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.
AV Rated, Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
Steve Bolton is a board certified civil trial specialist by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy and brings more than 35 years of experience and knowledge to the firm. He joined the Zarzaur Law team in 2020 handling serious personal injury cases, and continuing the firm’s mission of serving the local community enforcing public safety laws.
Steve Bolton is a native of Northwest Florida and an honors graduate of both the University of West Florida and the Florida State University College of Law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981 and has also been admitted to the U.S. District Courts of the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit. Steve is also one of only a few lawyers in Northwest Florida who have been admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Bolton has been counsel to many Fortune 500 companies in the past, but has focused his career for the last 15 years on representing those injured by the carelessness of others. He has personally tried more than 100 injury trials and most recently tried cases against an International prescription drug company resulting in multi-million dollar plus jury verdicts. Mr. Bolton is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been a Florida “Super Lawyer” since 2007.
Thomas is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. A lifelong fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Alabama. During his time in law school, Thomas performed best in classes that focused on trial advocacy and even won the best paper award in Advanced Evidence.
Thomas joined the Zarzaur Law, P.A. team in 2019 after spending four years as a local criminal defense lawyer. Prior to joining the firm, Thomas tried over 20 cases to jury verdict as the lead lawyer and sat as co-counsel over 20 more. Thomas looks forward to putting this experience to work for his new clients at the Zarzaur Law firm.
In his free time, Thomas likes to play golf, fish, and play guitar. Thomas can also often be found volunteering at local charity events such as the OnBikes Pensacola Bike Build.
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 lawyers 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 spending time with her son, 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).
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.
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.
Jolie Vazquez joined the Zarzaur Law, PA Team in Spring of 2019. She was raised in Central Florida most of her life, before attending a college in Pensacola, Florida. Jolie intends to graduate in May 2020 with her bachelors degree in Office Administration. Jolie is the first point of contact for the firm and ensures all clients are well taken care of. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and relaxing on our beautiful Pensacola beaches.
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.