2019 Keynote Speakers
Gregory W. Coleman ‘89
Gregory W. Coleman, partner at the law firm of Critton, Luttier & Coleman LLP and past-president of The Florida Bar (2014-2015), has been practicing law in Palm Beach County for almost three decades. He joined the Law Firm of Critton, Luttier & Coleman in 1995 and was named partner in June of 2000.
Coleman has been awarded the President's Award of Merit by The Florida Bar three times, and was the first lawyer in history to receive such a distinction. Recently, Coleman was selected to be a member of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Committee (JQC) and will serve a six-year term and has also been appointed by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court to chair the Executive Committee of the Florida Supreme Court Access to Civil Justice Commission, where he has been a member for several years.
A well-respected professional in the legal industry, Coleman is profiled in The Best Lawyers in America, AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and included in their Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, selected by the South Florida Legal Guide as a Top Lawyer, is listed as one of Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite, and has been once again named a Florida Super Lawyer.
Coleman devotes his practice to the areas of complex commercial litigation, insurance bad faith, employment litigation, professional malpractice defense, personal injury and wrongful death. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Florida, all circuit and county courts in the State of Florida, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Southern Districts of Florida.
Coleman received his Bachelor of Business Activities in Finance with a minor in Political Science from Stetson University in 1985 and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1989. He resides in Palm Beach County and has a son named Cody.
To learn more about Gregory Coleman, visit the website for his law firm of Critton, Luttier & Coleman LLP.
The Honorable Mary S. Scriven
The Honorable Mary S. Scriven serves as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Judge Scriven was appointed to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge in 2008 by President George W. Bush. Prior to her appointment as a U.S. District Court Judge, Judge Scriven was a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida for over ten years.
In 1997, she became the first African-American woman to serve as a federal judge in the state of Florida, and the second African-American woman to serve as a federal judge in the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to her judicial career, Judge Scriven was a shareholder with the law firm Carlton Fields. While at Carlton Fields, Judge Scriven practiced in the firm's corporate litigation and trade regulation department where she frequently argued before the federal court. From 1996 to 1997, Judge Scriven taught Commercial Law, Remedies, Legal Malpractice, Banking Law, and Contracts as an Associate Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law.
As an engaged and active member of the legal community, Judge Scriven is a frequent lecturer in areas including trial advocacy, pre-trial practice, and criminal law. She previously served as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She was also a guest faculty member for Nottingham Law Institute's Masters Program for Trial Advocacy in Nottingham, England. She was elected to serve as the Florida at-large board member of the Federal Judges Association, and she currently serves as a chair for the Judicial Council's Pattern Jury Instruction Committee for the Eleventh Circuit.
Among her many accolades, Judge Scriven was the recipient of the Gertrude E. Rush Award from the National Bar Association, which recognizes recipients for being models of excellence in the legal profession and community and professional leadership.
Judge Scriven received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1983 and her Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1987, graduating with high honors. She also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2006.
Lansing “Lanse” Scriven
Lansing “Lanse” Scriven, principal of Lanse Scriven Law, has been practicing law for over 30 years. Scriven focuses his law practice in professional ethics defense, bar disciplinary defense, and business disputes. Scriven is profiled in Best Lawyers of America, Florida Trends, Legal Elise, Thomson Reuter's Florida Super Lawyers. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
With an array of experience in litigation, Scriven has also served as a Special Prosecutor for the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission. Scriven has served Fortune 500 corporations, small business owners, large firms, and solo practitioners. He was also a shareholder of Trenam Law and practiced in its commercial litigation group.
In addition to his law practice, Scriven has a long history of engaging in both civic and community organizations. He has served on the board of directors for Tampa Housing Authority, Tampa General Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, the Innocence Project of Florida, and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
In addition to his involvement in community and civic organizations, Scriven has been an active leader to the Bar, having served as a representative of the Florida Bar Board of Governors for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. He has also served as President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association, the National Bar Association's Florida Chapter, and the first African-American President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Currently, he is the recipient of the 2018 Hillsborough County Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer Award.
Scriven graduated from Duke University in 1984, and earned his law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1987, both with high honors. To learn more about Lanse Scriven, visit the website for his law firm Lanse Scriven Law.