptcy; Creditors Rights; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Collections; Construction Law.

CHARLES W. MCBURNEY JR.
Position: Member. Born Orlando, Florida, June 6, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Florida.
Education: University of Florida (B.A., with high honors, 1979; J.D., 1982). Phi Beta Kappa; Florida Blue Key; Omicron Delta Kappa. Member: University of Florida Moot Court Team; Order of Barristers; Jacksonville International Relations and Marketing Development Commission. Assistant State Attorney, 1984-1990.
Member: Jacksonville and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar; Commercial Law League of America (Executive Council, Southern Region).
Reported Cases: State v. Henshaw 529 So.2d 767 (Fla 1st DCA, 1988).
Practice Areas:
Bankruptcy; Creditors Rights; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Collections; Construction Law.

ASSOCIATES

DALE R. CAMPION.
Position: Associate. Born Detroit, Michigan, June 1, 1958; admitted to bar, 1985, Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Education: Michigan State University (B.A., with honors, 1981); University of Michigan (J.D., 1984).
Author: "Impeachment: Specific Rules Which Apply to an Accused Who Testifies," Florida Bar Journal, May 1991. Assistant State Attorney, 1988-1995. Member: Clay County and Jacksonville Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association; Commercial Law League of America.
Practice Areas:
Bankruptcy; Creditors Rights; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Collections; Construction Law.

R. JOSEPH DILL.
Position: Associate. Born Jacksonville, Florida, February 5, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Education: University of Florida (B.S.B.A., with high honors, 1982; M.A.U.R.P., 1985; J.D., 1985). Phi Delta Phi.
Member: Jacksonville Bar Association; The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association.
Practice Areas:
Bankruptcy; Creditors Rights; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Collections; Construction Law.

ROBERT J. PERRY JR.
Position: Associate. Born Jacksonville, Florida, November 30, 1960; admitted to bar, 1992, Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
Education: University of Florida (B.S., Accounting, 1982; J.D., 1992). Editor in Chief, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1991-1992. Certified Public Accountant, Florida, 1983.
Member: The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. [Lt. Comdr., U.S.N.R.].
Reported Cases: Thurman Const. Inc. 189 B.R. 1004 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla 1995).
Practice Areas:
Bankruptcy; Creditors Rights; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Collections; Construction Law.


 LEGAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL

PARALEGALS

CARRIE L. SMITH.
Position: Paralegal. Born Miami, Florida, May 24, 1956;
Education: Santa Fe Community College (A.A., 1982); Florida Community College (A.S. Legal Assisting, 1991). Certified Legal Assistant, Bankruptcy Specialist, 1993.

JODI J. JOHNSTON.
Position: Paralegal. Born Bridgeport, Connecticut, July 20, 1969;
Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1991); University of North Florida (Paralegal Certificate, 1993). Certified Legal Assistant, Bankruptcy Specialist, 1997.
Member: National Association of Legal Assistants; Jacksonville Legal Assistants; National Notary Association.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

  • International Business Machines Corp.
  • North Florida Shipyards, Inc.
  • Ring Power Corporation
  • The Rouse Co.
  • General Electric Company
  • ITT Commercial Finance
  • Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.


ATTORNEYS FOR:

  • The Dairy Unsecured Creditors Committee re: Finevest Foods, Inc.
  • Represented Debtor in re: Marvin Warner; in re: West Coast of Florida, Inc. and in re: Woodcock-Koger Corporation
  • Represented Trustee in re: Arius, Inc.


REFERENCES:

  • First Union National Bank of Florida
  • Compass Bank.

 

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