Long time Terrell • Hogan law partner and advocate, Alan Pickert, was recently selected to serve as the President of the HEAL Foundation (“Healing Every Autistic Life”). HEAL is a local non profit organization in North Florida serving individuals and families living with Autism in our immediate area. Tragically, 1 in 88 children today now suffer from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since its inception in 2004, HEAL has raised more than one million dollars to serve thousands of local families and individuals affected by Autism. These funds allow HEAL to disburse numerous grants to run and help support camps, educational programs, community projects and financial aid for families right here on the First Coast.
“I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to continue the phenomenal work HEAL has done, and will continue to do, for the thousands of individuals and families in North Florida who deal with Autism” said Alan. “I have been involved with the autism community since 2003 and you quickly realize it is an issue that is growing at an exponential rate. The Board of Directors for HEAL is a prestigious group and I greatly appreciate the confidence they have put in me with this honor.” Current Board of Directors includes, but is not limited to, such dignitaries as University of North Florida President and Past Mayor of Jacksonville John Delaney, News Anchor Patty Crosby, NFL Jaguar’s starting tackle Eugene Monroe, well known golf developer Bobby Weed, PGA VP Bill Hughes, co founder of HEAL Leslie Weed, VP of CSX Transportation Vance Meyer, Merrill Lynch VP Dana Current, Primearica Financial’s Jim Meyer, nationally known motivational speaker and author Vic Johnson and a host of other well known people in the North Florida community.
Alan Pickert is no stranger to receiving accolades or volunteering his time for worthy projects. You may recall he is the Past President of the Jacksonville Bar Association of Lawyers, has been consistently selected as one of the top lawyers in Florida by his peers, Florida Trend Magazine (Legal Elite), Law and Politics (Super Lawyer of Florida), Martindale Hubbell and AVVO. He was also recently featured in the February edition of Newsweek Magazine as being one of the Top 20 Leaders in the Nation on Asbestos Issues.
In addition to Mr. Pickert’s work with the autism community, he is also active with Jacksonville’s I.M. Sulzbacher Homeless Shelter. For the past twelve years, he has provided free legal service on a monthly basis to the guests and residents of the homeless shelter. It was this volunteer work, coupled with his other volunteer work the Special Olympics, that resulted in Alan being awarded the Florida Bar’s Pro Bono Award for the entire Fourth Judicial Circuit by the Florida Supreme Court.
We, at the law firm of Terrell • Hogan, take great pride in Alan and the many others at our firm, who strive for justice both inside and outside of the courtroom for our clients and the community in general.