History and Principles

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Hill Ward Henderson started with a vision of a unique law firm — one that would combine the expansive talent, resources, capabilities and technologies of a larger firm with the responsiveness and personal attention of a smaller firm, to deliver powerful, personal service to every client. This idea for an innovative, client-focused firm grew out of the longstanding relationships and collective experience of three of the area's leading attorneys, Benjamin H. Hill, III, David E. Ward, Jr., and Thomas N. Henderson, III. Acting on this vision, on May 1, 1986, these three and four others established Hill Ward Henderson.

Founding Fathers

Since inception, Hill Ward Henderson has grown steadily based on our continued allegiance to this founding, client-centered philosophy. Today, with over 100 attorneys offering a wide range of premier commercial legal services in nine different practice areas, our firm's superior reputation for results-oriented service continues to fuel that growth.

As we have grown, our priorities have remained the same. Hill Ward Henderson has as its cornerstone an obligation and a commitment to our valued clients to provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and competence to ensure the timely, efficient delivery of high quality legal services. The dividend to our firm has been the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients and with the Tampa community.

Guiding Principles

  • Clients and their needs always come first.
  • We adhere to excellence in practicing law, and maintain the highest of ethical standards.
  • We hire only the brightest and best to maintain our professionalism among attorneys and staff
  • We embrace, support, and avidly seek diversity and inclusion in our workplace, and we disavow racism and discrimination in all forms.  
  • All client engagements are appropriately staffed with a balance of experience, expertise and cost efficiency.
  • We are transparent. We discuss costs and fees throughout the entire process of our engagements.
  • Our commitment to the community runs deep. We are grateful for the privilege of serving and giving back to this place we are proud to call “home.”