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Matthew J. Goldhagen

Matthew Goldhagen joined Barron & Redding in March 2020 after receiving his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University in December 2019.  While at FSU, Matthew volunteered as a Student Advocate in FSU’s Veterans Legal Clinic and was a member of the FSU Student Affairs Alliance.  Matthew held a number of legal positions while attending FSU full time including having worked at the Fifth District Court of Appeals, serving as a Law intern to Chief Judge Kerry I. Evander, as a Bankruptcy intern at Justin Clark & Associates, P.L.L.C., and as a law clerk at Hopping, Green & Sams, P.A.

Before law school, Matthew served as a medic in the U.S. Army for nine years of active duty service in a number of assignments including with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, and he continues to serve in the Florida National Guard with the 3/20 Special Forces Group.   Matthew has been and continues to be involved in the veteran community and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the National Society of Pershing Rifles.

Matthew’s legal interests are in emergency/disaster, contracts, construction, appellate, property and real estate law, commercial litigation and other general civil litigation matters.

J. Robert Hughes

Bob Hughes is a Shareholder in the firm’s Real Estate and Commercial Transaction section. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1965, and received his law degree from the University of Florida in 1968.  Subsequent to his graduation at Florida, Bob served a tour in Vietnam from 1969-1970 as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer.  He left the Army as Captain in December 1970 and has practiced with the firm continuously since 1971. He has been a Shareholder in the firm since 1975.

Although Bob’s practice has encompassed a variety of areas during his time with Barron and Redding, for the last twenty-five years, he has focused on the representation of commercial clients, including lending institutions, real estate developers, and resort operators. A significant portion of Bob’s practice entails assisting clients with all facets of real estate development ventures, including issues relating to land acquisition, financing, and regularly appearing before state and local elected and appointed boards or commissions.

Roland W. Kiehn

Roland W. Kiehn is a Shareholder in the firm. Mr. Kiehn joined the firm in 1990 after graduating with honors from the Florida State University College of Law. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Miami, receiving an A.B. degree in economics in 1987.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Kiehn has represented individuals and institutions in a wide variety of commercial transactions including commercial acquisitions of real property and business assets, representing lenders and borrowers in connection with real estate based and other commercial loans, and representing professional practice groups and individuals in relation to employment, ownership and other contract issues. He has also represented litigants in commercial and other disputes including matters relating to real property titles and interests, foreclosure and creditors’ rights, construction defects and liens, and professional employment arrangements. Mr. Kiehn has particular expertise in representing creditors in bankruptcy matters.

Benjamin W. Redding

Benjamin W. (Ben) Redding joined the firm in 1966 and was a shareholder from 1968 to 2011.  He has had extensive experience in tort and commercial litigation, including successful defense of complex product and lender liability cases.  He has also represented injured plaintiffs, including recovery of the one of the largest verdicts for motor vehicle injuries in the Fourteenth Circuit and he has successfully prosecuted class action litigation in state and federal courts, resulting in recovery of millions of dollars on behalf of Florida consumers.  He also served as City Attorney for the City of Parker for over twenty years.  His practice is presently concentrated on estate and real estate matters.  He served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and was chairman of the Committee to Study Supreme Court Jurisdiction, which was responsible for drafting and implementing the current constitutional provisions governing the jurisdiction of the Florida Supreme Court.  He is a charter member of the St. Andrews Bay Inn of Court and served as Chancellor.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Ben served in the U. S. Navy, as an officer aboard the USS Avenge (MSO 423)and was employed as an industrial forester by the St. Regis Paper Co. He maintains an active interest in forestry and environmental matters.

Ben is active in civic and community affairs and has served extensively on volunteer boards and committees.

Clifford W. Sanborn

Clifford W. (“Sandy”) Sanborn is a Shareholder in the firm’s litigation section. Sandy graduated from Florida State University College of Law in 1984 with high honors. He is a member of the Florida State Chapter of the Order of the Coif. With experience in civil litigation, Sandy has tried many cases to verdict in both federal and state courts. He has also argued cases before many appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Florida and the Supreme Court of Delaware, and has been recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, as well as AV noted by Martindale Hubbell.  These ratings indicate that Sandy has been deemed by his peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability.

Sandy has been active with local and state bar organizations. He served on the Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers division of the Florida Bar from 1990-1995, and served on the Executive Committee in 1994 and 1995. Sandy served on the Grievance Committee for the 14th Circuit from 1997-2000. He served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and is currently Chairman of the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar.

Valentina M. Palmer

Valentina Palmer joined Barron & Redding in August 2017 after receiving her J.D. from Florida State University, cum laude, in May 2017. While at Florida State University, Valentina served on the editorial board for the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy and as a member on the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law as well as the Business Law Review.

While attending Florida State University and living in Tallahassee, Valentina spent time working at the Florida House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant. She previously clerked with Barron & Redding as a law student in the summer of 2016.  Valentina is involved in the community and is presently the Race Director for Race Judicata as well as a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Junior League of Panama City.   She specializes in condominium and community housing law.