- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Medical Malpractice
- Complex Business Litigation
- Construction Litigation
- Products Liability
- Appellate Practice
395 South Central Avenue, P.O. Box 2188, Bartow, Florida 33830-4622
University of Florida, B.S., 1964
Florida State University, J.D., with high honors, 1968
1969, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1971, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1972, U.S. Supreme Court; 1976, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 2008, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
The Florida Bar (President, 1996-1997; Member, Board of Governors, 1977-1979, 1992-1997; President, 1978, Young Lawyers Section; Member, Executive Council, Trial Lawyers Section, 1976-1982; Member, 1990-1994, Chairman, 1992-1994, Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission; Member, 1986-1990, Chairman, 1987-1989 The Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission; Member, 1982-1989 and Chairman, 1987-1989, Civil Trial Certification Committee); Florida Bar Foundation (Director, 1995-1998; Florida Advisory Board Member Leading Florida Attorneys; Florida Judicial Management Council, 1995-1998; Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, 1999-2004); American Board of Trial Advocates; Polk County Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1976-1982; President, 1980-1982); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining Member); Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (President's Club); Willson American Inn of Court (Master, 1990-2000; President, 1995-1996); Litigation Counsel of America (Charter Fellow); The College of Master Advocates and Barristers (Senior Counsel, 2000-); American Trial Lawyers Association (2007- "Top 100" trial lawyers in Florida).
Jacksonville, Florida, August 23, 1942
Delta Theta Phi; Florida State Gold Key. Listed: Leading Florida Attorneys; Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers in America; Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite; and Florida Super Lawyers. Reviewer: "Bad Faith Insurance Actions," Fla. Torts, Matthew Bender, 1988. Author: "Closing Argument," Continuing Legal Education Trial Lawyers Update, 1980. Lecturer: "Beyond Hearsay," 1995 Advanced Evidence Seminar, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education. Panelist, "Taking the High Road: Litigation Tactics-The Impact on Judges, Juries and Litigants," The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education and Trial Lawyers Section, 1995. Lecturer: Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence/Trial Attorney's Evidence Seminar, 1998. Plaintiffs' trial team, Masters in Trial Seminar, sponsored by ABOTA, 1999-2000; "Dealing with Destruction: Spoliation of Evidence in Florida," Seminar, National Business Institute, 2003. Lecturer, "Evidence Code and Civil Procedure Rules Update," Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Original Member, Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 1996-1997. Appointed to Supreme Court Workload Study Commission by Speaker, Florida House of Representatives, 2000-2001. Member and Executive Council, National Council of Bar Presidents, 1997-2000. Member: Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1996-; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2007-; The Verdict Club, 2007-.
(Board Certified Civil Trial and Business Litigation Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)
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