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Tamara R. Gaines

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Biography

Tamara Gaines received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1994 and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1999. From May, 2000 to December, 2013, Tamara practiced law for a firm in Daytona Beach, Florida. At that firm, Tamara practiced general civil litigation including, but not limited to, representation of homeowners and condominium associations in collections and general litigation, representation of individual and commercial clients in litigation primarily involving contract and/or property disputes, and representation of insurance companies and employers in the defense of workers' compensation matters. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Texas in February, 2014 and joined our firm in March, 2014. Tamara leads our firms Homeowner Association practice. She represents homeowners, condominium and townhome associations throughout Galveston, Fort Bend, Brazoria and Harris counties.

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • Juris Doctor - 12/1999
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Honor Advisor, Spring 1998-1999
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity, Secretary, Spring 1998-1999
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Bachelor of Science - 1994
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Yearbook Editor, 1992 - 1993
    • Honors: Centennial Scholarship, 1993
    • Honors: James C. Bolton Memorial Scholarship, 1993
    • Major: Business Administration
  • Louisiana State University
    • Associate of Science - 1992
    • Honors: Colonel W.R. Middleton Memorial Honor Award, 1992
    • Honors: LSUA Merit Honor Award Scholarship, 1990
    • Major: Business Administration

Past Positions

  • Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinic, Legal Intern, 1999 to 1999
  • Florida Power and Light Co., Summer Law Clerk, 1998 to 1998
  • Smith Hood Bigman, 2000 to 2013

Professional Associations

  • Easter Seal Society of Volusia and Flagler Counties, Board of Directors, Chairman, 2012 to 2013
  • Easter Seal Society of Volusia and Flagler Counties, Board of Directors, Member, 2005
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee, Chairperson, 2005 to 2006
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Volusia and Flagler Counties, Inc., President, 2003 to 2005
  • Horses Helping the Handicapped, Assistant Instructor and Member of Board of Directors, 1991 to 1994
  • Horses and the Handicapped of Central Louisiana, Volunteer, 1989 to 1991
  • Horses and the Handicapped of Palm Beach County, Volunteer, 1985 to 1989

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

Practice Areas

  • Homeowner Associations
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Collections
  • Corporate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2000
  • Texas, 2014

Honors

  • Book Award - Civil Clinic
  • Book Award - Gender and the Law
  • Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society Member