Attorney Profiles

J. Todd South - Shareholder

Born: West Palm Beach, Florida, September 29, 1960.

Bar Admissions: 1987, Florida.

Education: Florida State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1982; J.D., honors, 1985). Garnet and Gold Key; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Mortar Board; Order of Omega; Beta Gamma Sigma; Theta Chi Fraternity Alumni-Director.

Member: The Florida Bar; Master Custom Builder Council-President; Home Builders’ Association of Central Florida; West Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Practice Areas: Commercial and Residential Real Property Law and Transactions; Banking Litigation and Foreclosures; Creditor’s Rights; Corporate Law; Business Law; Construction Law.

Email Address: tsouth@southmilhausen.com


Jeffrey P. Milhausen - Shareholder

Born: Gainesville, Florida, November 3, 1967.

Bar Admissions: 1994, Florida; 1996, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Education: University of Florida (B.S. Finance, 1990); University of Florida Law School (J.D., 1994); Fraternal Organizations: Phi Delta Theta.; Founding Member University of Florida Entertainment and Sports Law Journal.

Member: The Florida Bar; Orange County Bar Association; American Bar Association - Business Law Section; West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees; West Orange Committee of One Hundred and One, Inc., Board of Directors.

General Counsel: SIG Logistics, Inc.; Upland Development, Inc., West Orange Country Club, Inc.

Board of Directors: Horizon’s West Orange County Community Trustees; West Orange Committee of One Hundred and One, Inc.; West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida YMCA (Roper YMCA); Florida State Distributors, Inc., West Orange Country Club.

Practice Areas: Real Property Law; Banking Law and Regulation; Residential and Commercial Financing and Development; Commercial Leasing and Acquisition; General Corporate; Intellectual Property, Franchising and Licensing & Entertainment Law.

Email Address: jeffm@southmilhausen.com

Richard David Baxter - Partner

Born: New York, New York, March 18, 1947.

Bar Admissions: 1972, New York; 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Tax Court; 1979, Florida.

Education: The American University and University of Stockholm, Sweden (B.A. Political Science, with honors, 1968); Columbia University (J.D., 1971; M.B.A., 1971); Nova Southeastern University (M.S. Psychology, with honors, 1991); Pi Sigma Alpha; Alpha Kappa Psi; Professor, Estates and Trusts, Estate Taxation, Corporations and Corporate Taxation, New York Law School, 1980-1981; Leadership Orlando, Who's Who in the South and Southwest.

Author: The Taxation of Ministers - Blessings In Disguise.

Business Analyst and Lecturer: Small Business Development Center, University of Central Florida.

Member: The Florida Bar; Orange County Bar Association (Estates, Trusts and Guardianships Committee, Business Law Committee, Tax Committee); Central Florida Estate Planning Council; Board of Directors, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce; Chamber Ambassador; Movers & Shakers.

Associates: Orlando Museum of Art.

Practice Areas: Corporate and Personal Tax and Tax Planning; Estate Planning; Trust Administration; Probate; Probate Litigation; Guardianships; IRS Disputes; Tax Litigation; Ante-nuptial Agreements; Business Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Funding; Contracts; Real Estate; Non-profit Organizations.

Email Address: rbaxter@southmilhausen.com


D. Scott South - Partner

Born: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, March 4, 1973.

Bar Admissions: 1999, Florida; 2000, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Education: Florida State University (B.S., cum laude, 1995); Florida State University College of Law (J.D., with High Honors, 1999).

Member: The Florida Bar; American Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association; Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando.

Practice Areas: Real Estate Transactions, Development and Finance; Corporate Securities; Mergers and Acquisitions.

Email Address: ssouth@southmilhausen.com


Scott R. Rost - Partner

Born: Dunedin, Florida, October 30, 1961.

Languages: German.

Bar Admissions: 1988, Florida; 1990, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 2006-present, Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation; 2013, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Education: Florida State University (B.A., cum laude, 1985); Florida State University (J.D., with honors, 1988); Florida State University College of Law, Law Review (1987-1988); University of Central Florida, Department of Legal Affairs and Criminal Justice, Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies (civil procedure, real estate, partnerships and corporations), 1992-1997;

Member: The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Business Law, Public Interest Law); Orange County Bar Association; Volusia County Bar Association.

Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation; Real Estate Litigation; Construction Litigation; Community Association Litigation; Collection and Foreclosure; Corporate Transactions; and Real Estate Transactions.

Foundation, Non-Profit and Public Interest Boards and Public Service: Board of Trustees, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 2014-2016; Board of Trustees, First Congregational Church of Winter Park, 2012; Director, Innocence Project of Florida, 2007-2012; Director, Florida Bar Foundation, 2004-2010.

Professional Affiliations: The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Business Law, Public Interest Law); Florida Bar Speakers Bureau; Orange County Bar Association; Volusia County Bar Association, former Director; Center for International Legal Studies, Fellow; German American Business Chamber of Central Florida, Member; British American Business Chamber of Commerce, Member.

Agent for the following: Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc., Issuing Agent, Title Insurance; WFG Title Insurance Company.

Reported Cases James v. County of Volusia, 683 So. 2d 555 (Fla. 5th DCA 1996) [legislative candidate qualifications challenge]; Johnson v. Women's Health Center, Inc., 714 So. 2d 580 (5th DCA 1998), trial proceedings consolidated with others, sub nom. Madsen et al. v. Women's Health Center, Inc., 512 U.S. 753 (1994) [balancing competing constitutional rights].

Presentations and Publications: "Anatomy of a Foreclosure", Daytona Beach, Florida (July, 2009).; How to Obtain Good Title in Florida Real Estate Transactions, Tampa, Florida (May, 2005), National Business Institute.; United States Real Estate Purchases by Non-Residents: Practical Considerations for the Foreign Clients and Their Counsel, Kitzbühel, Austria (March, 2005), Center for International Legal Studies.; Limits of the Lien Law, Daytona Beach, Florida (July, 2004), Lorman Educational Studies.; Florida Real Estate Title Law: Solutions to the Most Common Problems, Orlando, Florida (November, 2003), National Business Institute.; Control and Liability Questions for the Close, Private Companies Under State Law, Salzburg, Austria (June, 2003), Center for International Legal Studies.; "The Small American Corporation: Control and Liability Questions for Close Private Companies", Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Kluwer-Law International, 2004.

Occasional Guest Lecturer: Barry University, Dwayne Andreas College of Law; Daytona State College; University of Central Florida, Masters in Real Estate.

Email Address: srost@southmilhausen.com


Sherry Lambson-Eisele - Partner

Born: Cocoa Beach, Florida, September 16, 1968.

Bar Admissions: Florida (1994); u.s. District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida (1995); U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1999).

Education: University of Central Florida (B.S. 1990); University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 1994); Member, Dean's Honor List (Two Semesters); State Moot Court Team, Moot Court Board, and National Order of Barristers; Winner, First Year and Advanced Moot Court Competitions, as well as the ABA Southeastern Regional Negotiation Competition; Recipient, Kurt Marmar Moot Court Award; Semi-Finalist, Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition (Statewide); and Representative, University of Miami Law School, National Law Women's Conference.

Member: The Florida Bar (Member, Real Property Section and Construction Law Committee); American Bar Association (Member, Forum on the Construction Industry and Litigation Section); Orange County Bar Association (Member, Business Law, Construction Law, Probate Law and Judicial Relations Committees); Seminole County Bar Association; Member, National Political Science Honor Society for Academic Achievement; and Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Central Florida Chapter.

Honor: Voile Williams Inns of Court (2009-current); Florida Trend Magazine Legal Elite for Commercial Litigation (2009 and 2010).

Practice Areas: Construction Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Real Estate and Title Insurance Litigation; Litigation; Lender Representation; Creditor’s Rights; Employment Litigation; and Appellate Law.

Email Address: sleisele@southmilhausen.com


F. Lee Morrison - Partner

Born: Apopka, Florida.

Bar Admissions: 2003, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Education: Stetson University (B.A. 1996); Stetson University College of Law (J.D. 2002).

Member: The Florida Bar; Orange County Bar Association; George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Court

Reported Cases: Winner FL, LLC v. APAC-Florida, Inc., 869 So. 2d 631 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004); Dignam v. Africair, Inc., 917 So. 2d 905 (Fla 3d DCA 2005)

Awards: Voted “Rising Star” for Superlawyers, 2008 & 2009

Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation, Banking Litigation and Foreclosures; Creditor’s Rights.

Email Address: lmorrison@southmilhausen.com


C. John Christensen – Partner

Born: Houston, Texas.

Bar Admissions: 1987, Florida.

Education: Rollins College (Bachelor of Science in the Humanities, 1975); Florida State University (Master of Arts in English, 1978); Florida State University (Juris Doctor, 1982); Florida State University (Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television, 1992).

Member: The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section & Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section).

Practice Areas: Community Association; Film & Television.

Email Address: johnc@southmilhausen.com


Dudley Q. Sharp – Partner

Born: Plainview, Texas, October 20, 1966.

Languages: Mandarin Chinese.

Bar Admissions: Florida, Missouri and Kansas.

Education: B.A. International Relations, Brigham Young University (1993) J.D., Brigham Young University Law School (1998) LL.M., Taxation, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (1999).

Member: The Florida Bar, Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association.

Practice Areas: Banking & Real Estate Transactions, Corporate, Tax, Estates & Trusts.

Email Address: dsharp@southmilhausen.com


Cameron H.P. White – Partner

Born: Lakeland, Florida.

Bar Admissions: 2006, Florida; 2008, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 2009, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida.

Education: University of North Florida (B.A. 1991); Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D. 2001); Phi Delta Phi.

Member: The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust, Business Law); Orange County Bar Association.

Practice Areas: Real Estate Transactions; Banking Litigation and Foreclosures; Creditor’s Rights; Real Estate Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Construction Litigation.

Email Address: cwhite@southmilhausen.com


Jason R. Hawkins - Associate

Born: Lake Mary, Florida, November 27, 1979.

Bar Admissions: 2005, Florida; 2006, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.A. Telecommunications, 2002), Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 2004).

Member: The Florida Bar (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Young Lawyers Division); Jacksonville Bar Association.

Practice Areas: Banking Litigation and Foreclosures; Commercial Litigation.

Email Address: jhawkins@southmilhausen.com


David H. Popper - Of Counsel

Born: Coral Gables, Florida, October 20, 1954.

Bar Admissions: 1979, Florida; 1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1980, U.S. Court of Military Appeals; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1979, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1981, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; 1983, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Education: Stetson University (B.B.A. 1976); Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (J.D., with honors, 1979); Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.

Military: Capt. U.S. Army, JAGC, 1979-1983

Member: The Florida Bar

Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation, Construction Defects Litigation, Real Property Liability Litigation, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions.

Email Address: dpopper@southmilhausen.com


Taylor D. Ward - Of Counsel

Languages: Japanese.

Born: Gainesville, Florida.

Bar Admissions: 1989, New York; 1990, Florida; 1991; Washington, DC (currently inactive); 1994, North Carolina (currently inactive)

Education: Duke University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - magna cum laude, 1985; Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctorate/Masters in Foreign and International Law, 1988; Tohoku University, Faculty of Law, Fulbright Scholar, 1988-1989.

Member: The Orange County Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association; New York State Bar Association and The American Bar Association

Practice Areas: Commercial and Residential Real Property Transactions; Commercial Leasing; Secured Financing and Development; Business Law.

Email Address: tward@southmilhausen.com




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