Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Litigation
  • Guardianship Litigation
  • Business Planning & Litigation

Jennifer LEE BUSHNELL, Attorney and Counselor at Law

AV Preeminent Attorney Peer Rated for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence


Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a native Floridian born and raised in the Daytona Beach area where I developed a love of the ocean and motorcycles. Daytona is a historic racing town after all. I now call home the Greater Pensacola area that stretches from the beautiful scenic Gulf Islands National Seashore, home to historic Fort Pickens, to the emerald coast of Destin. However, I am well travelled after following my husband's military career in the United States Air Force for 21 years and have a great deal of knowledge regarding military life and benefits. My husband and I live in Gulf Breeze and have three sons who provide us with many outdoor adventures and much negotiation practice. When I have free time, my husband and I enjoy motorcycle riding and scuba diving together. 


LIKE A COMPASS, my role as an attorney is to assist you in navigating the legal process to achieve your plan, accomplish your goals and move toward solutions in the most efficient and economical fashion under the facts and circumstances of your case. By developing a close, personal relationship with you, we will work together making decisions that will guide you toward your stated goals. My personal attention to you and responsiveness to your legal needs is my primary concern. Litigation is costly and I specifically work towards resolving matters in unique ways in order to avoid the high cost to you in time and money. 


I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, with honors, with a minor in English, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1996, and received my law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law in 2002. Go Gators!


Year Admitted to Practice: Florida - 2002


Prior Employment:
Meador, Johnson & Bushnell, P.A., Partner

Jennifer Lee Bushnell, P.L., Owner
Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC, Associate
Bordelon, Greene & Lynchard, Associate

William V. Linne, Esquire, Associate
Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, Associate


Education: 

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, B.A., cum laude, 1996

University of Florida College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002


Law School Honors:
Book Award, Legal Drafting
Research Assistant, Juan Perea, Constitutional Law
Pro Bono Certificate for service to Three Rivers Legal Services


Affiliations:
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section and Family Law Section Escambia~Santa Rosa County Bar Association
ESRBA, Young Lawyers Division
Northwest Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Pensacola Chapter
American Bar Association
Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce
Navarre Rotary Club Member and Committee Chair for 2010 5k Run for Education
American Inns of Court, Pensacola Chapter, Member
Bench to Bar Professional Committee

Bar Admissions:

All Florida state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

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A Team in Your Corner

We work together as a team to ensure you receive the highest quality legal services.  


Teresa E. Watford, Lead Paralegal and Office Manager, has over 40 years of combined experience working in the legal field in the areas of guardianship and probate and as a deputy clerk in the Escambia County Clerk of Court in the areas of juvenile, domestic relations, county criminal, and guardianship .  A native of Pensacola, she has three children, two of whom received law degrees.  Teresa's daughter and son-in-law are practicing attorneys in the State of Texas.  Her other son is a dedicated teacher in the local school system.  Teresa brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and a deep-seated passion for quality work.


Jaclyn P. Petry has recently moved to Pensacola from Long Island, New York.  Jaclyn is our family law paralegal and works hard to diffuse high emotions and answer the many questions that come when someone finds him/herself embroiled in a domestic dispute.


Rachel Guillot is vital to our practice as receptionist and legal assistant performing many tasks to keep our office running smoothly.  

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

WHAT TO EXPECT


You can expect to receive my personal commitment and attention to you. When you call my office, I will personally speak with you for about 5 to 10 minutes to establish whether I can help you, if needed.  After the initial telephone call, I will schedule an initial consultation with you to meet in my office. In order to facilitate the initial consultation, you should prepare a narrative, list of questions, concerns and goals, as well as copies of any relevant documents. All of this information should be provided to me prior to the initial consultation. 


For further services beyond the initial consultation, a written agreement describing the scope of representation and the retainer fee and cost deposit required will be prepared and provided to you.   Please note that I meet with clients by appointment only.  You should call my office before dropping in to ensure that someone is available to assist you.  However, you may drop off documents to me anytime Monday through Friday in the drop box located outside the front door of my office.  


Generally, office hours are Mondays through Thursdays 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m. until noon.   I or my staff will attempt to return your call the same day or within 24 to 72 hours. 


EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS


I am happy to communicate with you by email. PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION COMMUNICATED BEFORE I REPRESENT YOU MAY NOT PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL. If I already represent you, PLEASE REFRAIN from emailing confidential or sensitive information unless adequately encrypted.  EMAIL OR OTHER COMMUNICATION WITH THIS FIRM, IN ITSELF, DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. 


BILLING PRACTICES


I offer free initial consultations for 30 minutes only for certain matters, all additional time charged at usual rates. I also offer fixed fee rates, plus court filing fees and other administrative costs for certain types of matters. Please inquire. 


For all other matters, I will bill you at my hourly billable rate and I will require a retainer fee, plus an additional cost deposit for court and administrative costs to begin working on your case.  

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP KEEP YOUR FEES AND COSTS DOWN 


Clear, concise communication is the key to keeping your fees as reasonable as possible. Please communicate any facts, documents or circumstances related to your case whether or not you think it is essential or unimportant. In addition, you can help keep your fees and costs down on your case by providing me with organized and concise information. You can bring copies of documents to me that are organized with your own personal notes of explanation for the documents provided. If, however, you provide me with a stack of documents that I need to organize and copy, you will be billed for me to do this for you. If you email me separately on three occasions over the course of the week with separate issues, you could double the amount of time needed to address your concerns. However, if, on the other hand, those questions were combined into a single email, this allows me to quickly and efficiently respond to your concerns. Of course, there will be occasions where frequent communication is necessary under the facts of your case.   Please remember that when we are working on your file we are billing you for our time and attention to your file.


Jennifer Lee Bushnell, Attorney at Law, www.NWFLattorney.com, provides legal services for all of your family's needs in estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, guardianship, all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody and child support, time-sharing, alimony, equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities, adoption, paternity, dependency, martial agreements, business entity formation, and real property matters.