Suwannee Democrat


April 18, 2014

Malpractice suit against Decker dropped

Live Oak —

A lawsuit filed against Third Judicial Circuit Judge Andrew Decker III concerning alleged legal malpractice actions while working as a private attorney was dismissed April 6 with both parties agreeing to the dismissal with prejudice. 

Decker still faces formal charges that were filed against him in February by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). 

On March 14, 2013, Union County residents Daniel Dukes and William Woodington, who were trustees with Third Circuit Judge Paul Bryan in various real estate purchases, filed a lawsuit against Decker and the law firm he ran at that time and demanded a jury trial. 

In August of 2013, the complaint was amended. That same month, Decker filed a response regarding the allegations brought against him.

On April 6, Dukes and Woodington filed a stipulation for dismissal with prejudice, which dismisses the case and cannot be reopened.

Prior to November 2010, Decker and the Decker Law Firm were retained on behalf of Dukes, Woodington and Bryan, individually and in their capacities as trustees of BWD Land Trust, for a dispute involving a mortgage and personal guarantees in favor of TD Bank.

The lawsuit

Land purchases

According to the complaint, Dukes and Woodington were involved in various real estate ventures with Judge Bryan. They all served as trustees of the BWD Land Trust.

On or about January 22, 2004, BWD purchased real property in Hamilton County. 

On or about Dec. 8, 2005, BWD purchased real property in Bradford County. 

Bradford County

In December 2010, TD Bank instituted action in Bradford County for mortgage foreclosure and upon the personal guarantees against Dukes, Woodington and Bryan individually and in their capacity as trustees of BWD. In the litigation, Decker represented all parties of BWD. 

In connection with the TD litigation, Decker and Bryan allegedly convinced Dukes and Woodington to convey their interest to Bryan under the pretense that it would avoid title issues that might arise due to judgments against Dukes and Woodington individually, according to the lawsuit. On March 17, 2011, Woodington executed a deed conveying his interest to Bryan. The following day, Dukes signed his portion over to Bryan. 

Text Only
Local News
Suwannee Democrat

Jasper News
Mayo Free Press
Arrest Record


AP Video

Must Read
Business Marquee
Election 2014
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
House Ads
Twitter Updates

Did your student take advantage of local summer activities?

Yes, through 4-H or another club.
Yes, through Parks & Recreation.
Yes, summer food service program.
No, they didn’t.
No, we didn’t know there were any.
     View Results