Mr. Durant is a commercial litigator who has received the highest (AV) rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He has practiced in state and federal courts in the area of complex commercial litigation throughout his career.

Mr. Durant is admitted in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the First District Court of Appeals, and United States District Court - Middle District of Florida.

His practice includes the following:

Representation of businesses in disputes involving purchase and sale of their assets, in resolution of shareholder derivative claims, and disputes involving dissolution of the entity. Representation of city, counties, and county officials within Florida. Extensive experience in enforcement and defense of claims relating to covenants not to compete and all aspects of employment contracts. Representation of parties in disputes relating to complex real estate transactions and construction contracts. Resolution of disputes involving insurance agents, including designation as lead counsel for defendants in a nationwide federal action designated by the Court as complex litigation.


EDUCATION


Yale Law School, J.D., 1974
Princeton University, A.B., 1968


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES


Member, Florida Bar Litigation Section
Member, Jacksonville Bar Association


EXPERIENCE


Durant, Schoeppel, Decunto & Ratchford, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida
Partner since 2006

Hedrick Dewberry Regan & Durant, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida 
Member from 2001-2006

Martin Ade Birchfield & Mickler, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida
Partner from 1978 to 2001
Associate from 1974 to 1978
 

OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS:


 

Mr. Durant is a former Chairman of the Board of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, is a Rotarian, and has been involved as volunteer counsel for Stanton Rowing Foundation for many years.