FLORIDA BAR BOARD CERTIFIED:
Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.
What does it mean to be certified?
Board certified lawyers have a minimum of five years in law practice. Certified lawyers must show substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought. They must receive a passing grade on the examination required of all applicants or meet strict criteria to exempt the exam before officially earning board certification; each specialty has a different exam. Certified lawyers must satisfy a peer review assessment of their competence in the specialty field plus character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law. Certified lawyers must satisfy the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements. Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be re-certified, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification.
The Florida Bar’s lawyer certification program:
Certification is a voluntary program for lawyers, approved by The Florida Supreme Court and administered by The Florida Bar. The program began in 1982 to help the public choose lawyers. Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to use the terms specialist, or B.C.S. for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials. The Florida Bar evaluates all certified lawyers for experience and expertise in a particular area of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. Our slogan is, “Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise.” A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state’s Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of the 27 certification fields. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification. The Florida Bar offers the greatest number of specialties (27) of any state in the U.S.
How does the certification program help a client or potential client?
Board certified lawyers’ experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated, and Florida lawyers are allowed to refer to themselves as board certified specialists or to use the letters B.C.S. to indicate Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials. Board certified lawyers have met The Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.
Danielle Vaughn, Managing Attorney
Danielle Vaughn opened Vaughn Law, PLLC in St. Petersburg, FL in 2018. She practices solely in Real Estate Law, but in every capacity. She represents a wide range of clients, which include developers, investors, judges, and first-time home buyers.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska, College of Law with her law degree, Mrs. Vaughn practiced law at Davis Basta Law Firm, a Real Estate Law Firm in Palm Harbor, Florida for a number of years, where she gained extensive knowledge and experience in Real Estate Law. Here, Mrs. Vaughn’s work was focused on closings and title work, landlord and tenant disputes, preparing and reviewing contracts and leases, Real Estate litigation, and HOA and condominium disputes. During that time, Mrs. Vaughn also attended the widely renowned Masters of Legal Studies in Real Estate/Property Development program at the University of Miami, School of Law. Mrs. Vaughn was taught the intricacies of Real Estate Law by top professors, scholars, and experts in the field. She obtained her LL.M. in Real Property Development in 2013.
Mrs. Vaughn grew up in Green Bay, WI (she is still a die-hard Packers fan), where she worked as a restaurant manager while obtaining her undergraduate degree in Business Management. Mrs. Vaughn’s background in management provided her with crucial skills in customer service and problem-solving, that benefit her every day as a real estate attorney. Mrs. Vaughn is dedicated to providing the best service to every client and has implemented firm wide polices on providing such service to ensure proper and timely communication with clients.
Mrs. Vaughn is known for her strong and determined personality which is paramount to her successful resolution of Real Estate matters. She takes on any real estate matter with a can-do attitude, even when the case seems overwhelming to most. As you will see, she is not one to back down lightly and she will not give up on your cause!
Danielle Vaughn enjoys using her skills to help clients resolve their issues and utilize their real property to the best of their ability. She is a volunteer at the Community Law Program and assists with their housing clinic. She is an active member of several committees and is continually gaining further education on the everchanging laws. She also has passion for sharing her legal knowledge through presentation and speaking engagements.
If you are looking for a lawyer that will not stop until they receive the outcome that is fair and just, you have found her!
- LL.M., 2012, University of Miami School of Law in Real Property Development
- J.D., 2010, University of Nebraska College of Law
- B.S., 2008, University of Phoenix, in Business Management
- Board Member of Bay Area Real Estate Council
- Member, Attorneys Title Insurance Fund
- Member, Clearwater Bar Association
- Presentation on Landlord Tenant Law A-Z, 2019 Community Law Program
- Presentation on Resolving Boundary Disputes, 2017, HalfMoon Education Inc.
- People’s Law School Presenter on the Purchase and Sale of Property, 2011-2013
- Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service in 2015
- Presented on behalf of the Supreme Court of Florida, the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association.
Volunteer & Pro Bono Work:
- Community Law Program
- Lawyers for Literacy
Carly Howell, Associate Attorney
Carly is a recent Stetson University College of Law graduate and lifelong Florida resident. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, she moved to St. Pete, fell in love with the area, and decided to stay and attend law school at Stetson. During law school, Carly was awarded two consecutive Law Student of the Year awards from the Florida Bar and continues to be an active member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. In October 2021, Carly joined Vaughn Law as an associate attorney handling real estate transactions and litigation. Outside of the office, Carly loves exploring the Tampa Bay area with her dog and tending to her backyard garden.
Paralegal and Bookkeeper
Brittnie Jones, Paralegal and Bookkeeper
Griselda Mara, Paralegal
Corey Pedraza, Administrative Assistant
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Vaughn Law offers its clients a different, more personalized and service orientated approach, by tailoring its representation to its client’s needs. At Vaughn Law, we understand that this may be an overwhelming, unfamiliar and stressful time for our clients, therefore we strive to help our clients understand the intricacies of the legal system and to keep them informed throughout the process.