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Our firm is dedicated to a high degree of personal service. Clients can always reach an attorney or paralegal for prompt attention to questions or issues that arise. We are motivated by your best interests, not what is most expedient for us. We not only serve the Gainesville area but also welcome inquiries from Ocala, Orlando, The Villages, Pensacola and throughout the northern half of Florida.

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Jeff Childers

President and Founder

Jeff Childers is the president and founder of the firm. Jeff externed at the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Orlando, where he helped write several widely-cited opinions, and then worked as an associate with the prestigious firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando and Winter Park, Florida before moving back to Gainesville and founding ChildersLaw. Jeff served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, and is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the North Florida Bankruptcy Law Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Eighth Judicial Bar Association, and is serving on the Rules Committee for the Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court. He is an active member of several Florida Bar committees related to business law.

Book Awards: Corporations, Legal Accounting, Appellate Advocacy, Privacy Law

Special Recognitions: Order of the Coif

Jeff has published several articles as co-author with Professor William Page of the Levin College of Law (University of Florida) on the topic of anti-trust in the Microsoft case. He also is the author of an article on the topic of Product Liability in the Software Context. Jeff focuses his area of practice on commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Jeff’s bankruptcy practice primarily focuses on both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 business bankruptcy actions and actions representing trustees.

Representative Cases

Musselman v. US Bank (In re Canellas), (1) Appeal brief and (2) Reply brief, Appeal from Bankruptcy Court, M.D. Case No. 6:11-cv-1247-Orl-28DAB (represented bankruptcy trustee versus bank)

Musselman v. Deutsche Bank (In re Balderrama), Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment, Bankr. M.D. Case No. 6:10-ap-00245-KSJ (represented bankruptcy trustee versus bank)

In re Davis Heritage GP Holdings, Motion to Dismiss or Convert Case, Bankr. N.D. Fla Case No. 1:10-bk-10515-LMK (represented prevailing creditor Inervest Capital LTD)

In re YMCA of North Central Florida, Case Management Summary, Bankr. N.D. Fla. Case No. 1:11-bk-10535-LMK (representing Chapter 11 debtor in chapter 11 case)

Suntrust v. Curtis, Case No XXX (represented land developer versus bank)G&L Liuzzo v. AJL, LLC, Case No. 01-2011-CA-5898 (representing owner of commercial property ‘stolen’ by false deed filings)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Northern District of Florida, Bankruptcy Court, Rules Committee

  • Business Section, Florida Bar

  • Bankruptcy/UCC Committee, Florida Bar

  • Florida Bar, Proceedings Supplementary Task Force

  • North Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, Board of Directors

  • Eighth Judicial Bar Association, Board of Directors

  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, Board of Directors

  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of The Southern District of Florida, Inc., Member

  • Order of the Coif, Member

Jim Kirkconnell

Associate

Jim Kirkconnell began working at Childers Law, LLC in 2014. Prior to beginning at Childers Law, Jim practiced commercial litigation in Orlando and insurance defense in Ocala. After practicing in the private sector, Jim desired to give back to his community and became an attorney for the Department of Children and Families. Jim worked as an attorney for DCF in the first and third circuits from 2007 to 2012 and for the eighth circuit from 2012 to 2014.  At Childers Law, Jim focuses his area of practice on bankruptcy—both business and individual, commercial litigation, and estate planning.

Jim is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Prior to earning his Juris Doctor from University of Florida, and receiving the book award in Contracts and graduating cum laude, Jim received his bachelor of the arts in history from the University of Florida. Additionally, in 2015, Jim earned an Masters of Law in taxation from the University of Florida.

Book Awards: Contracts

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bennet Inn of Court, Member

  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member

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