The Legal Team at Zarzaur Law, Pensacola & Destin Florida
AV Rated, Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
Joe is fearless. Joe is intense. Joe loves the battle and is not afraid of any defendant. He has sued and tried cases against individual defendants as well as international corporations. Joe loves being a plaintiff personal injury trial lawyer and it shows.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer and has record jury verdicts in both Escambia and Santa Rosa County in injury cases. He obtained a 9.3 million dollar verdict from an Escambia County jury and has a 2.5 million dollar verdict from a Santa Rosa County jury. These were both injury cases that did not involve death. Only about 1 Percent of Florida lawyers are Board Certified and there are only 13 lawyers between Pensacola and Panama City who have the same Board Certifications that Mr. Zarzaur has earned.
Born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, Dan was a participant in the International Baccalaureate (“IB”) Program while at Pensacola High School before attending undergraduate school at the University of West Florida. He graduated from UWF in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Law, Legal Studies. In 2012, after obtaining his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, Dan returned back home to the city that he loves to pursue his legal career.
Dan has an insatiable love for athletics. He can be found attending many sporting events in the Pensacola and surrounding areas. In addition, he enjoys playing in various leagues throughout the area and was awarded the honor of being inducted into the UWF Intramural Hall of Fame while a student at the school. His love of sports has carried over into his career and he is never one to shy away from a challenge. Never one to rest on his laurels, he is constantly working and taking steps to become a more skilled legal practitioner.
While only a young attorney, Dan has already been involved in handling of many cases, including being the Florida “of counsel” attorney for a large national firm handling cases arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster (BP Oil Spill). The firm that he assisted had over 20,000 clients by the time the deadline to file was reached.
Regardless of the size of your case, if you have been injured or wronged by the actions of someone else, Dan will work tirelessly with you to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you are adequately compensated.
Dr. Evan Malone
Staff Physician Consultant
Dr. Evan Malone graduated from The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2003 before beginning his residency in Internal Medicine at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. He was the recipient of the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Internal Medicine Resident of the Year in 2004-2005. His work experience includes being a Physician Advisor with the Medical Necessity Compliance, acute treatment of hospitalized patients, along with his work as a Research Assistant treating human genetic diseases in the State of Ohio. He was re-certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine in 2016.
Dr. Malone continues to bring experience, knowledge, and expertise as an essential part of the Zarzaur Law Team. His work with the firm not only provides expert medical advice to our attorneys and legal staff, he also advocates for public safety with Joe through Zarzaur Law’s YouTube Channel.
In his quest for promoting personal health and well-being, Dr. Malone is an accomplished Ironman triathlete with 18 completions, including Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, 8 time marathon finisher, including the Boston Marathon, a Past President of Tri Gulf Coast, the region’s premier program for multi-sport athletes, recipient of the Tri Gulf Coast Mentor of the Year Award and Pensacola Sports Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016.
Jessica Ward was born in Thousand Oaks, California, before settling in Pensacola during middle school. She began working for Joe Zarzaur in April of 2010 as a part time receptionist. She was intrigued by the complexities and multi-faceted nature of the justice system and from that point on was ready to dive in and see the inner workings. In 2011 she was fortunate enough to work on the Ethicon Endo Surgery case which would result in one of the largest verdicts for Zarzaur Law. After experiencing the inside of a courtroom and seeing all the pieces fall in to place she knew she had found her passion in assisting in the fight for justice. If you had to give Jessica just one title it would be Pre-suit Paralegal but ask anyone around the office and the number of hats she wears is tough to count. She oversees all the cases prior to the ligation process working closely with the clients, treating physicians and insurance adjusters to resolve the case as quickly and thoroughly as possible. She is proud to be on a team that helps out the underdog, while also providing so much help to the community, whether it is manna food bank, favor house, or one of the other many charities they give their time and donations to.
Casey joined the Zarzaur Law team as a litigation paralegal in 2016. She was born in Pensacola and grew up near the beaches in Navarre. She went to school at Northwest Florida State College and transferred to University of West Florida where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Legal Studies. She has always had a passion for helping people and began her legal career in 2011 at a personal injury firm in Fort Walton Beach. When she’s not at work, she enjoys taking her boxer to the dog park, spending time with friends and family, and participating in various community service events.
Licensed Private Investigator
Florida Licensed Private Investigator, Certified Process Server of the First Judicial Circuit, and Florida Notary Public
Channon is a Pensacola Native and a graduate of Woodham High School. She returned to home to Pensacola in 2009 to stay.
Channon owns and operates Lighthouse Investigative & Process Services since April 2014, and is the previous owner/operator of C Clanton Investigations of Panama City, FL and Bay County Process Service. Channon has been working in the Investigative Industry since 1989, and is experienced in many facets of Investigative work. Channon has been Investigating for Zarzaur Law cases since March 2015, and has extensive experience in Personal Injury/Accident casework.
Channon is a member of the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI), Florida Association of Professional Process Servers (FAPPS), National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Inc.(NCISS), and National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS).
Intake Specialist / Legal Assistant
Betsy McDonald was born and raised on the Gulf Coast. Betsy graduated from the University of West Florida with her bachelor’s in International Relations and then went on to complete her master’s degree in Political Science in just 1 year and then began working with Zarzaur Law in 2017.
As the firm’s intake specialist, she serves the firm in a client facing manner. Betsy gathers crucial information from potential clients regarding their case. In addition, Betsy also serves as a legal assistant and provides support to the “pre-suit” process. Betsy became quickly invested in the firm’s dedication to helping clients who may have unfortunately suffered a life altering injury at the wrongdoing of another.
Betsy enjoys working out at the YMCA, spending time with her family and her dog, and enjoying the art, culture, and food that Downtown Pensacola has to offer.
Michelle joined Zarzaur Law, P.A. in September of 2017 as the Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the marketing, communication and business development efforts of the firm. In addition to strategic business development efforts, she directs media relations, branding, advertising and website development. She manages and oversees sponsorships, events, charitable contributions and more.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing industry. Prior to joining the firm she was Vice-President and Creative Director at a Pensacola based advertising agency.
Michelle attended the University of West Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Graphic Design and minor in Marketing. Accomplishments include Best of Show Print District 4 ADDY Awards, consecutive Gold and Silver ADDY awards, Golden Image Awards, Flagler Awards, Leadership Pensacola graduate, Pensacola Business Journal Top 40 under 40.
She loves to sketch, take pictures, run, paddle board, practice yoga, hike, bike, crossfit, travel, and play tennis . She enjoys giving back to the community with the entire Zarzaur Law team during the monthly Legal Graffiti fund raising event, as well as being a member of the Gallery Night Pensacola board.
Hudson interned with Zarzaur Law, P.A. as a summer law clerk during the summer of 2017 and has returned to our firm as a full-time law clerk. Hudson was born and raised in Pensacola and received his BSBA in Accounting from the University of West Florida. He then practiced in public accounting for several years and obtained his CPA license before making the career transition into law school. Hudson began studying law at the Florida State University College of Law and transferred to Georgetown University Law Center after his first year of law school.
Since his first job at a personal injury firm just after finishing his undergraduate studies, Hudson planned to become an attorney in order to serve those in need of representation for devastating injuries. Now, Hudson is able to do just that by providing the clients of Zarzaur Law with excellent service by utilizing the skills he obtained in his accounting and legal studies and from his years of professional work as a CPA.
Hudson especially enjoys working on Zarzaur Law’s monthly Legal Graffiti events, raising money for various charities in the Panhandle area. In his spare time, Hudson enjoys all forms of exercise, from martial arts to weightlifting to his more recent training for a sprint triathlon
Jennifer Gibson was born and raised in the flat lands of eastern Oregon. Jenn graduated from The College of Idaho with her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Religion. She moved to the Gulf Coast in 2010 after graduation and married her husband who is a native of Pensacola.
Jenn is our bookkeeper, property manager and distribution specialist. She ensures that we have all the pertinent documents to complete a case before distributing settlement proceeds to clients.
In 2015 Jenn and her husband founded Leviathan Tactical, LLC Pensacola’s only airsoft pro-shop and enjoys working with her husband to grow both the airsoft community and their business in her spare time; as well as traveling around the country to compete at national airsoft events. Jenn also enjoys spending time with and spoiling her “fur children” Radar and Klinger.
Mitchell de Kozan
Mitchell is a native of the Pensacola area. He is an honors graduate from Gulf Breeze High School, Class of 2012, where he was a member of several honor societies, including National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Rho Kappa. Voted Most Athletic in his graduating class, Mitchell lettered in football, basketball, and track and field during his time at GBHS. Mitchell earned his BA in History and minor in Religious Studies from Rhodes College in 2016. While at Rhodes, Mitchell was a four-year letter winner in football and three-time Southern Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll recipient, during which time the Lynx won the 2013 SAA Championship. One of only four students selected in 2016 by the Rhodes Historical Review, Mitchell’s research paper on Sino-Soviet relations during the Cold War was published in Volume 18 of the Rhodes Historical Review. He also was a member of the Rhodes chapters of Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Alpha Delta.
Mitchell recently completed his second year at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester.
In previous summers, Mitchell clerked with local law firms and returns to his hometown this summer, excited to clerk for Zarzaur Law, P.A.
In his free time, Mitchell enjoys spending time with his family, exercise, and attending University of Florida sporting events.
Tommy Richmond has lived in the Pensacola area for the past seven years. He graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in 2013 and then from the University of Miami in 2017 where he majored in political science and international studies. While there Tommy was a member and captain of the Miami cheerleaders and was a political research assistant for Dr. Constatino Pischedda. He received departmental honors in international studies for completing a senior honors thesis on the changes in modern interstate conflicts.
Currently, Tommy is a rising 2L at Florida State University College of Law and is interested in personal injury law and criminal law. He is looking forward to more experience in the field during his clerkship at Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Between studying for class and writing papers Tommy enjoy wheel-thrown ceramics, painting, and building desktop computers.
Nancy LaNasa began her yoga practice in 1986 when she lived in NYC. In 1989 she went to Kerala, India and took teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram there. She came home 3 months later and began teaching yoga F/T at Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC and was also a p/t manager there.
In 1996 she moved to Pensacola FL when there were exactly 2 yoga classes a week in town and began teaching yoga in her dining room in North Hill. Nancy opened Abhaya Yoga Center in downtown Pensacola in 2006 and after way too many trips to Sam’s Club to buy toilet paper that kept clogging up the plumbing she closed it in October 2013, and now teaches classes back at her home. Full circle!
She also teaches yoga at both Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center locations in Pensacola along with a weekly class at Zarzaur Law, P.A which she has been leading for 7 years. She is on the Board of Directors of the Zaltho Foundation based in Mary Esther, FL, a Zen Buddhist center devoted to mindfulness outreach around the world to victims of violence, with a special focus on military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress (http://www.zaltho.org). Nancy lives in Pensacola with Tom LaNasa, her husband of almost 4 decades, and their boxer dog Candy.