The Tampa law firm of Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, P.A. was selected to receive the 2014 Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation awarded annually by The Florida Supreme Court to a law firm in the State of Florida in recognition of its significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. The Commendation is one of many pro bono recognitions for the firm and its attorneys.
- Firm founder and co-managing shareholder Don Stichter was awarded the Judge Don Castor Justice Award for his long-term outstanding leadership and service to the community in 2012 and serves as the chairman of the Bay Area Legal Planned Giving Committee which was established to create a program of continuous financial support for legal services for the indigent.
- In 2009, shareholder Scott Stichter received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 13th Judicial Circuit.
- In 2012, the firm 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.
- Also, in 2012, ten of the firms’ individual lawyers were recognized by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee during the April 26, 2012 Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony: Don M. Stichter, Michael Bachman, Harley E. Riedel, Scott A. Stichter, Edward J. Peterson Susan H. Sharp, Elena P. Ketchum, Becky Ferrell-Anton, Barbara A. Hart and Michael J. Hooi.
- In 2013, five of the firm’s lawyers were “Gold Letter Recipients” based on their contribution of more than 100 pro bono hours each: B. Michael Bachman Jr., Russell M. Blain, Amy D. Harris, Don M. Stichter, and Michael J. Hooi. Harley E. Riedel, Susan H. Sharp, and Scott A. Stichter were also recognized for substantial pro bono contributions of less than 100 hours during the year.
- The firm has been named a Sustaining Law Firm by Bay Area Legal Services for committing to fund at least $350 for each lawyer for multiple years, including 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, Stichter Riedel’s attorneys donated in excess of 700 pro bono hours to a variety of formal pro bono projects, including Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program’s Case Referral Panel, Intake Clinic, and Mentor Panel. In addition, over the years, the firm has handled numerous consumer matters in chapter 7 cases, chapter 13 cases, and out of court debt restructurings on a pro bono basis for clients who cannot afford to pay.
In addition to its recognitions for pro bono contributions, Stichter Riedel has also been widely recognized for the exceptional quality of its lawyers and their legal work. The firm has been named as the outstanding mid-sized business and transactions firm in the State of Florida for three consecutive years by Super Lawyers Magazine. Eight of its lawyers are listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s 2013 list of “Florida Legal Elite,” eight of its lawyers are listed in Best Lawyers in America, ten are listed in in Chambers & Partners “Americas Leading Lawyers for Business,” and thirteen in Super Lawyers. Thirteen of its lawyers are listed as “AV-preeminent lawyers” by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. Three of its shareholders are Fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy, and two are listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite “Hall of Fame.”
The firm has also been active in bar work. Five of its lawyers have served as President of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, and one currently serves as President-Elect of the TBBBA. Don M. Stichter has served as the President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and Russell M. Blain has served as the Chair of The Florida Bar Business Section.
The firm was named as the Best Place to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for mid-sized firms in 2011 and has ranked among the top 10 best places to work in other years.
Stichter Riedel was established in 1974 and consists of 17 lawyers specializing in chapter 11 restructuring and other insolvency matters. It has handled or represented parties in many of the largest chapter 11 cases filed in Florida.