Mary Bland Love practices medical and general civil liability. Ms. Love most often represents the defense in hospital and physician liability cases and physician representation before the Department of Health. She graduated from the University of Virginia. (’74 B.A., ’78 J.D.)
In February 2016, Mary Bland was honored with The Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award by the Jacksonville Bar Association in recognition of her career long “example of steadfast obedience to ethics, professionalism, preparation, and respect to all participants in the legal process, aggressive advocacy, mentorship, scholarship, and a driving force to do what is right.” She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as the first woman President of the Jacksonville Chapter in 2002; she was also selected as its Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011. As a former member of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel, she served as its first woman president in 1987-88. She has emeritus status with the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, having served as Master and Barrister. She has also served on the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council (1999-2002) and the Fourth Circuit Nominating Commission in 2001-2006. She has been a board member of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and served as its first woman president of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in 1986-87. She is a past board member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network. Ms. Love was appointed to the Jacksonville Ethics Commission by Public Defender Charles Cofer and approved by City Council in July 2017. Ms. Love was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and by Jacksonville Magazine for her work in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.
Ms. Love continues to serve her community both in and out of the office. She enjoys contributing to community organizations which serve the intellectually and developmentally disabled. She serves on the St. Vincent Patient and Family Advisory Council. She is an Elder and former Clerk of the Session at her church, St. John’s Presbyterian. At leisure, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, enjoying the outdoors and traveling with her husband, partner in life and law, Bob Gobelman.