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Mark Avera: Holidays are reminder to drink responsibly

The holiday season is a joyful reminder of the blessings of family, friends and enjoyable times together. As people reflect on the year that was and look ahead to 2017, it's often accompanied by a celebratory drink, or two.

Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles, Avera & Smith and The Law Offices of John S. Kalil Win Damages of More Than $19 Million Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA Inc in Engle Progeny Case

A jury in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida has ruled in favor of Mary Faricy Pardue in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA Inc. Mrs. Faricy Pardue's husband, popular University of Florida Professor Jack Faricy, passed away from heart disease and COPD in October 1998 at age 67.

Avera & Smith Wins Florida Supreme Court Tobacco Ruling

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Avera & Smith client Lucille Soffer in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that will have significant implications for other Engle progeny tobacco-related cases statewide.

Former State Senator Rod Smith Files to Run for State Senate District 8

Today, former State Senator Rod Smith filed to run for the new State Senate District 8. The new District 8 includes many of the same areas Senator Smith has served before, both as a State Senator and State’s Attorney, including the Putnam County, Alachua County, and Ocala communities.

Avera & Smith Names Dawn Vallejos-Nichols as Partner

The Avera & Smith law firm, which has served the Gainesville community for more than 60 years, today announced that Dawn Vallejos-Nichols has been named a partner, joining partners Mark Avera, Lance Avera and Rod Smith.