Lara J. Tibbals

Of Counsel at Hill Ward Henderson PA

Lara J. Tibbals

Lara J. Tibbals

Of Counsel at Hill Ward Henderson PA

Biography

Lara joined Hill Ward Henderson in 1997 and is Of Counsel in the firm’s litigation group. She has a broad range of litigation experience in state and federal court and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit civil mediator.

From 2000 to 2001, Lara served as the first federal law clerk to the Honorable James S. Moody, Jr., upon his appointment to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Lara is a Trustee for the Florida Bar Foundation (2019-2022). She also serves on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (2019-2021).

From 2011 to 2015, Lara served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Second District Court of Appeal, having been nominated by The Florida Bar and appointed by Governor Rick Scott. She was elected to serve as Chair from 2014 to 2015. She is also a former two-term member of The Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee.

Lara is a former recipient of the James M. “Red” McEwen Award from the Hillsbrough County Bar Association. This award is presented to the individual who provided the most outstanding service to the bar and community during the prior year. Lara is also a past recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Lara is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is by invitation and represents less than one-half of 1% of American lawyers.

Lara is a past member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Board of Directors, and past president of the Young Lawyers Division. She served as a Trustee for the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation for more than a decade and coordinated the Foundation’s approval as program manager for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s residential mortgage foreclosure mediation program. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Tampa Chapter.

Lara is also active in the Tampa Bay community. She is a Trustee for the Henry Mitchell Elementary Foundation, Inc., as well as the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Inc. She is a member of the Federalist Society and the Athena Society.

Lara has been married to her husband, Wesley, for over twenty years. They have three children.

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President & Director at The Florida Bar Foundation, Inc.

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Chief Administrative Officer at Hill Ward Henderson PA

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Director & President at Garcia Enterprises

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Shareholder & General Counsel at Hill Ward Henderson PA

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Of Counsel at Hill Ward Henderson PA
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JD
Class of 1997

The mission of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law is to achieve excellence in educating professionals, advancing legal scholarship, serving the public, and fostering justice. We aspire to prepare lawyers to serve their clients, the justice system, and the public with a high level of accomplishment and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession. We strive to provide students with a well-rounded legal education. Our curriculum is designed to teach students about the law and to help them develop the skills necessary to use that knowledge in practice. Our goal is for our graduates to possess the core competencies essential to embark on the practice of law.

BS
Class of 1994

The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU)[9] is a space-grant and sea-grant public research university located in the state capital city of Tallahassee, Florida, United States. It is a comprehensive doctoral research university with medical programs and very high research activity as determined by the Carnegie Foundation.[10] The university comprises 16 separate colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs and institutes that offer more than 300 programs of study, including professional programs.[11] Florida State is home to Florida's only National Laboratory – the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and is the birthplace of the commercially viable anti-cancer drug Taxol. Florida State University also operates The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida and one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.[12] Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a Level VI public institution.[13] Florida State was officially established in 1851 and is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida.[2][3] In 1905 Florida State earned Florida's first Rhodes Scholar.[14][15] In 1935 Florida State University was awarded the first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in Florida and is among the ten percent of American universities to have earned a chapter of the national academic honor society.[16][17] In 1977 Florida State University earned the first female Rhodes Scholar in Florida.[18] In 2007, the Florida Legislature permitted Florida State and the University of Florida to charge 40% higher tuition than other institutions in the State University System of Florida.[19] In 2010 Florida State University was named a "Budget Ivy" university by the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College.[20] In 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida State the most efficient National University in the United States.[21] Florida State University is one of two Florida public universities to immediately qualify as a "preeminent university" by law under Florida Senate Bill 1076, signed by Governor Rick Scott in 2013.[22][23] As a result of this legislation, preeminent universities receive additional funding that is intended to improve the academics and national reputation of higher education within the state of Florida.[24] As one of Florida's primary graduate research universities,[25] Florida State University awards approximately 3,000 graduate and professional degrees each year.[26] The Florida State University is also home to nationally ranked programs in many academic areas, including the sciences, engineering, social policy, film, music, theater, dance, visual art, business, political science, psychology, social work, medicine, and law.[27] The university is also known for its undergraduate study abroad options: according to Uni in the USA, "the large numbers of students that study abroad nicely compliment the students that study here from abroad."[28] Florida State University athletics programs are favorites of passionate students, fans and alumni across the United States, which often appear in conjunction with the Marching Chiefs of the FSU College of Music. Florida State is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and has won thirteen national athletic championships as well as multiple individual competitor NCAA championship awards

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The Federal Bar Association (FBA), founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. Our members run the gamut of federal practice: attorneys practicing in small to large legal firms, attorneys in corporations and federal agencies, and members of the judiciary. The FBA is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.

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2017
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2016
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