Welcome to Holmes & Young, P.A.
Solving Legal Issues Since 1983
About Our Firm:
With offices located in Palatka and Ocala, Florida, Holmes & Young, P.A. provides legal services to the general public, businesses and community associations. Founded in 1983, we are a full service law firm with tested expertise in such matters as:
- Criminal Defense
- General Civil Litigation
- Government/Municipal Law
- Real Estate
- Probate Wills/Estates
- Veteran's Issues
Meet Our Attorneys:
DONALD E. HOLMES
came to Palatka in 1976 after graduating with honors from the Florida State University College of Law with his Juri Doctorate.
Holmes has served as an Assistant State Attorney here in Putnam County, eventually serving as its Division Chief and primary felony trial attorney. Holmes was personally responsible for the prosecution of hundreds, if not thousands of cases; supervised the prosecution of all cases within Putnam County during his four-year term as Putnam County Division Chief; and personally conducted more than 140 jury trials.
In 1983, Holmes left the Office of the State Attorney to enter private practice and has successfully practiced in almost every area of the law, to include the areas of Government/Municipal Law; Business/Commercial Law; Real Estate/Land Use Law; Marital and Family Law; General Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; Probate and Personal Injury Law.
Holmes' Government/Municipal clients include the City of Palatka (City Attorney from 2000 to present), and the Town of Interlachen (City Attorney from 1983 to present). In the field of commerce and business, Holmes serves as the retained attorney for many of Putnam County's businesses and has represented many others on an “as needed” basis.
Holmes community involvement has included more than twenty-five years of membership in and serving a term as President of the Palatka Rotary Club; Serving as President of the Putnam County Bar Association; Assisting in the formation of and serving as the first President of the Putnam County Humane Society; Serving as a member of and Chairman of a Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar; serving without pay as a Board Member, Board Attorney and Board President for the Rodeheaver's Boy's Ranch.
Holmes' legal abilities are superior. Holmes holds the “Peer Review Rating” of “AV PREEMINENT" as assigned by the International Legal Publication of Martindale-Hubbell® which is based upon confidential questionnaires sent to members of the legal profession. The Peer Review “AV PREEMINENT” rating is the “highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards”.
GEORGE A. YOUNG
joined the firm of Holmes & Young, P.A., in February 2013. Previously, Young served as an Assistant State Attorney in Putnam County for the State Attorney’s Office, Seventh Judicial Circuit, from April 2008 until February 2013. As a prosecutor, Young was assigned to prosecute cases as a trial attorney in county, juvenile and circuit courts and served as the career criminal prosecutor.
Prior to attending law school in 2005, Young served on active duty in the United States Army. Young began his Army Officer career in 1994 as an Armor Platoon leader. Young later served as an Armor Company Executive Officer, Headquarters Executive Officer, and Battalion Motor Officer, Staff Intelligence Officer and Company Commander. George served in Korea and on multiple deployments around the world as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM to include Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Horn of Africa.
Following his service, Young attended Florida Coastal School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate, graduating in the top 15% of his class. While in law school, Young was named as a Dean’s Scholar and on the Dean’s List, and received the Best Advocate Award during his trial practice competition.
Along with his duties at the firm. Young also serves as an Adjunct Professor at St. Johns River State College, where he teaches law and legal concepts to aspiring law enforcement academy cadets. Young is a member of First Baptist Church of Palatka, Military Officers Association of America and the Lions Club. He and his wife Julianne have two children and live locally in Putnam County.
RUSSELL D. CASTLEBERRY
is a native of Palatka, Florida, and has practiced law in Florida since 1979. He graduated with honors from Stetson University College of Law, ranked 5th in his class. “Russ” began his career at a large, general service law firm in Jacksonville, specializing in business law, acquisitions/mergers, contracts, bankruptcy, and government/regulatory matters.
Castleberry was the Senior Attorney (and later General Counsel) for the firm’s largest corporate client, gaining experience in litigation and arbitration. He was also the first full-time County Attorney for Putnam County, serving until he semi-retired in 2016. As County Attorney, Russ was responsible for all legal matters involving the Board of County Commissioners and its various Departments, and gained experience in real estate/land use law and local government law matters.
Current clients include Putnam County Development Authority and a Special District responsible for roads and water control in a large subdivision of St. Johns County.
Castleberry holds the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards assigned by International Legal Publication (Martindale-Hubbell). The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary.
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