Tampa, Fla. – Carlton Fields is pleased to announce that Tampa Shareholder and President of The Florida Bar, Gwynne A. Young, received the 2012 Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award on January, 9, 2013 from the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) during its January Diversity Membership Luncheon at the Hotel Tampa.
The award recognizes attorneys who have made a significant difference in the practice of law and in the community with their personal and professional conduct.
Pedro F. Bajo, Jr., immediate past president of the HCBA, presented the award to Young. Bajo noted Young’s professionalism and leadership.
“Gwynne Young has been the leader of every group she has belonged to,” Bajo said.
Young is a former president of the HCBA and the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, as well as a former president of the Cheatwood Inn of Court. She is active in alumni and other groups at her alma maters, Duke University and the University of Florida. She is a former trustee of Duke University and the University of Florida Law Center Association.
She also has held leadership positions with a number of local organizations, including The Junior League of Tampa, The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and Tampa Metropolitan YMCA. She is the founder and former director of the Child Abuse Council and is a former trustee of the University of Tampa.
Young has received numerous awards for her pro bono service through the years.
In a press release, the HCBA shared that they are pleased to honor Young for her service to the legal profession and the Tampa community.
At Carlton Fields, which she joined in 1977 and became a shareholder in 1982, Young’s practice focuses on representing insurers in insurance coverage matters, real property litigation, probate and trust litigation, and other business disputes. Young is the second lawyer at Carlton Fields to receive this award. Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., the firm’s Chair Emeritus, received it in 2006.
About HCBA: The mission of the Hillsborough County Bar Association is to inspire and promote respect for the law and the justice system through service to the legal profession and to the community.