Frederick R. Short, Jr. – Partner
Fred has been in private practice for over 46 years and is an author and frequent speaker on the subjects of estate planning, probate, and asset protection planning. He has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Lawyer for over 30 years whose areas of concentration are estate planning, probate, business law, and asset protection strategies. Fred is a graduate of DePauw University and Vanderbilt University Law School and has held countless leadership positions at the local and State Bar level. As our senior know it all in residence, Fred daily astounds us with his passion for assisting clients with their legal needs.
- Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc.
- Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc.
- Estate and Gift Tax Committee, Tax Section of the Florida Bar
- Elder Law Section, Jacksonville Bar Association
- Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Jacksonville Bar Association
- Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida, Inc.
- Childbirth Education Association Inc.
- Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.
- Little Star Center of Jacksonville, Inc.
Judi Setzer – Partner
Judi Setzer was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1985 she graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Asian Studies (concentration in Japanese language) and Classical Studies. She received her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2003. The years between her undergraduate and law school studies were spent devoting herself to her family.
Ms. Setzer was in solo practice from 2004 through 2014 before joining The Law Firm of Frederick R. Short, Fr., P.A. in 2014. She has assisted hundreds of families and individuals in fulfilling their adoption dreams and providing security and piece of mind through estate planning, guardianship, elder law, and special needs planning. In addition to her day to day practice areas, Ms. Setzer views her law practice as a ministry and seeks to serve her clients through the ethical practice of law, ministering to the poor, reconciling people in conflict, and defending life. She became an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom in 2009 to further this goal.
Judi concentrates her practice in the areas of trust and estate planning, business succession and legacy planning, probate, trust, and estate administration, lifetime giving and charitable planning, elder law, and adoptions, with a special concentration on incapacity and special needs planning. Judi represents a wide variety of clients with diverse planning and administration needs, representing clients with estate plans from the simplest to the more elaborate, including wills, revocable living trusts, credit shelter or “bypass” trusts, charitable trusts, and pet trusts. She also prepares pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements as part of a broader estate and asset protection plan.
Judi is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law, Elder Law, and General Practice sections of the Florida Bar. Ms. Setzer is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Northeast Florida Planned Giving Council. Ms. Setzer has served as president and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Coastal Alumni Association from 2006-2013, the Society of Financial Service Professionals from 2012 to present and the Jacksonville Christian Legal Society.
Her community involvement includes the Jacksonville Christian Legal Society Pro Bono Project at the City Rescue Mission and various ministries at her church.
Outside the practice of law, she maintains a busy training schedule and has competed in long distance running and cycling events including the Desert R.A.T.S. 6-day stage race in Utah http://www.geminiadventures.com/running-events-2/desert-rats/ and the Raid Alpine http://pyreneesmultisport.com/raid-alpine/ in France.
Wendy Brandt – Paralegal
Wendy Brandt started her legal career working under her mother with our founder, Fred Short, right out of high school. As a seasoned professional with 23 years of experience as a legal administrative assistance and paralegal, Wendy is an integral part of our team. Her diverse legal knowledge and people skills make her a valuable asset to our firm. Wendy takes great pride in all she does and consistently delivers excellent customer service to our clients. Whether over the phone or in person, she will make sure you receive the individual attention you deserve.