FJA Legislative Committees

The Florida Justice Association’s legislative committees are very active. FJA proposes proactive legislation that benefit our members and their clients, and attempt to amend or defeat unfavorable legislation.
To accomplish this, we have several legislative committees whose mission it is to help set FJA’s proactive legislative agenda, draft any proactive legislation that the FJA would like to pursue, assist in drafting position papers on issues and to act as an advisory group during the session on issues within the expertise of its members. Committees are created whenever a specific need arises, or, as with medical malpractice and insurance, need continual oversight.

Active legislative committees for the 2015-2016 year are:
  • Legislative Committee (oversees all committees)
    Chair: Todd Copeland, Orlando
    Vice-Chair: Jimmy Gustafson, Tallahassee
  • Auto Insurance Committee 
    Co-Chairs Glenn Klausman, Orlando, and Jason Lamoureux, Brandon 
    Vice-Chair: Waylon Thompson, Panama City
  • Bad Faith Committee 
    Co-Chairs: Fred Cunningham, Palm Beach Gardens, & Dale Swope, Tampa
  • Consumer Law Committee 
    Chair: Bill Cotterell, Tallahassee
  • Limitations in Medical Payments (LIMP) Committee 
    Chair: Jim Magazine, New Port Richey 
    Vice-Chair: Damian Mallard, Sarasota
  • Medical Malpractice Committee 
    Chair: Scott McMillen, Orlando 
    Vice-Chair: Phil Gold, Coral Gables
  • Nursing Home Committee 
    Chair: Steve Watrel, Jacksonville
  • Property Insurance Committee  
    Co-Chairs: Dale Dobuler, Miami, and Nicole Vinson, Tampa 
    Vice-Chair: Lee Jacobson, Orlando
  • Tobacco Litigation Committee 
    Chair: Jimmy Gustafson, Tallahassee 
    Vice-Chair: Brent Bigger, Tampa
  • Rental Car Committee 
    Co-Chairs: David Dismuke, Lakeland, and Kim Driggers, Tallahassee
    Vice-Chair: Larry Perry, Panama City
  • Workers' Compensation Committee 
    Chair: Richard Chait, Miami
    Vice-Chair: Kim Syfrett, Panama City
If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please contact the Chairperson of the committee or Lynn McCartney in the FJA Legislative Department. We need your help and welcome your participation.