Nicklaus J. Curley
West Palm Beach, Florida
Nicklaus Curley is a probate litigator who focuses his practice on complex Florida fiduciary, guardianship, will and trust litigation.
Professionally, Nick is accustomed to bringing and defending a wide variety of claims, which are intrinsic to high level fiduciary litigation. Nick’s practice stretches from representing individual plaintiffs in family trust or probate matters, to defending and advising large professional fiduciaries, to advising professional and non-professional guardians. Nick strives to advise clients both before and after potential litigation matters in order to explore all non-litigation alternatives to dispute resolution. In addition, Nick is an active member with the Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate and Trust Law section (RPPTL), helping to draft Florida legislation used daily by guardianship, probate, and trust practitioners. During his tenure with the Florida Bar RPPTL section, Nick has also given numerous presentations to fellow practitioners and professionals on the ins and outs of the probate and guardianship process.
On a more personal note, when Nick is not working for clients, he is at home in Wellington with his wife and daughter. Nick was raised in West Palm Beach and is happy to have a chance to grow his own family within the city he has always called home. And last, but most definitely not least, Nick is a passionate, season ticket holding Miami Heat fan who can be seen on most game nights cheering for his team.
Nick is a litigation attorney with the Private Wealth Services Probate group in Gunster’s West Palm Beach office.
Roberta K. Flowers
Professor of Law and
Interim Director, Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Stetson University College of Law
Roberta K. Flowers is a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. Within the Elder Law LL.M. program, Professor Flowers teaches Ethics in an Elder Law Practice. She also teaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Professional Responsibility. While at Stetson, Professor Flowers has successfully coached trial teams, arbitration teams and moot court teams to national championships. She has served as the director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy and as the William Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor in Professionalism. During her time at Stetson, Professor Flowers has received the university-level Excellence in Teaching Award, Most Inspirational Teacher Award from the Student Bar Association, and an award from the Student Bar Association for supporting student life. She also has received the university-level Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the Dean's Award for Extraordinary Service, and been awarded the Distinguished Service Award four times. In 2005, the Florida Supreme Court awarded Professor Flowers the Faculty Professionalism Award.
Professor Flowers has lectured worldwide on the topic of ethics. She won a Telly Award for Excellence in Educational Films for having produced a series of educational videos on the ethical issues faced by prosecuting attorneys. Along with Professor Rebecca Morgan, she created a video series used to train and educate attorneys nationwide on the ethical dilemmas faced by elder law attorneys. The Florida Supreme Court awarded Professor Morgan and Professor Flowers the Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Award for their video productions. Additionally, with Professor Morgan, Professor Flowers designed the nation's first "elder friendly courtroom," which serves as model for courtrooms of the future.
Before arriving at Stetson, Professor Flowers worked as a prosecutor in both the state and federal system. She began her career in 1984 as a deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado, where she served as a trial attorney in the criminal division. In 1989, she was appointed assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, where she served in the Appellate Division, the Major Crimes Unit and the Public Corruption Unit.
Professor Flowers graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1984, where she was selected to be a member of the Order of the Coif.
Professor Flowers' research interests center on the issues of ethics and professionalism. Professor Flowers' articles have appeared in such journals as the Fordham Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Nebraska Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the Stetson Law Review, and the NAELA Journal.
Professor Flowers is active in several professional associations. She has served on numerous committees of The Florida Bar, including the Professional Ethics Committee, the Evidence Committee, and the Standing Committee on Professionalism. She is currently the chair of the Professionalism Sub-Committee of the Litigation Section's Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association.