(l-r) Lawrence Ingram, Jessica Kirkwood Alley, Jason Stearns, and Robert Stines, of Freeborn & Peters (Courtesy photos)
Freeborn & Peters has opened its first Florida office in Tampa with four attorneys from Phelps Dunbar.
The firm said it made the move to address increased demand from its clients in the southeastern U.S.
New partners Lawrence Ingram and Jessica Kirkwood Alley will work with clients involved in litigation—particularly in professional liability, third-party insurance coverage, qui tam, healthcare fraud and restrictive covenant disputes. Jason Stearns and Robert Stines are joining as associates and will be part of Freeborn’s litigation practice group and insurance/reinsurance industry team.
With the new office in Tampa, the Chicago-based firm now has five offices in major cities, including two in Illinois. The firm said it hopes to expand its client base, particularly in litigation, real estate and corporate transactions.
Ingram, who will be Freeborn’s Tampa office managing partner, was a founder of Phelps Dunbar’s Tampa office and was office managing partner there for 15 years. His trial and counseling practice focuses on professional liability, third-party insurance coverage, qui tam, healthcare fraud and restrictive covenant disputes.
Kirkwood Alley’s practice involves complex commercial litigation and focuses on professional liability, qui tam defense and third-party insurance coverage litigation.
Stearns practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and has litigated patent, copyright and trademark infringement claims in federal courts. He also represents clients in contracts, antitrust, fraud, trade secret and other business disputes. Stines focuses on business litigation, commercial disputes and professional liability defense. He has litigated contract disputes, products liability claims, legal malpractice lawsuits, unfair trade practice lawsuits, employment agreements, shareholder disputes, restrictive covenants, healthcare matters and business torts.