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Gwynne A. Young

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Overview

Gwynne Young is a past president of The Florida Bar. Her practice focuses on complex state and federal litigation. She handles a wide variety of commercial and business disputes, real property litigation including title insurance, and real estate matters as well as probate and trust litigation. She represents both governmental entities and private companies in litigation with each other.

Gwynne represents title insurance companies in coverage determinations, coverage disputes and litigation, and insured owners and lenders in title defect and priority disputes.

She has defended insurers in first and third party insurance coverage disputes including property insurance, directors and officers liability insurance, environmental and pollution insurance, professional liability insurance, marine insurance and advice on related bad faith claims.

Gwynne has probate and trust litigation experience including will contests and defense of fiduciaries and beneficiaries, will and trust construction, trust modification, revocation, and termination, and surcharge and removal litigation.

Experience

  • Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., No. 6:13-cv-561, 2014 WL 5325728 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 20, 2014). Obtained summary judgment in favor of Directors & Officers Liability carrier in an over $40 million Coblentz enforcement action involving the application of an “arising out of” contract liability exclusion to a business dispute and a discussion of the Daubert deficiencies of a Coblentz expert opinion.
  • Office Depot, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, 734 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (S.D. Fla. 2010), aff’d 2011 WL 4840951 (11th Cir. Oct. 13, 2011). Summary judgment in favor of insurer on insured’s claims of over $24 million in investigation costs.
  • Carey v. Rocke, 18 So.3d 1266 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009). Following non-jury trial, obtained affirmance of determination of undue influence by lawyers upon testator and reversal/remand to determine how estate would pass.
  • Sugarloaf Lodge Tavern, Inc., et al. v. Commerce and Indus. Ins. Co., No. 08-10087, 2009 WL 1393423 (S.D. Fla. May 18, 2009). Obtained dismissal of bad faith claim in insurance coverage action and enforcement of choice-of-law clause in policy.
  • Republic Services, Inc. v. Am. Int’l Specialty Lines Ins. Co., No. 07-21991, 2008 WL 4691836 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 21, 2008). Insurance coverage pollution liability policy.
  • The Medical Store, Inc., v. AIG Claims Services, Inc., Health Direct, Inc., and Direct DME Inc., 2004 WL 5486641 (S.D. Fla.). Suit seeking compensatory and exculpatory damages for breach of Florida’s Trade Secret Act and a confidentiality agreement, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. Defense verdict.

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers (2011-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2005-2007, 2009-2017)
  • Listed in Florida Trend's Legal Elite Hall of Fame  (2010-2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year," Tampa Litigation – Trusts and Estates (2016, 2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year," Tampa Litigation – Real Estate (2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year," ​​Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Trusts and Estates (2009-2019)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer Award (2013)
  • FAWL's Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award (2013-2014)
  • Friend of FAWL Award (2013)
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Herbert Goldburg Award, Trial Lawyers Section of the Hillsborough County Bar (2009)
  • The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Award, Service Award for Thirteenth Circuit (2003)
  • Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Award, Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Hillsborough County Bar (1999)
  • Charles A. Dukes Award, Outstanding Volunteer Service to Duke University (1995)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice (2014-present)
  • The Florida Bar  
    • President (2012-2013)
    • President Elect (2011-2012)
    • Board of Governors 13th Circuit, Seat 3 (2003-2011)
    • Executive Committee
      • Chair, Program Evaluation Committee (2006-2007, 2009-2010) 
      • Strategic Planning Committee
      •  Chair, Budget Committee
      •  Board Liaison to Business Law Section 
    • Chief Justice’s Access to Justice Committee
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section 
      • Executive Council
      • Chair Professionalism and Ethics Committee
      •  Former Co-Vice Chair Liaison with Fiduciaries Committee
      • Probate and Trust Litigation Committee
    • Business Law Section
      • Executive Council, Board Liaison (2008-2011) 
    • Judicial Independence Committee
  • The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Trustee (2013-present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, House of Delegates (2011-2014) 
    • Section of Litigation 
    • Section of Real Property Probate and Trust Law
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Former Member, Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
    • Executive Committee (2013-2016)
    • Membership Committee (2012-2013)
    • Program Committee (2013-2016)
    • Finance and Investment Committees (2012-2016)
    • Chair, Investment Committee (2015-2016)
    • Chair, Audit Committee (2016-2017)
    • Sponsorship Committee (2016-2017) 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
    • President (2001) 
    • Director (1981-1984, 1996-2003) 
    • Secretary (1995-1996)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation 
    • President (2006) 
    • Director (2002-2017) 
    • Member, Capital Campaign Committee
    • Chair, Long Range Planning Committee (2015-2016)
  • Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.
    • Director (2016-present)
    • Treasurer (2017)
    • Chair-Elect (2018)
    • Co-Chair, Sustaining Law Firm Committee
    • Co-Chair, 50th Anniversary Committee and Veteran’s Program Endowment Campaign
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers and Florida Association for Women Lawyers 
  • Cheatwood Inn of Court Founding Master
    • Master Emeritus (2013-present
    • President (1998-1999)
  • Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Litigation Inn of Court. Founding Master, President (2015-2016)
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Committee
    • Middle District of Florida (2010-2013)
  • Former Chairman, Second Appellate District Nominating Commission
  • Twice served as a member of the Magistrate Judge Selection Committee for the Middle District of Florida
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Duke University 
    • Member, Athletics Advisory Board (2004-2011) 
    • Co-Chair, Women's Athletic Scholarship Campaign Committee (2004-2006) 
    • Member, Athletic Council (2001-2004) 
    • Trustee, Duke University (1999-2001) 
    • President, Duke University General Alumni Association (1999-2000) 
    • Director and Executive Committee, Duke University 
      • General Alumni Association (1992-2002) 
    • Former Director, Duke Club of Tampa Bay 
    • Former Chairman, Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee for Hillsborough County
  • University of Florida
    • Member, National Board, University of Florida Foundation (2013-present)
    • Member Executive Board (2017-present)
    • Vice Chair, Governance Committee (2013-present)
    • Member, Talent Management Committee (2013-present)
  • Trustee, University of Florida Law Center Association, Inc. (2002-2007) 
    • Emeritus Trustee (2008-present) 
    • Member, Law Center Capitol Campaign Committee
  • The Athena Society 
    • Past President & Director, Women's Leadership Organization (2015-2017)
  • Former Trustee, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, currently know as Straz Center
  • Former Trustee, Tampa Preparatory School
  • Former President, The Junior League of Tampa, Inc. (1985-1986)
  • Former Director, Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (1987-1989)
  • The University of Tampa 
    • Former Trustee 
    • Former Member Board of Fellows 
    • Former Chairman of the Board of Counselors
  • Founder, Child Abuse Council, Inc. n/k/a Champions for Children
  • Former Director, Tampa Metropolitan YMCA

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Art of Jury Instructions,” Mentoring with the Masters Online Program, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (2011). 

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1974)
  • Duke University (B.A., 1971)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Instructor, University of Florida College of Law 
  • Assistant State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, Florida
    • First woman to hold this position

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