Milton, Leach, Whitman, D'Andrea & Eslinger, P.A.

Milton, Leach, Whitman, D'Andrea & Eslinger, P.A.

We are a general civil litigation law firm comprised of trial lawyers who possess well-earned reputations for providing aggressive and high-quality representation for both defendants and plaintiffs.

Firm Overview

In 1990, Joseph P. Milton started a civil litigation law firm, Joseph P. Milton, P.A., a firm with a practice emphasis in railroad defense, admiralty law, medical malpractice, products liability, personal injury and wrongful death. Throughout his career spanning 42 years, Joe Milton set a standard for trial lawyers that was characterized by intense advocacy for his clients, an outspoken commitment to the right of trial by jury and the ideal that zealous advocacy should never be mistaken for unethical or unprofessional conduct. Over time, that firm would add several partners; Eric Leach, Joshua Whitman, James D'Andrea, Michael Milton, and Ryan Eslinger, and all of the attorneys at the firm carry the same commitment to the zealous representation of our clients.

We have faith in the American jury system and our approach to litigation is one of aggressive, cost-effective preparation for trial not settlement. This approach optimizes the final result for our clients whether a case is resolved by settlement or otherwise since our opponents understand that we will press our clients' cause to the very end including to a jury trial, if necessary. Because results matter, we are very proud of the many successful trial outcomes achieved by our attorneys on behalf of our clients.

Our approach allows clients the opportunity to settle any case favorably by never leaving them unprepared to fight and win in the courtroom. It also means not billing a client aimlessly and endlessly. We are experts in our areas of practice and pursue client objectives without having to reinvent the wheel. Our litigation paralegals and staff provide the highest level of professionalism and experience in pursuit of our client's needs.

Above all, we are proud trial lawyers committed to the dynamic representation of our clients and to due process of law. Milton, Leach, Whitman, D'Andrea & Eslinger is uniquely qualified to represent both businesses and individuals who value top flight litigation counsel.
Main Office
Main Office
815 South Main St., Ste. 200
Jacksonville  FL  32207
Phone
  • 904-346-3800
Websites
Personal Injury
The Law Offices of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D'Andrea & Eslinger, P.A. will represent your Personal Injury legal matters.
The Law Offices of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D'Andrea & Eslinger, P.A. will represent your Personal Injury legal matters.

ERIC L. LEACH

ERIC L. LEACH is a Partner and Shareholder in the Firm. Mr. Leach is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Leach is experienced in trying cases before juries involving personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial issues. Mr. Leach has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict throughout the State of Florida and has presented appellate arguments in the First, Third, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal.

Mr. Leach graduated from the University of Florida in 1984 and the University of Florida College of Law in 1987. Mr. Leach was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1984 and The Georgia Bar in 1996, and is authorized to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Mr. Leach has lectured locally and nationally to safety organizations and trial attorneys on various civil trial practice and medical subjects. Mr. Leach served from 2003 to 2009 on The Florida Bar, Rules of Civil Procedure Committee.

In 2009, Mr. Leach was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization comprised of an equal number of plaintiff and defense attorneys dedicated to professionalism and the promotion and preservation of the jury trial system.

Mr. Leach holds an "AV" Peer Review rating (the highest rating possible) from Martindale-Hubbell, the world's oldest attorney rating system in recognition of his highly regarded legal skills and professional ethics.

Mr. Leach is a Barrister in the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to improving ethics and professionalism among trial lawyers. Mr. Leach is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, American Bar Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. In 2006 he was named as a Super Lawyer of Florida in the 1st edition of that publication, and continues to hold that distinction to the present.

He and his wife, Jodie, have two adult children and live in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville.

JOSHUA A. WHITMAN

JOSHUA A. WHITMAN is a Partner and Shareholder in the Firm. Mr. Whitman has continuously qualified as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1990 and, in 1998, he was appointed to serve on The Florida Bar's Civil Trial Certification Committee. This Committee is charged with screening applicants for certification, and with authoring, administering and grading the examination required to become a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Mr. Whitman served as Vice-Chair of the Committee in 2001. He has also been Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1991.

Mr. Whitman limits his practice to personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability, and insurance cases. He has extensive experience in medical malpractice cases, and in cases involving commercial transportation, particularly interstate trucking. Mr. Whitman received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida College of Business Administration in 1980. In 1984, he graduated with honors from the Florida State University College of Law, where he taught Legal Research and Writing, and was a member of the Moot Court Team. He first served on the Alumni Board of the College of Law in 1988, and is a member emeritus.

Mr. Whitman was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1984, and is authorized to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. From 1984 through 1985, Mr. Whitman served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Harvey E. Schlesinger, then-United States Magistrate, now United States District Court Judge, for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Whitman has served by appointment on The Florida Bar's Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law, the Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, and the Fourth Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee. He is a past member, and two term Chairman, of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, where he served from 1998 through 2002. The Judicial Nominating Commission is responsible for screening and nominating lawyer applicants for the local trial bench.

In 1999, Mr. Whitman was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization comprised of an equal number of plaintiff and defense attorneys dedicated to professionalism and the promotion and preservation of the jury trial system. He serves on the organization's National Board of Directors, was appointed to serve on the National Executive Committee in 2010, and was elected National Treasurer for the years 2012 and 2013. He is the current Chair of the organization's Long Range Planning Committee. Mr. Whitman has served as the Jacksonville ABOTA Chapter Treasurer (2002), Vice-President (2003) and President (2004). At the conclusion of his term as ABOTA Chapter President in 2004, the Jacksonville Chapter was recognized as the National ABOTA Chapter of the Year. In 2008, Mr. Whitman was honored as ABOTA Chapter Trial Lawyer of the Year. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA), an organization made up of the eleven Florida Chapters of ABOTA, and has served as its Treasurer (2005), President-Elect (2006) and President (2007 - 2008). Mr. Whitman chaired FLABOTA's 2008 Regional Jury Summit in Palm Coast, Florida, and ABOTA's 2009 National Jury Summit in San Francisco, California. He went on to Chair ABOTA's 2011 National Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Whitman is a Legacy Fellow of the Foundation of ABOTA, the organization's educational arm, and has participated in and chaired numerous ABOTA educational programs.

Mr. Whitman has also served the Jacksonville Bar Association, where he was Plaintiff Co-Chair of the Personal Injury Litigation Section from 1996 through 1998. Mr. Whitman is also a member of the Florida Justice Association, where he has been an Eagle participant since 1989, and is a past recipient of the Talon Award. He was elected to the organization's Board of Directors in June, 2003, where he chaired various fund-raising efforts. Mr. Whitman was also a founding member, and the Charter President, of the Jacksonville Justice Association. He is a member of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, the American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. He also maintains membership in the National Crime Victims Bar Association, and is an invited member of the International Society of Barristers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2006, Mr. Whitman was named as a Super Lawyer of Florida in the first edition of that publication, and continues to hold that distinction. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Jacksonville Magazine has included Mr. Whitman as one of Northeast Florida's "Top Lawyers". Also active in his local community, Mr. Whitman was selected to the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2003.

He and his wife Elyse live in the Southside area of Jacksonville and have three adult children.

JAMES L. D'ANDREA

JAMES L. D'ANDREA is a Partner and Shareholder in the Firm. Mr. D'Andrea graduated from Miami University, Oxford Ohio in 1982, then worked as a journalist and public relations executive before graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991. Mr. D'Andrea was admitted to The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida in 1992, and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 1995. Mr. D'Andrea devotes his practice to personal injury, railroad and maritime litigation and has argued appeals to the First District Court of Appeals and the U. S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.

Mr. D'Andrea has served on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee and chaired the Fourth Judicial Circuit section of the Florida Bar Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program, which he currently serves as a certified arbitrator/mediator
Mr. D'Andrea is a member and proctor of the Maritime Law Association and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He served as chair of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism's Mentor Program and is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the Catholic Lawyers Guild, American Trial Lawyers Association. He also serves as chair of the Morningstar School's Board of Directors. He has lectured to trial and claims organizations around the state and country.

Mr. D'Andrea and his wife, Kate, have three children and live in the Deerwood area of Jacksonville.

MICHAEL P. MILTON

MICHAEL P. MILTON is a Partner and Shareholder in the firm who devotes his practice to litigating in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, maritime/admiralty, products liability, and transportation cases.

Mr. Milton was born and raised in Jacksonville. After graduating from Mercer University School of Law, he was admitted to The Florida Bar, the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 1998. In 2002, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all areas and has successfully handled and argued cases in both state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Milton is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Port Director, 2003-present), the Maritime Law Association and the Jacksonville Bar Association. In 2001, Mr. Milton was selected as an associate in the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to improving ethics and professionalism among trial lawyers. Mr. Milton is also actively involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations within the community.

Mr. Milton holds an "AV" Peer Review rating (the highest rating possible) from Martindale-Hubbell, the world's oldest attorney rating system in recognition of his highly regarded legal skills and professional ethics. In 2009, Mr. Milton was named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers of Florida.

Mr. Milton and his wife, Julie Anna, have three children and live in the Southside area of Jacksonville.

C. RYAN ESLINGER

C. RYAN ESLINGER is a Partner and Shareholder of the Firm. Mr. Eslinger is a 2000 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. He obtained his Juris Doctorate with High Honors in 2002 from Florida Coastal School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Coastal Law Journal and the Moot Court Vice-President.

Mr. Eslinger is licensed to practice in Florida (2003), Maine (2004), the United States Supreme Court (2006), the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2005) and all of the U.S. Districts Courts in Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar, The Maine Bar, the American Bar Association, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He is a Proctor in the Maritime Law Association and he currently serves on The Florida Bar's Admiralty Law Committee. Mr. Eslinger is a Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime law attorney. Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice. Mr. Eslinger is one of the 62 Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime Law attorneys in Florida.

Mr. Eslinger holds an "AV Preeminent" Peer Review rating (the highest rating possible) from Martindale-Hubbell, the world's oldest attorney rating system in recognition of his highly regarded legal skills and professional ethics. Mr. Eslinger has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers of Florida in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Eslinger joined the firm after serving as a judicial law clerk for the Circuit Court, Seventh Judicial Circuit, working primarily in Putnam County. His practice now involves all aspects of general civil litigation for both plaintiffs and defense, including railroad, maritime, personal injury, probate and commercial litigation. Additionally, he has appellate experience in all of the Florida District Courts of Appeals.

He and his wife, Erica live in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville with their two sons.
Education
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    J.D.

ANDREW P. "DREW" COLLINS, II

ANDREW P. "DREW" COLLINS, II, is a 2000 graduate of Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Mr. Collins obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was a member of the Mock Trial Team and Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Board. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida (2005) and South Carolina (2006).

Mr. Collins' practice involves all aspects of general civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Collins was an Assistant State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, prosecuting cases in Daytona Beach.
Education
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    J.D.
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