John Dickhaus joined Scruggs, Carmichael & Wershow, P.A., in February of 2021. John practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business law, and wealth preservation planning.
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, John attended the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School where he studied music. John moved to Gainesville in 2009 to attend the University of Florida, pursuing a degree in Political Science and minors in Latin and Leadership. After graduating cum laude from the University of Florida in December 2012, John moved to Washington D.C. where he worked for four years as a legislative clerk at the United States House of Representatives. Working full time during the day, John attended law school at the Catholic University of America’s part-time evening law division. While studying at Catholic, John was a proud member of the Catholic University of America’s Journal of Law and Technology. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor in May 2017, John was proud to receive the Columbus Award, “presented to the graduating student who best exemplified spirit, service, academic excellence, and extracurricular achievement . . . and who has fostered strong bonds of community.”
Mr. Dickhaus is admitted to the Florida Bar, and he is a member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Bar. In his personal life, John enjoys exercise, the outdoors, staying active in the Gainesville music community, cheering on the Florida Gators, following the Tampa Bay Rays through advanced sabermetric empirical analysis, and supporting the other Tampa Bay professional sports franchises.
- Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2017
- University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2012
- Knights of Columbus
- Eighth Judicial Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division—Secretary
- Gainesville Pops
- Capella Nova Community Chorus
- Take Stock In Children Student Mentor
- Miss Gainesville Scholarship Competition—General Counsel
- University of Florida Friends of Music—Board of Directors
- Florida House on Capitol Hill—Board of Young Trustees
Virginia Ellen Griffis is from Macclenny, Florida, and was born in 1979. She received her A.A., summa cum laude, from Lake City Community College in 1998 and then attended the University of Florida, where she received her B.A., with honors, in 2001 and her J.D., cum laude, in 2004. She is admitted to The Florida Bar.
Ms. Griffis is a member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (Board of Directors 2006-2008 and 2009-2010), the American Inns of Court, the North Central Florida Estate Planning Council (Board of Directors 2008-2011), the North Florida Association of Real Estate Attorneys, and the Florida Bar. She also served on the Board of Directors of Girl’s Place, Inc. from 2012 to 2017.
Her main practice areas include wills, trusts, estate planning, probate administration, trust administration, and real estate law, including real estate litigation and title cures.
Location: West Office
Bill Littell was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1944. He received his B.A. with honors from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in 1967. He received his J.D. with honors in 1973 from the University of Florida, where he was Executive Editor of the University of Florida Law Review and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Littell served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971.
Mr. Littell is admitted to the Florida and Montana Bars, and he is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Littell served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Nova University in 1975.
Mr. Littell has devoted his career to assisting clients in their estate planning and in the difficult circumstances following the death of a family member. He brings over 40 years extensive experience in estate administration and complex disputes involving wills, trusts, estates, and guardianships. Mr. Littell is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating attainable from one of the nation’s most distinguished and oldest lawyer rating services.
His practice areas include estate planning, probate and probate litigation, trusts and trust litigation, business and corporate law, business litigation and real estate.
Location: West Office
Florida State Bar, 1972
University of Florida, B.A. – 1965
Levin College of Law – University of Florida, J.D. – 1972
Partner, Scruggs, Carmichael & Wershow, P.A., 2018 – Present
Partner, Wershow and Schneider, P.A., 1972 – Present
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, 1972 – Present
Florida Bar Association, 1972 – Present
Alachua County Commission, 1972 – 1976 (Chairman 1976)
Board of Directors, North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, 1974 – 1982
Suwannee River Water Management Board, 1977 – 1989
District III Mental Health Board, 1973 – 1981
Gainesville Regional Utility Study Group, 1990 (appointed by local legislative delegation)
Board of Directors, Bank of Newberry, 1993 – 1998
Adjunct Instructor, Agricultural Law (UF/IFAS), 1985 – 1987
Alachua County Blue Ribbon Committee on County Finance, 2004
Board of Directors, Alachua County Housing Authority, 1983 – 2012
Board of Directors, Alachua County Farm Bureau, 1985 – 2012
Alachua County Value Adjustment Board Special Master, 1993 – 2012
North Central Florida Health Planning Council (2 Years)
Visions 2000 Task Force
Florida Blue Key