Attorneys

Attorney Garret BarnesGarret T. Barnes, Esq.

FOUNDING PARTNER

Garret Barnes graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Wake Forest University at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in May 1987, and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, in May 1991. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1991.

Garret is married with three children. His community and professional commitments include being a past Director of the Manatee County Chapter of the American Red Cross, a past Director of the United Way of Manatee County, a past President and current Trustee of the Board of Trustees of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, current Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the South Florida Museum, and past Secretary and member of the Vestry for Christ Episcopal Church.

Garret is a member of The Florida Bar, its Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and the Manatee County Bar Association. He practices in the areas of real property law, residential and commercial transactions, land development and planning, administrative law, and business law.

Garret can be reached at telephone extension #1120 or by email at gbarnes@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Adron WalkerAdron H. Walker, Esq.

FOUNDING PARTNER

Adron Walker is a fourth generation Floridian, born and raised in Arcadia, Florida. Adron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting magna cum laude in May 1977, from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, in May 1980. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1980.

Adron served as a Captain in the U.S. Army JAG (legal) Corps for over 4 years prior to moving to Bradenton. He is married to Gayle Goodfriend.

His community and professional commitments include being the 1994-95 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the 1993-94 Allocations Chairman and “Board Member of the Year” for the United Way of Manatee County where he remains a Director as well as a Trustee of the United Way Foundation.

Adron is a member of The Florida Bar, its Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and the Manatee County Bar Association. Adron practices in areas of business law and real property law.

Adron can be reached at telephone extension #1145 or by email at awalker@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Jeffrey GoetheJeffrey S. Goethe, Esq.

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Jeff Goethe was raised in Bradenton and graduated from Manatee High School in 1982. Jeff was a member of the 1981 District Championship football team at Manatee, and continued to play football for four years at Maryville College in Tennessee, while maintaining a Presidential Scholarship for academics.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Maryville College, Jeff attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating in May of 1990. He served the poor through one of the nation’s oldest law school legal clinics, representing clients in the areas of family law, juvenile dependency law, and bankruptcy. While in law school, Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and served in the Army Reserves and Florida National Guard for over 6 years. He returned to Bradenton after law school and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1990. Jeff lives in Bradenton with his wife, Jeannie, and their seven children.

Jeff’s community involvement has included the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Boys and Girls Clubs, coaching Pop Warner football and various sports at the Manatee County Family YMCA, and teaching at the St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Parrish School of Religion.

In 2014, Jeff was elected by his peers to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States. Fellows of the College are nominated by other Fellows in their geographic area and are elected by the membership at large. A lawyer cannot apply for membership in the College. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching, and bar activities. The purposes of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel are to maintain an association, international in scope, of lawyers skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incapacitated persons; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the Manatee County Bar Association. An active member of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Jeff currently serves as a member of the Section’s Executive Council, as Co-Editor of the sections column in the Florida Bar Journal, and Chair of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Certification Review Course. He is a member of the Section’s Probate Law and Procedure Committee, the Homestead Issues Study Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Estate Planning Attorney Conflicts of Interest. He is a past Chair and current member of The Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee. Jeff is a past president and current Director of the Manatee County Bar Association.

Jeff has been a frequent lecturer and author for various professional groups in the areas of probate and estate planning. He has presented lectures and course materials for the Florida Bar, the Manatee County Bar Association, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Venice Estate Planning Council, the Manatee Estate Planning Council, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, The Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, The Florida Guardianship Association Gulf Coast Chapter, and the National Business Institute. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Manatee Community College (now the State College of Florida), teaching courses in its Paralegal Studies Program.

He is current member of the American Inns of Court, the Manatee County Estate Planning Council, and The Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section.

Jeff is Board-Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates and has achieved a “Superior” rating from the AVVO attorney rating service and a “AV-Preeminent” peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, powers of attorney, guardianship, elder law, including Medicaid qualification planning for long-term nursing care, and real estate.

Jeff can be reached at telephone extension #1323 or by email at jgoethe@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Robert HoonhoutRobert A. Hoonhout, Esq.

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Bob Hoonhout was born in Montclair, New Jersey. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Law in 1975. Bob next attended the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, where he received the American Jurisprudence award in Real Property Law before being awarded his Juris Doctorate degree with Honors in 1978. Bob was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in December 1978.

In New Jersey, Bob served as Assistant Prosecutor in the busy Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark, where he became a senior trial attorney before entering private practice. Bob returned to his hometown of Montclair where he successfully opened his own office and practiced extensively in the areas of real property law, land use and development, and local government law. Bob simultaneously began work for the Township of Montclair in 1983 as Assistant Township Attorney and was thereafter appointed Township Attorney in 1992. In this capacity, he managed all of the legal affairs for a municipality comprised of 36,000 residents and having a staff of over 440 full-time employees.

As the Montclair Township Attorney, Bob represented and advised all department heads on day-to-day matters as well as in any litigation instituted against the Township. His job included rendering advice as both attorney and parliamentarian to his Township Council of six Council members and the Mayor, attending a public meeting and rendering these services every Tuesday night for approximately 20 years. Bob also presided over all local alcoholic beverages control hearings in a quasi-judicial capacity as well as presiding over all personnel disciplinary and grievance hearings held between the Township and its four unions. He also represented the Township in statutory, binding collective bargaining and arbitrations, and he negotiated contracts between the Township and the unions. Much of his time was thus spent in the human resources area, successfully maintaining a pleasant working environment for all Township employees. In addition, Bob represented both the tax collector and tax assessor (property appraiser) in thousands of tax appeals over the years before the Essex County Tax Board, an entity similar to our Value Adjustment Boards in Florida. Bob also appeared on behalf of clients before various local, state, and federal administrative and judicial bodies before moving to Florida.

Bob and his wife Kathy chose to move with children Eric, Blake, and Julie to sunny Lakewood Ranch, Florida, in 2002, the same year Bob was admitted to The Florida Bar. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar and its Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, the New Jersey Bar, and the Manatee County Bar Association.

Bob practices in the areas of real property law, foreclosure and short sales, land development and planning (including creation of condominium and homeowners’ associations), local government law, and business law. Due to all of his experience in New Jersey, Bob was selected in 2009 and continues to serve as Counsel to the Manatee County Value Adjustment Board.

Bob can be reached at telephone extension #1343 or by email at bhoonhout@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Andre PerronAndre R. Perron, Esq.

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Mr. Perron is recognized by the State of Florida Bar Association as a specialist in business litigation having met the standards of certification. The certification is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and knowledge in business litigation. Less than five percent (5%) of the Florida Bars 50,000 members have obtained certification. Mr. Perron’s experience includes twenty-five (25) years of practice in State and Federal courts in Florida, as well as arbitration and mediation. Mr. Perron is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, the Federal Court for the Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the Fifth and the Eleventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Perron is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar, the Massachusetts Bar and the Federal Court for the District of New Hampshire. Mr. Perron has settled and/or tried Federal and State Court cases involving violation of civil rights, broker/customer and broker/company disputes, contract disputes, creditor actions and trust and probate disputes, These cases included non-competition litigation, multi-million dollar trust beneficiary disputes, will contests, claims against broker dealers for churning and mismanagement, disputes involving family limited partnerships, collection claims and other complex business torts and contract claims. Mr. Perron has the experience and judgment to evaluate your situation, retain exceptional experts based on their past performance, advise you as to the local judge and jury makeup and give yon the information you need to make the best decision in prosecuting your claim or defense. Mr. Perron has further tried and settled matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and American Arbitration Association arbitration panels.

Andre can be reached at telephone extension #1320 or by email at aperron@barneswalker.com.

Attorney John. J. SheaJohn. J. Shea, Esq.

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John J. Shea has had the good fortune to be raised (since 1958) and to practice law in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties. After graduating from Manatee High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1973 from the University of Florida and was inducted into Florida Blue Key, the University of Florida’s honorary society for public service and leadership. John received his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1978, while working as a real estate agent in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was admitted to The Florida Bar that year and immediately began his practice of law.

John is currently the partner in charge of the Firm’s Sarasota office on Ringling Boulevard. He has practiced in the areas of real property, estate planning, and business law since the beginning of his career, with an emphasis on real estate and business transactions. John’s professional skills and experience in representing many clients in their million-dollar plus residential real estate closings has allowed him to be of continuing service to them on their estate planning, business law, and real estate matters. He and his staff’s commitment to client service is in concert with the principles that we follow.

John and his wife Amy have maintained a strong continuing commitment to community service. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the Manatee County Bar Association, Manatee Players, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Volunteer Center, Florida Winefest and Auction, Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County, New Gate School, and as Chair of the Girls Incorporated Foundation. John currently serves on the Board and as Chair of the Team Tony Cancer Foundation. John and Amy have three children, Rachael, Brendan, and Kiera.

John can be reached by telephone at (941) 556-5999 or by email at jshea@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Lawrence W. Thomas, EsquireLawrence W. Thomas, Esq.

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Larry is a third generation Manatee County native. Attending local schools he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Florida State University in June of 1978, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in May of 1985. Larry was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1985.

He is married with grown children. Community and professional commitments include being past Secretary and Director of the Manatee County Bar Association, past member of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, founding member of the Teen Court of Manatee County and an Elder and member of First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton.

Larry is a member of the Florida Bar, its Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and Elder Law sections, and the Manatee County Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court of Appeal, Middle District of Florida. Practice areas include estate planning, wills, trusts and probate administration, guardianship and elder law.

Larry can be reached at telephone extension #1310 or by email at lthomas@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Stephanie M. Cua, Esq.Stephanie M. Cua, Esq.

Stephanie M. Cua, Esq., was born in Miami, Florida. Stephanie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Florida International University in 2010, with a B.A. in International Relations and a Japanese Studies Certificate. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Florida International University College of Law in May 2013, graduating with honors, and was sworn in as a member of the Florida Bar in 2013. While in law school, Stephanie participated as an editor for the FIU Law Review and received book awards for the highest grade in her Wills & Trusts, Intellectual Property, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, and Professional Responsibility courses. She served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Pamela A.M. Campbell at the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida in 2012, focusing primarily on mortgage foreclosure cases. Stephanie has also studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University, in Osaka, Japan, as well as the Universidad de Sevilla, in Seville, Spain. Stephanie is conversant in Japanese and plays the Scottish bagpipes.

Stephanie can be reached at telephone extension #1009 or by email at scua@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Kristina SnydermanKristina Snyderman, Esq.

Kristina recently joined Barnes Walker, Goethe, Hoonhout & Perron, Chartered, in the litigation department and concentrates her legal practice in the areas of real estate, construction and general civil litigation. Kristina is a native of Manatee County, Florida and is a 2003 graduate of Manatee High School. Kristina graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2007, receiving a B.A. in Criminology and a minor in dance. After college, Kristina attended Stetson University College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2010 and was sworn in as a member of the Florida Bar in 2011. While in law school, Kristina worked as a certified legal intern for the State Attorney’s Office for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and was given the opportunity to participate in several jury and non-jury trials prior to graduating law school. Kristina was also a recipient of the prestigious William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award at Stetson. Prior to joining Barnes Walker, Kristina worked as a litigation associate with Tannenbaum Law Group in Sarasota and Mackey Law Group in Bradenton. Kristina practiced in the areas of construction, construction defect, community association, personal injury, estate/trust and general civil litigation. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband, Brett, son, Ryder (1), and Maltipoo, Lacey. As a family, they enjoy going to the beach, watching college football (especially the Florida Gators) and traveling. Kristina is also a member of the Junior League of Manatee County and the Manatee County Gator Club.

Kristina can be reached at telephone extension #1103 or by email at ksnyderman@barneswalker.com.

Attorney Jeff CanupJeffrey A. Canup, Esq.

Jeff Canup is a litigation attorney practicing in the areas of first-party property insurance claims, collections and other general civil litigation matters. Before joining Barnes Walker, Jeff served as an insurance defense litigation attorney for two Tampa Bay area insurance defense law firms. He litigated claims for loss due to sinkhole, storm, hail, water, and fire. Jeff also served as a civilian attorney for the U.S. Department of the Navy in Yokosuka, Japan, and Mechanicsburg, PA. He advised military officers and civilian personnel regarding government contracts, civilian personnel law, fiscal law, and ethics. Jeff also has prior experience in wills, trusts and estates. Jeff is a 1996 graduate of Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Jeff obtained a B.A. in English from the University of North Florida, graduating magna cum laude, and an M.A. in English (Composition & Rhetoric) from Florida State University. Jeff obtained a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law cum laude, graduating in the top 10% of his class. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Danielle, his daughter, Alaina, and his son, Beau. Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors of the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra.

Jeff can be reached at telephone extension #1016 or by email at jcanup@barneswalker.com.

Associate Attorney M. Brandon Robinson, Esq.M. Brandon Robinson, Esq.

Brandon Robinson, Esq. received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, in 2011. Brandon earned his Juris Doctor degree and a Certificate of Concentration in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, graduating cum laude in 2015. Upon graduation, Brandon received the Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award as well as the William F. Blew Pro Bono Service Award, having provided over 470 hours of pro bono services during law school. Brandon was sworn in as a member of The Florida Bar in 2015, and is also licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and is a United States Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney. His practice is focused primarily on wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, guardianship, and veteran’s benefits.

Prior to joining Barnes Walker, Goethe, Hoonhout, Perron, & Shea, PLLC, Brandon worked to combat elder consumer fraud and exploitation while serving for two years as the Elder Consumer Protection Fellow for Stetson University College of Law. His community and professional commitments include serving as both the Circuit Representative and Law School Liaison for the Thomas E. Penick Jr. Elder Law Inn of Court, as well as being a member of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar. Brandon is a member of the Manatee County Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, is active in the Community Law Program’s annual Wills for Warriors Program, and serves as an alternate board member for the Town of Kenneth City Planning and Zoning Board. Brandon is the past-adjutant of Marine Corps League Detachment #54, is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and serves as a member of the Marine Corps League Honor Guard for military funerals, parades, and other civic events.

Before college, Brandon enlisted in the United State Marine Corps serving honorably in combat as an Ammunition Specialist Technician in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded several different medals, ribbons, badges, and citations including the Presidential Unit Citation, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Following his discharge from the Marines, Brandon worked as an emergency medical technician, became a CPR and first-aid instructor, managed a horse ranch, trained as a welder, and became a master scuba diver trainer and full cave diver before finishing his undergraduate degree.

Brandon and his wife Dawn have two grown sons, one daughter in college (Go Gators!), one daughter in high school (Go Rebels!), and two wonderful grandsons. They also have a Great Dane, a Maltese, two cats, and an assortment of lovebirds. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, exploring underwater caves and shipwrecks, watching college football (Go Gamecocks!) and other sports, playing music (trumpet, percussion, and guitar), flying, skydiving, traveling, and attempting to cook good BBQ.

Brandon can be reached at telephone extension #1011 or by email at brobinson@barneswalker.com.