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
- Member, PFAWL
- Member, BNI
- 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
Dan Smith, Attorney
Dan is an associate attorney with Vaughn Law PLLC. He joined the firm in January 2023.
Dan is a creative and passionate attorney, and he has dedicated his career to helping clients achieve their goals. During law school, Dan was a member of the Stetson Law Review.
He earned the highest grade in his Research and Writing class, and he completed a prestigious internship at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2008, and then began a judicial clerkship to a federal judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC. Following the completion of his clerkship, Dan returned to Florida and went into private practice, and he spent the next decade advocating for veterans and their families before the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has lectured throughout the country on topics related to veterans’ benefits.
Dan was raised in the Midwest but has lived in St. Petersburg for 15 years. In his free time, Dan enjoys relaxing with family, running and biking, and exploring all of the wonderful things this area has to offer.
- D., 2008, Stetson University College of Law
- J., 2005, University of Missouri, in Journalism
Erin N. Campbell
Erin N. Campbell, Attorney
Erin is a South Tampa resident, and has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over twelve years. She is a native of the Sunshine State, having been born in the Panhandle. She loves this area because of the close proximity to both beautiful beaches and a larger city.
She is licensed to practice in California, Oregon, and Florida. She spent several years practicing in litigation and estate planning until venturing into real estate. She started flipping houses in 2015, which led to getting her own real estate license. Erin is a woman of many talents, and we are grateful that she’s putting them to work at Vaughn Law, PLLC.
Erin is passionate about all things real estate. She loves that it is an opportunity to combine her experience as an attorney and a real estate agent. Every day is a different challenge, and Erin has the perfect experience for solving each one the best way possible.
When not serving clients or helping the Vaughn Law, PLLC team, you can find Erin spending time with her family, working out, or doing DIY projects at home.
Erin graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. This invaluable experience of being surrounded by students from all over the world and exposed to different cultures and viewpoints really contributed to Erin’s ability to think outside of the box. We are certainly grateful for the diversity of experience she brings to the Vaughn Law, PLLC team and clients!
Director Of Administration
Tracey Pion, Director Of Administration
As Director of Administration, Tracey keeps both Vaughn Law offices running smoothly. Her decades of professional business experience support our incredible team by overseeing all functions of the office: its systems, collaborative business partnerships, and community outreach to optimize their work environment and our client’s experience.
After work, Tracey utilizes her study of Business Law and Florida’s Condominium Statutes as the President of her Association and Executive Board Member for her residential community. She is an advocate for the awareness and education of Aphasia with Voices of Hope in the St. Petersburg area. She relishes the joys of life by lunching, laughing, and lounging on the beach with family & friends, is centered by meditation, and grounded by ‘The Golden Rule’.
Mike Delcour, Bookkeeper
Michael bid adieu to the midwest of Ohio in June of 2022 where he put his financial expertise to work at Walla F. Ackley Real Estate in Columbus, OH before joining the Vaughn Law, PLLC team. He is thrilled to be a Largo resident, and we couldn’t be happier to have Michael on the team serving our clients with his financial expertise and commitment to excellence in everything he does. Michael found his way to the great profession of finance due to his love of numbers, and his talent & passion for navigating the fast pace of funding accounts led him to real estate law & to us!
When not helping clients with closings, you can find Michael on the boat fishing or on the shore enjoying long days at the beach, and spending time with family.
Licensed Title Agent/Closer
Barbara Trawinski, Licensed Title Agent/Closer
Barbara has over 30 years of experience in the escrow and title industry. As a Florida Licensed Title Insurance Agent, she oversees escrow closings, working closely with Sellers, Buyers, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Lenders to ensure the closing deadline is met.
After she worked for a large title company based out of Clearwater for 16 years and managed several of the offices, she opened her own Title Company, which she had for 14 years. Always up for the next adventure, Barbara came to St Pete Beach to bestow her incredible expertise with home buyers and sellers on this side of the gulf. We couldn’t be more grateful to have her on our team, bringing great value and care to Vaughn Law, PLLC team and clients.
When not working, Barbara loves DIY projects around the house, rivals Betty Crocker in the kitchen, gardens and spends time with beloved friends and family. Her husband and Dapple Dachshund, Fiona are the lucky beneficiaries of much of Barb’s adoration away from serving clients at the office. If you know anything about a Dachshund, they are stubborn and rule the house, and now Barb admits to being a lucky resident of Fiona’s home, and she loves it!
Rebecca “Becky” Degennaro
Licensed Title Agent/Closer
Rebecca “Becky” Degennaro, Licensed Title Agent/Closer
If you have a closing at our Central Ave location, it is most likely you will have the great honor of working with Becky as your Title Agent.
Becky was born and raised in Tampa, leaving only to spend ten years in Clayton, GA, located in Northeast Georgia. She has been working with title insurance since the early 90’s. During her time in Georgia, she worked in Finance and owned her own Tax Franchise and General Store.
One of her favorite things about this work is closing first-time home buyers. Second favorite is the research that goes into the job of a Title Agent. We are beyond excited to have Becky on the Vaughn Law, PLLC team. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
When she’s not closing on a Florida property, you can find Becky exploring haunted houses, hanging out with friends, enjoying new foods at posh restaurants, dancing to oldies, hiking, visiting an Anasazi ruin, antiquing, hunting for treasure, or just taking a stroll and relaxing with Keith, her BFF and better half.
Becky received a degree in Environmental Science and Technologies, but luckily for us, she didn’t pursue it and specialized in a financial and real estate career instead!
Kathie Hart, Paralegal
Kathie is a paralegal at Vaughn Law, where she focuses on supporting eachof the firms’ attorneys with Litigation, Probate and Estate Planning processes. She Joined Vaughn Law in January of 2023, she has spent the last 23 years working in three (3) previous Law Firms in Pinellas County, Florida. To date, she has been a Notary with the State of Florida for 18 years.
Mrs. Hart grew up in Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love”, then lived in New Jersey a few years, prior to making the decision to move her family out of the cold to the warm and Sunny State of Florida. She has lived in Pinellas County for 26 years, was on the board at her local baseball league, while raising her three sons with her spouse and has recently become a new “Nama”.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking bike rides on the Pinellas trail, walking her grand pups, reading and relaxing at the beach. She also enjoys exploring the whole state of Florida to find adventures advertised on Bay News 9 “Florida on a Tankful” with her husband.
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