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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.

Associate Attorney

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.

Joseph A. Bare, Esq.

Associate Attorney

Mr. Bare is a native of North Carolina where he lived until joining the U.S. Army at the age of eighteen.  During his twenty years in the Army, Mr. Bare earned a degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University.  Mr. Bare’s military career included duty stations around the world, combat tours in Iraq and culminated with Mr. Bare achieving the rank of First Sergeant.

Joseph M. Coleman, Esq.

Associate Attorney

Mr. Coleman was born and raised in Naples, Florida, graduating from Barron Collier High School in 2008. After high school, he travelled to Tallahassee and earned two bachelor’s degrees in 2012, one in music and one in political science. After graduating from the Florida State University College of Law in 2015, Mr. Coleman returned home to Naples, working as an associate at a regional boutique civil litigation firm until joining the Boatman Law Firm in 2020. 

Robert D. Hogan, Esq.

Associate Attorney

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.

Robert W. Bible, Jr., Esq.

Of Counsel

Originally from Ohio, Bob Bible moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1985 after successfully completing the Master of Laws Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida College of Law. It was through this intensive Graduate Tax Program where Bob developed the passion and expertise to devote his career to guiding both individuals and businesses through the numerous personal and commercial transactions each will face as they move forward through life.

Amy Garrard, Esq.

Of Counsel

Attorney Amy Garrard is committed to ensuring that the businesses she works with overcome legal challenges and get results. Ms. Garrard works with both public and private companies of all sizes.

Ms. Garrard has represented clients before a variety of legal and administrative courts and boards. That includes federal and state courts; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the Florida Commission on Human Relations; the Department of Labor; the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission; the National Labor Relations Board; and the Division of Administrative Hearings.