Class of 1980

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Donald Hinkle, of Hinkle.Law, has been recognized in the 2024 Florida Super Lawyers list for his work in the area of medical malpractice litigation. Posted 1.11.24

Donald Hinkle was recognized by his peers as Tallahassee’s 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs. Hinkle was featured in the milestone 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his exceptional work in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs. Posted 9.10.23

Donald Hinkle has been selected for inclusion into The National Trial Lawyers's Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association is a professional honorary organization composed of the Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers from each state who serve individuals and families needing attorneys to represent them in the American legal system. With his inclusion, Hinkle has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and performance in their area of legal practice. Posted 6.1.23

Donald Hinkle is the founder of Hinkle.Law, which was recently named to U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Law Firms. Hinkle.Law was recognized as a tier one law firm for medical malpractice law. Posted 12.8.22

James W. Linn received the 2020 Paul S. Buchman Attorney of the Year Award awards from the City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar. Posted 6.4.21


Donald Hinkle has been recognized by for obtaining the fifth highest Florida Personal Injury Verdict of 2019, the 43rd highest Florida Personal Injury Verdict of 2019 in the United States. The $30,840,000 verdict was obtained on behalf of a high school student to compensate for a devastating brain injury resulting from two Tallahassee bars, Potbelly's and Cantina 101, knowingly and intentionally serving alcohol to underaged patrons. Posted 1.14.20

Thomas K. Equels has been named BioFlorida's Weaver H. Gaines Entrepreneur of the Year. The award recognizes an entrepreneur who has made extraordinary contributions to the growth of life sciences in the leadership of a company or institution. Equels is the chief executive officer of AIM ImmunoTech Inc. Posted 11.5.20


James W. Linn has been named Best Lawyer in the areas of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Employment Law – Management in Tallahassee on the 2021 Best Lawyers list. Linn is a shareholder at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. Posted 8.24.20

Marty E. Moore was elected to serve a four-year term beginning July 2020 as a commissioner on the Utah State Bar Board of Governors, representing the First Judicial District. He is a partner in Peck Hadfield Baxter & Moore, LLC in Logan, Utah, where he has practiced since leaving the executive staff of Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth in 2000. Posted 7.21.20


Donald M. Hinkle was selected as one of the 2020 Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner at Hinkle & Foran in Tallahassee, where he practices personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, automobile crash, premises liability and civil rights law. Posted 9.5.19

Mark J. Patterson has been selected as one of the 2020 Best Lawyers in America in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent law, trade secrets law and trademark law. He is also recognized as the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in patent law in Nashville. Patterson practices at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C. Posted 9.4.19


James W. Linn has been named Lawyer of the Year in employment law – management in Tallahassee by Best Lawyers in America, in addition to being named a Best Lawyer in employee benefits (ERISA) law. Linn is a shareholder at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in Tallahassee, where he practices governmental, public pension, labor and employment law. Posted 9.4.19


yon_david_web.jpgDavid A. Yon, a shareholder at Radey Law Firm in Tallahassee, has been named one of the 2019 Best Lawyers in America and a 2018 Florida Super Lawyer in the area of insurance law. Posted 9.26.18


David J. Glatthorn had a successful verdict in Earletta Blackwood vs. Palms West Hospital Limited Partnership vs. Charles Perry Partners, Inc.; Charles Perry Partners, Inc. vs. Salvador Construction, Inc. and Certified Roofing Specialists, Inc. He practices personal injury law at David J. Glatthorn, P.A. in West Palm Beach. Posted 11.21.17

Donald M. Hinkle, of Hinkle & Foran in Tallahassee, has been recognized as one of the 2018 Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation. He has been recognized since 2003. Posted 10.19.17

stein_stefan_web.jpgStefan V. Stein climbed Mount Elbtus in Russia - the highest mountain in the European Continent and one of the Seven Summits. He is a partner at GrayRobinson, P.A. in Tampa and has practiced intellectual property law for over 25 years. Posted 10.3.17


James W. Linn, a shareholder at Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in Tallahassee, was selected as one of the 2018 Best Lawyers in America in the areas of employee benefits (ERISA) law and employment law - management. His practice focuses on governmental, public pension, labor and employment law. Posted 9.5.17