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Jimmy D. Crawford

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Partner 

Location: Clermont, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699 

 

Jimmy Crawford was born in Corpus Christi, TX in 1959, and lived his first 20 years or so in the Lone Star State. He and most of his family are unrepentant Texas Aggies (insert joke here). While you might not be able to tell it now if you catch him on his way to court in his shirt and tie, Jimmy was a forester for almost ten years in Louisiana, running logging crews, marking timber for harvesting and planting trees. In the throes of an early and potentially misguided mid-life crisis, Jimmy went back to law school, graduating in the top quarter of his class from the top environmental law school in the country.

 

Jimmy has practiced in Florida since 1994, and concentrates his practice in governmental law, land development, real estate, bankruptcy and related litigation. He has served as board attorney for Lake-Sumter State College and for the Lake County Water Authority, as well as serving as Town Attorney for the Town of Montverde. He has had the honor of representing many of Lake County’s premier development projects of the past two decades of economic growth (and about three or four years of the worst recession since 1929!) His past clients read like a Who’s Who of the Florida development world, including Pringle Development, Lennar Homes, Home Depot, DeWitt Excavating, The Ginn Company, Montverde Academy and the City of Saint Augustine. He has won major sanctions against banks and creditors for abuse of the bankruptcy and foreclosure processes, including a sanction award of over $200,000. However his greatest legal accomplishment was actually performed as a Notary Public, in which capacity Jimmy has had the honor of marrying two beautiful couples, both of which as of this writing are still married!

 

When Jimmy isn’t representing his clients he spends time with his outstanding and varied family unit, including his wife, Laura, a parade of kids back and forth through the house, including at least four that he has claim to, and the best dog in Florida. Jimmy golfs adequately, loves the outdoors, writes terrible country songs and performs them even worse, and is half finished with the Great American Novel, which unfortunately has been half-finished for almost 20 years.

 

If you have a legal issue that you can “kick dirt on”, then its most likely a problem that Jimmy can help with.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Governmental Law
  • Land Development
  • Real Estate Law
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Related Litigation 

 

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1994

 

Education

Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon

  • J.D.

Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas

  • B.S.

 

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present)

  • South Lake Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Lake County Commission for Children
  • Lake County Economic Development Committee, Advisory Board

 

Past Employment Positions 

  • Greenburg, Traurig, LLP
  • Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A.
  • Richey & Crawford, P.A.
  • Gray Robinson, P.A.
  • Langley, Nagel, Crawford & Modica, P.A.

Stephanie M. Modica

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Partner 

Location: Clermont, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699

 

Stephanie is a native of Clermont, Florida and graduate of South Lake High School. After high school, Stephanie attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Stephanie then earned her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law where she was a participant in the Honors Program and Assistant editor of the Law Review.

 

Stephanie began her career as a Judicial Staff Attorney in Lake County for the Honorable Don F. Briggs, Honorable Mark A. Nacke, Honorable Michael G. Takac, and Honorable James Baxley. As Staff Attorney in both Circuit and County Court, Stephanie developed extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of civil and criminal matters and had the unique opportunity to work closely with the Judiciary from within the court system. After her tenure as Staff Attorney, Stephanie was hired as an Assistant Public Defender serving under the Honorable Michael Graves, where she defended hundreds of juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases. Throughout her career, Stephanie has been involved in a multitude of legal disputes with diverse issues of law and fact including divorces, paternity actions, class actions, complex civil litigation matters, injunctions, and all forms of criminal defense, including post-conviction relief and appellate issues. Stephanie brings her unique experience to Crawford, Modica & Holt. Chartered Attorneys at Law as head of the Criminal and Family Law divisions of the firm. 

 

Stephanie recognizes the importance of giving back to her community and participates in a wide variety of philanthropic pursuits. Stephanie is most proud of serving on the Board of Cornerstone Hospice. She believes her work with Cornerstone is an important way to honor the memory of her late husband, Frank Tricomi, who sadly passed away in 2011 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. In addition to her work with Cornerstone Hospice, Stephanie is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Lake County Bar Association, currently serving as Vice President and a volunteer with the Lake County Teen Court program. Stephanie has also served as a pro bono Guardian ad Litem and Attorney ad Litem for children involved in the dependency system. In her free time, Stephanie loves playing golf with her dad (who ALWAYS beats her), practicing yoga and hanging out with her miniature schnauzer, Barrington, and her coton, Oliver, who are (naturally) the cutest dogs in the whole world! 

 

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Issues 

 

Education

Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island

  • Juris Doctor cum laude – 2006, Honor’s Program
  • Law Review: Roger Williams University Law Review, Assistant Editor

 

University of Florida – 2003

  • B.A. in political science

 

Past Employment Positions

  • Judicial Staff Attorney for the Honorable Don F. Briggs, 2006 – 2012 
  • Judicial Staff Attorney for the Honorable Mark A. Nacke, 2006 – 2012 
  • Judicial Staff Attorney for the Honorable Michael G. Takac, 2006 – 2012 
  • Assistant Public Defender for the Honorable Michael A. Graves, 2012 – 2014 
  • Former Partner at Langley, Nagel, Crawford and Modica, 2015-2018

 

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lake County Teen Court Program
  • Cornerstone Hospice
  • Lake County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Southern Sisterhood Society
Testimonials

Stephanie is truly a legal giant who is compassionate with her clients, yet lethal in the courtroom. I retained Stephanie for family law matters and she did not disappoint. Great investment and advocate when your family is at stake.- Louis-


Best attorney ever! Stephanie is a no BS attorney, she gives it to you strait and doesn’t beat around the bush. This is only half of why I chose her to represent my case. Stephanie clearly cared about my case and listened to the specifics. Our case lasted over a year and on our last day in court she still remembered everything from the first day she met me. She carefully crafted our entire case around the law and the facts. I can’t even express how grateful I am for the strength and guidance she gave me. Because of her knowledge, compassion, and skill I was able to leave our trial with a better outcome than I anticipated.- Chelsea-


Stephanie recently handled a case for me and was excellent every step of the way, kept us well informed throughout the whole process. She was very knowledgeable of the law and everything in between and ultimately got the case dropped in less than 3 weeks, I would recommend her for anyone in need of an attorney.- Don-

Words cannot describe how valuable Stephanie was during my divorce. She was never more than a phone call away. She exudes professionalism, while keeping her clients best interest at the forefront of all she does. I would recommend her to any and everyone.- Abby-


Stephanie is by far the best attorney money can buy! She is extremely professional. My experience with Stephanie was great, she was great to work with. I would recommend her to everyone!- Leathers-

Lindsay C.T. Holt

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Partner 

Location: Tavares, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699

 

Lindsay C. T. Holt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has spent the majority of her life in Florida. After graduating from Leesburg High School, Lindsay attended Florida State University where she earned her A.A. degree before transferring to Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. From Flagler, Ms. Holt earned degrees in Political Science and Psychology. Lindsay attended law school at Stetson University College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 2007. While at Stetson, Lindsay was the recipient of the Victor O. Wehle award for her trial advocacy skills.

 

Lindsay most enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh Holt, and their daughter, Ella. Ms. Holt is also an active member in the community. She currently sits on the executive committee (Past President) of the Lake-Sumter State College Foundation board and serves on the board of directors of the Community Foundation of South Lake County. Lindsay served on the executive committee of the Lake County Bar Association for five years and previously chaired the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. In 2017 and 2018, Lindsay was honored to be selected as a circuit court judge nominee by the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Committee.Ms. Holt’s law practice is focused on litigation. She is admitted to practice in all state courts throughout the State of Florida. Lindsay is also admitted and has experience in handling litigation in the Federal District Courts, where she has handled matters in various federal courts in the State of Florida and in Atlanta, Georgia.  

 

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Real Estate and Real Property Litigation Appellate Practice 

 

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2007
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2008
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2013 

 

Education

  • Stetson University, J.D.
  • Flagler College, B.A. 
  • Florida State University, A. A. 

 

Past Employment Positions 

  • McLin Burnsed, P.A.
  • Williams, Smith & Summers, P.A.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freya McLain

Freya McLain, Attorney
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Associate Attorney

Location: Tavares, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699

Freya is a native Floridian, having grown up in South Florida. Freya came to Central Florida after high school to attend the University of Central Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies. Having already met the love of her life during college, Freya opted to stay in Central Florida where she attended Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, graduating with her Juris Doctor Degree in 2006.

Freya began her career as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in Lake County, Florida. During the eight years she spent with the Public Defender’s Office, Freya gained extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and had the opportunity to defend thousands of cases in the areas of juvenile law,

misdemeanor county court, felony circuit court and mental health law. There isno experience like courtroom experience and, with Freya, you can rest assured she has that in spades.

After leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Freya went into private practice where she has handled a variety of civil litigation issues with a heavy focus on family law. Freya has spent years

representing clients in dissolution of marriage cases, paternity actions, child support litigation, Guardianship cases as well as a multitude of other family law related issues. This extensive experience and hands-on knowledge of courtroom procedure have allowed Freya to really focus on being results-driven and has given her the tools to resolve disputes creatively.

Freya gives back to her legal community by being on the Board of Directors for the Lake County Bar Association where she gets to participate in structuring continuing legal education seminars and helps to organize events that provide benefit to the Lake County populace at large. In her spare time, Freya enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons, Ethan and Cole. Both of her boys are heavily involved in sports and, as a result, you can usually find Freya sitting on bleachers throughout the Central Florida area. When she is not chauffeuring children to and from sporting events/piano lessons, Freya enjoys

reading deep, thought-provoking books (to satisfy the requirements of a book club she was tricked into joining by her “friends”) and romance novels.

David Langley

David Langley, Attorney
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Associate Attorney

Location: Clermont, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699

David was born and raised in Clermont, Florida and graduated from South Lake High School. After high school, David attended West Virginia Wesleyan College on an academic and NCCA DII athletic scholarship to play baseball for the Bobcats graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. He then accepted a full academic scholarship to earn his Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. While at Ave Maria, David graduated in the top 25% of his class, was a Vice President on the Moot Court Board, and earned the Pro Bono Award for volunteer work. He also interned for the Honorable Judge John Steele of the United States Middle District of Florida and the 20th

Judicial District of the State Attorney’s Office of Florida.

After law school David accepted a commission as an officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG). During his time as a Judge Advocate, he deployed with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the historic 1st Infantry Division to a post near the border or North and South Korea as an Administrative and

Operational law attorney, advising Commanders of all ranks. David then returned to Fort Riley, Kansas to work as a Legal Assistance Attorney, a Military Magistrate, and Trial Counsel (military prosecutor). While a Trial Counsel, David prosecuted multiple contested general courts-martial and administrative separation boards. He ended his time as an active duty Judge Advocate earning an Army Achievement Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and two Army Commendations Medals. David is currently continuing his military service as a Trial Defense attorney in the 154th Legal Operational Detachment of the United States Army Reserve.

David seeks to be an active member of the local community. He most enjoys spending time with his wife Brittany (who teaches middle school language arts in Clermont) and family, CrossFit, golf, and cheering on local sports teams. David has a proud history of family members that have been or currently are attorneys and wishes to uphold that legacy of being one of Lake County’s go to local attorneys. 


Areas of Practice-       

Civil Litigation-  Family Law-  Land Use and Zoning- Land Development

Bar Admissions-       

Florida, 2015

Education –       

Ave Maria School of Law, J.D. –       

West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.B.A. –       

West Virginia Wesleyan College, B.S. Past Employment Positions-       

United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps

Meet Our Legal Team of Paralegals

Jennifer Cotch

Jennifer Cotch, Paralegal
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Paralegal 

Location: Clermont, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699 

 

Jennifer is originally from upstate New York and moved to Central Florida to attend Stetson University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Political Science. Prior to her work in the private sector, Jennifer worked in both state and local governments. Currently, she assists clients with assessments and solutions of a variety of land use issues including site plan development, community redevelopment planning, due diligence research, land development regulations and comprehensive planning. Jennifer has represented clients in the commercial, residential, and industrial sectors as well as re-positioning of projects through Central Florida, including planned development of regional impacts (DRI), and projects planned as sustainable communities.  

Susie Martinez-McMullen

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Paralegal 

Hablo Español

Location: Clermont, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699

 

Susie Martinez-McMullen brings years of experience in the legal field to Crawford, Modica & Holt. As a certified paralegal and law office manager, Susie understands that there are many facets to running a preeminent law firm. She helps keeps CMH organized, efficient and ahead of the curve. Ms. Martinez-McMullen’s years as a paralegal have largely been focused on the practice of family law. She therefore works primarily with partner, Stephanie Modica, in delivering exceptional representation of family law and criminal defense clients. Susie is passionate about her work and all CMH clients. Ms. Martinez-McMullen is also fluent in Spanish and is available to assist the partners with any Spanish speaking clients that need legal assistance. 

Lindsey Hitt

Lindsey Hitt, Paralegal
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Paralegal 

Location: Tavares, Florida

Tel. No. 352-432-8644

Fax No. 352-432-8699 

 

Lindsey Hitt is a Lake County native, and Umatilla High School Graduate. She earned her B.S.

degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Hitt has many years of experience as a litigation paralegal.  At Crawford, Modica & Holt, Lindsey works closely with Partner, Lindsay C. T. Holt, on litigation matters. Having

previously worked with Ms. Holt at another law firm, the duo is pleased to continue their teamwork for CMH clients. Lindsey’s education, experience and attention to detail are valuable assets to the firm and its clients.

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