CHARLES B. CARTER
University of Florida, B.A. with high honor, 1971; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; University of Florida, J.D., 1979 with honors.
Admitted to Florida Bar October 1979; partner law firm of Carter & Drylie, P.A., Law practice includes personal injury/wrongful death, insurance coverage issues, construction law, civil rights.
Litigation experience 1979–present; appellate arguments before the First and Fifth District Courts of Appeal.
Bar Admissions: United States District Courts for Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Recognized by Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; member of Bennett Inn of Court, Gainesville, FL; member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Arbitrator; Board Member, Florida Bar ADR Section
Speaker at seminars for various groups including Hospital Corporation of America, Florida Farm Bureau, University Hospital, Publix Supermarkets, Inc., State Farm Insurance Company; speaker for organizations on the topic of mediation, including but not limited to The Jacksonville Justice Association and The Florida Defense Lawyers Associations. Publications include: “Steering a Course to Tort Reform,” Trial Advocate Quarterly; Numerous articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association Newsletter. Prior member of Alachua County Zoning Board of Adjustment; Former member, Department of Classics Advisory Counsel, University of Florida; Jacksonville Association of Defense Attorneys, Bennett Inn of Court member (President 2017 - 2018); Previous member of Alachua County Zoning Board of Adjustment (1981 - 1996)
DEBORAH C. DRYLIE
Graduated : University of Florida, J.D., 1988.
Admitted to Florida Bar, February 1989.
Admitted to Kentucky Bar, September 1989.
Born and raised in Gainesville I began legal practice with the firm of Jones, Carter, Singer & Cervone then began the firm of Carter & Drylie, P.A. in 1997 with my husband and partner, Charles Carter. My legal practice has primarily concentrated in the area of insurance defense but has included plaintiff’s personal injury litigation as well as a Appellate work in the 1st DCA, 5th DCA and Florida Supreme Court.
Partner in law firm of Carter & Drylie, P.A. Law practice solely in the area of insurance defense. Clients include: The Hartford, Firemen’s Fund, Tower Hill Insurance Group, Hanover, State Farm Fire & Casualty, The Kemper Group, Publix Supermarkets, Inc., Tractor Supply Company, American States, Fortune Insurance Company, Aries Insurance Company, Gallagher Bassett, Sumter County, Citizen's Insurance Company, Massachusetts Bay Company
Member of the Florida Bar, Kentucky Bar, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Florida Academy of Health Care Lawyers, Middle District Court (Federal) of Florida; Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.
Member of the Ethics Committee, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Board of Directors of Dance Alive Ballet Company, (1995 - 2000).
Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
FREDERICK D. SMITH
J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1973; Law Review. Admitted to Florida Bar, 1973; United States District Courts for Middle District, 1974, and Northern District, 1975.
Began law practice with Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay in Jacksonville, Florida; Partner with McGalliard, Mills, deMontmollin, Smith & Monaco in Gainesville until appointed to the Alachua County Court in 1986. Specialized in civil litigation, and in commercial and real property transactions. President-elect, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, prior to judicial appointment.
Alachua County Court Judge, 1986-1990 Circuit Judge 1991-2010. Administrative Judge for Civil Division and for Family Law Division.Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, 2005-2009. Supreme Court Family Court Steering Committee, and Domestic Violence Subcommittee; Civil Rules Committee; Local Rules Committee; Judicial Evaluation Committee. Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, UF College of Law;Faculty Member, Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar, UF College of Law. Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
TOBY S. MONACO
B.A. psychology, University of Florida, 1970. J.D. with honors, University of Florida, 1973; Law Review; Order of the Coif. Admitted to The Florida Bar and to the United States Northern District. President, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, 1982-83. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (inducted 1991).
Engaged in private practice of law as a civil trial lawyer from 1974 until elected Circuit Judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, beginning office in January 2001. Member of the Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar before election to judicial office. Served as Administrative Judge of the Family Division, Administrative Judge of Circuit Civil Division, and Chief Judge until retirement in December 2018. Adjunct Instructor, Trial Practice, UF College of Law. Legislative Coordinating Committee of the Circuit Judges Conference. Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
VICTOR L. HULSLANDER - Family Mediator
1969:University of Florida Bachelor of Science (with honors), College of Journalism & Communications.
1974: University of Florida, Juris Doctor, College of Law.
1975: Admitted to the Florida Bar.
1979: Admitted to the US Supreme Court Bar.
Began law practice in 1975 as an Assistant Public Defender for the 8th Judicial Circuit trying juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases throughout the 8th Judicial Circuit until 1977. In 1977 I went into private practice in the areas of criminal defense (state and federal), personal injury and family law. I continued in private practice until 2005 when I became an Alachua County Court Judge. I was assigned to County Criminal and Civil Divisions and presided over jury and non-jury trials, mental health court, Baker Act proceedings, small claims and landlord/tenant disputes. I served as Administrative Judge of the County Court.
From 2010 through 2018 I served as a Circuit Court Judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. In this capacity and during this time, I presided over numerous jury trials of auto negligence, medical malpractice, construction and tobacco cases. I also served as the Administrative Judge of the Circuit Civil Division. In 2015 I was assigned to the Family Law, Probate, Guardianship, and Mental Health Divisions until 2018. During this time I presided over numerous family law cases, some involving complex division of assets/liabilities, as well as interstate and international child custody disputes. On December 6, 2019 I became certified as a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator.
BENNETT A. HUTSON
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1994
University of Illinois, B.A. in English, 1991
Ben Hutson began his career as an Assistant Public Defender in the 8th Judicial Circuit in 1994. He entered private practice in 1997 with the insurance defense firm of Monaco, Monaco & Birder, P.A., with clients including State Farm Fire & Casualty, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., The Hartford, Nationwide Ins. Co., Hanover, Florida Farm Bureau and Lumbermens Mutual Ins. Co. Current solo practitioner at Hutson Law Firm, P.A. with focus on personal injury, commercial litigation and criminal defense. Board Certified in Criminal Trial (2006-).
Member of the Florida Bar and United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. Former President of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (2002), and Chair of Florida Bar Grievance Committee 8A (2006). Instructor at Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program. Adjunct Instructor of Trial Practice at UF College of Law.
Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator.
For scheduling please contact Amber at 352-271-8100
MARY K. WIMSETT
Vanderbilt University, B.S., cum laude with Honors in English, 1994
University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1997
Mary K. began her career in the public sector working as a Public Defender and Guardian ad Litem Program Attorney. She moved into the private sector in 2006 where she has practiced in the areas of adoption, guardianship, probate, elder law, child advocacy, personal injury (ad litem) and family law.
Mary K. has served as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar Juvenile Rules Committee and Chair and Vice-Chair of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Mary K. is a past President of The Bennett Inn of Court and has served as a Board Member of this Inn for many years as a founding member. Mary K. has served on several Boards including the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association and PACE Center for Girls where she currently serves as President of the Board. Mary K. is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida College of Law.
Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator
For scheduling please contact Amber at 352-271-8100
CHESTER B. CHANCE (RETIRED)
Graduated: 1964 University of Florida College of Law.
Served as County and Circuit Court Judge for more than 30 years.
Former Chairman of Florida County and Circuit Court Conferences.
Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit for 6 years.
Served as Adjunct Faculty in the College of Business Administration (Business Law), College of Building Construction (Construction Law), College of Law (Trial Practice) at the University of Florida.
Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Arbitrator