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Robin Gibson – Full Profile


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Peer Recognition

  • “AV” rated attorney, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1975-Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1983-Present (Top 1%, Florida lawyers)
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2004-Present (Top 1.8%, Florida lawyers)
  • Leading Attorney, Florida Law and Leading Attorneys, 1995-Present (Top 5%, Florida lawyers)
  • Super Lawyer, Law & Politics, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 (Top 5%, Florida Lawyers)

Areas of Practice

Civil litigation encompasses a broad range of disputes, including those in which a party is seeking money damages or compliance with the terms of a contract. Practitioners in this area represent clients in trials, hearings, arbitrations and mediations conducted before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. More specifically, civil litigation includes:

Reported Cases

Most court cases are settled. Of the cases that are tried, the larger cases may result in appeals. The cases reported in the law books are those where the appellate court writes an opinion so the legal principles decided in the case can serve as precedent for the benefit of other litigants. Robin Gibson has handled a number of important cases at both the trial and the appellate levels. Some of the cases have been certified to the Florida Supreme Court as matters of great public importance. Some have established precedent and made law in Florida. A partial list:

Personal Injury
  • Sibley v. Adjustco, Inc., 596 So.2d 1048 (Fla. 1992) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Sibley v. Adjustco, Inc., 573 So.2d 353 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1990) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Atlantic National Bank of Florida v. Vest, 480 So.2d 1328, (Fla. 2d DCA 1986) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Brown v. Bridges, 327 So.2d 874, (Fla. 2d DCA 1976) (Trial)
  • Gates v. McKay, 181 So.2d 740 (Fla. 2d DCA 1966) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Learn More About Our Civil Trial Practice

Wrongful Death
  • Reeves v. Fleetwood Homes of Florida, Inc., 889 So.2d 812 (Fla. 2004) (Appellate)
  • Fleetwood Homes of Florida, Inc. v. Reeves, 833 So.2d 857 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002) (Appellate)
  • City of Winter Haven v. Allen, 589 So.2d 968 (Fla. 2d DCA 1991) (Trial and Appellate)
  • City of Winter Haven v. Allen, 541 So.2d 128 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Singletary v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, 376 So.2d 1191 (Fla. 2d DCA 1979) (Trial)
  • Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Company v. Garrison, 336 So.2d 423 (Fla. 2d DCA 1976) (Trial)
  • Wood v. Camp, 284 So.2d 691 (Fla. 1973) (Appellate)
  • Gresham v. Courson, 177 So.2d 33 (Fla. 1st DCA 1965) (Trial)
  • Learn More About Our Civil Trial Practice

Contract
  • Health Options, Inc. v. Kabeller, 932 So.2d 416 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006) (Trial and Appellate)
  • William Dorsky Associates, Inc. v. Highlands County Title and Guaranty Land Company, 528 So.2d 411 (Fla. 2d DCA 1988) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Kaufman and Broad Home Systems, Inc. v. Sebring Airport Authority, 366 So.2d 1230 (Fla. 2d DCA 1979)(Trial and Appellate)
  • Norin Mortgage Corp. v. Wasco, Inc., 343 So.2d 940 (Fla. 2d DCA 1977) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Hart v. Tucker, 237 So.2d 772 (Fla. 1st DCA 1970) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Learn More About Our Business Litigation Practice

Constitutional Law
  • Advisory Opinion to the Attorney Genera Re Local Trustees, 819 So.2d 725 (Fla. 1992) (Appellate)
  • City of Lake Wales v. Lamar Advertising Association of Lakeland, Florida, 414 So.2d 1030 (Fla. 1982) (Trial and Appellate)
  • City of Lake Wales v. Lamar Advertising Association of Lakeland, 399 So.2d 981 (Fla. 2d DCA 1981) (Trial and Appellate)
  • State v. Florida National Properties, Inc., 338 So.2d 13 (Fla. 1976) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Graham v. Haridopolos, 75 So.3d 315, 321 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)
  • Graham v. Haridopolos, 108 So.3d 597 (Fla. 2013)
  • Learn More About Our Civil Trial Practice

Real Property Litigation
  • Spring Lake Improvement District v. Tyrrell, 868 So.2d 656 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Spring Lake Improvement District v. Tyrrell, 814 So.2d 1077 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002) (Trial and Appellate)
  • State v. Florida National Properties, Inc., 338 So.2d 13 (Fla. 1976) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Learn More About Our Business Litigation Practice

Land Use
  • Reahard v. Lee County, 978 F.2d 1212 (11th Cir. 1992) (Appellate)
  • Reahard v. Lee County, 968 F.2d 1131 (11th Cir. 1992) (Appellate)
Defamation
  • Dockery v. Florida Democratic Party, 799 So.2d 291 (Fla. 2d DCA 2001) (Trial and Appellate)
  • Dockery v. Florida Democratic Party, 719 So.2d 9 (Fla. 2d DCA 1998) (Trial and Appellate)
Statutory Interpretation
  • Underwood v. Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, 551 So.2d 522 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989) (Trial and Appellate)
Election Law
  • 2012 WL3738484 (Table) (Fla. 2d DCA August 29, 2012) (per curiam affirmance)
  • Wolfson v. Work, 326 So.2d 90 (Fla. 2d DCA 1976) (Trial and Appellate)
Domestic Relations
  • Nicolay v. Nicolay, 387 So.2d 500 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980) (Trial and Appellate)
Judicial Qualifications

Lecture Materials

(Continuing Legal Education, Florida Bar)

  • “Motion Practice; Other Rules Amendments; Pensacola, Florida, January 19, 1973; Orlando, Florida, January 26, 1973
  • “Expert Witness,” FSU College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, April 9, 1976; Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, April 23, 1976; Tampa, Florida, May 7, 1976
  • “Preparation of Damages,” Jacksonville, Florida, October 1, 1976; Orlando, Florida, October 7, 1976
  • “Voir Dire,” Florida Bar Convention, Innisbrook, Tarpon Springs, Florida, June 15, 1977
  • “Pre-Trial Use of the Expert Witness,” Tampa, Florida, September 1, 1977; Tallahassee, Florida, September 2, 1977
  • “Direct Examination of Expert”
  • “Preparing the Expert for Litigation”

Published Works

  • Note, Protection of the Widow; A Common Law View of Community Property, 15 Florida Law Review 143 (1962)
  • Chapter, Relationships Between Partners and Associates, Florida Law Office Management and Procedure Manual (1967), Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education
  • Article, Relations Within the Law Firm, The Practical Lawyer (May 1968), American Law Institute
  • Chapter, Case Review – Wrongful Death, 8 Damages in Tort Actions, 116 (1982), Matthew Bender
  • Chapter, Theories of Liability, Products Liability in Florida, 3rd ed. (1995), The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar, 1962
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District Court of Florida, 1963
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1980
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981

Education

  • Miami Edison Senior High School; 1955
  • University of Florida, B.A. 1959
  • University of Florida College of Law, LL.B. 1962, replaced by J. D. 1967

Honors and Awards

  • First Recipient, Award of Professionalism, Willson American Inn of Court, 1999
  • Master Emeritus, Willson American Inn of Court, 2002
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association of Governing Boards of University and Colleges, 1987, 1988
  • Named “Distinguished Alumnus,” University of Florida, 1994
  • Lake Wales Citizen of the Year, 1974

Leadership

  • Chair, Board of Regents, State University System of Florida, 1984-85
  • Chair, Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of Florida, 1993-97
  • President, Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Section, Florida Bar, 1969-70
  • President, Tenth Judicial Circuit Bar, 1971-72
  • President, Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, 1990-92
  • Chair, Board of Directors, American Bank and Trust, 1994-2002
  • President, John Marshall Student Bar Association, Florida College of Law, 1962
  • Chair, Lake Wales Downtown Development Commission, 1969-75
  • Vice Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar, 1975-77
  • Chair, Lake Wales Downtown, Inc., 1987-92
  • Chair, Dean’s Development Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
  • Chair, Capital Fund Campaign, Lake Wales Arts Center, 1998-2000
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Lake Wales Charter Schools, 2004-2006
  • Chair, Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation, 2006-Present
  • Chair, Leadership Gifts Committee, University of Florida Foundation, Inc.

Membership

  • Moot Court Team, University of Florida College of Law
  • Board of Directors, Dade County Junior Bar, 1965-66
  • Board of Governors of Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, 1965-70
  • Board of Directors of Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1967-68
  • Board of Governors, Florida Bar, 1968-70
  • Board of Directors, 1000 Friends of Florida, 1987-92
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of Florida, 1993-2000
  • Board of Regents, State University System of Florida, 1980-87
  • Search Committee for Dean, College of Law, University of Florida, 1995
  • Board of Directors, University of Florida Foundation, Inc.
  • Dean’s Development Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
  • Executive Committee, Education Excellence for Florida 2002-03
  • Lake Wales Downtown Development Commission 1969-75
  • Lake Wales Downtown, Inc. 1987-92
  • Community Lake Wales Redevelopment Agency, 1990-91
  • Board of Governors, Polk Museum of Art, 1991-95
  • Board of Trustees, Lake Wales Charter Schools, 2004-2010
  • Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation, 2006-Present
  • Board of Directors, American Bank and Trust, 1975-2004
  • Board of Directors, Bank of Central Florida, 2007-2012

Employment

  • Associate, Nichols, Gaither, Beckham, Colson and Spence, Miami, 1962-66
  • Associate and Partner, Woolfolk, Myers, Curtis, Craig & Gibson, Lake Wales, 1966-73
  • Principal, Gibson Law Firm, Lake Wales, 1973-Present

Fraternities

  • Florida Blue Key
  • Sigma Nu
  • Phi Delta Phi

Family

  • Married to the former Jean Haeseker of St. Petersburg since August 12, 1961.
  • Children: Katherine Lee (3/10/63); Robert L., III (12/12/64); Daniel Payne (7/23/66); Margaret Jane (1/02/68)