March 1, 2023

Bay County Jury Awards $3.95 MM in Hurricane Michael Case

Pensacola, FL

Last Friday, a team of Clark Partington trial lawyers led by Mike Schofield and Jason Peterson had the privilege of representing a radiology medical practice that has been servicing the Panama City and greater Bay County area since 1958. On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael roared ashore severely damaging their buildings and significantly impacting their ability to provide necessary medical services to the local hospitals and citizens of Bay County. As a result, the practice lost Business Income and incurred Extra Expenses that were covered by their insurance policy. Despite providing timely notice of the loss and cooperating with every request of the insurance company, the company refused to timely pay the full amount of what was due to the practice under the policy. Clark Partington was privileged to file suit on the practice’s behalf and the jury awarded a verdict of $3,959, 979.00, every penny of what was claimed back in 2019.

The Clark Partington trial team included attorneys Mike Schofield, Jason Peterson and Kia Goldsmith, along with Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist Christine Moore, Paralegal Anne Hallecy and Legal Assistants Tracy Torrez and Brittany Wilkerson. Way to go team!!!

Michael J. Schofield, B.C.S. is a shareholder in the Firm’s Pensacola office. Mike regularly represents those involved with the aviation, transportation, personal injury, products liability and insurance law, as well as arbitration and mediation, in public and private projects throughout Florida, Alabama, and beyond, in state and federal courts.

Mike is an AV-rated attorney who is Board Certified in Aviation Law, and serves as panel counsel for Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Lawyers – Pilots Bar, IATSB, a member of Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and IADC.  He is also a member of Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Florida Law Alliance, National Business Aviation Association.

Contact Mike at (850) 208-7062 or at

Jason W. Peterson is a shareholder in the Firm’s Pensacola office. Jason has tried numerous cases to verdict, including personal injury, wrongful death and catastrophic property damage cases.  He has resolved hundreds of personal injury claims on behalf of injury victims with combined settlement values exceeding millions of dollars. His experience having represented both plaintiffs and defendants provides his clients the best perspective to evaluate claims and implement a winning strategy.  Jason has also  guided owners of residential and commercial properties through the complex web of property insurance.  He has resolved claims resulting from Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis, Michael and Sally, as well as catastrophic tornadoes and flooding that have impacted the Northwest Florida region.

Contact Jason at (850) 436-6469 or at

Kia M. Goldsmith is an attorney in the Firm’s litigation department in Pensacola. She is prepared to assist clients with all aspects of business and real estate litigation in state and federal courts in Florida.  She represents title insurers and their insureds, real estate owners, individuals and financial institutions in all types of litigation matters, including but not limited to, real property disputes, title liability and commercial real estate defaults.  Her practice also focuses on business dissolution, shareholder disputes and general commercial litigation.

Contact Kia at (850) 208-7026 or at

About Clark Partington:

Clark Partington is a preeminent Gulf Coast regional law firm, serving the comprehensive legal needs of individuals and businesses as trusted advisors and counsel, with offices in Pensacola, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach & Tallahassee.

We stand on the shoulders of the founders who forged the success of our firm, we are shaped by our respect for their legacy, and propelled forward by a quiet confidence born of 46 years of excellence.