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Leavengood, Dauval & Boyle, P.A. Partner Appointed as Judge


Chris NashWe are proud to announce that Governor Rick Scott has appointed one of our own, Chris Nash, to the Hillsborough County Court. 

Governor Rick Scott said, "Throughout his career, Chris has demonstrated the qualities that make a great judge. I am proud to appoint him to the Hillsborough County Court and look forward to him serving Tampa with integrity and fairness."

Carter Andersen, Chair of the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, adds, “Mr. Nash presented an excellent application for the County Court vacancy.  His diversity of experience over fifteen years as an attorney was unique – from sophisticated commercial litigation to representing consumers to excellent jury trial experience.  But what makes Mr. Nash so well suited for the County Court position are his integrity, fairness, and great listening skills.  Mr. Nash will be a great judge because he is committed to giving people their day in court and fairly applying the law.  Our JNC nominated six highly qualified candidates for this position, and Governor Scott made a very strong appointment with Mr. Nash." Mr. Nash fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Matthew Lucas to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

Chris Nash has been a practicing partner with Leavengood, Dauval, and Boyle, P.A. since 2004. When asked about Mr. Nash’s appointment to the bench, Leavengood, Dauval & Boyle, P.A. Managing Partner Ian R. Leavengood had mixed emotions.  "Obviously I'm ecstatic for Chris and the people of the Tampa Bay area. They are gaining a learned and compassionate jurist who will discharge his duties exceptionally well."  Leavengood continued, "My job, however, just got a lot harder. Leavengood, Dauval & Boyle, P.A. is losing one of its pillars." 

Hillsborough County CourtMr. Nash had similar mixed feelings about his appointment: "Being a judge is a lifetime ambition, and I'm overjoyed at this appointment. However, I'm sorry to be leaving a law firm that has been such an important part of my life." Nash continued, "I'm thankful for how my partners and the firm have prepared me for this challenge." 

Files currently handled by Mr. Nash will be transitioned to the other lawyers at Leavengood, Dauval, and Boyle, P.A., in accordance with Florida Bar rules.

Short Sales and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

 

Short Sales and Chapter 7 BankruptcyShort sales are part of the new way of doing business for mortgage lenders. This is why we feel mortgage lenders should be happy to learn their borrower filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy Short Sales

When a homeowner files Chapter 7 bankruptcy the standard play called by the lender is to (a) hire a lawyer to file the motion to lift the automatic stay; and once the stay is lifted, (b) initiate or continue the foreclosure process.  This is an outdated, knee-jerk strategy aimed at limiting the foreclosure delay caused by Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  In the past three years, outside of the bankruptcy arena, mortgage lenders have learned the benefit of the “short sale.”  

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