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Staff

James A. Dozier James A. Dozier
Legal Assistant to Richard Lee Barrett and R. Steven Ruta
Mr. Dozier began his employment with Barrett, Chapman & Ruta, P.A. in 2002 as legal assistant to Richard Lee Barrett. Mr. Dozier's duties with the firm include drafting pleadings and correspondence, legal research and maintaining the firm's computer network.
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Mr. Dozier is a native Floridian. He began his career in the construction industry in 1976 as an apprentice steeplejack with U.S. Tank & Tower, Inc. located in Chipley, Florida. Mr. Dozier became a journeyman within two years of working in the trade and was promoted to foreman at the age of twenty-one. Mr. Dozier supervised and coordinated all on-site labor efforts of the refurbishment of elevated water towers. In 1981, Mr. Dozier accepted a superintendent position with CEM Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Sunshine Painting, a specialty coatings/construction firm located in Apopka, Florida. Mr. Dozier was responsible for project management of over 150 contracts, including municipal, county, state, federal and military projects throughout the Southern United States. Mr. Dozier coordinated all on-site labor efforts for the refurbishment, rebuilding and dismantling of elevated water towers, bridges and water/wastewater treatment plants. Mr. Dozier was well-known throughout the industry as a journeyman steeplejack and certified welder, specializing in the refurbishment of elevated water towers and the refurbishment other high-rise structures, including the largest wooden roller coaster in the Southern United States.

At the age of 32, Mr. Dozier was diagnosed with silicosis caused from inhaling silica particles during the many years of sandblasting structural steel. Mr. Dozier chose retraining under Florida's Workers' Compensation Program, seeking a paralegal degree through Valencia Community College. Due to his scholastic achievements, Mr. Dozier made the President's List during most of his semesters at VCC and was the first student to be appointed to the Paralegal Advisory Committee. Mr. Dozier continues to serve on the Advisory Committee and visits VCC as a guest speaker to several classes through the year on what it takes to be successful as a paralegal.

In 1993, Mr. Dozier began his career as a corporate paralegal at S&H Fabricating & Engineering, Inc. located in Sanford, Florida. His duties included support to the Vice President and General Counsel. In 1995, Mr. Dozier followed the Vice President and General Counsel into private practice with the law firm of Fowler, Barice, Feeney & O'Quinn, P.A. located in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Dozier's duties at the firm included support in municipal, business, corporate, contract and real estate law, preparation of documents for residential and commercial real estate transactions and review of title history and surveys. One of the attorneys he was responsible to, Tom Feeney, Republican, Florida, left the firm when Mr. Feeney was elected to his first term in Congress in 2002. While working on his campaign, Congressman Feeney offered Mr. Dozier a legislative aid position at the Capitol; however, Mr. Dozier decided to stay in the Central Florida area and seek employment in the area of civil litigation.

Mr. Dozier is legal assistant to Richard Lee Barrett and R. Steven Ruta. Mr. Dozier's duties with the firm include drafting pleadings and correspondence, legal research and maintaining the firm's computer network.

Maria Ehrensperger Maria Ehrensperger
Office Administrator / Bookkeeper
Maria Ehrensperger was born and raised in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She lived in Philadelphia, PA for four years and moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she lived for 18 years until 2001. Living in Orlando since January 2001, she worked as a guest services agent at the Four Points Sheraton Downtown Orlando Hotel for two and a half years. Has been working at Barrett, Chapman & Ruta, P.A. since 2003 where she started as receptionist and now takes care of bookkeeping and office administration. Maria is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.


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