Lorie L. Chism is the Founder of Amelia Law Group and practices in the areas of business and corporate law, tax law, estate planning and real estate law, serving a broad base of businesses and individuals throughout the Jacksonville metropolitan area and Nassau County. Ms. Chism brings experience as a certified public accountant to bear on complex matters such as mergers and acquisitions, succession planning for business owners and strategic business planning.
Ms. Chism has extensive experience in the preparation of wills and trust documents, complex probate administration, and the many facets of sophisticated estate planning, including guardianship considerations and prenuptial agreements. Ms. Chism has represented clients in trusts and estates litigation and served as lender’s counsel in insolvency proceedings. In service of her high net worth clients, Ms. Chism has significant experience in public and private company representations, partnership and LLC structuring, and all aspects of private business management. Whether in service of a business or an individual, Ms. Chism navigates clients through all phases of a transaction, identifying potential risks and pitfalls and developing innovative strategies to attain the best, legally permissible result given the client’s individual goals and circumstances.
Ms. Chism has been recognized by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” for the years 2014 through 2018 and as a “Rising Star” in 2012, the latter ranking being earned by less than 2.5% of attorneys in the state.
Ms. Chism is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Taxation Law and Business sections of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Institute of CPAs and the American Society of Attorney-CPAs. She is also an active board member of the Nassau County Council on Aging.
Ms. Chism holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of North Florida and a JD with honors from Florida Coastal School of Law. She earned her CPA designation in 1990 and practiced as a CPA with Lorie McCarroll, PA for 11 years. Ms. Chism began her legal practice with the boutique law firm of Purcell, Flanagan, Hay and Greene. PA, and later joined Rogers Towers, PA, where she ultimately became a Shareholder of the firm. Ms. Chism founded Amelia Law Group in 2014 to better serve the needs of her North Florida clients. Ms. Chism is admitted to practice law in Florida and Georgia.
J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, with honors 2001
B.B.A, Accounting, University of North Florida 1989
Florida Bar 2002
Georgia Bar 2005
Honors and Awards:
Florida Trends "Super Lawyer" 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Florida Trends "Rising Star" 2012
Florida Trends "Legal Elite" 2011