Marks Gray, P.A. attorney Mary Bland Love received the 2016 Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award at the Jacksonville Bar Association’s annual Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar held on February 25 at the Wells Fargo Auditorium. The Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award recognizes a lawyer from the local legal community whose career has embodied those qualities to which trial lawyers aspire. This honor has been presented to many local attorneys, but Ms. Love is the first woman to ever receive the award.
The Award committee evaluates applicants based on the qualities that made Florida Supreme Court Justice Ehrlich a legal role model including professionalism, steadfast obedience to ethics, discernment, mentorship and willingness to help those in need. Ms. Love was nominated by a team of peers for her exemplary commitment to these ideals. Throughout her career Ms. Love has continually demonstrated the highest ethical and professional standards while also generously giving back to the Jacksonville community through various philanthropic endeavors.
Mary Bland Love graduated from the University Of Virginia School Of Law in 1978. She served as an associate attorney and ultimately partner at the Mathews, Osborne, Ehrlich, McNatt, Gobelman & Cobb law firm from 1978-1988. She then co-founded the law firm of Gobelman and Love in 1988. She has served as Of Counsel at Marks Gray, P.A. since 2011.