Frost Van den Boom, P.A.
Our firm was established in 1981 when John Frost left a large statewide group to form a boutique trial firm. Frost Van den Boom, P.A. is a Martindale AV-rated law firm with offices in Bartow, Florida and Gainesville, Florida. Members of the firm are: Ellen Burno Blevins, John W. Frost, II, John Kessenich, Krista Mahalak, Saray Noda, Bradford L. Stewart, Peter Van den Boom, Lydia S. Zbrzeznj and Nicholas Zbrzeznj.
Born: Jacksonville, Florida, 1969; Education: University of Florida, B.S., 1964; Florida State University, J.D., with high honors, 1968; Admitted: 1969, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1971, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1972, U.S. Supreme Court; 1976, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 2008, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Memberships: The Florida Bar (President, 1996-1997; Member, Board of Governors, 1977-1979, 1992-1997; President, 1978, Young Lawyers Section; Member, Executive Council, Trial Lawyers Section, 1976-1982; Member, 1990-1994, Chairman, 1992-1994, Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission; Member, 1986-1990, Chairman, 1987-1989 The Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission; Member, 1982-1989 and Chairman, 1987-1989, Civil Trial Certification Committee); Florida Bar Foundation (Director, 1995-1998; Florida Advisory Board Member Leading Florida Attorneys; Florida Judicial Management Council, 1995-1998; Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, 1999-2004); American Board of Trial Advocates; Polk County Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1976-1982; President, 1980-1982); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining Member); Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (President's Club); Willson American Inn of Court (Master, 1990-2000; President, 1995-1996); Litigation Counsel of America (Charter Fellow); The College of Master Advocates and Barristers (Senior Counsel, 2000-); American Trial Lawyers Association (2007- "Top 100" trial lawyers in Florida); Biography: Delta Theta Phi; Florida State Gold Key. Listed: Leading Florida Attorneys; Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers in America; Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite; and Florida Super Lawyers. Reviewer: "Bad Faith Insurance Actions," Fla. Torts, Matthew Bender, 1988. Author: "Closing Argument," Continuing Legal Education Trial Lawyers Update, 1980. Lecturer: "Beyond Hearsay," 1995 Advanced Evidence Seminar, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education. Panelist, "Taking the High Road: Litigation Tactics-The Impact on Judges, Juries and Litigants," The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education and Trial Lawyers Section, 1995. Lecturer: Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence/Trial Attorney's Evidence Seminar, 1998. Plaintiffs' trial team, Masters in Trial Seminar, sponsored by ABOTA, 1999-2000; "Dealing with Destruction: Spoliation of Evidence in Florida," Seminar, National Business Institute, 2003. Lecturer, "Evidence Code and Civil Procedure Rules Update," Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Original Member, Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 1996-1997. Appointed to Supreme Court Workload Study Commission by Speaker, Florida House of Representatives, 2000-2001. Member and Executive Council, National Council of Bar Presidents, 1997-2000. Member: Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1996-; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2007-; The Verdict Club, 2007-. (Board Certified Civil Trial and Business Litigation Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)
Born: Schiedam, The Netherlands, 1965; Education: University of Alabama, B.S., 1989; St. Thomas University, J.D., with honors, 1998: Admitted: 1998, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; Memberships: Polk County Trial Lawyers Association: Languages: Dutch and German; Biography: Member, Willson American Inns of Court.
Ellen Blevins Burno
Born: 1980; Education: DePaul University, B.A., 2001; University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2004; Admitted: 2004, Kentucky; 2006, Illinois; 2010, 2013, Florida; Biography: Prior to relocating to Gainesville, Ellen practiced with an international law firm in Chicago and Manhattan, where her practice focused on civil and healthcare litigation and discovery services.
Born: Washington, D.C., 1978; Education: Bethany College, B.A., 1998; University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D. 2002; Admitted: 2002, Nebraska; 2010, Florida; 2011, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; Memberships: The Florida Bar, Nebraska State Bar Association, Robert van Pelt Inn of Court, Wilson American Inn of Court; Biography: Krista has been engaged in both civil and criminal litigation since the start of her legal career in 2002. Krista has tried numerous lawsuits to a successful jury verdict and has a winning appellate record as well. Krista attended elementary and secondary schools in Polk County, Florida. After spending a number of years in the Midwest, she relocated back to Florida and now resides in Winter Haven. Recipient: International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002 Student Advocacy Award; Outstanding Clinical Student of the Year; Reported Cases: State v. Hense, 276 Neb. 313 (2008); In re Interest of E.M., 13 Neb. App. 287 (2005).
Bradford L. Stewart
Born: Lakeland, Florida, 1965. Education: Warner Southern College, B.A., with honors, 2001; Barry university, J.D., 2005; Admitted: 2005, Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; Memberships: The Florida Bar; Biography: Omicron Psi National Honor Society, Warner Southern College; Barry University Moot Court Board. 2004 Florida Bar National Tax Law Moot Court Competition Winner - Best Oral Argument. Member, Moot Court Board Research and Writing Committee. Recipient: Highest Grade Awards - Evidence; Trial Advocacy, Florida Constitutional Law. Internship, Honorable Renee A. Roche, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (Business Court).
Born: Boca Raton, 1984. Education: College of William & Mary, B.A., 2006; Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012; Admitted: 2012, Florida.
Born: Lakeland, Florida, 1987. Education: Florida State University, B.A. 2009; Florida state University College of Law, J.D., 2011; Admitted: 2012, Florida.
Born: Newark, New Jersey, 1988; Education: William Paterson College of New Jersey, B.S., 2010; American university, Washington, D.C., J.D., 2013;
Born: Erie, Pennsylvania, 1985; Education: The Pennsylvania State university, B.S., 2008; Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2012; Admitted: 2012, Florida; Memberships: State Bar of Florida; Polk County Young Lawyers Section (President, 2014); Biography: Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society; Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award; Evan Pugh Scholar Award; Dean's Scholar (2009-2012); summa cum laude, Florida Coastal School of Law.