Class of 1995

You can now view your classmates' news and accomplishments online! Click your graduation year below to see class notes, with the most recent entries appearing first. You may also submit a class note online.

Marlon A. Hill is a mentor at the Brownsville Law Academy at Brownsville Middle School in Miami. His firm, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP, was recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) Public Education Division for their groundbreaking legal studies partnership program as Most Outstanding 2018 ABA Law Day Student Program Activity. In collaboration with other community partners and Miami Dade Public Schools, the firm successfully raised funds to design and renovate two classrooms into a mock courtroom. The mock courtroom was dedicated on May 29, 2018 in conjunction with Law Day. Hill is an experienced corporate, intellectual property and government transactions lawyer of more than 22 years. Posted 12.7.18

willis_tina_web.jpgTina Willis opened her own boutique auto accident and personal injury law firm, Tina Willis Law, in Orlando, after years of drafting motions and briefs behind the scenes for other personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers. She only accepts cases that involve injuries that are likely to need surgery or worse, such as catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Since opening her practice, Willis has been recognized in the Top 10 Best Florida Lawyers by the American Institute of Legal Counsel and recognized in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. She received the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, became a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (fewer than 1% of attorneys nationwide are members), and earned a perfect 10 rating from Avvo, Inc. Willis can be reached at Tina Willis Law, 390 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 2300G, Orlando, Florida 32801 or by phone at (407) 803-2139. Posted 10.5.18

Raykel E. Tolson authored the novella, Undefiled, which will be released on August 31, 2018. Her professional experience includes roles as family and criminal attorney, pharmacist, professor, and workshop presenter. Posted 8.28.18

Jeanne M. Miller was elected to the Florida State University Alumni Association National Board of Directors. She began a three-year term on July 1, 2018. Miller serves as president and chief executive officer of the Jacksonville Civic Council. Posted 7.26.18

hardee_ashley_web.jpgE. Ashley Hardee was named the Justice Teaching John F. Harkness, Jr. Volunteer of the Year at The Florida Bar Convention in Orlando. She is a senior trial court staff attorney in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Posted 6.26.18

Photo: (L-R) Justice R. Fred Lewis and E. Ashley Hardee


crump_benjamin_web.jpgBenjamin L. Crump is the host of TV One's new show on wrongly convicted men and women, "Evidence of Innocence." The one-hour program chronicles four people arrested and jailed for crimes they didn't commit before being freed. Crump is the founding attorney of Ben Crump Law, PLLC in Tallahassee, where he practices civil rights law. Posted 6.11.18


The Honorable T.K. Wetherell, of the First District Court of Appeal, was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Posted 6.11.18

Marlon A. Hill was appointed to the board of directors of BMe Community, which "helps build caring and prosperous communities inspired by black men." Hill is a partner at Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP in their Miami office, where he practices in the areas of corporate law, intellectual property and government transactions. Posted 5.18.18

Brian A. Higgins passed away on December 6, 2017. He was a trailblazer as a criminal defense attorney at the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. Posted 12.13.17

Francisco J. Viñas had a successful verdict in Adela M Samayoa and Maynor R. Ramirez vs. Waste Pro of Florida, Inc., and LUC M Senatus. He practices civil litigation at Viñas & DeLuca, PLLC in Miami. Posted 12.4.17

birk_edward_web.jpgEdward L. Birk, a shareholder at Marks Gray, P.A. in Jacksonville, was recognized as one of the 2018 Best Lawyers in America. He also was selected as a 2017 Florida Super Lawyer. He practices in the areas of media law, municipal liability, E.R.I.S.A. benefits, employment, Fair Labor Standards Act and products liability. Posted 8.21.17


crump_benjamin_web.jpgBenjamin L. Crump was inducted into the FSU Circle of Gold. He is launching Ben Crump Law, where he will focus on fighting social injustice. Offices will be located in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee. He was previously a partner at Parks and Crump, LLC in Tallahassee. Crump also appeared in an episode of the Fox live unscripted series, You The Jury in April. Posted 8.16.17


parks_daryl_web.jpgDaryl D. Parks will open a new independent law firm, Parks Law, in Tallahassee. The firm will focus on serious injury and death cases, medical malpractice and tobacco litigation. Parks was previously a partner at Parks and Crump, LLC in Tallahassee. Posted 7.27.17


Lisa D. Bernau is now the assistant to the vice president of finance and administration at the University of West Florida. Posted 7.5.17

James S. Myers is now a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP in their Tampa office. His practice areas are bankruptcy, restructuring, creditors' rights; construction, fidelity and surety; and litigation. Posted 6.12.17

Cynthia L. Hain passed away on April 28, 2017, after a year-long battle against pancreatic cancer. She served as assistant general counsel at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Posted 5.1.17

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