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Founders' Awards Luncheon

The Founders of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers believed in freedom, equality and justice — principles they passionately defended. To commemorate this legacy, the Florida Justice Association will recognize this year's Founders' Award recipients at the FJA Founders' Awards Luncheon at Noon, Thursday, October 5th from Noon to 1:45 PM at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.

Sponsored by:

HMR Funding
Ted Molis

Phone: 888-377-1245

2017 Founders' Awards Recipients

Perry Nichols Award



2017 Recipient: Mike Haggard | The Haggard Law Firm | Coral Gables

The Perry Nichols Award is the highest honor the FJA bestows and gives recognition to an individual who has dedicated a lifetime to the pursuit of justice through extended and distinguished service to the cause of justice in Florida and in the nation.

Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award 



2017 Recipient: F. Greg Barnhart
Searcy Denney Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. | West Palm Beach

The Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award honors Al J. Cone who lived a live of the following: A career of leadership; A career of example setting; A career of devotion; A career of courage.


B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism



2017 Recipient: Julie Braman Kane
Colson Hicks Eidson | Coral Gables

The B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism honors B.J. Masterson, an attorney and a former FJA President, who epitomized ethical professionalism throughout a lifetime of practicing law.

Jon E. Krupnick Award 



2017 Recipient: Henk Uiterwyk 
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk | Tampa

The Jon E. Krupnick Award is awarded for efforts on behalf of a particular client reflecting relentless commitment, perseverance and fortitude to seek justice and achieve success through all obstacles and legal roadblocks encountered.


The James F. "Jim" McKenzie From Day One Award



2017 Recipient: Bill Harrell
Harrell and Harrell, P.A. | Jacksonville

The From Day One Award honors a member who has continuously demonstrated commitment and support to the FJA by accepting every challenge and serving willingly and tirelessly in the defense of Florida's civil justice system.

The S. Victor Tipton Award



2017 Recipient: Jessie Harrell | Creed & Gowdy, P.A. | Jacksonville

The S. Victor Tipton Award is awarded for superior achievement in legal writing. This award is given in honor of S. Victor Tipton, Founder and Editor of the FJA's Journal®. Victor is also a founding member and former President of the Florida Justice Association. Victor has been a valuable voice and guiding spirit for the FJA since its inception.