Our Attorneys

Bryan F. Aylstock

Founding Partner

(850) 202-1010


Bryan F. Aylstock earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of North Florida in 1992 (magna cum laude), and graduated number one in his law school section from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in May, 1995.
Bryan Aylstock is a managing partner at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz.

Justin G. Witkin

Founding Partner

(850) 202-1010


Justin G. Witkin received his B.S. in finance from Florida State University in 1992, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1995.
Justin Witkin is a managing partner at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz.

Douglass A. Kreis

Founding Partner

(850) 202-1010


Mr. Kreis received his B.A. from Mercer University in Political Science attending under a four year academic/athletic scholarship and received a juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law.
Mr. Kreis practices exclusively within the areas of pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer class actions litigation.

Neil D. Overholtz

Founding Partner

(850) 202-1010


Mr. Overholtz has successfully handled thousands of defective drug and medical device cases, including fen-phen, Rezulin, Baycol, Bextra/Celebrex, Vioxx, Medtronic Defibrillators, and Guidant Defibrillators.
Mr. Overholtz specializes in pharmaceutical litigation.

R. Jason Richards

Partner

(850) 202-1010


Mr. Richards, a partner with the firm, focuses his practice on insurance, pharmaceutical/ products liability and class action litigation.

Bobby J. (Brad) Bradford

Partner

(850) 202-1010


Brad Bradford heads up AWKO’s Personal Injury and Automobile Negligence departments, and specializes in serious injury cases.

Stephen H. Echsner

Partner

(850) 202-1010


Stephen H. Echsner is a partner with the firm and practices personal injury and wrongful death cases. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Marquette University in 1977, and his law degree from Saint Louis University in 1980.

D. Renée Baggett

Partner

(850) 202-1010


D. Renée Baggett is a partner with the law firm of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of West Florida and her law degree from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans in 2006.

Daniel Thornburgh

Partner

(850) 202-1010


Daniel Thornburgh, a partner with the firm, earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of West Florida where he studied Legal Administration. After undergraduate studies, Mr. Thornburgh worked as a mass tort paralegal and law clerk for the firm.

Nathan C. Bess

Partner

(850) 202-1010


Nathan Bess was a Wilkins Scholar at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He received his law degree from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where he also completed a certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law.

E. Samuel Geisler

Partner

(850) 202-1010


E. Samuel “Sam” Geisler earned a Juris Doctorate from the Saint Louis University School of Law where he participated on the Trial Advocacy Competition Team and served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal.

Jennifer M. Hoekstra

Partner

(850) 202-1010


Jennifer M. Hoekstra has been involved in complex litigation since 2007 and was central to the successful outcome in the Genetically Modified Rice, Actos and DePuy Pinnacle Hip MDLs with more than $11 Billion in trial verdicts resulting from those cases.

Chelsie Warner

Attorney

(850) 202-1010


Chelsie Warner joined the firm as an associate in 2012. She earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of Montana School of Law where she received a Law School Academic Scholarship, a Moulton Bellingham Scholarship and a John P. Archer Scholarship.

Ann Gayle

Attorney

(850) 202-1010


Ann Gayle, an attorney with the firm, is focused on the following matters: Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Transvaginal mesh Litigation, Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems and Coloplast litigation.

Samantha Katen

Attorney

(850) 202-1010


Samantha Katen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Marketing from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law.

Caitlyn Prichard

Attorney

(850) 202-1010


Caitlyn Prichard joined the firm as an associate in 2017. Caitlyn graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics. She then attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and Member of the Order of the Coif.

D. Nicole Guntner

Attorney

(850) 202-1010


D. Nicole “Nikki” Guntner joined Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz in 2018. Miss Guntner earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2015.

Lydia T. Lucius

Attorney

(850) 202-1010


Lydia T. Lucius joined the firm as an associate in 2018. She earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.