Randolph “Randy” L. Smith

Randolph “Randy” L. Smith

Randy graduated from the Nichols School, Buffalo, New York, cum laude, in 1969, and received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University in 1973. In 1976, Randy received his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Randy is rated ” AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating service, signifying that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

Randy practiced banking and real estate law for one year in Buffalo at Little and Burt, and from 1977 until 1986, Randy practiced at the firm of Copeland, Hession, Grindle & Robinson in Wellesley, Massachusetts. As an associate and partner (1984) at Copeland, Hession, Randy engaged in a general civil practice which included corporate and real estate law, commercial and construction litigation, and insurance defense. In May 1986, Randy became associated with the firm of Bums & Levinson in Boston, where he specialized in asbestos-in-buildings and asbestos personal injury litigations. Randy became a member of the firm in January 1990. Randy joined Peabody & Arnold in Boston in April 1993, as a partner, and was active in the firm’s management, serving as Co-Chair of the Litigation Department from 1994 to 1998, and as Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Group from 2000 to 2002. In addition, Randy served on the firm’ s Hiring Committee and was one of the two partner members of the firm’ s Associates Committee. At Peabody & Arnold, Randy’ s practice encompassed all aspects of civil litigation with an emphasis on estates and trusts and business disputes. Randy was an adjunct member of – and worked closely with – the firm’s Private Client Group handling a wide variety of estate, probate, and fiduciary matters.

In 2003, Randy and his wife Olivia relocated from Boston to the west coast of Florida, where Randy practiced civil litigation with the firm of Butler, Weihmuller, Katz, Craig, LLP in Tampa. In November 2005, Randy joined John Lakin at Barnes Walker & Lakin, Chartered, in Bradenton, and in August 2007, they formed Lakin Smith, P.A. When Lakin Smith, P.A. disbanded in late 2011, Randy went to work for Najmy Thompson, PL in downtown Bradenton, where his practice focused on homeowner and condominium association law, business and commercial litigation, and estate and trust matters.

In January 2019, Randy joined DC Capital Law, LLP as senior counsel. Randy is a member of the Florida Bar, the state bars of New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, and for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Michelle Cumberland

Michelle Cumberland

Michelle is a 2006 graduate of Tulane Law School with more than a decade of extensive federal and state litigation experience representing clients in various legal matters. She is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Michelle also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and worked for many years as counsel for companies listed on the Fortune 500 list, including Exxon and Chevron. Michelle now uses that experience of working within corporate America to zealously represent and protect consumers who are victims of unfair and deceptive trade practices, including but not limited to unfair and one-sided contractual terms and fine print, unreasonably high pressured and deceptive sales practices, knowing and reckless misrepresentations made by corporate representatives without any care of future damage and the impact of those misrepresentations to consumers, as well as various violations of federal and state consumer protection laws by companies and debt collectors. Michelle works hard to get results for her clients and is not afraid to litigate and go against big companies, if necessary, for justice.

Michael Vlachos

Michael Vlachos

Michael has been representing creditors since he began practicing law in 2011 after graduating from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is licensed to practice law in five states (Arizona, California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington) and has always tried to work with opposing counsel and consumers to reach a resolution that works for all parties. He joined DC Capital Law to continue his goal of helping consumers through stressful situations and strives to reach resolutions with resorts on his clients’ timeshare exits.

Robert Buddingh

Robert Buddingh

After receiving undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science from San Diego State University, Robert Buddingh went on to graduate from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2018, and was admitted to the state bar of Arizona later that year, as well as the Federal District Court - District of Arizona in 2019. Shortly after gaining admittance, Robert started working as a consumer protection attorney, specializing in writing complaints related to the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as well as other consumer-friendly statutes. He later transitioned to the estate planning field, specifically helping clients draft wills and revocable living trusts and related documents. More recently, Robert was an attorney at a plaintiff's personal injury firm in Arizona, representing accident victims in auto accident and premises liability cases. These experiences gave Robert a well-rounded, client-oriented legal training that allows him to be a strong advocate for his clients across a wide variety of disciplines. When Robert is not working to get the best for his clients, he is often watching soccer or other sports with his family and friends, or getting together with them to watch a movie

Shannon Fuhrman

Shannon Fuhrman

Shannon has been practicing law for over seventeen (17) years and is a highly experienced litigator. Shannon is licensed to practice in all New York State Courts, Western District Court of New York, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York, and Florida State Courts. She earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School — graduating at the top 15-17%. Shannon has been published on different legal topics and is also a legal education speaker. Shannon is passionate about providing her clients with the best possible representation in a timely, efficient manner. She is understanding and empathetic to her clients’ legal issues and needs. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and helping the less fortunate. A New York native, she now lives in Palm Harbor, Florida with her family and their rescue four (4) dogs.

Billy Williams

Billy Williams

Billy is a 2011 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He has a strong background in complex commercial litigation and business bankruptcy, and has experience with trusts & estates, asset protection, class action, and business litigation. He has also interned and/or clerked for several U.S. Bankruptcy Judges and worked for the United States Trustee’s Office. Billy is licensed to practice law in Florida, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. Billy is also admitted to appear in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, the Western District of Missouri, the Eastern District of Arkansas, and the Western District of Arkansas.

Christina Soileau

Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark is an Attorney specializing in real property issues, contracts, negotiations, oil and gas title opinions, oil & gas litigation, and estate planning. She worked for 9 years as an Exploration Landman with Chesapeake Energy Company. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Professor Clark has taught and guest lectured numerous classes in contracts, negotiations, oil and gas law, property law, and Landman courses at the College of Law and also at Chesapeake Energy Company where she was a Staff Landman.

She has hands on experience negotiating and drafting oil & gas leases and agreements for operators and mineral owners in various states including Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, Ohio, and on Federal and Indian Lands. Professor Clark also has experience running title and preparing division of interest as well as researching lost owners and legal issues dealing with title to real property and property disputes as well as contract litigation.

Professor Clark received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the Kaplan University where she attended online courses and her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen, Mineral Lawyers Society, and serves on the Kuntz Conference Planning Committee. In addition to being licensed to practice law, Professor Clark is also a Certified Professional Landman.

Dustin Michael Locklear

Dustin Michael Locklear

Dustin is a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in history. He earned his juris doctorate in 2007 from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a merit-based scholarship recipient.

In 2010 Dustin moved to Asheville, North Carolina to practice real estate law at Wilde Law Firm, PLLC. Specifically, his areas of practice included advising clients on matters concerning mortgage default, collections, and foreclosure. Prior to coming to DC Capital Law Firm, Dustin was the founding attorney at Locklear Law Firm, PLLC since the firm's incorporation in 2012. At Locklear Law Firm, PLLC, Dustin primarily concentrated his law practice on the facilitation of short sales of real property located throughout North Carolina, alternate loss mitigation options for distressed real property, and foreclosure defense.

In his free time, Dustin enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and watching ACC basketball.

Rachel Sexton

Rachel Sexton

Rachel M. Sexton is a hardworking, passionate attorney who is driven by getting good outcomes for her clients by providing customized client experiences. Rachel is licensed in the State of Michigan and the Eastern & Western District of Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan Thomas M Cooley Law School in 2017.

Rachel has represented hundreds of clients; managing bankruptcy cases in all stages of the bankruptcy process in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. Rachel enjoyed practicing bankruptcy because she found it to be a field where she can make a big difference for the better in her clients' lives. Rachel is also co-counsel on a class action FDCPA lawsuit. While Rachel worked for a creditor firm specializing in representing mortgage companies for a time, she quickly found that she prefers helping the “little guy” compared to a big corporation. Through her experience, Rachel developed a deep passion for helping consumers and working with clients to achieve fair outcomes in seemingly unfair situations. She is excited to bring that passion and experience to her clients at DC Capital Law. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, her animals and showing her horse Request A Lawyer.