About the Law Firm
Personal and Educational Background
Pat Faucheux has lived most of his life in Bay County, Florida. The second of seven children born to a career Army officer and a nurse, who became a homemaker, Pat graduated from Rutherford High School in 1968. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1973. Pat returned home, began his college education at Gulf Coast Community College (now Gulf Coast State College), where he graduated with highest honors. In 1974, he married Melissa Watford, his wife of 38 years and the mother of their three amazing children. From 1974-1976, he attended the University of West Florida, majored in English, and graduated with high honors.
Law School Education
In the fall of 1976, Pat and Melissa took their new son to Gainesville, and Pat began law school at the University of Florida College of Law. Being married with a child, and having spent almost five years in the Army, Pat was a little more settled that many of his classmates, so he skipped the parties and concentrated on his studies. This paid off for him, and he was honored by "booking" the Torts class. (The student with the highest grade in that class is awarded the textbook signed by the professor.) In his first year, Pat made an "A" in his Legal Writing and Research class, which led to his selection to the Board of Editors for this course. This meant that in the second year of law school, he taught a class of first year law students the Legal Wring and Research class. From that position, Pat was selected to serve on the Board of Supervisors during his third year, where he and a small group of other third year students actually ran the Legal Writing and Research program. Pat was further honored by being elected the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
In December 1978, Pat graduated with honors and received a Juris Doctor degree. He took the first BAR exam available after graduation, passed all parts of the test, and was admitted to The Florida Bar in the day the received his successful results in the Spring of 1979.
Although Pat had opportunities to practice law with prestigious firms throughout Florida, he and Melissa decided to return home to Bay County and raise their family. Pat began with the law firm of Davenport, Johnston, Harris, Gerde, and Harrison, P.A., which provided a great opportunity to learn all types of Civil Law from some of the best lawyers in the area. It was Mayo Johnston who taught Pat that the best thing he could do for a client was to understand their problem, then figure out a way to fix that problem as quickly and inexpensively as possible, even if the solution was not by pursuing a legal remedy. A couple of years later, Pat seized the chance to go to work with Marvin "Whitey" Urquhart and Wes Pittman in their Personal Injury practice. While there, in order to get more jury trial experience, Pat took a part-time position as an Assistant Public Defender. Pat not only learned Criminal Law, but he became quite successful trying a case before a jury..
In 1985, Pat decided to start a law firm with a friend, Tom Ingles. For the time together, Pat discovered that being partners with the right person can be professionally and financially rewarding, and it can be fun. Tom was a great lawyer and friend. He and his wife, Dianne, had been together as longer as Melissa and Pat, and they also had three wonderful children. Tom urged Pat to buy a motorcycle and soon, the two couples where taking vacations together to the mountains in North Georgia and taking the kids to the theme parks in central Florida. The law firm of Ingles and Faucheux,P.A. handled a wide variety of criminal and civil cases. They both gained a a lot of experience handling Family Law case, including divorce, child custody, child support, adoptions, and all types of domestic issues. On July 28, 1987, the firm that Tom and Pat built together, the best professional association Pat has ever known, was terminated when Tom was shot and killed in the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Florida. At a post-divorce contempt hearing, where Tom represented the ex-wife, the former husband shot and killed Tom, Judge W.L. Bailey and the wife's sister before critically wounding Tom's client. Tom has been honored by the Bay County Bar Association for his heroism that day. His last act before he was murdered was to try to protect his client by placing himself between the killer's gun and her. This tradegdy is why there are metal detectors and armed bailiffs at Florida's Courthouses.
For the next ten years, Pat was a sole practitioner, built a thriving law practice, and helped thousands of people with their legal problems. In 1997, and for the next eight years, Pat was law partners with Nancy L. Jones (n/k/a Nancy Jones Gaglio) and they operated a successful law firm known as Faucheux & Jones, P.A. Pat and Melissa soon became great friends with Nancy and her husband, Frank, and they enjoyed wonderfully fun adventures together (Carribean cruises on sailing ships, long New Orleans weekends, and many other unforgettable occasions.) In 2005, they Pat and Nany amicably ended their professional association when Nancy decided to open her own firm with Frank handling the business end of the law practice. Frank and Nancy remain good friends.
From 2005 to 2008, Pat again practiced law as a sole practitioner, and his office was so busy that he was employing four full-time legal assistants. By this time, Pat did less and less advertising. Almost all of his clients were referrals from former clients, or people who had seen him handle cases in court.
In 2008, former Circuit Judge Glenn L. Hess won election as the State Attorney for the six county 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida. When he asked Pat to come and work for him, Pat and Melissa decided that it would be a pleasant change not to have to deal with all the administrative issues of operating a law office (salaries, overhead, taxes, building and equipment maintenance and repair, etc.) and Pat became an Assistant State Attorney. He was given the position of Division leader for Judge Michael C. Overstreet's Felony Criminal division. Over the next two and one half years, that division led all other felony divisions in Bay County. Pat prosecuted hundreds of felony criminal cases, some of them ending up the subject up news reports due to intense jury trials.
In 2011, Pat returned to private law practice, and today, he shares office space with his long-time friend, attorney Martha "Sister" Blackmom Milligan. He again is happily serving clients in the areas of Family Law ( divorce, child parenting and time-sharing, child support, division of property and debt, alimony, adoptions, and injunctions for protection); Criminal Law (felony, misdemeanor, and traffic charges); Civil law (personal injury, collection, contracts real estate); Estate Planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, deeds, guardianships); Probate (decedents' estates), as well as other legal manner.
During his legal career, Pat has received numerous honors and been elected or appointed to important positions, both in the legal profession and community organizations. These honors and positions indicate the confidence of the judges , others attorneys, and community leaders in Pat. These positions include President of the Bar County Bar Association, the Chairman of the Bay County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President of the Panama City Kiwanis Club, President of the St Dominic's Catholic Church Parrish Council, and service on the Family Law Bench and Bar Committee headed by Judge Judy Pittman. He honors include the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award and the Panama City Kiwanis Club's Kiwanian of the Year. Pat has twice served as Chairman of the Bay count y Bar Association's pro bono service project "First Saturday Legal Clinic.
Legal Philosophy and Gaol
Pat Faucheux's legal philosophy continues to be that it is always in the client's best interest for the attorney to first understand the client's legal problem, then to solve that problem as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Resolving our clients' legal issues is our primarily goal, on which we place the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting that goal. As a result, a high percentage of our clients continue to come to us as referrals from former clients.
We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and provide you and your family the best legal service possible and to do so in an expeditious and affordable manner..
418 North Cove Blvd.
Panama City, Florida 32401
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM
Sat., Sun. & Holidays by appointment for urgent matters.