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Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A.

A full service business and litigation law firm, which is minority/woman owned.

J. Frazier Carraway, Shareholder and Co-Founder, Retires After More Than 35 Years of Practicing Law

Frazier Carraway, Bernice Saxon, Ric Gilmore

Saxon|Gilmore is both delighted and disheartened to announce J. Frazier Carraway is retiring after more than 35 years practicing law. Mr. Carraway is ready to enjoy more time golfing, traveling, and with family and friends.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Frazier for more than 30 years. He certainly will be missed as will his expertise, but we wish him the very best in the next chapter of his life,” said Bernice Saxon, Managing Partner and Shareholder at Saxon|Gilmore.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of calling Frazier my law partner, fellow founder and friend for over 25 years. Not only has he been a conscientious and consistent professional, but also a compassionate advocate for our clients. Words cannot express how much I will miss him being available next door. However, words can express how much I hope he enjoys his retirement!” said Ric Gilmore, Shareholder at Saxon|Gilmore.

Mr. Carraway is a senior partner and co-founder of Saxon|Gilmore. During his years at Saxon|Gilmore, he contributed greatly to the success of our firm. He served his clients in the areas of civil rights, general civil litigation, complex state and federal construction litigation, community association operations, arbitration, mediation, and jury trials.

He has served as counsel to the Board of Trustees of Hillsborough Community College since 2004. He earned his undergraduate degree from New College of The University of South Florida. Upon graduation, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army before returning to civilian life and working for U.S. Home, Rutenberg Division, in several construction-related capacities. In 1988, Mr. Carraway graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

By now, Mr. Carraway’s clients should have received a letter announcing his retirement and introducing other attorneys at the firm who will continue to meet the needs of all of his clients. We are confident it will be a smooth transition. If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to Bernice Saxon at 813.314.4501 or via email to


Saxon|Gilmore is pleased to announce the recipients of the scholarship established in honor of its 20th Anniversary. Five $4,000 scholarships have been awarded to:

C. Wigley (Daytona)
B. Worley (Sarasota)
D. Blaise (Boca Raton)
R. Brown (Cocoa)
L. Gilmore (Tampa)

Centrally located in Tampa, the firm practices throughout Florida, in all state and federal courts, with a primary focus on business structuring and transactions, together with complex commercial litigation. Saxon|Gilmore also has extensive experience in public finance, governmental regulatory issues, housing and community developmentreal estate development and finance, insurance and liability defense services, construction law, products liability, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, entertainment law, environmental law and land use, and estate planning trusts and probate. With twelve attorneys on staff, we are able to combine the talent, capabilities, and resources normally found in much larger organizations to critically evaluate a broad range of issues and structure our representation while providing the high level of professionalism, flexibility, responsiveness, and personal attention of a smaller firm.

The focus of Saxon|Gilmore is on the delivery of superior results-oriented client service. Through integrated practice groups, we focus our resources on the interests of our clients to assure access to the most appropriate legal representation. We identify each client’s unique needs to build efficient working relationships with our clients through clear and open communication, state-of-the-art support and information systems, attention to detail, and prompt and effective action. Our attorneys are energetic, knowledgeable and seasoned, with varied backgrounds and a wide range of experience, which is further enhanced by a skilled team of paraprofessionals and staff. To accommodate our clients’ varied needs, our attorneys are experienced in a broad range of legal disciplines.