Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bill Schifino Jr. Honored with Outstanding Lawyer Award

The HCBA honored Bill Schifino Jr., managing partner in the Tampa office of Burr & Forman, with its Outstanding Lawyer Award at the annual Law Day Luncheon on May 13. Schifino received the award because he has made a significant difference in the practice of law and the community due to his personal and professional ethics and conduct.
Schifino concentrates his practice in the areas of securities litigation and arbitration, business litigation and trial practice, intellectual property litigation, business tort litigation, and professional malpractice. He has extensive experience arbitrating and litigating complex cases before federal and state courts, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the New York Stock Exchange, now known as “FINRA.” In addition, he has broad experience in representing businesses in various stages of growth, from negotiating and structuring transactions to assisting in strategic planning, corporate expansion and exit strategies. Schifino currently serves on the board of directors of various companies.
Schifino is “AV” rated, certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Business Litigation Law, and has been recognized by his peers as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” and “Super Lawyers.” In addition, he has been regularly elected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of commercial litigation.

In 1996, Schifino was recognized as the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer. In 2004, he served as the Hillsborough County Bar Association president and, in 2008, was elected to serve as a member of The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors, representing the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. He is admitted to practice in the state of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Schifino served as a member of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, including serving as its chairman, having been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist. Schifino is actively involved in many community and professional activities, including serving as president of the Tampa Bay Little League and more.