Mr. Tinker has practiced before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, all five of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as the Federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. With over 17 years of experience, he has been lead counsel in more than 500 appellate matters, including appeals of final and interlocutory orders, certiorari, and other extraordinary writ proceedings, and has presented well over 100 oral arguments in the Florida Supreme Court, all Florida District Courts of Appeal, and the Federal Eleventh Circuit. A sample of just a few of Mr. Tinker’s reported decisions is below.
In conjunction with his appellate practice, Mr. Tinker has extensive experience analyzing insurance coverage issues, including drafting coverage opinions, responding to Civil Remedy notices and time demands, conducting examinations under oath, and litigating declaratory judgment actions. His experience includes personal and commercial auto, property and homeowner’s, commercial general liability, inland marine, directors and officers, errors and omissions, and professional liability. Mr. Tinker has been recognized as a Top-Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by Martindale-Hubbell.
A sought-after scholar and lecturer, Mr. Tinker is a recurring speaker for, and author with, several professional entities on topics including appellate practice, legal writing, issue preservation, employer risk management, and Florida bad-faith law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the St. Petersburg Bar Association. An advocate of pro bono legal services, Mr. Tinker further participates in the Free Legal Answers program administered by the Florida Bar, where he supplies legal advice and guidance to eligible low-income or poverty-level individuals, as well as the Bar’s Lawyers Advising Lawyers service, where other attorneys seek his guidance on matters of appellate practice and procedure.
Mr. Tinker obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester, with a concentration in Psychology, then earned his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Stetson University College of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Tinker was selected to the prestigious position of Executive Editor of the Stetson Law Review and received a series of distinctions, or “book awards,” for achieving the highest marks in Appellate Practice, Florida Civil Practice, Remedies, Torts II, Research and Writing I, and Research and Writing II.
•The Florida Bar
•Phi Delta Phi
•Hillsborough County Bar Association
•St. Petersburg Bar Association
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