History

We began as the Tallahassee office of Florida’s first statewide and, at that time, oldest law firm.

We are proud of that history and inherited from those origins a deep respect for the law, an enduring commitment to our obligations as officers of the court, and a dedication to our community.  In 1979, the four founders who gave their names to our firm at its inception –Wade Hopping, Bill Boyd, Bill Green, and Gary Sams– built on that foundation while creating a more collaborative and collegial law firm, one where all of the firm’s lawyers would work cooperatively to serve our client’s best interest, drive the firm’s business, and guide professional decisions. They believed that, in a complex and changing world, such a firm could best provide legal services to its clients.

Our founders expected a relatively small, tightly knit, well-trained, and creative group of lawyers to relentlessly champion each client’s cause – from the siting of a nuclear power plant to defending an individual’s constitutional rights. We continue to adhere to this vision by recruiting lawyers from diverse personal, educational, political, and geographic backgrounds that nevertheless fit into our unique culture. Our lawyers have included a former Florida Supreme Court Justice, an All-America football player, a widely-known cosmologist, a Harvard-educated rock band manager, former engineers, military veterans, first-generation immigrants, newspaper reporters, a sewer engineer, and even a boll weevil inspector. 

The vision of our founders has endured. Since our founding, the firm and its lawyers have garnered the highest accolades from Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite, and U.S. News & World Report. Of course, the most important accolades come from our clients, many of whom choose to stay with us year after year and, in some instances, decade after decade.

Values

What Makes Us Different

  1. Serve the client first The decision about which lawyer is tasked with serving a client is based only on the client and his or her needs
  2. Treating others with respect We are committed to the highest degree of professionalism and treat our clients and each other with respect, courtesy, and fairness.
  3. Delivering professional services as a team We recognize, value, and acknowledge each team member’s strengths and contributions and will work as a team to leverage our various skills and strengths to best serve our clients.
  4. Being the best that we can be We are committed to performing superior services of value to our clients with honesty, reliability, efficiency, and enthusiasm.