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James A. Boatman, Jr., Esq.

Managing Shareholder

Mr. Boatman is an AV-Preeminent Rated commercial litigator with extensive experience in both federal and state courts. He has handled a broad spectrum of matters including: contract enforcement; foreclosure prosecution/defense; internet wire fraud prosecution; special asset recovery; construction defect litigation; common law tort cases (fraud, defamation, etc.) and many others.

Ernest A. Ricci, Esq.


Ernest A. Ricci, a shareholder with the Firm, is an AV-Preeminent Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, who practices in the area of commercial litigation.

Mr. Ricci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College with a major in Political Science in 2009. While at Dickinson, he was a four-year athlete participating in football, and President of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. 

Stephen C. Schahrer, Esq.


Mr. Schahrer (pronounced “Share-er”) grew up in Naples, Florida and attended Gulf Coast High School. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Mr. Schahrer continued his studies at Liberty University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor. While in law school, Mr. Schahrer was a Senior Staff Member of the Law Review and a competitor with the Trial Team.

Jonathan R. Huffman, Esq.


Jonathan Huffman, who heads Boatman Ricci’s Fort Myers office, is an experienced complex commercial litigation attorney who has successfully represented clients in a wide array of business, employment, real estate, and investment disputes, among others, in Florida’s state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings.

Robert D. Hogan, Esq.


Daniel Hogan was born in Ohio and raised outside of Chicago. Mr. Hogan moved to Florida following his graduation from the University of Illinois. After arriving in Florida, he taught high school for several years before attending law school at the University of Florida. As a teacher he honed his speaking skills, using stories to keep the attention of distracted students. At UF Law, Mr. Hogan found his calling when he received “Best Advocate” at the school-wide mock trial competition. He went on to win the state-wide Chester Bedell mock trial competition and the nation-wide San Antonio mock trial competition.

Toni M. Blanchard, Esq.

Senior Associate Attorney

Ms. Blanchard obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Relations, and Spanish at Bucknell University. Prior to attending law school, she spent several years working at a global executive search and leadership consulting firm and six months teaching English in Madrid, Spain. She also worked as a consultant advocating for the elimination of environmental toxins in personal care products and legislation to update personal care product laws.


Nicolette M. Sellitti, Esq.

Associate Attorney

Ms. Sellitti obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from West Virginia University. Next, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law. During law school, Ms. Sellitti served as President of Ave Maria Elder Law and Estate Planning Association and volunteered at the annual Legal Aid Service of Collier County Wills for Heroes event. She was also a Student Ambassador for the Office of Professional Development, earned a CALI award in Applied Critical Thinking and Legal Analysis, and worked as a Law Clerk at Boatman Ricci in 2019.

Hon. Mike Carr (Retired), Esq.

Of Counsel

Hon. Mike Carr (Retired) had the honor of serving as a Collier County Judge for twelve years. As both a County Judge and an Acting Circuit Judge, he handled cases ranging from DUI to Murder. His experience as a judge gives him a unique perspective on our criminal justice system in terms of the procedure, the substance of the law, and the players involved. Prior to being a judge, Mike practiced as a criminal defense attorney working with his wife Stephany Carr, Esq. in their law firm. He also served as a prosecutor for the 20th Judicial Circuit and spent 13 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Alachua County (Gainesville). 

Paul E. Arnold, Esq.

Of Counsel

Paul Arnold was raised in Winter Haven, Florida.  He moved to Tallahassee to attend the Florida State University College of Law in 2006.  He graduated from FSU with honors.   While in law school he was a member of the Law Review, the Business Law Review, and the REALS real property club.  He then worked for Gray Robinson in Orlando, Florida.  In Tallahassee, he worked with Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz, and Simpson and, most recently, with the public interest firm Legal Services of North Florida.   Mr. Arnold has handled thousands of civil cases.  He specializes in probate, consumer, landlord tenant, real property, and family law.

Courtney Howard, Esq.

Of Counsel

Since 2018, Courtney Howard has served as general counsel for Matrix Home Solutions in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She also serves as retained general counsel for a number of home improvement companies and Grosso University, LLC, a home improvement sales training company. In addition to providing general counseling services to GU, she also serves as a consultant and educator to the participants of the executive programs and assists with program development. Courtney is also a founding partner of Peak Strategic Consulting Group, which provides its diverse client base with political consulting, campaign management, federal and state PAC management, compliance management and lobbying services.