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Schedule
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Officers of The Florida Bar
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Introduction to the President

William J. Schifino, Jr., President of The Florida Bar, 2016-2017

Schifino is managing partner in the Tampa office of Burr & Forman LLP and is a Board Certified specialist in business litigation. He focuses on litigation and trial practice, including securities litigation and arbitration, professional malpractice litigation, employment litigation and intellectual property litigation. He also is on the firm’s Executive Committee.

Schifino earned his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law and his B.A. from Tulane University. After law school, he worked for Taub & Williams, P.A., then helped establish Williams, Schifino, Mangione & Steady, P.A., where he was a founding shareholder, president and then managing director before the firm combined with Burr & Forman in 2012. Schifino recently completed an eight-year term as a member and chairman of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Schifino has been active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Tampa and as a director of the corporate board of the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, Inc. He is on the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He also spent many years as a youth league softball and baseball coach. He and his wife, Paola, have two daughters and a son.

Full Biography External Link


President's Bar Journal Profile

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Messages from the President



STATEMENT BY FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT WILLIAM J. SCHIFINO, JR., REGARDING PROPOSED FEDERAL DEFUNDING OF LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION (LSC)


"As Florida works on the difficult issue of access to civil justice, The Florida Bar and its more than 100,000 members stand firm in our longtime position to support adequate funding for the Legal Services Corporation and to oppose any funding cuts.


"It is distressing that the latest budget proposal eliminates funding for the national organization providing vital grants to nonprofit legal organizations that assist low-income people. Defunding LSC would cause a loss of more than $21 million a year to Florida’s already stressed legal aid system, leaving vulnerable children, seniors, veterans and many other Floridians without advocates to protect their legal rights.


"These proposed cuts are wrong financially; more than 30 studies show that legal aid delivers more in benefits than it costs. In fact, a recent study commissioned by The Florida Bar Foundation found a seven-fold return on investment in civil legal services. 


"The defunding of the LSC will also have a negative effect on access to courts, where people attempting to represent themselves struggle to navigate the system, and is wrong for a compassionate society.


"I hope the voices of Florida’s lawyers, joining with those of other concerned and affected Americans, will persuade Congress to maintain funding for the Legal Services Corporation."


William J. Schifino, Jr.
President of The Florida Bar


Statement of The Florida Bar Foundation on Legal Services Corporation funding External Link



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Videos

February 2017 President's Message




October 2016 President's Message




June 2016 General Assembly Swearing-in Ceremony at Annual Convention

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The President's Schedule

Current Schedule

Social Media Channels

Social Media Channels

President's Pages

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The President's Contact Information
William J. Schifino, Jr.
Burr & Forman, LLP
201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 3200
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 221-2626
Fax: (813) 221-7335
wschifino@burr.com
president@flabar.org
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Officers of The Florida Bar

President-elect 2016-17
Michael J. Higer
Berger Singerman LLP
1450 Brickell Ave., Ste. 1900
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 755-9500
Fax: (305) 714-4340
mhiger@bergersingerman.com
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Schedule
Biography External Link
President-elect Designate 2016-17
Michelle R. Suskauer
Suskauer | Feuer LLC
1601 Forum Pl., Ste. 610
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 687-7866
Fax: (561) 688-0581
michelle@suskauerfeuer.com
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Schedule
Biography
Executive Director
John F. Harkness, Jr.
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300
Phone: (850) 561-5758
Fax: (850) 561-5826


Past Presidents of The Florida Bar

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