About Attorney Beth Clause
I am a Floridian from the west coast of Florida, born in Pinellas County and grew up in Pasco County. Neither of my parents were college-educated and I grew up without a lot of money. My father worked extremely hard building and repairing boats and he taught me about hard work early in life. I have memories of sanding fiberglass molds as a little girl. So getting an education always had value to me. I was always a straight A student through most of high school until my life changed dramatically as a senior in high school. I was the passenger in a serious auto accident where I suffered really serious injuries including a fractured spine and ankles and a ruptured kidney. Fortunately because I was only 17, I healed pretty quickly. Unfortunately, not understanding the law, I basically ended up getting nothing from the insurance company. On my eighteenth birthday, the insurance company cut me a check for $25,000 which of course came nowhere near covering my medical bills and the pain and future medical treatment I would face in my life. It made me start thinking about law school so I could help others from being wronged by powerful interests.
After high school, I went to school to become a paralegal but money was always tight. I worked through it by waitressing and bartending. In 1991 I began working as a paralegal for a very talented personal injury attorney who taught me that being a good attorney requires genuinely caring about your clients. I worked as a paralegal for several years and it took some time and it wasn’t easy but I made my way through law school and graduated from Stetson University and Stetson College of Law with my Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate in 2000. Which has led me to a legal career I have built from the ground up practicing family law and civil litigation in both federal and state court.
I have the ability to see the big picture and not get caught up on the little things that at times distract attorneys from the job at hand. I often see a solution before I see the problem. I think it stems from working my way up through all facets of the legal profession. Especially, my time as a paralegal is valuable because I was tasked with managing cases early in my career, so I began to see patterns as to how cases would go. In that respect, I have the ability to carry a pretty heavy case load successfully. I also feel like my upbringing has given me the ability to understand where people of all walks of life are coming from. My job is to never judge people, just look at the facts and find a solution.
What I Find the Most Exciting in Legal Practice
I find it rewarding helping clients to see there is a light at the end of the tunnel as they are experiencing a chaotic situation in their lives. When I meet with people, many times the first thing they want to hear is just that everything is ok. After that, the next step is to tackle their case by getting them comfortable with the situation and take them through the process from start to finish. At the end, there is the calm and peace that wasn’t there when someone first walked into my office.
My Personal Life
I am an animal lover, I love the outdoors, working out and scuba diving. My friends and family are most important to me without them I would be lost.
Lists never show the true person. Early on in my career I jumped into areas of law that would intimidate the most seasoned attorneys. I survived, prospered – and moved forward into a long career of accomplishments. But for those that insist seeing an exact list – here it is:
- Member of the Florida Bar
- Associate Attorney and Mediator for Ayo & Iken law firm based in our Orlando office.
- Former Solo Practitioner and Business Owner.
- Former Real Estate Litigation Associate for Ben-Ezra & Katz, P.A.
- Former In-house Corporate Counsel for Life Investment Funding Enterprises, Inc.
- Member of the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida.
- Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
- Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator.
- Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law.
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stetson University.
- Bachelor of Arts from Warner Southern College.
- Certifications in Civil, Residential Mortgage Foreclosure, and Family Law Mediations.