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Alexander is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation division. He handles general litigation matters including contract disputes and landlord/tenant disputes, as well as bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. Alexander is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts.

While in law school, Alexander was a member of Stetson’s Law Review, was a Research Assistant to Professor Carliss Chatman, and helped her to publish two scholarly articles: Judgment Without Notice: The Unconstitutionality of Constructive Notice Following Citizens United and The Corporate Personhood Two-Step. He also served as a judicial intern to Judge James Pierce (Florida 6th Judicial Circuit), where he helped launch the Pinellas County’s Boys Court program under Unified Family Court. Alexander also served as President of Stetson Law Parents and Vice President of Stetson’s Business Law Society.

Alexander was the 2016 and 2017 recipient of St. Petersburg Bar Association Judge Frank H. White Scholarship. He was a 2015 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) Scholar and was a 2017 recipient of Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association Judge Alexander L. Paskay Scholarship. Prior to law school, Alexander was a personal banker in Miami.

Alexander was born and raised on the island of Jamaica and has called St. Petersburg Florida home for the last four years, however, recently relocated to Fort Myers. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, cross-training, and trying new foods.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Over the years, Alexander has volunteered as a tax preparer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program and for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. He is also a member of the Lee County Bar Association.

Congratulations! You were awarded a judgment against the defendant in your lawsuit, all appeals are exhausted, and the judgment is now final. In theory, once the judgment is final, the defendant pays the judgment and the matter is resolved. This, however, rarely happens and additional steps are needed in order to obtain the monies owed.

Bank Garnishment in Florida

One way to collect the judgment is through garnishing the debtor’s bank account by the issuance and service of a “Writ of Garnishment.” The Writ allows a bank to freeze the debtor’s assets in its control and creates a lien upon the debt or property garnished at the time of service of the Writ. Below are the steps needed to take under Florida Statutes:

  • Provide the location and name of the debtor’s bank;
  • File a Motion for Garnishment and Writ of Garnishment Order with the Clerk of Court; and,
  • Once the Order is issued, serve the Writ of Garnishment on the debtor’s bank (the “garnishee”) by a process server.

The garnishee must then file an answer within twenty (20) calendar days of being served, stating what sum and what tangible or intangible personal property of the debtor it has or had in its possession or control at the time of filing the answer. Failure to file an answer may entitle the creditor to judgment against the garnishee.

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