Ms. Meredith D. Crawford, a graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, is a board-certified specialist in City, County and Local Government Law (B.C.S.) and a certified land planner (AICP). Her practice is concentrated primarily on community association planning, North Florida local government administration and land use litigation. Before joining Wade, Palmer & Shoemaker, Meredith was an attorney for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners where Ms. Crawford successfully litigated on behalf of the County in state court and before administrative agencies to include the Florida State Retirement Commission, Department of Economic Opportunity and the Division of Administrative Hearings. While with the County, Meredith was general counsel to the Escambia County Planning Board, the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, the Escambia County Disability Awareness Committee and the Escambia County Canvassing Board. Ms. Crawford routinely provided advice to the County Administrator and County Department Directors and staff and prepared ordinances, resolutions, memoranda and legal instruments on behalf of the local government. Ms. Crawford represented the Escambia County Administration before the Escambia County Board of Adjustment, Escambia County Merit System Protection Board, Escambia County Special Magistrate Code Enforcement Proceedings, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Ms. Crawford served as trial counsel for the Escambia County Animal Control Department in animal cruelty cases before the County Court.
Before her work in local government, Ms. Crawford was a senior attorney with the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, Children's Legal Services, where she was lead trial counsel representing the State in dependency litigation. Meredith began her legal career in Florida as an assistant public defender where she tried over 30 felony jury cases to verdict with many resulting in acquittals or convictions of lesser included offenses. Meredith's criminal defense work also included a successful motion practice resulting in dismissal of charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to trafficking in controlled substances based on unlawful search and seizure or other constitutional violations. All combined, Ms. Crawford has a thirteen-year track record of over 100 successfully and fully litigated final orders, judgments and verdicts.
Ms. Crawford graduated summa cum laude with three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science, Spanish & History, and a minor in psychology from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama.