Erin Dunnavant is an associate lawyer with Austin & Laurato, P.A. Ms. Dunnavant is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. After high school, she moved to North Carolina and attended Barton College where she double majored in Communications and Religion/Philosophy, served as captain of the NCAAII Women’s Cross Country Team, and became a member of Tri-Sigma Sorority. After graduation, she moved to Florida where she worked at Home Shopping Network (HSN), in Saint Petersburg. There, she quickly worked her way up the ladder from a Backstage Coordinator to On-Air Associate Producer.
After a few years in the television industry, Mrs. Dunnavant decided to pursue a career in law, and attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. There, she won the Mock Trial Team Internal Competition and the Best Defense Award, served as Vice President of the International Law Society, and was voted by her class mates as recipient of the “Founder’s Award” which was presented to her at her May 2010 graduation.
In the spring of 2010, Mrs. Dunnavant was selected to serve as a Defense Intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands, where she gained unique experience in the field of International Criminal Law. Mrs. Dunnavant has practiced at the law firm of Austin & Laurato since June of 2011. There, she helps to manage the firm’s caseload, most of which involve first-party insurance claims on behalf of homeowners. In that capacity, Mrs. Dunnavant handles mediations, depositions, court hearings, and assists the firm in trying cases.
She is very passionate about helping people who have been wronged by their insurance companies. Mrs. Dunnavant is admitted to practice in the United States Middle District of Florida as well as the Southern District of Florida and is a member of The Florida Bar. Her hobbies include running, watching sports, and playing the piano.
Kimberly Hendee is an associate attorney at Austin & Laurato, P.A. She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Kimberly graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and a minor in Mass Communications.
Kimberly obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2013. While in law school, Kimberly served as a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy. She was also chosen to serve as a research fellow for Professor Fletcher Baldwin, Jr. Kimberly has published two academic articles on topics including international financial crimes and the First Amendment.
As an associate at Austin & Laurato, Kimberly advocates for homeowners in their insurance claims, as well as handles matters on appeal. Kimberly is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and in the Middle District of Florida.
Christopher A. Tumminia
Chris Tumminia is an associate attorney with Austin & Laurato, P.A. Mr. Tumminia is originally from Long Island, New York, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 2001. He attended the University of South Florida where he majored in Political Science, with a focus on contemporary political philosophy. Chris then attended Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2013.
During law school, Chris served on the editorial board of the OCU Law Review, and authored two articles in the field of agency law and ethics. One article was formally recognized by the Oklahoma Mineral Lawyer’s Association, while the other was published in the 2013 Spring Edition of the Oklahoma City University Law Review. Chris was the recipient of the 2012-2013 Editor in Chief Award for his contributions as a member and editor of the Law Review.
Prior to joining the law firm of Austin & Laurato, Chris served as an intern with the Oklahoma City County Health Department, where he worked closely with the General Counsel and gained invaluable experience writing orders and drafting memoranda. He became a member of the Florida Bar in 2013, and was admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida in 2014.