Cobb Cole attorney, Michael J. Woods, elected 85th President of the Volusia County Bar Association
Cobb Cole Partner, Michael J. Woods, was sworn in as the 85th President of the Volusia County Bar Association at the VCBA's annual luncheon held at Daytona International Speedway. He succeeds Immediate Past President R. Brooks Casey and will serve as President for one year.
Mr. Woods was sworn in by Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Robert A. Sanders, Jr., himself a former President of the VCBA. Mr. Woods graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While attending law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Mr. Woods clerked in the office of the University Vice President and General Counsel for two years. After graduating Cum Laude in 2004, he began his practice with Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach. Mr. Woods is now a partner and works from the firm's DeLand office, practicing in the areas of land use, zoning, local government and administrative law.
In addition to serving on the VCBA board, Mr. Woods also serves as the Immediate Past President of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of the West Volusia Young Professionals Group, board member of the Volusia Building Industry Alliance, board member for the Central Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is the former President of the House Next Door Board of Directors.
Cobb Cole attorney, Chelsea Sims, appointed to Volusia County Bar Association Young Lawyer's Board
Cobb Cole Associate, Chelsea Sims, was recently appointed to the newly formed Board of Directors for the Volusia County Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division. The term of office will be one year. The Young Lawyer's Division has been a fixture for a number of years with the VCBA, but a separate board was created this year to focus on programming and educational opportunities for those attorneys new to the profession.
Ms. Sims joined Cobb Cole in 2013 as an associate in the Environmental and Land Use Department. Ms. Sims practices primarily in the areas of environmental law and land use law, but she also practices business and corporate law as well as some civil litigation including employment law matters.
Ms. Sims received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Political Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Miami in 2010. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida School of Law in 2013 with a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law. While attending the University of Florida School of Law, Ms. Sims participated in the Environmental Moot Court Team; was President of the Environmental Law Organization, GreenLAW; and was Co-Chair of the annual Public Interest Environmental Conference held at the law school. Currently, Ms. Sims is a member of the Surfcoast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association, the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development, the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, the Volusia County Young Professionals Group, and serves on the Board of Directors at PACE Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler.
Cobb Cole Attorney, Katherine Hurst Miller, named VFAWL "Woman of the Year"
Cobb Cole attorney Katherine Hurst Miller was given the 2014 "Woman of the Year" Award from the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, known as VFAWL. At a luncheon in her honor on May 8, Ms. Miller was recognized for providing friendship and support to other female attorneys in the region, raising the profile of women's leadership, and creating a dialogue on work-life balance issues. Ms. Miller joined an accomplished list of previous recipients of the Woman of the Year Award, including lawyers, judges, doctors, and non-profit leaders. Ms. Miller said she was "delighted and humbled to receive the award and follow in the footsteps of previous award recipients."
Katherine Hurst Miller is a partner at the law firm of Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach. She practices commercial litigation and works in insurance defense, insurance agent defense, condominium and homeowners association law, as well as other contract and tort disputes. She also serves on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors for The Florida Bar, the Seventh Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, and the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Advisory Board. Ms. Miller is a Past President of VFAWL, a Past Representative of Young Lawyers to the Volusia County Bar Association, and a past board member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach. She has been recognized by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers as a Leader in the Law, and by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star.
VFAWL's Woman of the Year is selected by a vote of the board of directors of VFAWL after review of written nominations. Criteria for selection includes serving the people of Volusia and/or Flagler counties; making substantial contributions to an area of importance to women; integrating a work area or profession traditionally reserved for men; outstanding service in her chosen profession; achieving recognition in her field; serving as an example to other women. Candidates need not be an attorney for award consideration.