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Longtime Volusia County law firm Cobb Cole has found a new home for its four attorneys based in DeLand.

The firm several months ago moved into a larger, more visible location in Downtown DeLand. The firm leased a 4,145-square-foot facility located at 231 N. Woodland Blvd., on the corner of  East Church Street. An official ribbon-cutting was held Aug. 9.

The firm has had an office in DeLand for more than 15 years, most recently in a bank building at 351 E. New York Ave. Just before cutting a ribbon, Mark Watts, one of the four attorneys based in the DeLand office, said the firm knew back then that the West Volusia area was growing, which is why an office was established on this side of the county.

Robert Doan, another of the attorneys in DeLand, said increased residential and commercial development, and more new businesses relocating to West Volusia, have led to a considerable growth in the firm’s business.

“As a result, we were in need of more square footage and a layout better designed to accommodate more attorneys and staff members,” he said in a prepared release. “Our new office also allows us to host larger meetings and mediation services.”

Heather Bond Vargas, an intellectual-property attorney and the firm’s managing partner, noted that although just four attorneys are based at the new office, others in the firm will visit frequently.

Mayor Bob Apgar, who helped cut the ribbon, welcomed Cobb Cole’s presence in Downtown DeLand.

“As we grow, there is a greater need for regional firms that have a greater reach, especially this office,” Apgar said. “Much of the talent is homegrown and has a strong connection with DeLand.”

Joe Hearn, president of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, also saluted the move.

“Cobb Cole is always a big supporter of our business community,” Hearn said.

Michael Woods, another attorney based at the office, pointed out that the works of art hanging on the walls were painted by a local artist, Charles Everett. The paintings are for sale, and those not sold will be changed out every quarter.

The fourth attorney at the DeLand office is Sarah Zimmerman Fogle, who recently joined the firm. Fogle’s father was Mark Zimmerman, a longtime city attorney for DeLand who died several years ago.

While Cobb Cole’s attorneys work in both Daytona Beach and DeLand, depending upon the needs of their clients, those based primarily in DeLand focus on real estate (contracts, land use/zoning, construction, development, etc.), estate planning and probate, and general business and contract law.

Cobb Cole is committed to the expectation of excellence set forth by its founders more than 90 years ago, and the depth and breadth of its areas of expertise are unmatched in the East Central Florida area, according to a news release.

The firm has more than 20 attorneys who represent regional, statewide, and national clients in litigation, corporate, real estate, family law, land use, estate planning, employment law, intellectual property, environmental matters and immigration, the news release says.


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