Attorneys & Closers

Our team is nothing short of excellent

Alan B. Almand

Alan is a Jacksonville native and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1988 after graduating from the University of Florida School of Law in 1987 with honors.  In 2011, Alan joined Landmark Title and Heekin Law following his own real estate law practice from 1998-2010. Alan’s primary clients are local builders and residential construction lenders.  Away from work, Alan enjoys spending time with his wife of 40 years, traveling, and playing golf.

Caroline R. Nichols, Esq.

Caroline Nichols is a Jacksonville native and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2002. Her legal practice focuses on commercial and residential real estate representing buyers, sellers, lenders, real estate developers, landlords, tenants, and condominium and homeowners’ associations.
(904) 998-9733 x1050

David J. Heekin, Esq.
President & Founder

Attorney David Heekin, a Jacksonville native, is the founder and owner of Landmark Title. David earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, MBA and Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida.
(904) 998-9733 x1001

Erin Wyse
Closer/ Licensed Title Agent

Erin Wyse is a Jacksonville native and a licensed title agent in the State of Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Erin enjoys spending her time outdoors with her family and two puppies.
(904) 998-9733 x1078

G. Todd Cottrill, Esq

Todd Cottrill specializes in real estate transactions. His practice covers all aspects of real estate and general business transactions, including contract preparation, due diligence, lending, leasing.
(904) 998-9733 x1017

Howard J. Smith, Esq.

Howard has been a real estate lawyer in the Jacksonville area for more than 25 years, handling a wide variety of residential and commercial real estate transactions.  A double University of Florida grad (College of Journalism and Law School), and a Jaguar and Chicago Cubs fan, Howard believes that all situations in life can be best explained by a witty sports analogy..  Favorite music is old time rock-n-roll.  Favorite books are anything without legal words in them.  Favorite people are Realtors and Mortgage Professionals.   He is also quite fond of his wonderful wife Debbie, two cool sons Justin and Jordan, and a great family and friends.
(904) 998-9733 x1021

Jay Rocco
Closer / Licensed Title Agent

Jay Rocco is a licensed title insurance agent in the state of Florida and has worked as a closer for over 10 years. Jay was born in Billings, Montana but has been a Florida resident for most of his life. He grew up working in his parent’s restaurant where he would help serve customers. Jay is a family man and likes to spend his extra time with his wife and two boys. You will likely find him spending his weekend either outdoors or doing some type of exercise. Jay’s customers appreciate his “can do” attitude and professionalism on every transaction he closes.
(904) 998-9733 x1051

Nikki Causey
Vice President

Nikki Causey is a licensed title insurance agent in the State of Florida. She has been a part of the Landmark team for more than 15 years, working her way up from processor to Vice-President. Nikki is native to Kinston, North Carolina.
(904) 998-9733 x1007

Rose Alberre, Esq.

Rose Alberre has been practicing law in Florida since 2002, serving clients in a wide variety of business and real estate matters, including residential and commercial real estate transactions; preparation, review, and negotiation of residential and commercial closing and loan documents, leases, purchase agreements, and other contracts; foreclosure prosecution and defense; homeowners’ association liens and foreclosures; landlord/tenant matters; business and contract disputes; complex business and real estate litigation; business entity formation and other corporate work; and general practice.  Rose began her legal career as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk, in the U.S. District Court.  Rose graduated law school Cum Laude from Stetson University College of Law where she obtained her J.D. degree and also obtained her M.B.A. from Stetson University, Summa Cum Laude.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude.  Rose enjoys boating, camping (aka “glamping”), and traveling with her husband, Chris (a Jacksonville native), and their four children.
(904) 998-9733 x1088

Samantha Eckman

Sam grew up on the north side of Jacksonville, attended First Coast High School. She then graduated from Jacksonville University in Aviation Management & Flight Operations. After flight instruction at Craig Airport, Sam was hired by Atlantic Southeast Airlines where she flew for nearly 10 years. In 2017, Sam was hired by Delta Air Lines where she is currently a First Officer on the Boeing 737. This past January while flying was slow, Sam was fortunate to start as a closer for Landmark Title.
Sam is married with 3 children and 4 stepchildren and lives in Saint Augustine, FL. She loves being outside, on the boat, and traveling with her family.
(904) 998-9733 x1087

Sandra M. Ralston, Esq.
Attorney at Law

Ms. Ralston is a Jacksonville native and graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. With nearly twelve years of experience in real estate law, her practice primarily focuses on residential and commercial real estate transactions.
(904) 998-9733 x1041

W. William Li, Esq.
Vice President

Mr. Li focuses his practice primarily on residential and commercial real estate, business transactions, and corporate matters. Mr. Li has over a decade of experience in raw land acquisition.
(904) 998-9733 x1043

Thomas J. Nessler, Esq.

Thomas J. Nessler, a long-time Florida native, focuses his practice on fighting for those who need a voice. After passing the Florida State Bar, Mr. Nessler joined the Law Offices of Frederick W. Nessler & Associates, Ltd. Mr. Nessler is a partner and managing attorney of the Florida branch of Nessler & Associates. Thomas joined Landmark Title in 2021. He said, “I am excited to be a part of an attorney-owned and operated title company, and excited to bring the Landmark name to the Tampa Bay Area”. Thomas believes he can bring his legal expertise to the closing table and help clients in making some of the biggest decisions of their lives.
(727) 293-4455 x1094

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