The law firm Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz on April 26 received the Law Firm of the Year Award at the 10th Annual Barrister’s Bash held at the Hilton Naples. The Law Firm of the Year Award winners are selected based on their contributions and support for Legal Aid over the prior year. The award winners are selected by Legal Aid’s management staff (Carol O’ Callaghan and Jeff Ahren, Legal Aid’s Director of Development) as well as Legal Aid’s Advisory Board.
Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA, is a Civil Litigation, Business, Marital and Family Law Firm with deep roots in Naples and an active practice throughout Southwest Florida. It’s partners J.Michael Coleman, William J. Hazzard, Damian C. Taylor, Dale Klaus, Reuben Doupé, Sonia Diaz and Christyna Torrez are experienced trial attorneys who provide comprehensive, legal guidance to both businesses and individuals. They have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and have a proud traditional of community and professional service.
All members of the firm have held numerous leadership positions in non-profit organizations and have devoted countless hours of volunteer services. Partners Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor and Diaz have individually served as President of the Collier County Bar Association. Each of them is a member of the Collier County Bar Association (CCBA) and Florida Bar. Several partners have received recognition by Florida Trend Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers, and have been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
The Barrister’s Bash is an annual fundraising and community awards event benefitting Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Over the last decade, the Barrister’s Bash has become the signature annual social event on the calendar of the local legal community and is also well attended by Collier County community leaders, businesses, philanthropists and other supporters of the organization. The Barrister’s Bash is Legal Aid Service of Collier County’s main annual fundraising event and attracts approximately 300 patrons, honorees, dignitaries and other special guests each year. This special event has three primary goals: (1) to raise awareness about the mission of Legal Aid and the life changing impact the program generates for clients in need; (2) to raise funds critical to the ongoing work of the program; and (3) to honor those who have performed outstanding pro bono work through Legal Aid and/or who have provided extraordinary support to our mission and the community.
Legal Aid Service of Collier County is a private, non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to needy residents of Collier County when they can’t afford an attorney and face a legal matter of great importance – such as securing the custody of a child or attempting to save their home from foreclosure. Particular priority is placed by Legal Aid on legal services addressing the safety, health or minimum economic security (including shelter) for those in need. Legal Aid Service of Collier County is a Division of Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. All funds raised by Legal Aid Service of Collier County are utilized fully to support the work performed by Legal Aid in Collier County.