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Experience 

A founding member of the firm in 1974, Wally has over 47 years of experience as a business civil trial lawyer. His associates voted him to be the most effective litigation trainer. The judges of the Pinellas County Circuit Court voted him the most professional civil trial lawyer in the circuit for the year 1999.

Distinctions & Memberships 

  • Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1970
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida – 1970
  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court – 1975
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – 1981
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 
– 1987
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida – 1987
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Civil Mediator – 2007
  • Clearwater Bar Association, President, 1980-1981
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Member
 St. Petersburg Bar Association Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • The Best Lawyers in America© since 1991, in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation and Controversy-Tax
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”, 2013 Litigation Controversy-Tax,Tampa area
  • American Bar Association Member.  Former member of the Council of Litigation, and former Editor-in-Chief of Litigation, the journal of the Section of Litigation.
  • Member, Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, 1982-86

Education 

  • University of Florida B.A. – 1962
  • Boston University A.M. – 1965
  • University of Florida J.D., with honors – 1969

When He’s Not Working Hard for Clients 

Wally likes to get away to Colorado for some hiking, biking and music festivals.

  • Slagle v. ITT Hartford, 102 F.3d 494 (11th Cir. 1996)
  • Sandlin v. Shapiro & Fishman, 168 F.R.D. 662 (M.D. Fla. 1996)
  • Eagleview Technologies, Inc. v. MDS Associates, 190 F.3d 1195 (11th Cir. 1999)
  • Indian River County Hosp. Dist. V. Indian River Memorial Hospital, Inc. 2000 WL 121794 (Fla.4th DCA 2000)
  • Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 1999 WL 1289031 (Fla. 1999)
  • Stockwell v. Citizens National Bank & Trust Co., 655 So.2d 1220 (Fla. 2d DCA 1995) affd 675 So.2d 584 (Fla. 1996)
  • Searcy, Denny et al. v. Poletz, 652 So.2d 366 (Fla. 1995)
  • LeRoux v. NYNEX Worldwide Services Group, Inc., 677 So.2d 956 (Fla. 1996)
  • Blumberg v. Pinellas County, 836 F.Supp. 839 (M.D. Fla. 1993)
  • Arthur Rutenberg Corp v. Dawney, 647 F.Supp. 1214 (M.D. Fla. 1986)
  • Cone v. The Florida Bar, 626 F.Supp. 132 (M.D. Fla. 1985)
  • Aff’d Cone v. State Bar of Florida, 819 F.2nd 1002 (11th Cir. 1987)
  • Pirolo v. City of Clearwater, 711 F.2d 1006 (11th Circ. 1983)
  • Dotolo v. Schouten, 426 So.2d 1013 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1983)
  • Taylor v. Fusco Management Co., 593 So.2d 1045 (Fla. 1992)
  • Accent Homes, Inc. v. Narco Realty, Inc., 566 So.2d 5 (Fla. 4th DCA 1990)
  • Concept, Inc. v. Thermotemp, Inc., 553 So.2d 1325 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1989)
  • Tel-Ad Advisors, Inc. v. GTE Directories Corp., 523 So.2d 635 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1988)
  • Lingelbach’s Bavarian Restaurants, Inc. v. Del Bello, 467 So.2d 476 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1985)
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Charters Inc. v. Morgan Yacht, Inc., 457 So.2d 1028 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1984)
  • Flood v. Ware, 363 So.2d 1101 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1978)
  • Margolin v. Morton F. Plant Hospital Association, Inc., 342 So.2d 1090 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1977)
  • In the Matter of Port Richey Service Co., 44 B.R. 634 (M.D. Fla. 1984)
  • In Re Newton Alfred Winn, 53 B.R. 645 (M.D. Fla. 1985)
  • P.R. Marketing Group, Inc. v. GTE Florida, Inc., 747 So.2d 962 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1999)
  • P.R. Marketing Group, Inc. v. GTE Florida, Inc., 806 So.2d 597 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2002)
  • Bouchard Transp. Co., Inc. v. Updegraff, 807 So.2d 768 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002)
  • Hicks v. Home Shopping Network, Inc., 862 So.2d 905 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2003)
  • Liebreich v. Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc., 855 So.2d 658 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003)
  • Liebreich v. Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc., 816 So.2d 776 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002)
  • City of Safety Harbor v. KOS Corp., 598 So.2d 241 (Fla. 2d DCA 1992)
  • Staff v. Trafalgar Developers of Florida, Inc., 518 So.2d 981 (Fla. 2d DCA 1988)
  • Harwood v. AMP, Inc., 516 So.2d 66 (Fla. 2d DCA 1987)
  • Cruising World, Inc. v. Westermeyer, 351 So.2d 371 (Fla. 2d DCA 1977)
  • Florida Wildlife Federation v. Goldschmidt, 611 F.2d 547 (5th Cir. 1980)
  • Vacation Break U.S.A., Inc. v. Marketing Response Group & Lser Co., Inc., 169 F.Supp. 2d 1325 (M.D. Fla. 2001)
  • Vacation Break U.S.A., Inc. v. Marketing Response Group & Lser Co., Inc., 28 F.Supp. 651 (M.D. Fla. 1998)
  • Haskin v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 995 F.Supp. 1437 (M.D. Fla. 1998)
  • Joseph D. Park, et ux., et al. v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2002-50.
  • In Re: The Henry Ford II Revocable Inter Vivos Trust, 39 Fl. Supp. 2d 98 (15th Cir. Fla. 1989)
  • Hicks v. Home Shopping Network, Inc., 862 So.2d 905 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003)
  • Technical Packaging, Inc. v. Hanchett, 992 So.2d 309 (Fla. 2d DCA 2008)
  • Curd v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, 993 So.2d 1078 (Fla. 2d DCA 2008)
  • I Re Judge Michael E. Allen, 998 So.2d 557 (Fla. 2008)
  • Zarra v. Burke, 28 So.3d 191 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)
  • Hetrick v. Ideal Image Development Corp., 2010 WL 1491947 (11th Cir. 2010)
  • Addison v. City of Tampa, 887 So.2d 334 (Fla. 2d DCA)
  • City of Tampa v. Addison, 979 So.2d 246 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007) rev. den. 980 So.2d 1070 (Fla. 2008)

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