The Florida Bar


January 23, 2014
Francine A. Walker;,
The Florida Bar
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The law firm of Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, P.A., of Tampa, is the 2014 Law Firm Commendation recipient. The award honors significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. The commendation will be presented at a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida by Chief Justice Ricky Polston.

The 17-member firm specializes in bankruptcy, insolvency matters and related civil litigation. The firm is beginning its 40th year of service and has received numerous professional accolades, including being named Top Mid-Sized Firm in Florida for Business and Transaction by Super Lawyers magazine for three consecutive years. It has also consistently been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The firm’s commitment to pro bono is a longstanding tradition. The Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program's earliest record of pro bono service by a Stichter Riedel attorney was in 1987 and pro bono involvement has increased steadily since then. Firm founder and co-managing shareholder Don Stichter is chairman of the BALS Planned Giving Committee which was established to create a program of continuous financial support for the organization. In 2012, he was awarded the Judge Don Castor Justice Award by BALS for his long-term outstanding leadership and service to the community.

In 2013, Stichter Riedel’s attorneys donated approximately 700 pro bono hours to a variety of pro bono projects, including the BAVLP’s Case Referral Panel, Intake Clinic, and Mentor Panel. It also sponsors the Stichter, Riedel, Blain and Prosser Book Award for the Advanced Bankruptcy Course at the University of Florida College of Law. The firm handles numerous consumer matters on a pro bono basis for clients who cannot afford to pay. In 2012, Stichter Riedel was awarded the Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Law Firm Award by the 13th Judicial Circuit’s pro bono program, H.A.V.E. a Heart. The Pro Bono Committee for the 13th Judicial Circuit also recognized eight of Stichter Riedel’s attorneys for their pro bono contributions in 2012. Five of the firm’s lawyers were “Gold Letter Recipients” based on their contribution of more than 100 pro bono hours each: shareholders B. Michael Bachman Jr., Russell Blain, Amy Harris and Don Stichter, and associate, Michael J. Hooi. In 2009, shareholder Scott Stichter received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 13th Judicial Circuit.

This year's awards ceremony, which also honors individual, circuit, voluntary bar, young lawyer and judicial pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court of Florida. The program will be broadcast taped-delayed at a later date. Check local cable listings for details and the Florida Supreme Court Gavel to Gavel Video Portal at


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[Revised: 12-24-2014]