Ben Hill is a founding partner and chairman of the Tampa law firm of Hill Ward Henderson which has over 100 attorneys. He is a trial lawyer who has served as counsel to the Governor of Florida, has represented the Florida Senate, and has represented the Florida House of Representatives. Ben’s peers in the State of Florida rated him among the top 10 lawyers in the State and selected him to the Florida Elite Hall of Fame. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Ben’s professional activities include service as President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, and President of The Florida Bar. He served on the committee which established one of the nation’s first board certification programs. He was a founder of the Florida Bar Ethics School which offers ethics courses to lawyers in lieu of punishment for minor ethical violations. He served on the ABA Board of Governors, Chaired the Program and Planning Committee, and served on the Executive Committee. While serving as State Delegate, he was selected to Chair the Conference of State Delegates. He also chaired the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. In Florida Ben helped establish and then chaired the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (the first of its kind in America). He recently completed almost two years of service as Chair of the ABA Standing Committee for the Federal Judiciary which during his tenure, investigated and rated over 175 potential presidential federal court nominees. His community service includes service as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Hillsborough Community College and membership on many advisory boards. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of Moffitt Cancer Center (the largest NCI-designated cancer center in the southeast) and serves on the Executive Committee. He is the immediate past chair of the Moffitt 6066596v1 Foundation. He is an elder in Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and serves as Chair of the Church’s Foundation and the Board of Trustees. His pro bono activities include service on the Board of Bay Area Legal Services and service on the Florida Supreme Court’s Innocence Commission. He has chaired the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society and served on the Article V Commission which proposed changes to the Florida Constitution dealing with Florida Courts. He has received numerous awards, including the Florida Bar’s outstanding service award. He was honored with an award given by the District Court Judges in the Middle District of Florida for his extraordinary service to the Federal Bar. Ben and his wife, Marte, have two sons, Ben, IV and Gordon, both of whom are lawyers at Hill Ward Henderson.
Adriana Linares interviews Ben Hill, Ramon (Ray) Abadin, and Bill Schifino, three Florida Bar presidents, at the 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention.
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