Our Team

Portrait of Dave Jennis

Dave Jennis – Attorney

David Jennis is known for his experience, intelligence, and integrity. Recognized by the American Board of Certification as a certified Business Bankruptcy attorney, and AV Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale‐Hubbell, Dave has extensive experience in a wide variety of insolvency and business litigation issues. His tenacity and unwavering dedication to obtaining successful outcomes for his clients has established him amongst the best bankruptcy lawyers in Florida.

Education:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. in Business Administration, 1985

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Juris Doctorate, with Honors, 1988

Specializes in:

Commercial Bankruptcy; Corporate Restructuring; Workouts; Business Litigation

Bernard “Chip” Morse – Attorney

Mr. Morse (“Chip”) has practiced law in Tampa since 1985 and has concentrated his practice in the insolvency and bankruptcy fields for his entire career. Mr. Morse graduated from Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida and immediately thereafter took a position as law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Bankruptcy Judge Alexander L. Paskay.  Upon completion of the clerkship, Mr. Morse entered private practice joining a boutique bankruptcy firm and practiced for 4 years before opening his own firm.  Throughout his years of private practice Mr. Morse has represented numerous businesses in Chapter 11 cases, workouts, and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors. He has represented banks and other financial institutions, trustees, and creditor committees as well. Mr. Morse has been a member of the board of directors and the Local Rules Committee of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar. He has also been a frequent speaker at Florida Bar and local bar seminars.

Mr. Morse splits his time between his homes inTampa, Florida and the Vail Valley in Colorado where he works part time in the winter as a ski instructor.

Education:

Stetson University College of Law, 1984

Specializes in:

Bankruptcy Law; Business Law; Financial Services Law; Property Law

Portrait of Dan Etlinger

Dan Etlinger – Attorney

Dan Etlinger focuses his practice on transactional representation particularly involving bankruptcy, business, financial services and property law. As such he has extensive experience advising clients and drafting complete packages for corporate organization, loan modifications and origination, purchase and sale closings, title work and more. He is an active member of the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, Bay Area Real Estate Council, Chi Chi Rodriguez Executive Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Turnaround Management Association.

He has also earned Avvo’s and Martindale’s highest ratings – Superb and AV Preeminent, respectively. Dan received his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and, his B.A. from the University of Rochester. He is married to Tabitha (another attorney) and has two children – Aurora and Orion – as well as two dogs – Fluffernutter and Scampers. Dan is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling too.

Education:

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

University of Pittsburgh, Juris Doctorate, M.B.A.

Specializes in:

Bankruptcy Law; Business Law; Financial Services Law; Property Law

Sacha Ross – Attorney

Sacha Ross comes from Grimes Galvano where she primarily handled bankruptcies including 7, 11, 12 and 13.  Her practice also includes assignments for the benefit of creditors, creditor representation, foreclosures and state court loan enforcement.  In recent years she’s turned her attention to Healthcare and Procurement Law.  As part of that health care practice, she specializes in HIPAA Compliance and policy, and, conducts training and risk analysis for clients throughout the United States.

Education:

Stetson University College of Law

Mary Joyner Attorney

Mary Joyner – Attorney

Mary Joyner focuses her practice in the area of consumer and business insolvency matters throughout the Tampa Bay region. A native Floridian who was raised in the Tampa Bay area. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University, graduating summa cum laude. Thereafter, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida A&M University College of Law graduating cum laude while maintaining full-time employment, actively participating in the Cherry Chapter of the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Alpha Delta, and volunteering at her son’s elementary school and cub scout troop. Prior to law school, Mary was employed as a bankruptcy paralegal for seventeen years.

Mary is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts as well as the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Business Law and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Sections of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the American Bar Association. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and beach volleyball.

Education:

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida A&M University College of Law, Juris Doctorate

Clay Matthews - Attorney

Clay Matthews – Of Counsel

Clay Mathews serves as Of Counsel to the firm. Clay is a skilled litigator with experience in both state and federal courts. He has litigated and obtained successful results in complex property rights, inverse condemnation, land use, environmental and general commercial litigation cases. Clay has experience dealing with local governments all over the State of Florida handling and resolving various land use, property rights and eminent domain issues for business and property owners. Clay also has experience negotiating, handling and closing commercial real estate transactions for homebuilders and developers. Clay has been named to Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite “Up & Comer” and also been named a “Rising Star” by Florida SuperLawyers.

A Tampa native, Clay attended the University of Florida where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Master of Arts in International Business and Juris Doctor. During law school, Clay served as the President of the Association of Law and Business and was a member of the Florida Journal of International Law. While serving on the Journal, he won “Best Note” for his article which was published in the Journal’s 2013 volume. See 25 Fla. J. Int’l L. 311 (2013). Prior to law school, Clay was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and was a member of Florida Blue Key, Florida’s oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary.

After his tenure at the University of Florida, Clay moved back to his hometown of Tampa. Since moving back, he has played an active role in the community. He is a member of the William Reece Smith, Jr. Litigation Inn of Court, Tampa Connection and the After-School All-Stars Regional Advisory Board, a national organization which provides after-school programs for Title I schools in underprivileged areas. In his spare time, Clay enjoys spending time with his friends and family, going to Gator football games, visiting Boca Grande, running, fishing and playing guitar.

Education:

University of Florida, Juris Doctor, 2013, cum laude

University of Florida, Master of Arts – International Business, 2010

University of Florida, Bachelor of Science – Finance, 2009

Specializes in:

Commercial Litigation; Property Rights; Land Use and Zoning; Real Estate