TAMPA, Fla., June 8, 2018 – Burr & Forman LLP announces that Tampa Partner John A. Schifino was recently sworn in as president of The Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA). The official installation of officers and directors took place at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center on Thursday, June 7.
On May 13, 1896, Hillsborough County’s lawyers organized a bar association and began with 28 founding members. Today the HCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in Florida with a membership close to 4,000 attorneys, judges and legal professionals. The HCBA’s mission is “to inspire and promote respect for the law and the justice system through service to the legal profession and the community.”
As president, Schifino will oversee the HCBA’s more than 30 sections and committees, working with them to provide its members with community service programs, continuing legal education (CLE) seminars, membership programming, and specific practice area education. Schifino will also work closely with the judges in Hillsborough County addressing issues that impact the judicial branch.
Schifino has served on the HCBA board of directors since 2011, the executive committee of the HCBA’s 600-member Trial and Litigation Section since 2010, and chaired the section in 2015-2016.
At Burr & Forman, Schifino is a trial and appellate attorney experienced in handling diverse cases in the areas of business litigation, labor and employment law, and environmental law. He is also a certified state court mediator and has experience mediating a variety of business disputes.
He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, represented municipalities, manufacturers and recyclers, large restaurant franchisees, physician practice groups, large private prison service providers, large food and beverage distributors, transportation logistics companies, private securities firms, real estate developers and other businesses in Florida’s state and federal courts.
As a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation group, Schifino represents public and private companies and their officers and directors in a variety of business-related matters. Schifino’s business litigation and appellate practice involves complex contract disputes, business torts, shareholder disputes, premises liability, real estate disputes, professional malpractice claims, employer/employee disputes, trademark and copyright infringement litigation and First Amendment matters.
For more than a century, Burr & Forman LLP’s experienced legal team has served clients with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with 300 attorneys and 12 offices in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals and address their complex legal needs. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.burr.com.