When you get to know Jeff Becker you think: this is a smart, interesting, personable and funny guy. And then you think: where does he find the time to do all the cool stuff he does?
Since 1968, Jacksonville, Florida has been home to Jeff, but he was born in Connecticut. He currently lives in the San Marco neighborhood, and shares his home with his wife Ellen, his son Jacob, two cats, one dog, six saltwater fish and an eel named UE2 (unnamed eel #2).
Aside from being a “Florida Super Lawyer” (AV rated with Martindale-Hubbell), Jeff, an attorney and shareholder at Hiday & Ricke, P.A., has some diversified interests that make up his personal life outside of the office.
To start, Jeff is the proud owner of a 1994 Mazda RX-7 speedster with a rotary engine––much like the models featured in the hit movieThe Fast and the Furious. His love of classic cars and the need for speed comes from spending time with his dad, who use to race cars as a hobby, and at one point in his career, was the track doctor for Daytona International Speedway’s Formula One.
Not one to back down from a challenge, Jeff is also an avid cyclist. Riding both solo and with groups, he has pedaled all around the state of Florida and beyond. It’s not unlikely that he rides more than 200 miles in a single weekend. One of his major achievements was a 200-mile trek across the state that he clocked at 11 hours and 58 minutes. Even after surviving a serious accident, Jeff still enjoys riding “purely for fun.”
Another one of his life challenges was winning the approval of his [now] father-inlaw. If he wanted to marry his true love, Ellen, he had to get in the game –– almost literally. Ellen and her family are avid fans of motorsports and major league baseball (MLB). In order to get the green light from her father, Jeff had to pass the sports test he [Ellen’s father] made up. Passing the test was the only way he would be allowed to marry her. Chalk up another win for Jeff.
As a result of cramming for his sports exam, Jeff himself became a fan––and the Philadelphia Phillies are his team of choice. He loves baseball so much that his bucket list includes watching a game from every MLB ballpark across the country––or at least one in each state where they’re located.
Like many baby boomers, Jeff also has a passion for music. From the likes of Bob Dylan to Phish and great jams in between, we could have reminisced about the music and concert industry for hours.
Wrapping up our coffee chat, Jeff talked about the start of his professional career. He worked in the legal arena after graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami.
He was in private practice until he joined Hiday & Ricke in 1995, and became a shareholder three years later. Today, Jeff specializes in both commercial and bankruptcy law handling collections cases and subrogation claims.
A member of the Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association, Jeff is admitted to practice before all Federal District Courts in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
With an impressive career and an action-packed personal life, getting to know Jeff is certainly worthwhile. As a journalism major and music lover myself, I felt the camaraderie from the moment we met.
But I’ve never met anyone with a pet eel.
Author: Carolyn Klucha