Peacock Law Firm, P. A., Tampa, Florida, established November 2004. Along with partner, Mike Peacock, the firm represents clients in both civil and criminal litigation matters, especially complex litigation, fraud, and false claim matters. Additionally, Emily Peacock is a State Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, and is on the approved mediator list for the Middle District of Florida.
James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich, P. A., Tampa, Florida, November 1997 through October, 2004; partner in the firm, which practices in civil fraud and class action matters. Experience in all types of cases handled by the firm, including individual and class insurance fraud matters, individual and class annuity fraud matters, securities arbitration cases, product liability cases, and state and federal False Claims Act (qui tam) cases. Duties at the firm included nation-wide travel for discovery and preparation of class action matters, major document reviews and phone banks for class action litigations and settlements.
Emily A. Peacock, Attorney at Law, Tampa, Florida, July 1996 through November 1997; solo practitioner in the areas of family and dependency, criminal and juvenile defense, and employment law; member of the Family Law Inns of Court.
Assistant Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Florida, February 1995 through July 1996. Positions held were Felony Trial Attorney, Intake Supervisor, and Juvenile Division Chief. Additional responsibilities included being an instructor at Tampa Police Academy Training Programs and membership on the Task Force to coordinate implementation of video conferencing with the Hillsborough County Jail system.
Senior Attorney, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, District V, Pinellas County, Florida, February 1993 through February 1995; worked with child protective investigators, seeking dependency status on behalf of children who were abused, neglected or abandoned. Additional duties and responsibilities included participation in Child Protection Team Staffings to consult and advise on the legal, social and dependency status of at-risk or dependent children.
Assistant State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Hillsborough County, Florida, March 1985 through January 1993. Positions held were Deputy Division Chief of the Intake Division, and Deputy Bureau Chief of Bureau II (Misdemeanor and Juvenile Divisions). Additional responsibilities included membership on the Victim Assistance Planning Council, Domestic Violence Task Force, and Adult Protection Team for Hillsborough County, and extensive work with Victim Assistance Program in its conceptualization and development, and as part of the prosecution function.
Assistant State Attorney, 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Seminole County, Florida, July 1981 through February 1985. Positions held were Felony Trial Attorney and Juvenile Division Chief. Honors received from Guardian Ad Litem Program for training and assistance provided to the program in Seminole County.
Education and Training
Circuit Civil Mediation Training, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, November 2003. Completed the mediator training course and mentorship hours to obtain certification as a circuit civil mediator; approved as a mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2004.
Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida; J. D., December 1980. Active in numerous student groups at Stetson, including: President, Trial Advocacy Society; Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; Women in Law; Student Bar Association, Legislative Council; Freshman Moot Court, Outstanding Oral Advocate; Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1981. Participated in prosecution clinic during final semester; employed as a law clerk for local firms during second and third years at Stetson.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; B. A., May 1978. Major Field of Study was in Business Administration, with related work in Philosophy. In addition to various student activities, employed part-time off campus and volunteered at the Nashville V. A. Hospital.
Florida Bar, May 1981; United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1982; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2000; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2003; United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2004; Hillsborough County Bar Association since 1985.
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida; graduated from H. B. Plant High School, (Emily Geer 1974); married to Mike Peacock (J. D. Stetson, 1980); two adult children. Choir member, elder, and member of various committees at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa, FL; Member of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay; Member and Board Member, Tampa Oratorio Singers; Plant High School Chorus Boosters and Band Boosters; parent volunteer from 1987-2001; Bayshore Little League and Palma Ceia Little League; member Domestic Violence Task Force, Hillsborough County; Victim Assistance Planning Council, Hillsborough County.