Laurie J. Briggs
Ms. Briggs began working for Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA in 1994, and works primarily with James W. Gustafson and T. Hardee Bass on tobacco litigation, overseeing and litigating the firm’s more than 500 cases. Previously, she has worked on products liability, catastrophic automobile accident, personal injury and commercial litigation cases.
Ms. Briggs serves on the executive committee for the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association, is currently the chair of the Membership Committee and serves on the Budget, Diversity and Journal Committees. She is the past chair of the Women’s Caucus. In 2013, she received the Association’s Rising Star award and in 2104, she was the first female recipient of the W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Award for her work with young lawyers and also won the Cornerstone Award for new member recruiting. She is a member of the American Association for Justice and was a national finalist for their Trial Lawyers Care Award in 2014, for her dedication to charity work throughout the community.
She is also a member of The Florida Bar and serves on the Student Education & Admission to the Bar Committee. In 2014, she was honored to be named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, honoring excellence in the legal profession. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She also serves on the board of directors for the Florida Association of Counsel for Children, an organization dedicated to supporting legal representation for children in foster care.
Ms. Briggs is the president of the law firm’s employee charity, SDSBS Giving B.A.C.K. (Basic Acts of Community Kindness), which sponsors weekly dress down days in support of charities in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee, an annual holiday toy, food and gift drive and assists local families in crisis. And, she serves as president of the board of directors for Friends of Foster Children, Inc., a local charity dedicated to meeting the needs of the nearly 1800 children presently in foster care in Palm Beach County. Ms. Briggs has also been a member of her community HOA board for the past ten years.
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