Fred Koberlein, Sr. has experience well beyond the majority of attorneys, for your case. As a retired judge, practicing attorney, former Naval aviator (both pilot and instructor), he pledges to use his education, experience, and love for helping others to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. He has worked on both civil and criminal cases regarding: wrongful death, family law, negligence and product liability, commercial codes, real property disputes, felonies and more.
As a graduate of the Naval Academy, Fred, Sr. fine-tuned his listening and leadership skills; both of which he incorporates into practicing law. As a carrier pilot, he has accumulated more than 3500 flight hours and learned not only through flying the plane, but also from rigorous and detailed training; thus, Fred, Sr. has the skills to hear what you, the prosecuting attorney, judge, and/or witnesses have to say, and has mastered the art of listening beyond the words. You can be confident that he will listen with the intent to understand and process your concerns in order to prepare you for the next step. Then he will process everything he has learned from you and other sources about your case and to try to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Fred, Sr. earned his Juris Doctorate with honors in 1978 from Florida State University, Tallahassee where he also was an intern with the State Attorney's Office of the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. After being admitted to the Florida State Bar, he began working in the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida with a ten-lawyer firm for six years. Next, he became a general partner with a firm that grew from two-lawyer to a five-lawyer law firm. Then in 2003, former Governor Jeb Bush appointed him as a Judge in Dixie County. The following year, 2004, and again in 2010, he was elected for six-year terms. Upon his reaching the mandatory retirement age for judges in the state of Florida, in 2013, he was appointed as a Senior Judge by the Florida Supreme Court, where he served until he joined KLO, to once again practice law as an attorney.
During his first tenure as an attorney, Fred, Sr. worked on cases from inception to appeal involving jury and non-jury trials, hearings before arbitrators and administrative bodies, and filed both pretrial and post-trial motions. He also served as General Counsel for Columbia County School Board, was a certified Circuit Court Mediator and a certified Family Court Mediator, and was an approved mediator for the Florida Bar Grievance Procedures. He spent ten years resolving a variety of cases while active as a mediator.
Fred, Sr. was also the coach of the Columbia High School Mock Trial team, where his team earned the Professionalism Award (highest honors) twice. He has a voluminous array of both legal and community volunteer experiences working with teenagers to seniors. He advocates for fairness for all and has utilized his skills with the State of Florida Bar Association, the Third Judicial Circuit, Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, Boys Club, and the Humane Society, to name a few.
Fred, Sr. returned to practicing law because “he loves helping people.” His philosophy on life is family first, church second, and the law third. Moreover, his philosophy as an attorney is CLIENTS FIRST and personal life second. He has spent countless hours working on cases for his own clients as well as for others within his firm. He sees the law as a means of service for his own clients as well as the law firm itself; assuring all that he is on their side. One of Fred, Sr.'s proudest moments was having had the opportunity as a judge to swear in his son, Fred, Jr. as an attorney for the state of Florida.
If experience, knowledge, trust, and commitment are what you seek in an attorney, Frederick Laurence Koberlein, Sr. is the best choice for you. You can count on him.
Committee Experience, The Florida Bar:
- Florida Code and Rules of Evidence Committee
- Family Law Section Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
- Third Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (1980-1993)
- Third Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee (Chairman 1987- 1990)
- Florida Bar Juvenile Rules Committees (1991-1993)
- Conference of County Court Judges Civil Rules Committee
- Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee
- Florida Bar Family Rules Committee
Section Membership, The Florida Bar:
- Family Law Section
- Trial Lawyer's Section
Other Law Related Associations:
- J.C. Adkins, American Inn of Court
- Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association, President (1983-1985)
- Lake City-Columbia County Bar Association
- Florida School Board Attorneys Association, Director (2001-2003)
- Third Circuit Unified Family Court Advisory Group
- National School Board Attorneys Association
- Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
- Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. (Director-7 years; President 1991-1993)
Law Volunteer Programs:
- Coach, Columbia High School Mock Trial Team
- Florida Bar Pro Bono Services (Service Award Recipient)
- Director and Judge for Dixie County Teen Court Program
- Third Judicial Circuit Volunteer Mediator Programs
- Circuit Representative for the Conference of County Court Judges
- University of Florida, College of Law, Appellate Advocacy Judge
- Law related Education Mock Trial Judge
- Justice Teaching Participant
Other Volunteering Programs:
- American Red Cross (Director, Lake City Chapter 4 years)
- Lake City Chamber of Commerce
- Columbia County Boys Club
- St. James Episcopal Church
- The Episcopal Diocese of Florida
- Dixie County Chamber of Commerce
- Suwannee River Chamber of Commerce
- Dixie County Rotary Club (Past President)
- Cross City Lions Club (Charter President)
- Dixie County Historical Society
- Shamrock Lodge (WM)
- Dixie County Domestic Violence Task Force