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© 2023 by George Edgecomb Bar Association

George Edgecomb Bar Association

PO Box 956

Tampa, Florida 33601

Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy currently serves as the President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association. She is the managing partner of Jean-Pierre Coy P.A. where she focuses her practice in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and family law. Theresa graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M University with a double major in Political Science and Public Administration. She later attended Stetson University College of Law where she served as a member of Stetson’s nationally ranked Moot Court Board and honor court justice. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Victor O’ Wehle award for excellence in trial advocacy and graduated with a concentration in Advocacy. As a GEBA member, Theresa has served as treasurer, first vice president and as the co-chair of the Legal Redress Workshop, GEBA’s largest community outreach event. She currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and as a member of the Tampa Bay Inn of Court and the Goldburg-Cacciatore Inn of Court. Theresa is bi-lingual and speaks fluent Haitian-Creole.

President- Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy, Esq.

Valeria Obi currently serves as the First Vice- President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association and previously served as GEBA Secretary from 2014-2016. In 2015, Valeria received GEBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer’s Award. She graduated, with honors, from The Florida State University with a Bachelors in Political Science and English Literature. She received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law where she served as a Stetson Ambassador, President of the Florida Association for Woman Lawyers and Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association. Valeria received Stetson BLSA’s Alumna of the Year Award for 2013-2014. Valeria is currently Staff Counsel with Encore Capital Group, Inc. where she handles collection and compliance matters. In 2016 she received Encore’s President’s Volunteer Service Award for her commitment to the community. Valeria is also a member of the C.H. Ferguson-M.E. White American Inn of Court, Florida Creditor’s Bar Association and also serves as a Big Sister through Big Brother Big Sister of Tampa Bay.

First Vice-President- Valeria Obi, Esq.

Fentrice D. Driskell is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney who currently serves as Second Vice President (immediate past President) of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.  She is a shareholder with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A., where she has practiced business litigation, consumer finance defense, and bankruptcy since 2006. 

 

A native of Lakeland, Florida, Fentrice attended Harvard University, where she graduated in 2001 with an honors degree in Government and became the first African-American woman to be elected President of Harvard’s student government. 

 

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, Fentrice clerked for Hon. Anne C. Conway in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  Fentrice has been a proud member of GEBA since 2006 and in 2014 received GEBA’s President’s Award for her outstanding service and dedication to the organization.  During her presidency, Fentrice established GEBA’s Past Presidents Council and GEBA’s Historical Society.  Fentrice serves on The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee.  She is a member of the Athena Society, the alumni chapter of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and the boards of the Hillsborough Education Foundation and Tampa Crossroads, Inc.

Second Vice-President- Fentrice D. Driskell, Esq.

Howard Williams is an Attorney at Golden, Scaz, Gagain where he practices general civil litigation primarily in the area of premises liability.  A native of Flint, Michigan, Howard attended Northwood University, where he graduated in 2006 with honors in the area of Business Management.  Howard graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2012, where he was awarded the Marc. L. Levine award for his emergence as a respected campus leader.  While in law school, Howard served as President of the Black Law Student Association and received BLSA’s Alumni of the Year Award in 2013. Howard also interned at the St. Petersburg Police Station in the area of civil forfeitures.  After graduation Howard worked in the area of criminal law and was an Assistant Public Defender in the Sixth Circuit, Pasco Office from 2013-2015. In 2014, Howard was named the Public Defender of the Year for the Pasco office.  Howard has been a member of GEBA since 2013 and also serves as a board member for After School All-Stars program.

Parliamentarian- Howard Williams, Esq.

Travis Coy is serving his third year as the George Edgecomb Bar Association Treasurer and he is the co-chair of GEBA’s Role Model Committee, where he mentors students from both Franklin and Ferrell middle schools. He is an Assistant State Attorney with the Office of the State Attorney, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and is the Lead Trial Attorney in Circuit Criminal Division G, where he prosecutes serious felony cases. Travis graduated from The Florida State University with honors in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology. As a law student at Stetson University College of Law, Travis served as Associate Chief Justice of Stetson’s nationally recognized Moot Court Board and as Treasurer and Parliamentarian of the Black Law Student Association. Recently, Travis was appointed to The Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee. Travis is a Tampa native and was Hillsborough High School’s first recipient of a GEBA scholarship.

Treasurer- Travis Coy, Esq.

Suzanne J. DeCopain, an associate of Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A., concentrates her practice in the areas of affordable and public housing.  Formerly, Ms. DeCopain worked for over three years as an assistant state attorney for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where she gained significant jury and bench trial experience.  She received her B.A. degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and her J.D. degree from Florida Coastal School of Law, where she won best brief in moot court and held many positions, including Co-Director of the Pro Bono Society, Chaplain of the Black Law Student Association, and founding President of the Caribbean Law Student Association.  While at Florida Coastal, she helped her clients in the Immigration Clinic gain permanent residency.

Secretary- Suzanne J. DeCopain, Esq.

Jhenerr Hines is top rated criminal defense attorney and owner of Hines & Associates Law in Tampa, FL. She is a recipient of AVVO Client's Choice and Top Criminal Defense Attorney, SuperLawyers Rising Star, GEBA Outstanding Young Lawyer, and BCU Top 40 Under 40. She has spent her career fighting on behalf of the criminally accused as well as teaching other attorneys through Continuing Legal Education seminars. Jhenerr has been featured on local radio shows and in print including the Florida Bar News, the Florida Sentinel, and on WMNF 88.5. Jhenerr has been a speaker at local law school and bar association events, teaching lawyers and students topics on Criminal law, marketing, and law practice management. Jhenerr Hines is diligent, passionate, and truly cares about helping people find relief in an imperfect justice system. She sits on the board of the George Edgecomb Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Press Secretary- Jhenerr Hines, Esq.

Executive Board