2018-11-stevenson-klotz-law-firm-newsletter 10-24-2018

Stevenson Klotz Monthly Calendar—November of 2018

Extra Mile Day, November 1. Recognizing the people and organizations working hard to make a difference in their communities and celebrating the willingness each of us have to make an impact in our lives, the lives of others, and the world.

Use Your Common-Sense Day, November 4. Created by the leadership consultant and motivational speaker Bud Bilanich to encourage people to let common sense be their guide in all actions.

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, November 14. Don’t let the stress and the chaos wear you down. Let it go. You’ll feel much better.

America Recycles Day, November 15. You might not want it, but can it be re-purposed, reused, donated, or recycled?

Universal Children’s Day, November 20. Established by the United Nations in 1954 and observed annually on this day since 1959 to raise awareness to children’s rights and promote a sense of unity in children around the globe.

Thanksgiving Day, November 22. Tofurkey, turducken, piecaken. Don’t gorge on too many food krakens today but do give thanks for all of your many blessings.

Also Inside This Issue:

Recipe of the Month

Becky’s Banana Blueberry Pudding Pie

This dessert is right out of Eric’s Aunt Becky’s recipe book.


  • Vanilla wafers (about 34)
  • 2 medium bananas (sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (rinse/drain)
  • 6 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding & pie filling
  • 1 cup whipped cream


  1. Line the pie plate with vanilla wafers.
  2. Top with banana slices and blueberries.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and
  4. gradually add in the sweetened condensed milk
  5. until the mixture is smooth.
  6. On a low speed, beat together the mixture with
  7. cold water and the pudding mix until smooth.
  8. Chill the mixture for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
  9. Fold whipped cream into the chilled mixture.
  10. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie plate.
  11. Serve chilled.

What’s up at SKLF?

In the world of law and courts, November is typically a month that slides into a slower, relaxed holiday season. There was definitely no slow down for me and Eric in 2017. I suspect there will be none in 2018.

We have opened our Mobile, Alabama office, and recently had a ribbon cutting.

Right now, we are getting ramped up for our Santa’s Bookshelf book-drive next month. We collected over 2000 children’s books for children in need last year. If you have extra children’s books around the house, we would love to hear from you and can pick them up if you give us a call. You may visit www.SantasBookshelf.org to learn more about our literacy philanthropy and for information on donating.

We are happy to announce that The Juice Is OK, one of our original Youth Music Project bands, is releasing their first album. Wow! The YMP is going to be a sponsor of The Juice’s November 10th, 6:00 p.m., album release party at one of Pensacola’s historic music venues, The Handlebar. This is an all-ages, non-smoking concert and album-release event. There will be a small cover charge to help the band, but everyone is invited.

A couple days in November, Eric and I will be in Orlando, Florida for our personal injury practice group which helps us bring you a better client experience.

We have also hired a new marketing intern, Paris Harman from the University of West Florida (UWF).

Look for our turkey related Facebook contest in November. That’s enough for now. Whew, wait until you see December! Thank you for trusting us with your case.

Game Day

It was one of the first practice sessions of the regular season, and players on a pro football team were running through drills.

From out of nowhere a turkey appeared by the goal post, trotted across the field, and stopped in front of the head coach.

“I’d like to try out for the team,” the turkey said as the players and staff stood silently by in disbelief.

“Wait, let me guess,” the turkey continued, “None of you have ever met a talking turkey? Seriously, guys, it’s the 21st century. We do more than just gobble. Let me try out for the team and show you how good I am at this game.”

The coach agreed to let the turkey try out and was pleasantly surprised at how good the turkey was at catching passes and running the ball down the field. When the turkey returned to the sideline, the coach said, “I think we can find a spot for you on the team. What do you say?”

The turkey said, “I don’t care if I start or stand on the sidelines, as long as I stay on the team through Thanksgiving.”


Community Spotlight: Pensacola News Journal (PNJ)

Each month, we like to feature people we work with, our neighbors, or people who are influential in our community. This month, we would like to feature the Pensacola News Journal.

The Pensacola News Journal (PNJ) has a long and rich history in Pensacola. The PNJ started out as two different papers in the 1890’s. Eventually the two competing papers merged and went from a twice-a-day paper to a once-a-day paper.

In 1969, John Holliday Perry, Jr, the son of the PNJ’s founder, sold the paper to the Gannett Company in New York for about $15 million after building it into a news empire operating about 28 local newspapers.

The Pensacola New Journal still plays a vital role in our community, either online at www.PNJ.com or as a daily delivery to your home.

On September 3, 2018, the PNJ ran an article about the Stevenson Klotz Youth Music Project, and we have a had an amazing response from students wanting to play on the Youth Music Project Gallery Night Stage.

Thank you to PNJ reporter Rebecca Carlson and the PNJ photographer Tony Giberson for helping us spread the word.

Eric’s Corner

October was a lot of fun. I celebrated my 46th birthday in Dallas with my family at a Dallas Cowboys game. They delivered for my birthday and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by a substantial amount. Being a child of the 70’s, most kids my age were either Pittsburgh Steelers or Dallas Cowboys fans. I fell into the Cowboys camp and have always pulled for them. This was my first game at the AT&T Stadium, and it was a great place to celebrate my birthday.

We also got a new dog, Zeus! He is a bulldog rescue and is a sweet addition to our house. He loves to play with his toys, and we all love him.

Carrie, Lucy Adams, and I also traveled up to Sewanee, Tennessee, home of my alma mater, The University of the South, with some friends and their children. Cole did not make the trip because he had freshman football practice. We got to do a lot of hiking in the mountains and ate some great food. It was a nice time to get away.

However, the impending Hurricane Michael was on our minds, and we quickly got back to see whether we needed to do anything to prepare for the storm. We are blessed that the hurricane did not affect us, but friends to the east received substantial damage. Our prayers are with the folks to the east of us who have been affected and suffered severe devastation due to the storm.

Our church is coordinating some relief efforts which Carrie and I are supporting. We hope that the people affected will recover soon, but we know the road will be long and hard having lived through Ivan 14 years ago.

Cole is almost finished with his freshman football season, and Lucy Adams is almost finished with her sixth-grade volleyball season. While Cole‘s freshman football team has not had the success they had hoped, he has had his personal best football season and has seen a lot of time on the field.

Lucy Adams has played volleyball for the first time this year and is quickly becoming a formidable force on the court. It is fun to watch both of them grow up and get better at their respective sports.

Practice Area: Full Coverage

“Full coverage” is a term we hear a lot in our office. Many folks who go to an insurance agent and want to get coverage for their car ask their agent to get full coverage thinking that they have the best coverage available to them. However, this type of insurance only covers property damage or repairs to vehicle. It does not give coverage for injuries you may get in the car wreck.

Full coverage is an insurance industry term which is nonspecific but usually includes comprehensive and collision property damage coverages, meaning that there is coverage to pay for damage to someone else’s vehicle and for repairs to your own vehicle.

We believe it is the responsibility of your insurance agents to refer you this coverage because it gives the impression that someone has adequate coverage in case of a car wreck.

Though the law does not require drivers to carry liability or uninsured motorist coverage, liability coverage will pay for injuries to other people if you cause an auto accident. This type of coverage will protect your assets if you get sued and will also pay for an attorney to represent you. Everyone should carry liability insurance.

Additionally, everyone should carry uninsured motorist coverage. Because Florida law does not require drivers to carry liability insurance, many drivers on the road do not have any insurance to cover you if that driver injures you in an auto accident.

The only way to protect yourself is to have uninsured motorist coverage. The next time you go to see your insurance agent regarding Autumn mobile coverage, please talk with him/her about your liability and uninsured motorist coverage.

Employee Spotlight: Paris Harman

Welcome Pari “Paris” Harman, who is a student at the University of West Florida (UWF) studying business administration and management.

Paris joins SKLF as our new marketing intern. She will be assisting us with our social media and marketing outreach projects.

Paris has been a student paper journalist at Pensacola State College (PSC). She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success at UWF. She is a Taekwondo black belt as well as an accomplished pianist. What a well-rounded person!

We are glad to have you, Paris. Welcome!

Stay Safe and Awake at the Wheel

A nap can be pleasant and relaxing—unless you’re at the wheel of a car when it happens. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that sleep-related driving accidents cause 40,000 injuries and 150 deaths every year. Don’t be one of them. Follow these tips for staying awake and alert on the road:

  1. Get enough sleep. If you know you’ll be driving a long distance, plan to get the sleep you need ahead of time. Take a nap before you leave if you’ll be driving late—but avoid driving late at night if at all possible, as you’ll be naturally sleepy anyway no matter how rested you feel.
  2. Take breaks. Don’t try to drive for hours at a time. Stop about every two hours for 10–15 minutes of rest, brisk exercise, and stretching.
  3. Get proper nutrition. Stay hydrated—drink lots of water. Coffee, tea, and energy drinks may provide a temporary boost, but remember that they can wear off quickly and leave you with less energy than before. The same goes for candy. Eat fruit, sunflower seeds, or high-carb granola bars, and don’t gobble them down in a few bites. Eating slowly forces you to keep your attention level up.
  4. Don’t get too comfortable. Open the window to keep cold air blowing on your face or adjust your seat just enough to be noticeable as you drive. Listen to loud music—maybe music you don’t like—or talk radio, as long as it doesn’t get you too upset.
  5. Pull over. If all else fails, find a safe spot to pull over and take a nap. 15–20 minutes may be enough to get you through the rest of your trip safely.

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