“Making Leadership a Lifestyle & Preserving our Power”


It is my distinct pleasure to serve as the President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association for the 2019-2020 bar year. My hope is that I can continue to work hard to provide the best support for our members and continue to expand our legacy. I am especially grateful that I will be able to rely on the wisdom of past presidents to provide counsel during my term.  GEBA has held a special place in my heart since I was a student at Stetson Law and leading this outstanding organization is both an honor and a privilege. I am excited for what is in store for this year.

Our theme of “Making Leadership a Lifestyle & Preserving our Power” embodies my vision for GEBA. We will continue to lead in every way possible while at the same time sustaining our power by continuously being visionaries and enhancing the image of our bar. Over the past 35 years, GEBA has accomplished an overabundance of achievements and contributed to the development of well-known leaders in this community. We have the unique opportunity to continue to shape the future, not only for GEBA, but the Tampa Bay community and beyond.

My desire is to encourage young lawyers to join GEBA, serve in our leadership, and contribute their talents to continue the enduring legacy of our bar. I want them to develop leadership skills that both embolden and inspire the next generation of leadership. Joining this acclaimed association has been of one of the greatest decisions I have made during my legal career. As I begin my tenure as President, serving my fifth-year on our executive board, my desire is to develop a spirit of commitment, dedication, and determination into the heart of our members.

I further aspire to recruit new attorneys to join GEBA. While we rely heavily on seasoned members for their experience in sustaining our success, attracting new members will reaffirm the mission of GEBA by rejuvenating our membership, encouraging new ideas, and harnessing energy our bar needs for continued success. Through our endeavors, our bar will have the opportunity of fostering a lifestyle of leadership in our members designed to be a cornerstone on which they can rely for the rest of their careers.

A critical objective for GEBA to achieve is becoming more proactive in addressing social justice issues. Great power and influence comes with being an attorney and we can continue to maintain the integrity of this profession by assisting others in need and by addressing issues that impact not only our profession, but also our communities. I hope for us to engage in thoughtful discussions as we seek resolutions of these issues.

We will further continue to enhance our annual programs; find innovative ways to increase membership; collaborate with other organizations to enhance our image; provide engaging CLE courses including ones that address health and wellness; heighten our social media presence; and much more. I hope that my passion for GEBA spreads and that you decide to take part in all the exciting things that are to come.

Cheers to an exciting year!

Many Thanks,

Valeria Obi

Valeria Obi, Esq.
The George Edgecomb Bar Association

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Lanse Scriven

Lansing “Lanse” Scriven is the principal of Lanse Scriven Law. Lanse concentrates his practice in the areas of business disputes and bar disciplinary/professional ethics defense. The Jacksonville native graduated from Duke University  and earned his law degree, with honors, from Florida State University. He also previously clerked for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During the span of his career, Lanse has represented a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from small business owners and Fortune 500 corporations to lawyers in solo practices and large firms.


He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in Best Lawyers of America, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and Thomson Reuter’s Florida Super Lawyers.

From 2009 – 2017, Lanse served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors as a representative for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County). While on the Board of Governors, Lanse served as Chair of the Budget Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics. In 2015, Lanse was elected by fellow governors to the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors.

Lanse also has a distinguished record of service in his local bar community. He is a past President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association (“NBA”), and the George Edgecomb Bar Association.


 Most recently, he was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Lawyer Award by the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Making Leadership A Lifestyle  &

Preserving Our Power


GEBA's purpose is to promote and recognize the contributions of African Americans within the legal profession and judiciary.

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