Ms. Bellamy is a partner practicing primarily on first party property and insurance coverage matters. She spent the first ten years of her career with a prominent Orlando insurance defense firm, representing insurance carriers and insureds in first and third-party claims in the areas of homeowners insurance law, with a focus on sinkhole and property damage litigation, as well as auto negligence, premises liability, rental car law, and appellate law. Ms. Bellamy spent the last two years with a prominent Orlando Plaintiff’s firm representing hospitals and physicians in the area of Personal Injury Protection law. She is licensed to practice in all state courts of Florida as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.
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Barry University School of Law, J.D., Valedictorian
-State University of New York at Fredonia, B.S., Cum Laude
-United States District Court Middle District of Florida
-United States District Court Northern District of Florida
Office Location::Orlando, FL
Robert “Bobby” Dehne is a partner managing the firm’s Orlando office, and focuses his practice primarily on first party property and insurance coverage matters. He has extensive experience in handling all types of property damage claims, both pre-suit and litigation, and has actively participated in a large number of SIU/fraud investigations.
Mr. Dehne is a certified Florida instructor of insurance adjuster continuing education, and has presented insurance seminars to insurance claims staff and professionals around the Country. Over the years, Mr. Dehne has handled property losses caused by hurricane, windstorm, lightning, hail, fire, water intrusion, plumbing leaks, sinkhole, and theft.
Mr. Dehne is rated AV by the Martindale Hubbell professional rating organization upon review by his peers; the highest rating conferred on practicing attorneys by the Martindale Hubbell organization. Further, Mr. Dehne has been selected to the Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star list from 2017 through 2022, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Dehne received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and his Juris Doctor from the Florida Coastal School of Law located in Jacksonville, Florida. He is licensed to practice in all state courts of Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
In his free time, Mr. Dehne enjoys spending time with his family, watching football, playing golf, and coaching his son’s football team. Mr. Dehne is also an avid Green Bay Packers, Florida State Seminoles, and UCF Knights’ fan.
Office Location::Orlando, FL
Victoria M. Cabrera is an associate defending first party property insurance defense matters. Prior to joining Groelle and Salmon as an associate, Ms. Cabrera worked for the Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit. During her time as an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Cabrera gained extensive courtroom experience. She has litigated numerous cases, and has tried several jury and bench trials to verdict. Ms. Cabrera is also experienced in defending civil claims as a former associate attorney with a prominent North Virginia firm litigating insurance claims.
Ms. Cabrera attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Cabrera volunteered with the First Judicial Circuit’s Office of Regional Conflict Counsel’s Criminal Appellate Division and worked for the Consumer Protection Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Virginia.
Bruce A. Epple is a partner in the firm’s Orlando office handling first party property and insurance coverage matters. He has a long history of civil litigation and trial experience handling third party and first party insurance claims, both pre-suit and litigation, in almost every venue in Florida and he has personally participated as first chair attorney in over 20 civil jury trials through verdict during his lengthy legal career.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Epple served 12 years as Senior In-House Staff Counsel for The Hartford Insurance Group. His prior insurance defense experience also includes representation of a wide variety of insurance carriers. He has served in the past as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator and for four years operated his own Mediation practice.
Mr. Epple grew up in Orlando, FL and received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in 1977, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then attended law school and obtained his Juris Doctor degree, Cum Laude, from Stetson College of Law in 1980. He is licensed to practice in all state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Bruce is an avid supporter of the UCF Knights (“Charge On!”) and enjoys attending live sporting events throughout the state whenever his schedule permits.
Stetson College of Law , J.D., Cum Laude
University of Central Florida, B.A., Summa Cum Laude
-United States District Court Middle District of Florida
Office Location::Orlando, FL
Gina Glasgow is a partner in the firm’s Orlando office. She has extensive experience in handling first-party property, third-party liability and insurance coverage matters. She handles all types of commercial and residential pre-suit and post-suit property insurance claims, including hurricane, wind, hail, water, plumbing, theft, fire, business personal property and business interruption. In addition, she has been involved in numerous SIU/fraud investigations and has provided representation to policyholders in several types of third-party liability actions.
Ms. Glasgow is a member of the Florida Property Insurance Fraud Task Force and is a certified Florida instructor of insurance adjuster continuing education. She has presented at the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) and Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) seminars as well as at several private insurance seminars.
Ms. Glasgow is a former NCAA Division I collegiate swimmer who graduated from Butler University in 2002 and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2005. She is admitted to the state bars of Florida and Indiana (inactive in good standing) and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
Christina E. Hedley is an associate practicing primarily on first party property and insurance coverage matters. Prior to coming to Groelle and Salmon, she practiced criminal law as an Assistant Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit for six years. As an Assistant Public Defender, she litigated a variety of complex criminal law matters and completed more than forty jury trials and eleven bench trials relating to juvenile offenses. Through her work as an Assistant Public Defender, she regularly engaged in the discovery process, legal research, motion practice, depositions, negotiations, and trials. Moreover, her practice required her to consult with, and take depositions of, various witnesses, including expert witnesses specializing in such fields as firearms, pharmacology, toxicology, fingerprints, eye witness identification, and psychology.
Ms. Hedley graduated from Barry University School of Law where she was awarded a certificate in Trial Advocacy with honors. Ms. Hedley earned two Bachelors of Science from the University of New Haven for Legal Studies and Criminal Justice. She is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Florida.
Office Location::Orlando, FL
Andrew’s first-party property defense experience began practicing as associate general counsel for the largest private homeowners insurance company in the State of Florida, where he exclusively handled the defense of first party property lawsuits throughout central Florida. As in-house counsel, Andrew obtained extensive experience with regard to attending examinations under oath, depositions, mediations, court appearances, etc.
Andrew graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and earned his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University College of Law in 2015. While in law school, Andrew was a law clerk for an insurance defense firm, where he worked on cases involving premise liability matters. He was a member of the Nova Trial Association throughout law school and served as the Vice President of Operations. During his membership of the trial association, Andrew competed in multiple trial competitions on behalf of his school.
Outside of practicing law, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and being outdoors playing golf, biking, or paddle boarding.
Mr. Labbe joined Groelle & Salmon, P.A., as an associate in 2021. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Florida Atlantic University, and received his Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law. He carries with him valuable experience in the areas of personal injury litigation, property and contract disputes. Mr. Labbe now practices in the area of first-party insurance defense, with a focus on residential property claims investigation and litigation. Mr. Labbe is also fluent in Creole.
Eric J. Knuth was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1964. In 1987, he graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Pre-law. He attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where he was conferred his Juris Doctor in 1990. His academic memberships and honors include graduating Cum Laude in the top 11% of his class, Dean’s List-Michealmas Term, 1988, 1989; Hillary Terms 1989, 1990; Trinity Term 1990. He was awarded the American JurisPrudence Book Award in Advocacy, 1988; Sales, 1989; and achieved a Certificate of Merit in Gun Control Seminar, 1990. He was a recipient of the Cooley Student Bar Association Distinguished Student Award in 1990 and a member of the ABA National Trial Competition team as well. After graduating from Thomas Cooley Law School, Eric served as a pre-hearing attorney with the Michigan Court of Appeals and private practice firms handling insurance defense, commercial litigation and all areas of personal injury matters. He has also obtained the Florida Bar “AV” Peer Review rating.
He has litigation experience in the fields of premises liability, negligent security, sexual assault, products liability, wrongful death, chemical inhalation, catastrophic injury, municipal law, coverage analysis and disputes, construction and construction defect litigation, §558 Construction Claim Notices and responses. Eric has extensive trial experience in personal injury, construction defect and general insurance defense litigation. He has tried numerous matters to jury verdict in both State and Federal Courts. During his years of practice, Eric has defended claims on behalf of various insurance carriers and self-insured’s including Allstate, Auto-Owners, State Farm, Farm Bureau, QBE, Southern General Insurance, ACE, St. Johns, York, Madison, Liberty, Burlington, Lexington, Citizens, Tower Hill, Homeowners Choice, TypTap and Southern Fidelity, Praetorian and Redland Insurance. He has obtained significant experience in Appraisal matters and opposing fees related to appraisal matters.
He has argued before the Michigan, Florida and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. In Horace Thomas v. Bob Beaman, (Unpublished #210414 Michigan Court of Appeals, 2000), he successfully obtained reversal of a Circuit Court Order that improperly remanded a matter to the District Court by misapplication of a procedural court rule and failing to follow the applicable Administrative Order regarding jurisdiction of the courts. In Patricia Chaparro v Big Fish (3rd DCA FL), he obtained affirmation by the 3rd DCA of a defense trial verdict. While at Groelle & Salmon, he has obtained a Per Curiam affirmance from the 3rd DCA of a Miami Dade order that GRANTED his motion to stay and compel appraisal. See National Water a/a/o Zena Williamson vs. Citizens and a 3rd DCA reversal of a Miami Dade Order where the Trial judge granted plaintiff a new trial after Eric obtained a defense verdict of No Cause of Action. See Zaldivar vs. CEC Entertainment. Eric is admitted to practice before all Michigan State Courts, the Florida State Courts, all U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts in Michigan, the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
AREAS OF PRACTICE: Bad Faith/Extra Contractual Litigation Civil Litigation Civil Trial Practice Commercial Vehicle Liability Construction Defect Construction and Construction Defect Litigation Coverage & Declaratory Judgment Actions First and Third Party Property and Casualty Claims General Civil Litigation General Insurance Defense Litigation Hurricane Claims Liability Defense Negligent Security Premises Liability Product Liability Wrongful Death
Office Location::Orlando, FL
Mr. Marante joined Groelle & Salmon, P.A., as an associate in the firm’s Miami office in 2017. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Marante obtained valuable experience in the areas of personal injury litigation and property and contract disputes. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, and received his Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law. Mr. Marante now practices in the area of first-party insurance defense, with a focus on residential property claims investigation and litigation. Mr. Marante is fluent in Spanish.
-Middle District of Florida
Barry university School of Law
University of Florida, B.A.
Office Location::Orlando, FL
John Penton is a partner in the firm’s Orlando office, focusing his practice primarily on first party property and insurance coverage matters. Mr. Penton has extensive experience in handling all types of insurance defense matters, from products liability defense cases to coverage and policy interpretation matters. Mr. Penton has also successfully represented insurers pursuing insurance fraud claims and defended his clients from equitable actions brought by plaintiffs seeking relief beyond the written contract.
Mr. Penton’s successes are not limited to trial courts. He is also an accomplished appellate attorney, successfully erasing multi-million dollar plaintiffs’ verdicts in both state and federal court. Mr. Penton has defended wins all the way to the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Penton received his Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Mr. Penton also holds a Master’s degree in Marine Science and Policy from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master’s degree in Ocean and Coastal Law from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Penton is licensed to practice in all state courts of Florida, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
In his free time, Mr. Penton enjoys spending time with his family, watching international rugby and college football, and travelling internationally.
Mr. Penton is an avid fan of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Miami Hurricanes, the LSU Fighting Tigers, and the New Orleans Saints.
Robert D. Rightmyer (“Bob”) is an experienced litigator and insurance and business lawyer, having honed his skills and practice over the past eighteen-plus years. He is Peer Review Rated as AV–Preeminent® by Martindale- Hubbell’s peer review rating system. His practice and experience includes insurance related litigation, civil and complex commercial litigation, business dispute litigation, professional malpractice litigation (lawyers, accountants, real estate professionals), contractual dispute litigation, non-compete (and other restrictive covenant) litigation, business torts, and outside general counsel services for companies, among other areas. Bob litigates disputes in both state and federal courts, including the United States District Courts for the Middle District of Florida and the Southern District of Florida.
For nine years of Bob’s career he was associated with a prominent, large statewide insurance defense firm where he became Partner, representing insurance carriers and insureds in many and varied types of insurance claims. Thereafter, he joined another highly-respected international law firm as Senior Counsel. Following those rewarding and invaluable experiences, Bob opened his own law practice for close to four years, and joined a local, high-profile law firm.
Bob was born in Ohio, grew up in his early years in Louisiana, attended high school in Maryland, then went off to college in Illinois, and finally to law school in Miami, Florida, all before settling down in the Orlando, Florida area (where he lives with his wife and two daughters). With such a diverse set of exposures and experiences gained through his many and varied domiciles, Bob has the ability to understand many different types of people, customs and attitudes which allows him to more closely identify with, and understand, the equally varied types of clients and what is important to them. It is this unique background, combined with Bob’s legal experience that allows him to provide formidable counsel and representation to his clients. Having such experiences has also developed a greater sense of open-mindedness to new and changing needs of clients, issues they face, and the contexts in which such clients face those issues.
Bob earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami, School of Law in 1999. While in law school, he was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, obtained in 1996, where he was also a member of the Phi Kappa Tau social fraternity.
Some past representative matters that Bob has handled include the following:
Sydjia T. Robinson is an associate attorney at Groelle Salmon P.A. Her practice areas include property and casualty claims as well as general and commercial litigation. Sydjia also has experience in foreclosure defense, probate, and appellate practice.
Sydjia earned her law degree from the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. During law school, Sydjia was a member of Trial Team and won an ABA-sponsored national trial competition. Sydjia also served as the treasurer for the Black Law Student Association and as a research assistant to Professor F.E. Guerra-Pujol.
Prior to attending law school, Sydjia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science/Sports Management from the University of Florida.
As an avid advocate for community service, Sydjia served as a volunteer at the Legal Aid Society for the Orange County Bar Association.
Outside the office, Sydjia enjoys traveling, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with her family. Born in Jamaica and raised in Tarpon Springs, Sydjia is happy to consider Florida her home.
Jason Sexton is a partner in the firm’s Orlando office, with his practice focused primarily on first party property disputes and litigation. In addition to his extensive experience representing insurers in all types of property damage claims, including both pre-suit and in litigation, he has also defended a wide array of third-party premises liability and property damage claims against insureds, giving him significant experience and perspective in identifying and analyzing potential subrogation, and other exposure shifting, issues for his clients.
As a part of his practice, Mr. Sexton has handled both residential and commercial property damage claims, including those caused by hurricane and windstorm, lightning, hail, fire, water intrusion, plumbing/”slab” leaks, sinkhole, and vandalism/theft.
Prior to joining Groelle and Salmon, Mr. Sexton worked for many years in insurance defense, and prior to that developed significant trial and courtroom experience as an Assistant Public Defender. Mr. Sexton received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is licensed to practice in all state courts of Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and maintains an inactive license in Tennessee.
Mr. Sexton is a native Floridian, and was born and raised in the suburbs of Orlando. Outside of the office, Mr. Sexton enjoys spending time with his family, visiting the theme parks, and is an avid fan of horror movies.
Diva Totten is an associate attorney in our Maitland office practicing in the area of first-party insurance defense, with an emphasis on residential property claims, investigation, and litigation. Prior to joining Groelle & Salmon, Ms. Totten worked for an insurance defense firm also concentrating in the area of first-party insurance defense for residential property claims. Aside from Ms. Totten’s defense background, she also has ample experience practicing in the areas of law involving real estate, business litigation, creditor’s rights, landlord/tenant disputes, plaintiff’s foreclosure litigation, HOA/Condo litigation, title and lien clearing, and probate. Additionally, Ms. Totten gained invaluable experience clerking for the current Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, the Honorable Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Ms. Totten earned her law degree from Barry University School of Law, where she served as the Research & Technical Editor for the Barry Law Review, a Dean’s Writing Fellow, and a Legal Research & Writing Teaching Assistant.
Ms. Totten is a member of the Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Ms. Totten is licensed to practice law in all Florida Courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Oliver A. Corp is an Associate with Groelle & Salmon’s Orlando office. His practice area is focused on Civil Litigation Defense including but not limited to First-Party Property Insurance Defense/Homeowner’s claims.
Oliver earned his law degree from Barry University College of Law in 2018. Prior to attending law school, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in 2015.
Before joining Groelle & Salmon P.A., Oliver was an Associate at an Orlando law firm focusing primarily on First Party Property Insurance Defense claims. Oliver also gained invaluable litigation experience at the Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State Attorney, including litigating motions, conducting depositions, and seeing numerous trials through to verdict.
Oliver, having lived in Florida his entire life, has experienced all that Florida has to offer, and has come to love it all. Oliver’s unique life experiences, along with his charisma and character, help him to relate to clients and find the easiest and most cost-effective ways to resolve their issues.
Ms. Owens earned her law degree from Barry University School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Barry Child & Family Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Owens received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Owens is a member of the Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association. Ms. Owens is licensed to practice law in all state courts of Florida.