Preparing for the fee hearing will pay off in the long run.
While the Rules of Court do not block supplying testimony concerning the issue of entitlement and amount of attorney’s fees in the case-in-chief, over time the practice of the Court and Bar is to present the fact case and reserve jurisdiction to focus the issue of attorney’s fees at a later date. The proceeding encompassing the determination of entitlement and amount of attorney’s fees is essentially a mini-trial. This white paper reviews why it is important to take the time to prepare for the presentation of evidence in the attorney’s fees hearing.
William F. Cobb
Cobb & Gonzalez, P.A.
William Cobb is Of Counsel with Cobb & Gonzalez having 38 years of business and real estate litigation experience. Mr. Cobb was admitted to The Florida Bar in December 1980 and has practiced principally in the areas of construction, business, lending institution and real estate litigation. He has tried hundreds of non-jury cases and has tried a dozen cases to a jury.
He has extensive experience with all aspects of litigation including experience with appeals. Additionally, he has limited practice on transactional matters involving family law, adoptions, wills, estates, real estate, contracts and business formation. Mr. Cobb has litigated cases throughout the Florida court system and has been admitted for single cases in Arkansas and the American Virgin Islands federal court. In addition to the court systems, Mr. Cobb has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration.
After serving a combat tour in Vietnam for the United States Army with the First Infantry Division, Mr. Cobb obtained his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Nova Southeast University. He then obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Nova School for the Study of Law, now know as the Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida while simultaneously serving the City of Pompano Beach as a police officer.
Mr. Cobb move to St. Augustine in 2018, where he resides with his wife of 50 years, Susan. In his free time, Mr. Cobb enjoys carpentry, artistic painting, hunting and enjoying time with his family.
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