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At The Coye Law Firm, our attorneys and staff devote their work to counseling individuals on the diverse legal issues related to personal injury—including workers’ compensation, probate administration, and social security disability. Contact our central Florida offices for accomplished legal expertise from a personal injury lawyer.
Wade Coye(more info | blog)
As a young boy growing up on a farm in upstate New York, Wade Coye learned early on the value of hard work, the importance of family, and the reward in helping others. Working with his grandfather and father, handling daily chores of a dairy farm, planting crops, and delivering the Syracuse Herald Journal every day of the year in heat, rain, or snow (literally), Coye learned that you must work hard, even when conditions are not the best.
Unbeknownst to him, such guiding principles would continue with him throughout his life and help to distinguish his law practice. Coye’s government service has included working for two United States Congressmen in both campaign and staff capacity on Capitol Hill and active duty in the United States Army, Infantry. His military experience and knowledge of government and the private sector continues to aid him in fighting for the rights of others in his law practice. He furthered his education at the State University of New York at Morrisville and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree. He then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at The State University of New York at Buffalo.
Fulfilling a lifelong goal and having a passion to help others, Coye attended law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, receiving a Juris Doctor, cum laude. “The law is a helping profession that you often times need to take the sum of your experiences to aid in helping others solve their problems.” Coye was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1989 and to the District of Columbia Bar in 2008. When asked about his philosophy on working with clients he states, “It is important to take a 360 degree view of their life and understand the difficulties they face in order to tailor a solution that works well for them.”
He began his legal career with a large commercial law firm where work included handling matters on behalf of the Resolution Trust Corporation, products liability, directors and officers’ liability, and other commercial matters. In 1991, Coye started his own practice, Coye Law Firm, focused on handling personal injury, workers compensation, wrongful death, and insurance claims. He was an early adapter of computer technology and the Internet; appearing on one of the first national lists of lawyers using the Internet in 1995. His continued interest in technology led him to develop a custom database for handling client matters.
Mr. Coye was recently admitted to practice and represent claimants seeking veterans’ benefits in front of the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs. He is also admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court. Mr. Coye, his wife, Joan and five children make their home in College Park. In his spare time, as an instrument rated private pilot, he enjoys flying and traveling with his family.
Daniel E. Smith II is an attorney whose practice areas include personal injury, social security disability, workers compensation, employment disputes, erisa, USERRA, litigation, and appellate cases. Mr. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois to a middle class family. His father worked in the factory industry and his mother was in the service industry. Mr. Smith's passion for justice started at an early age. Even as a child, he was known for protecting people and standing up for what is right. His interest in law grew naturally out of this fierce integrity, even having aspirations to become a police officer at one point.
He was raised in Orlando and graduated from Edgewater High School, which is down the street from the Coye Law Firm's College Park location. At Edgewater, he was active in sports, including wrestling, football, weightlifting, and track and field. Mr. Smith was number one in his college and earned his undergraduate degree in legal studies with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Smith chose to pursue law because he knew that the work of past attorneys helped people, including his own father, on a large scale. Without the enterprising plaintiff's attorneys of the past, factories, products, and services would not be as safe as they are today. Dan started an internship at the Coye Law Firm in 2000 while he was still an undergraduate student and worked as a case manager in litigation.
He began work towards a Juris Doctor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. At UF, he served as Editor in Chief of the university's Journal of Law and Public Policy and interned for the Honorable Martha Ann Lott, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Alachua County. Mr. Smith performed his clinical training at the Gator Team Child Juvenile Law Clinic. During summer breaks from law school, Mr. Smith returned to the Coye Law Firm as a law clerk. He worked on several projects, such as appellate cases, litigation, and workers' compensation. He graduated from the Levin College of Law with magna cum laude honors and was invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif.
He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005. Mr. Smith enjoys being an attorney because of the many different people he meets and helps on a daily basis. He appreciates the opportunity to help change someone's life or circumstances in the course of their case. He finds that clients and cases are always different, their experiences are valuable, and their conversation is intriguing. He is admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the Department of Veteran's Affairs. When he gets away from his busy work schedule, Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family. He recently married his college sweetheart and the couple make it a priority to have breakfast every Sunday morning with his extended family. He likes lifting weights, traveling, watching movies, and reading.
Salim Punjani was born in Chicago, Illinois. He lived with his family in the Chicago suburbs, where his father owned a pizza restaurant. When Salim was 12, his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. His father continued to pursue local business ownership and operation by buying convenience stores in Atlanta. His mother volunteered her time for community events and causes. Salim has one sister, who now works as a fifth grade teacher in South Carolina.
Salim's father suggested that he become a lawyer from a young age, mainly because Salim had a talent for arguing his way out of trouble as a child. When he was in high school, Salim held internships at Atlanta-based law firms during the summer, a job that had a long-lasting effect on his career. His other jobs during this time include assistant to a vice president at the investment firm Bear Sterns and occasionally helping at his father's stores. Also while in high school, Salim volunteered for youth camps and religious classes, worked as a logistics coordinator for Camp Mosaic, and played football.
Choosing to stay local for his undergraduate degree, Salim enrolled at Emory University in downtown Atlanta. He was very involved in his community while in college. Not only did Salim mentor inner-city youth at underfunded middle schools in metro Atlanta, but he also worked on behalf of veterans at the VA hospital in their clinical research sector. His position focused on veterans dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, a group which Salim continues to help through representing disabled servicemen and women in their disability claims. His involvement earned Salim the Who's Who Among Student in American Universities award and the National Collegiate Minority Leadership award. Salim graduated from Emory with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology in 2003.
After moving to the Orlando area, Salim started law school at Barry University's Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. He was an active member of the Environmental Law Society and treasurer of the Animal Rights Law Society. He also earned two Book Awards in recognition of earning the highest grade in his workers' compensation and business organization classes. He took part in the Earth Advocacy clinic, a group which represented a Florida community in their fight to get a large corporation to clean up the land they had contaminated. He also worked on preliminary efforts to get the Gopher Tortoise listed as an endangered species.
Salim is interested in many different practice areas, including criminal law, although he focuses on workers' compensation and disability claims. He is pursuing membership in the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar Association and is also looking at future Bar admissions in Washington D.C., New York, and Georgia. When Salim isn't working on behalf of injured employees, he enjoys running with his dog Rahki in local parks around Orlando. He also enjoys playing basketball and cheering for the Chicago Bear, Bulls, Cubs, and Blackhawks. Salim is planning a trip to Dubai for the end of this year, which may include a few days in Egypt.
Amber Williams is a native of Jupiter, Florida, from a close-knit Italian family. Her parents were third-generation small business owners in the amusement industry, specifically carnivals. She spent a majority of the summers of her youth with her sister working at the concession stands and being introduced to people from all walks of life. She learned the value of hard work at a very young age, and this has stuck with her ever since. The unique experiences from her background opened her eyes to the plights of all Americans, especially children. Amber and her sister have always been close, attending school all the way through college together. Her sister graduated from UCF and massage therapy training, and now manages a restaurant back in Jupiter. Her parents maintain their home in Jupiter also, although they have expanded their business to international arenas and now manage the carnival on tour in the Bahamas as well.
While studying at Stetson Law School, Amber focused on how the combination of her studies in law and business could support her passion for helping families and children. She structured her coursework to supplement her knowledge from her family’s business background, and worked with her advisors and professors to structure the most beneficial way she could prepare to help families who own businesses and are going through legal troubles. She excelled in classes of finance, accounting, and children’s legal issues. She was also active as the Secretary of Phi Delta Phi, the legal fraternity. During her work at Stetson, Amber was also employed with the Coye Law Firm, gaining valuable experience in the probate and litigation departments. When she graduated in May 2011 with honors, she was awarded the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award for the outstanding community service and volunteer time she dedicated.
After passing the Florida Bar exam in summer 2011, Amber was accepted as a practicing legal associate with the Coye Law Firm where she continues to work with clients on a variety of cases including probate, family law, condo and homeowners association matters, and domestic and civil litigation. She is applying to the Orange County Bar and to be a member of the Florida Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She is also applying to the Bar of Washington D.C. and the American Bar Association, and has plans to apply to represent clients in Federal District and Bankruptcy courts. Eventually, she would like to focus her practice on family law, and has ambitions of representing children in the foster care system.
Adrian D. WrightAdrian D. Wright was born and raised in Holly Hill, South Carolina. After attending Holly Hill-Roberts High School, Adrian attended Clemson University, where she majored in Sociology and earned her degree in 1990. The following year, Ms. Wright graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Criminology.
Before becoming an attorney, Adrian spent 18 years working in the disability field. She spent four years in the Disability Determination Services of Florida and Arizona adjudicating Social Security Disability claims. She has also spent 14 years working for various companies in the disability insurance agency. She was responsible for making decisions about long and short-term disability claims, evaluating appeals, and performing quality reviews.
After several years, Adrian decided to further her education and career by attending Florida A&M University, College of Law in Orlando. She graduated Cum Laude with her Juris Doctor in 2012, and was admitted to the Florida Bar shortly thereafter. She is also currently pursuing membership in the Orange County Bar. Adrian would eventually like to explore future bar admissions in South Carolina and Georgia.
Currently, Adrian is working within our Social Security Disability Department, as she can use her previous career experience to assist our clients. Adrian enjoys being an advocate as she aids others in navigating through the complex and confusing world of disability benefits.
Though currently she is focusing on disability claims, Adrian looks forward to developing her legal skills to incorporate several practice areas, including insurance claims, employee rights, veteran’s benefits, bankruptcy, and workers' compensation.
As a Clemson graduate, Adrian is a loyal and passionate Clemson football fan. She enjoys watching the games, and reading in her free time. She also likes to travel, calling herself a ‘road warrior’ as she plans to use her time to explore Florida now that she’s finished with law school. She also enjoys spending time with her large extended family. With 28 aunts and uncles, and tons of cousins, Adrian has more family than she can count!
Adrian looks forward to working with the valued clients of the Coye Law Firm.