About the FirmAbout the Firm
I concentrate my practice in the areas of eminent domain, property rights and land use. My appraisal business experience and involvement in professional and community organizations give me a unique and broad perspective on my clients’ interests and the challenges they face.
After graduating with a B.S. in Real Estate from Florida State University in 1986, I began my career as a commercial real estate appraiser in Orlando for 10 years. Starting in the fall of 1996, I attended Stetson University College of Law where I concentrated my studies on real estate and trial litigation and graduated in December 1998. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in April 1999 and practiced with Brigham Moore, LLP, becoming a partner in 2003. In 2004 W. O. Birchfield and I formed Birchfield & Humphrey, P.A.
Since 2010, I have been recognized annually by Florida Trend as a member of Florida Legal Elite and have been selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list (2010-2018) in the Eminent Domain practice area. I am rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell and am an active member of the Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee.
My experience includes the representation of property owners in a variety of complex condemnation issues involving takings, severance damages and business damages. I have tried eminent domain cases in state court in Duval, St. Johns, Pasco and Lake counties, and have represented clients in the Florida counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Washington, Leon, Gilchrist, Putnam, Nassau, Clay, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Lee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Dade.
In Memorium 1935 – 2016
Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1964, W.O. Birchfield brought over four decades of experience in eminent domain to the firm, including representing private property owners and serving as special counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation and Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Mr. Birchfield’s practice areas included eminent domain, land use, mediation and government relations. He and Bruce Humphrey formed Birchfield & Humphrey, P.A. in 2004.
He had served as Chairman of the University of Florida Law Center Association and had been active in many local civic organizations. He served four years in the Florida House of Representatives, eight years as a member of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and four years as a member of the Jacksonville Port Authority. He was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America for ten years.