Orlando (July, 2015) – Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC (The Fund) announced Straughn & Turner, P.A. has been named a Top Contributor of the Tenth Circuit in the state of Florida.
With The Fund’s Circuit Award Straughn & Turner, P.A. is being recognized as one of the top performers in their judicial circuit, taking into consideration the local market. Only 3% of Fund Members in this circuit received this statewide distinction which demonstrates the commitment they have shown to their clients and to The Fund.
“With The Fund Top Contributor Circuit award, Straughn & Turner, P.A. ranks among a very prestigious group of legal professionals within the real estate industry” said Jimmy R. Jones, President and CEO of Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC.
Circuit Top Contributor Members are determined by the level of business they have conducted with The Fund the prior year.
About The Fund:
Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC (The Fund) supports and promotes the success of Attorneys’ real estate practices by providing expert underwriting counsel, the best legal education, valuable title information and innovative products and services in keeping with The Fund’s mission to preserve and facilitate the real estate practices of its Members in their protection of the public. Always Driven is a commitment The Fund has to create innovative products and services that allow attorneys to conduct transactions easily and efficiently. For more information, visit http://www.thefund.com.
Transient, fleeting and disposable – so many things in our modern world are characterized by these words of impermanence. So when a company steeped in the traditions of integrity, trust, knowledge and commitment for over half a century has your back, the feeling of comfort, security and, yes, relief is overwhelming.
It’s not only the clients of Straughn & Turner, P.A., law firm that feel this reassuring embrace – it is the entire community, as the firm is just as passionate about doing good for its fellow humans as it is devoted to providing outstanding legal services.
The firm’s longstanding tradition of philanthropy, including generously supporting higher education, originated with its founder, Jack Straughn, and the firm’s dedication and support has been felt by Polk State College for many years. Jack Straughn began his generosity toward the school with a very unique and touching gesture.
“When my father had some heart issues many years ago, he had a defibrillator when he was traveling. He thought it would be nice to begin a program here at Polk State, and he funded that,” attorney Richard E. Straughn, Jack’s son who is partner of the company today, explained. This made Polk among the first community colleges to install the life-saving equipment on campus.
And Straughn & Turner, P.A. has not only contributed to saving lives, but to transforming countless futures. “While Jack passed away in 2000, Richard and fellow partner Mark G. Turner, along with their associates and staff, carry on Jack’s mission. Their passion and commitment to Polk State is epitomized by their outstandingly generous collective giving total of $43,000 for traditional and elementary scholarships, as well as for athletics, the arts, and various other College programs.
In addition, Richard and Mark have served on the Foundation Board in leadership positions, and Mark remains active through his leadership on the College’s District Board.
“We have met students who have benefited from the scholarships, and they have an opportunity to get an education, and that’s certainly important. It feels good to help somebody. It’s a humbling experience, and I feel blessed to be able to help others,” said Richard.
On February 23, 2015, at Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees meeting, a check presentation ceremony honored Straughn & Turner, P.A. for the immense good it has done for Polk State College. Bonnie Parker, Development Chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors, introduced Richard Straughn and Mark Turner. She warmly expressed the heartfelt gratitude of her fellow Board members, the District Board, and the students who ultimately benefited from their leadership and generosity.
“We enjoy and appreciate what Polk State College does for this community. We appreciate the recognition, and we intend to keep Polk State College high on the list of the causes we support,” said Turner.
“Polk State College is part of the fabric of this community,” said Straughn. “It’s just a great institution, and a lot of fine, fine people have come through here and work here. And it’s well worth our support,” he added.
Straughn & Turner, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of a new partner and two new associates to their expanding practice in Winter Haven. Prominent local attorney Douglas A. Lockwood, III will join the firm as a partner, while Richard Straughn’s daughter, Marie Straughn, will become an associate.
Doug Lockwood brings more than 30 years of experience to the firm. The Winter Haven native has primarily handled civil litigation and dispute resolution matters throughout Florida. He is board certified in both civil law and business litigation, an honor held by only two percent of the members of The Florida Bar. He will join the firm on October 20.
The addition of Marie Straughn marks the third generation of Straughns to practice law with the firm. Born and raised in Winter Haven, Marie Straughn graduated from Stetson University College of Law in May 2014. While she hopes to develop a working knowledge of several areas of law, her current interests are real estate, contracts and business law.
Founded by Jack Straughn in 1950, Straughn & Turner, P.A. has been serving clients with exceptional legal services for 64 years. With core values of integrity and trust, the firm’s comprehensive practice provides counsel in a number of areas, including business law, real estate, estate planning, trusts and general litigation.
The firm has long been active in civic affairs and community service. In addition to performing countless leadership roles in local community organizations, all three partners have served as president of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.
This expansion of the firm will allow Straughn & Turner, P.A. to continue to meet the business and litigation demands of its growing client base.
Mark Turner has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Polk State College District Board of Trustees.