The depth of legal experience in the Tampa Bay area runs deep — a half-century deep in some cases. Such senior lawyers, the ones who have been there and done that usually more than once, give firms expertise honed by experience, long-term client relationships and a type of prestige that draws new clients.
The Florida Bar The Florida Bar Follow this company recognizes the value these lawyers provide to the profession and will honor lawyers who, as of this year, attain the 50-year anniversary of admittance to the practice of law in the state. The June 24 luncheon at the Bar’s annual convention near Orlando also recognizes senior counselors, or lawyers who have practiced for 50 years or more but have not been members of The Florida Bar for the entire period.
Elizabeth Kovachevich, Tampa federal judge and one of those to be honored will be the speaker.
Many area lawyers are on the list of those to be recognized. It is a roll call of some of the legends in the legal community.
The Hillsborough County area lawyers are Robert E. Banker, Leonard H. Gilbert, Ronald D. McCall, David H. McClain, Marvin Solomon, A.G. Spicola Jr., Paul A. Straske, Howard G. Waddell and Jack C. Wolff.
The Pinellas-Pasco county area lawyers are Joseph G. Donahey Jr., Richard L. Mensh, Michael B. Piper, Philip J. Rogers, Charles S. Carrere, Leslie D. Franklin, Russell L. Johnson, Wayne C. Nelson, George A. Routh, John W. Schumacher Jr., George C. Vogelsang and Carleton L. Weidemeyer.
Those from the Sarasota area include Robert J. Carr, James D. McDonald (senior counselor), John J. O’Riorden, L. Howard Payne, James H. Walsh and Russell E. Warren Jr. The Lakeland area lawyers are Marie A. Crano, George T. Dunlap III, Charles Parkhill Mays Jr. and Harry M. Sawyer Jr.