Tampa, Fla. – October 6, 2010 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Joe Varner, a partner in the firm's Tampa office, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the U.S. and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must also have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently more than 5,700 members in the U.S. and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.
"I'm honored to be inducted in the American College of Trial Lawyers," said Varner. "The College is devoted to improving the standards of trial practice, the system of justice, and the ethics of the trial bar, and to join such a group of dedicated and distinguished lawyers is a true privilege."
Steven Sonberg, Holland & Knight's Managing Partner, added, "Joe is an outstanding trial lawyer and for him to receive such an invitation illustrates his commitment to his practice and the firm as he joins a number of fellow Holland & Knight attorneys in the College."
Those Holland & Knight lawyers that are Fellows in the College include Charlie Abbott, Hal Daniel, Bob Feagin, George Gabel, Steve Grimes, Larry Klein, Gael Mahony, Buddy Schultz and Paul Webb.
Varner was recently named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Florida by Florida SuperLawyers. He has specialized in civil trial practice in Florida for his entire career. He has been continuously Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization since 1993. He is experienced in complex commercial litigation, business torts, securities litigation, professional negligence, and personal injury and wrongful death litigation.