John C. Bales wins the Tampa Bay American Inn of Court Abraham Lincoln Award
The Tampa Bay American Inn of Court named attorney John C. Bales, center, the winner of the 2023 Abraham Lincoln Award, given annually to the member who best exemplifies the goals of the organization in promoting legal excellence, civility, professionalism, and ethics in the practice of law. Bales joined the Tampa Bay Inn of Court in 1993 as one of its original founding members. He has previously served as the Inn’s executive director, treasurer, and secretary. Bales’ name will be placed on the Lincoln Award plaque on the fifth floor of the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Also pictured is Bales’ wife Tracy, left, and daughter Madeline.