Community Briefs 5-8

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Name change for Matthews Jones & Hawkins

Matthews Jones & Hawkins, LLP is now Matthews & Jones, LLP to reflect John W. Hawkins becoming Of Counsel to the firm.

Dana C. Matthews, the firm’s founder and senior partner said, “After 14 years as managing partner of Matthews & Hawkins, P.A., and a year as an equity partner John decided to change his position to Of Counsel to give full attention to his mediation and arbitration practice while continuing to provide select client services in business planning and estate planning.” 

Hawkins said, “Withdrawing as an equity partner and becoming Of Counsel allows me to develop my alternate dispute resolution practice as a qualified arbitrator and Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediator. I am very proud that the firm was selected by our community as Best of the Best Law Firm each of the last three years during my tenure, and Dana Matthews and Michael Jones’ leadership will ensure continuation of the firm’s devoted client service consistent with our motto of Insight, Integrity and Innovation."

WarrenAverett O’sullivanCreel honored

For the third year in a row, Warren Averett O’Sullivan Creel, a division of Warren Averett, LLC, is named the “Finest Accounting Firm on the Emerald Coast” in a reader’s choice program launched in 2011 by Freedom Florida, the company that publishes the Northwest Florida Daily News, Destin Log, Walton Sun and Crestview News Bulletin. Over a three-week period, almost 3,000 ballots were submitted. Votes came in from all over the Emerald Coast as well as from Pensacola, Mobile, Panama City and Tallahassee.

“Our firm has been serving the Gulf Coast for more than 50+ years,” said Kevin Bowyer, CPA and member-in-charge of the Destin office. “We appreciate the support of our clients, colleagues and friends, and we’re grateful to be considered the finest accounting firm in the area.”