About Caroline Emery

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OVERALL BACKGROUND

Having lived in Jacksonville for 30 years, Caroline Emery is deeply rooted in our community.  Ms. Emery also has a colorful background as the daughter of a career State Department foreign service officer and Belgian-American mother.  She was born and raised in various countries overseas, and speaks Spanish and French.  Therefore, she has a unique appreciation for intercontinental cultures.


Over the past 20 years, Ms. Emery has volunteered extensively.  To honor her volunteer work, she was selected as a "Community Hero" to run in the Olympic Torch Relay.  Additional Awards are listed below.


Florida Bar licensed for over 30 years, Ms. Emery brings a unique and vast experience through her State and Federal Court employment for a combined 25+ years.  This rich experience, which included 10 years of service as the General Counsel of the three county courts in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, provides a very rare insight into the inner-workings of the judicial system and a unique appreciation for what judges and court staff prefer, which in turn, benefits her clients.


Ms. Emery is also well-respected and well-known among the lawyers in the legal community.  She was elected as President of the Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA) in 2007. At that time, the JBA had a membership of 2,200+ lawyers and judges.  As the JBA President, she was instrumental in increasing excitement in the JBA, including increasing attendance in the Professionalism Symposium (from 50 to 450.  Prior to her administration, Ms. Emery was re-elected by her peer to serve on the JBA Board for consecutive 2-year terms for 10 years.  


She also founded the state-wide Florida Judicial Staff Attorneys Association (FTCSAA) and was elected as its first President in 2000.  Since then, it has successfully held 2-day conferences every year.  FTCSAA has provided a means for judicial staff attorneys to share common legal issues for an efficient judicial administration in all 20 circuits in Florida.


Probate attorney Caroline Emery compassionately helps you plan for a disability and death to care for you and your beloved, including pets - your furry family members. 


Ms. Emery has always loved animals and is excited about helping her clients to plan for caring for their furry babies through Pet Care Trusts.  Be sure to check out the "Fun Photos" Page!  She has has compassion for people.  Naturally, she majored in Social Work before pursuing a law career.  Now, she enjoys working with people to care for them, their family, and their pets with proper planning.


Ms. Emery cares about people and pets.  She is professional, ethical and honest.  She brings with her a unique experience with the courts and is well known in the community.  


She looks forward to getting to know you as well!

*AVVO Rating 10*

 

Visit the AVVO website to see reviews including:

"I endorse this lawyer. Caroline served wonderfully as the President of our 2,000+ member Jacksonville Bar Association, demonstrating great organizational skills and leadership. She is a very delightful lady whose servant heart leads to very satisfied clients. Caroline will treat you well."  Blane McCarthy, Esquire.

"Caroline offers such personable, quality legal service when it comes to creating pet trusts for your pets and beloved animals that are part of your family! She is very knowledgeable in wills and probate as well. I highly endorse this attorney!" Maria Aguila, Esquire. 

Professional Background

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EDUCATION

-University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida

Inter-American Law Review, Associate Editor


-Longwood University, Virginia - cum laude - 1982

Alpha Delta Mu (National Social Work Honor Society)

BAR ADMISSION

Florida Bar Member since 1986

HONORS & AWARDS

●Olympic Torchbearer: in recognition as a "Community Hero" (1996)

●Jacksonville Area Legal Aid - President’s Award (2008)

●The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism Award 2008 (Judicial Prof. Symposium 2007)

●“Times Union Eve Award” Finalist (Volunteer Category - 2008)

●Jefferson Award, American Institute for Public Service (for outstanding community service) 1995/1996

●The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award (1995)

●"12 Who Care" Award - Channel 12 (1995) 


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & ASSOCIATIONS

●President, Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA) (2007-2008); Board of Governors (2000-2008)

●Founder &  1st President of Statewide Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association (1998, Pres. 2000)

●Judicial Relations Committee of JBA (member 1998-present)

●Professionalism Committee of JBA (Chair + member 1997-present)

●Elder Law Section of JBA (member 2008-present)

●Animal Law Section, The Florida Bar (2016-present)

●Chair, Jacksonville Bar Naturalization Law Week Committee (Chair 1996-2010)

●Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida (2010-2017)

●Chair, Professionalism Monthly Column Subcommittee, JBA Prof. Committee (Chair 2000-2003)

●Chair, Judicial Sanctions Subcommittee, JBA Prof. Committee (Chair 2000-2003)

●Solo/Small Firm Section member (2014-present)

●Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and GAL Board of Inquiry (1992-2000)

●Christian Legal Society, Member (2006-present)


PAST LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

●General Counsel for the Courts, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, FL (2006-2017)

●Career Law Clerk for Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger, U.S. Middle Dist. Crt., Jacksonville, FL (2000-2006)

●Director of the Judicial Staff Attorneys’ Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, FL (1996-2000)

●Judicial Staff Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, FL (1992-1996)

●Associate in Private Practice: insurance defense (1986-1992)

●Paralegal-Volunteer,  AYUDA, INC. (Hispanic Legal Aid Agency), Washington, D.C.


PAST NON-LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

●SCOPE - Prince Edward County, VA: Taught French to blind senior at Senior Citizens' Center serving Minorities (1979-1982) 

●Supervisor/Quality Control Clerk,, U.S. Census Bureau; Arlington, VA

●Intern for U.S. Congressman; Washington, D.C. (1979)