In August 1979, seven lawyers in the Tallahassee office of Florida’s first statewide law firm, Jacksonville-based Mahoney, Hadlow, Chambers & Adams, decided to go their own way. They and their families created a new firm grounded in the finest traditions of private law practice and named it after four of those lawyers—Wade Hopping, Bill Boyd, Bill Green, and Gary Sams.
Those principles—always putting the client first, delivering professional services as a team, treating others with respect, and being the best that we can be—still define our firm and the lawyers who practice here. Most importantly, they help to explain the extraordinary loyalty of the clients who have enabled us to build our firm into the largest of its kind in the Southeast.
Today our practice areas range from our original fields, environmental and land use law, to new ones, such as special districts, real estate transactions, and taxation. In each practice area, we look for creative, practical solutions for each client’s government-related problem, whether that solution may involve negotiation, regulation, litigation, or legislation.
In the workplace, we still emphasize teamwork with a compensation system that ensures the decision about which lawyer is tasked with serving a client is based only on the client and his or her needs. We still have a dedicated staff that contributes in important ways to serving our clients. And we still believe that each client will be best served by a well-rounded lawyer with a complete life.
As we look ahead, we remain as optimistic and determined as those seven lawyers who started us on this journey in 1979. We believe the future is bright for Hopping Green & Sams because the future is bright for our clients and the places where we serve them.
We welcome all who want to join us on this journey into the future.