Perry Nichols Award Winners

The Perry Nichols Award was created in 1977 in honor of the visionary who first brought Florida’s leading trial attorneys together to create the Negligence and Compensation Lawyers of Florida, the predecessor to today’s Florida Justice Association. It is the most prestigious award given by our organization and is given to the attorney whose perseverance, commitment, and unmatched dedication to the civil justice system is at the forefront of their lives. The award is bestowed upon the attorney who sets the standard for the rest of us to aspire to achieve.

1977 - Perry Nichols, Miami
1978 - Chester Bedell, Jacksonville
1979 - Robert Orseck, Miami
1980 - Al J. Cone, West Palm Beach
1981 - Justice Richard W. Ervin, Tallahassee
1982 - William Colson, Miami
1983 - Governor Reubin Askew, Orlando
1984 - Walter H. Beckham, Jr., Miami
1985 - Justice James C. Adkins, Tallahassee
1987 - J.B. Spence, Miami
1988 - Senator Claude D. Pepper, Miami
1989 - Eugene Patterson, St. Petersburg
1990 - Governor Leroy Collins, Tallahassee
1991 - Bill Wagner, Tampa
1992 - Judge Peter T. Fay, Miami
1993 - Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, Tallahassee
1994 - Fredric Levin, Pensacola
1995 - Larry Stewart, Miami
1996 - Lefferts Mabie, Jr., Pensacola (Posthumously)
1997 - John F. Romano, West Palm Beach
1998 - Budd Bell, Tallahassee
1999 - W.C. Gentry and Wayne Hogan, Jacksonville
2000 - Lake Lytal, Jr., West Palm Beach
2001 - S. Victor Tipton, Maitland
2002 - W. McKinley Smiley, St. Petersburg
2003 - Neal A. Roth, Miami
2004 - Christian D. Searcy, West Palm Beach (Presented in 2005)
2006 - Howard C. Coker, Jacksonville
2007 - C. Steven Yerrid, Tampa
2008 - Gary Pajcic, Jacksonville (Posthumously)
2009 - Richard W. Slawson, West Palm Beach
2010 - Alex Villalobos, Miami
2011 - J. Michael Papantonio, Pensacola
2012 - Robert Parks, Coral Gables
2013 - Sen. Arthenia L. Joyner, Tampa
2014 - Stuart Z. Grossman, Coral Gables
2015 - Fred Cunningham, Palm Beach Gardens