Next, he became a general partner with a firm that grew from two-lawyer to a five-lawyer law firm. Then in 2003, former Governor Jeb Bush appointed him as a Judge in Dixie County. The following year, 2004, and again in 2010, he was elected for six-year terms. Upon his reaching the mandatory retirement age for judges in the state of Florida, in 2013, he was appointed as a Senior Judge by the Florida Supreme Court, where he served until he joined KLO, to once again practice law as an attorney.
During his first tenure as an attorney, Fred, Sr. worked on cases from inception to appeal involving jury and non-jury trials, hearings before arbitrators and administrative bodies, and filed both pretrial and post-trial motions. He also served as General Counsel for Columbia County School Board, was a certified Circuit Court Mediator and a certified Family Court Mediator, and was an approved mediator for the Florida Bar Grievance Procedures. He spent ten years resolving a variety of cases while active as a mediator.
Fred, Sr. was also the coach of the Columbia High School Mock Trial team, where his team earned the Professionalism Award (highest honors) twice. He has a voluminous array of both legal and community volunteer experiences working with teenagers to seniors. He advocates for fairness for all and has utilized his skills with the State of Florida Bar Association, the Third Judicial Circuit, Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, Boys Club, and the Humane Society, to name a few.
Fred, Sr. returned to practicing law because “he loves helping people.” His philosophy on life is family first, church second, and the law third. Moreover, his philosophy as an attorney is CLIENTS FIRST and personal life second. He has spent countless hours working on cases for his own clients as well as for others within his firm. He sees the law as a means of service for his own clients as well as the law firm itself; assuring all that he is on their side. One of Fred, Sr.’s proudest moments was having had the opportunity as a judge to swear in his son, Fred, Jr. as an attorney for the state of Florida.
If experience, knowledge, trust, and commitment are what you seek in an attorney, Frederick Laurence Koberlein, Sr. is the best choice for you. You can count on him.