Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser wins Law Firm Commendation Award
THE LAW FIRM
Presented by the Chief Justice
The purpose of the Law Firm Commendation is to recognize, when appropriate, a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis.
LAW FIRM COMMENDATION RECIPIENT 2014
Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser
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 17-member firm focuses on 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 chair of the BALS Planned Giving Committee, 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.