Our Team

David 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, Jennis 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

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Bernard “Chip” Morse

Attorney

Bernard Morse (“Chip”) has practiced law in Tampa since 1985 and has concentrated his practice in the insolvency and bankruptcy fields his entire career. 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, Morse entered private practice joining a boutique bankruptcy firm and practiced for four years before opening his own firm. Throughout his years of private practice, 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. 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.

Education:

Stetson University College of Law, 1984

Specializes in:

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

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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 Bay Area Real Estate Council, Chi Chi Rodriguez Executive Committee, and Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association Board.

Etlinger has also earned Avvo’s and Martindale’s highest ratings – Superb and AV Preeminent, respectively. Etlinger received his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and, his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Education:

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

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

Specializes in:

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

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Mary Joyner

Attorney

Mary Joyner focuses her practice in the area of consumer and business insolvency matters. 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 and actively participating in the Cherry Chapter of the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Alpha Delta. Prior to finishing law school, Joyner was employed as a bankruptcy paralegal for seventeen years.

Joyner 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.

Education:

Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida

Florida A&M University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, Juris Doctorate

Michael Stavros

Michael Stavros

Intern

Michael Stavros is a recent graduate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law who passed the Florida Bar exam in the summer of 2021.

Michael will focus his practice primarily on state and federal litigation, including adversaries.

Before coming to Jennis Morse Etlinger, Michael was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Michael J. Williamson with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida (Tampa) and a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Marcia Morales Howard with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville).

Education:

University of Florida Levin College of Law

University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business