Leadership Profiles: Q&As with Doug Bates & Jeremy Branning


PENSACOLA (July 14, 2022):

Clark Partington Attorneys at Law is exceedingly proud of the work and service of two of its distinguished Pensacola shareholders, Douglas A. Bates and Jeremy C. Branning, who currently serve in statewide leadership roles with The Florida Bar.

Most recently, on July 1, 2022, Doug Bates officially began his one-year term as Chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, following his installment at last month’s annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando.

Likewise, in 2018, Jeremy Branning was elected to serve as the First Circuit’s Representative on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors for a two-year term, and has continued in that role unopposed through his third two-year term ending in 2024.

This week, we invited Doug and Jeremy to sit down with us for a couple of Q&A interviews to learn more about the nature and scope of their leadership roles with The Florida Bar. Find their insightful responses here in this week’s edition of InWeekly: https://issuu.com/inpublisher/docs/inweekly_july_14_2022_issue/6

About Doug & Jeremy:

Douglas A. Bates, Commercial Litigation, Department Chair

Doug is a shareholder and Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. His practice is focused on commercial and real estate litigation, with a large focus on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights cases.  He has handled insolvency matters, distressed business situations, and special asset cases across the state of Florida and the United States.

In addition to being selected to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers, since 2012 Doug has consistently received recognition and ranking by Chambers USA for his legal knowledge, experience, and client service in the area of “Bankruptcy Restructuring for North and Central Florida.” Doug is also a member of the Clark Partington bankruptcy team that consistently received recognition by Best Law Firms as Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization.

On July 1, 2022, Doug began his term as Chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. In 2019, he was recognized as the Section’s Member of the Year, and has proudly served for over 15 years on the Section’s Executive Council. Doug is the President-Elect of Pensacola Sports Board of Directors, and the past President of Pensacola State College Foundation Board of Governors. He also stays active in numerous other local, statewide, and national organizations.

Jeremy C. Branning, General Litigation

Jeremy is a shareholder in the firm’s General Litigation department. His years of litigation experience and position on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar have allowed him to work with lawyers and professionals across the state, in a wide variety of cases. He knows the issues and challenges of litigation.  Jeremy’s litigation practice includes a specialization and focus on litigation involving professionals and professional service providers, including physicians, other healthcare professionals, attorneys, architects, and engineers, among others.  Jeremy’s current roles with the Florida Bar include serving a third term as the First Circuit’s Representative on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and serving on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar.

About Clark Partington:

Clark Partington is a preeminent law firm in the Florida panhandle with offices in Pensacola, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach & Tallahassee. Since 1976 Clark Partington is proud to serve the people and businesses of Florida through an innovative and collaborative approach to practicing law.  Our lawyers are consistently recognized for their service to the profession and excellence in the courtroom.  More information about the firm’s practice, its attorneys, and recognitions may be found at www.clarkpartington.com.