OUR LEGAL TEAM
Experience & Qualifications

Our lawyers are focused on the unique needs of our clients, many of whom we represent on a long-term basis. We are prepared to meet their challenges.

Contact us to learn more about the scope of our practice. To find out about each lawyer’s experience and professional background, see the profiles below.

 

Lewis W. Stone

Lewis was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, October 28, 1954; admitted to bar 1979, Florida; 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1982, U.S. Supreme Court. Lewis is a certified circuit civil mediator, and in addition to his other areas of focus, maintains a substantial mediation practice.

Education

Stetson University (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1979)

Bar Activities

Lake County Bar Association
(Director, 1982-1988; President 1987-1988)
Past Chairman, Florida Bar 5th District Grievance Committee
Recipient, Florida Bar Meritorious Service Award
Electric Cooperative Bar Association, Member

Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation, Utility Law, Local Government Law, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts & Probate

Community and Professional Experience:

Member, The Lake 100 Business Group of Lake County
Special Master for Central Florida Local Governments
Graduate, Leadership Lake County
First Presbyterian Church of Eustis
Lake County Boys Ranch (Past Director)
The Eustis Library Foundation, Inc. (Past Director)
Lake Eustis Museum of Art (Past Director)
Agape House of Lake County (Past Director)
Chairman of Board Emeritus, Cornerstone Hospice, Inc.
(Past President and Board of Directors)
Cornerstone Hospice Foundation (Past President)
Eustis Rotary Club (Past Director)

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474
Email: lewis@stoneandgerken.com

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Scott A. Gerken

Scott was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, May 26, 1966. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991 and is admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Florida, the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. He practices extensively in real estate and business matters and maintains a significant municipal law practice in addition to his other practice areas.

Education:

Florida State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1988)
University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1991)

Current Appointments and Professional Involvement:

City Attorney, Minneola, Florida
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Faith Lutheran School, Eustis, Florida
Executive Board Member, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation

Practice Areas:

Residential and Commercial Real Estate; Wills, Estates, Trusts & Probate; Municipal and Local Government Law; Business and Corporate Law and Transactions; Civil and Commercial Litigation; Qualified as expert witness in Business and Corporate Law matters

Community and Professional Experience:

Member, The Florida Bar
Member, Lake County Bar Association
(Director and Bar President; Chairman,
Bench & Bar Committee)
Faith Lutheran Church, Eustis Florida
(Past Member, Board of Elders)
Member, Planned Giving Advisory Board of the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation
Special Magistrate for City of Mount Dora
Special Master for Lake County, Florida
Guest Speaker, Stetson University, School of Business, on “Legal Ethics”
Leadership Lake County graduate
Mount Dora Center for the Arts
(Past Member, Board of Directors)
City of Mount Dora Planning and Zoning Board and Code Enforcement Board (Past Board Member)
Sunrise ARC — Lake County, Florida
(Past Member, Board of Directors)

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474
Email: scott@stoneandgerken.com

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Katrina T. Stone

Katrina was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, December 7, 1980 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in October, 2005, and to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida in 2009.

Education:

University of Miami (B.A., English Literature, minors in Business Law and Philosophy, 2002), Oxford University, Summer Abroad (2001) University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., 2005), Universidad de Costa Rica, Summer Abroad (2004).

Practice Areas:

Municipal Law, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts & Probate

Community Involvement:

Member, The Florida Bar
Member, Lake County Bar Association
Graduate, Lake Leadership, Class of 2009
Board Member, We Care of Lake County, Inc.
Board Member, Mount Dora Center for the Arts
Parishioner, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Member, Planned Giving Advisory Board of the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474
Email: katrina@stoneandgerken.com

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Kevin M. Stone

Kevin was born in Burlington, North Carolina, May 2, 1981; admitted to Florida Bar 2006; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2010; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2016. Kevin provides general and special counsel to local governments, utilities, pensions, schools, and businesses. Kevin’s practice also includes commercial, construction, and business litigation.

Education:

Miami University (B.S. Business, 2003, Majors: Marketing, Decision Sciences; National Merit Scholar); University of Cincinnati (J.D., 2006); Cincinnati Law Review (Member 2004-2005; Editorial Board 2005-2006)

Practice Areas:

Local Government and Utility Law; Public Pension Law; Business and Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Business Formation, Planning & Litigation.

Community & Professional Experience:

Member, The Florida Bar
Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law
Appointee, Florida Bar Small Claims Rules Committee
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association
Member, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
Member, ABA YLD Public Utility Law Committee
Member, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
Member, Business Law and City County and Local Government Law Sections of the Florida Bar
Member, Lake County Bar Association
Board Attorney, Educational Foundation of Lake County
Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce (Director 2007-2009, Legal Liaison 2009-2010)

Rated by Super Lawyers®: Rising Star 2017

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474
Email: kevin@stoneandgerken.com

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Christopher D. Ryan

Chris was born in Eustis, Florida, June 19, 1981, and was admitted to the Florida bar in 2015. In addition to practicing law, he writes scholarly articles for law reviews.  He has been published on topics such as government regulation, bankruptcy, intellectual property, legal ethics and professionalism, white collar crime, and maritime law.

Education:
Stetson University (B.A. 2005); Barry University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2015); Editor-in-Chief, Barry Law Review

Practice Areas:
Local Government and Municipal Law; Civil Litigation; Business and Corporate Law and Transactions; Business Formation.

Community and Professional Experience:
Member, The Florida Bar
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Real Property, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Business Law Sections of the ABA
Member, Lake County Bar Association
Student Member, The George C. Young American Inn of Court (2014-2015)

Publications:
No Longer Perry Mason: How Modern American Television’s Portrayal of Attorneys Shifts Public Opinion; 17 U. Denv. Sprts & Ent. L.J. (Spring 2015)
Giving Dormant Intellectual Properties An Extra Life: How Bankruptcy Can Revive Video Game IP That Has Fallen Victim to Acquisition by Expansionist Publishers; 55 IDEA 417 (2015)
Fixing America’s Embezzlement Laws: A Much Needed Homeostasis for Charitable Organizations; 9 J. of L. and Social Deviance (2015)
Nothing Gold Can Stay? How Tommy Thompson Lost His Golden Ticket and Gained Decades of Legal Turmoil; 21 Ocean and Coastal L.J. (2016)
When Self-Policing Doesn’t Cut It: Cruising, RCRA, and Hazardous Waste on the High Seas; 21 Barry L. Rev. (2016)

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474
Email: chris@stoneandgerken.com

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W. Grant Watson

Education:

University of Central Florida (B.S., Legal Studies, 2002) University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., 2005), Universidad de Costa Rica, Summer Abroad (2004).

Practice Areas:

Real Estate & Construction Litigation; Foreclosure Prosecution; HOA & Condo Association Representation; Representation of Real Estate Investors in Acquisitions & Title and Possessory Matters; Government Subsidized Housing

Community Involvement:

Member, The Florida Bar
Member, Lake County Bar Association

Rated by Super Lawyers®: Rising Star 2016, 2017

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474
Email: grant@stoneandgerken.com

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