News & Announcements

James Gonzalez-AV® Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell

April 16, 2020

Congratulations to Cobb & Gonzalez co-founder James Gonzalez for receiving the Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating.  This is the “highest peer rating standard” given to attorneys! In order to attain this honor, an attorney must exemplify “professional excellence for legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards”, all attributes James Gonzalez demonstrates on a daily basis. James’ hardworking mindset, determination and work ethic define what it means to set the standard for excellence at Cobb & Gonzalez. Along with Christopher Cobb, Nicholas Elder, and William Cobb, James became the fourth attorney at Cobb & Gonzalez to receive this rating.

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating


Bill Cobb-AV® Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell

March 12, 2020

Congratulations to William (Bill) Cobb for achieving the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell!  The AV Preeminent Rating is "the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers." Bill is a prime example of striving for excellence at Cobb & Gonzalez. He couldn't be more deserving of this recognition. Bill joins Christopher Cobb and Nicholas Elder, making him the third attorney at Cobb & Gonzalez to attain this honor.

Cobb & Gonzalez Construction Scholarship Endowment at the University of North Florida

February 28, 2020

Partners Christopher Cobb and James Gonzalez are pleased to announce the formation of the Cobb & Gonzalez Construction Scholarship Endowment at the University of North Florida.  The scholarship will be given to a student who is enrolled in the UNF Construction Management Program with a preference given to a student athlete.  Both former collegiate baseball players, Chris and James are honored to give back to the university and provide continuing support. Chris also currently serves on the UNF Construction Management Program Board of Advisors. “As former athletes, we understand the hard work and dedication that goes into being the best you can be.  We are truly blessed to be able to offer this opportunity for the students at UNF.”

UNF is a nationally ranked university in Jacksonville, Florida, that is nestled on a beautiful 1,300-acre nature preserve, featuring six colleges of distinction as well as nationally recognized flagship programs, with 56 bachelor degree programs and over 75 areas of concentration.

Cobb & Gonzalez is a construction and business law firm specializing in construction disputes, construction contracts, delay claims, licensing and business disputes.  Located in Northeast Florida, Cobb & Gonzalez represents clients throughout the state of Florida and the southeast.  To learn more about Cobb & Gonzalez, please visit or call (904) 440-2520.

Scholarship Announcement pdf

Cookin’ With Cobb & Gonzalez: 2020 YLS Charity Chili Cook-Off Champions

February 18, 2020

This past Saturday, Cobb & Gonzalez took part in a charity chili cook-off hosted by the Jacksonville Bar Young Lawyers Section. It was up to James Gonzalez to cook a chili that would later become the competition winner. “The recipe is a family secret handed down from generation to generation,” said James. “It was a risk going with the green chili.” However, in the Cobb & Gonzalez internal chili cook-off, it was the staff favorite.  James’ chili was the firm’s pick to compete in the competition against 45 other Jacksonville law firms.  At Cobb & Gonzalez, we are all about going above and beyond to achieve excellence, and that’s exactly what James did by making fresh quesadillas to pair with his outstanding chili. “They were a natural complement to the green chili and a unique mix-up from the traditional red chili and cornbread,” mentioned James.

The Riverside Arts market was flooded with people who have a love for chili, fundraising, and a good time. In addition to James’ award-winning cooking skills, Chris Cobb, Nick Elder, and Amanda Ingersoll played a huge role in getting our chili to the top as well. Cobb & Gonzalez is proud to have participated in an event that raised money for Clarke School of Jacksonville and we’d like to say thank-you to the JBA Young Lawyers Section and everyone who was able to participate. As we continue to strive for excellence, we are humbled to be the 2020 YLS Charity Chili Cook-Off Champions.

Cookin' with Cobb & Gonzalez

Pictured left to right: James Gonzalez, Christopher Cobb, Nicholas Elder

Chili Cook Off Champions

Cobb & Gonzalez Welcomes Nick Elder

February 4, 2020

Nick Elder will be joining Cobb & Gonzalez with a focus in construction law, real estate law, and business litigation. His experience includes representing large developers, general contractors, design-builders, subcontractors and owners in both state and federal courts. Mr. Elder previously worked in the construction and business litigation practice groups for a large regional firm and has extensive experience with construction-related matters, compliance issues and payment disputes. Mr. Elder was named a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star in Construction Law in 2019 and 2020. In addition to this prestigious honor, Nick has been ranked as an AV® Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell since 2016 and has authored articles on construction related issues in local and statewide publications.  Accomplishments aside, Nick enjoys coaching soccer and spending the weekends with his lovely wife and two daughters.

See more about Nick Elder on LinkedIn.


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