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Lara J. Tibbals - Of Counsel

Lara J. Tibbals

Education

Florida State University, B.S., 1994
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1997, Honors

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Lara J. Tibbals - Of Counsel

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Lara joined Hill Ward Henderson in 1997 and is Of Counsel in the firm’s litigation group. She has a broad range of litigation experience in state and federal court and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit civil mediator.

From 2000 to 2001, Lara served as the first federal law clerk to the Honorable James S. Moody, Jr., upon his appointment to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Lara is a Trustee for the Florida Bar Foundation (2019-2022). She also serves on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (2019-2021).

From 2011 to 2015, Lara served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Second District Court of Appeal, having been nominated by The Florida Bar and appointed by Governor Rick Scott. She was elected to serve as Chair from 2014 to 2015. She is also a former two-term member of The Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee.

Lara is a former recipient of the James M. “Red” McEwen Award from the Hillsbrough County Bar Association. This award is presented to the individual who provided the most outstanding service to the bar and community during the prior year. Lara is also a past recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Lara is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is by invitation and represents less than one-half of 1% of American lawyers.

Lara is a past member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Board of Directors, and past president of the Young Lawyers Division. She served as a Trustee for the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation for more than a decade and coordinated the Foundation’s approval as program manager for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s residential mortgage foreclosure mediation program.  She is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Tampa Chapter.

Lara is also active in the Tampa Bay community. She is a Trustee for the Henry Mitchell Elementary Foundation, Inc., as well as the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Inc.  She is a member of the Federalist Society and the Athena Society.

Lara has been married to her husband, Wesley, for over twenty years. They have three children. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • 2017 Best Lawyer Badge
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Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • All Florida Federal Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Professional Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers (2010-2015)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • James M. "Red" McEwen Award (2010)
    • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2006)
  • Florida Trend  Legal Elite (2013)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2015-2017, 2019-2020)

Published Decisions
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  • Direct Mail Holding, LLC v. Bush,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 1344726 8:12-CV-145-T-30EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. April 18, 2012
  • Medical Sav. Ins. Co. v. HCA, Inc.,
    186 Fed.Appx. 919 2006 WL 1746934 05-14230
    United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. June 27, 2006
  • Klein & Heuchan, Inc. v. CoStar Realty Information, Inc.,
    425 Fed.Appx. 833 2011 WL 1659696 10-12201
    United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. April 28, 2011
  • Brandywine Communications Technologies, LLC. v. Audiovox Corp.,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 527865 6:11-CV-1367-ORL-36
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division. February 17, 2012
  • Precision Shooting Equipment, Inc. v. Golden Eagle Industries, LLC,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2005 WL 1669120 8:00-450CIV-T17TGW
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. July 08, 2005
  • PharMerica, Inc. v. Eagle Healthcare, Inc.,
    Slip Copy 2011 WL 6412515 8:11-CV-2017-T-33EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. December 21, 2011
  • Kelly v. Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2003 WL 25778702 8:01-CV-1176-T-27MAP
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. March 25, 2003
  • MEDAI, Inc. v. Quantros, Inc.,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 2512007 6:12-CV-840-ORL-37
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division. June 29, 2012
  • Florida Digital Network, Inc. v. Northern Telecom, Inc.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2007 WL 604983 6:06CV889 ORL31JGG
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division. February 22, 2007
  • Brandywine Communications Technologies, LLC v. Audiovox Corp.,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 527207 6:11-CV-1367-ORL-36
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division. January 24, 2012
  • Gulfstream Park Racing Ass’n, Inc. v. Tampa Bay Downs, Inc.,
    479 F.3d 1310 2007 WL 641973 03-16272
    United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. March 05, 2007
  • Gulfstream Park Racing Ass’n, Inc. v. Tampa Bay Downs, Inc.,
    399 F.3d 1276 2005 WL 293797 03-16272
    United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. February 09, 2005
  • Anderson v. Smithfield Foods, Inc.,
    353 F.3d 912 2003 WL 22962176 02-15657, 02-14089
    United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. December 17, 2003
  • White Constr. Co., Inc. v. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2007 WL 7126083 5:05-CV-328-OC-10GRJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Ocala Division. July 06, 2007
  • Pharmerica, Inc. v. Eagle Healthcare, Inc.,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 1288964 8:11-CV-2017-T-33EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. April 16, 2012
  • World Triathlon Corp., Inc. v. SRS Sports Center SDN.BHD,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2005 WL 3445526 804CV1594T24TBM
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. December 14, 2005
  • World Triathlon Corp., Inc. v. SRS Sports Center SDN.BHD,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2005 WL 1924749 8:04-CV-1594-T-24TBM
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. August 10, 2005
  • Florida Digital Network, Inc. v. Northern Telecom, Inc.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2006 WL 2523163 6:06CV889 ORL31JGG
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division. August 30, 2006
  • Klein & Heuchan, Inc. v. CoStar Realty Information, Inc.,
    Slip Copy 2011 WL 6097980 8:08-CV-1227-T-30EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. December 07, 2011
  • O’Neal v. Bank of America, N.A.,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 629817 8:11-CV-107-T-17-TGW
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. February 28, 2012
  • Direct Mail Holding, LLC v. Bush,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 1344823 8:12-CV-145-T-30EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. March 08, 2012
  • Cardiovascular Care of Sarasota, P.A. v. Cardinal Health, Inc.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2009 WL 928321 8:08-CV-1931-T-30TBM
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. April 03, 2009
  • Ewinwin, Inc. v. Groupon, Inc.,
    Slip Copy 2011 WL 5877037 8:10-CV-2678-T-24
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. November 23, 2011
  • Day v. Persels & Associates,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2011 WL 1770300 8:10-CV-2463-T-33TGW
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. May 09, 2011
  • Pharmerica, Inc. v. Eagle Healthcare, Inc.,
    Slip Copy 2011 WL 6719157 8:11-CV-2017-T-33EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. September 30, 2011
  • MEDai Inc. v. Quantros, Inc.,
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 3542412 6:12-CV-840-ORL-37
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. August 16, 2012
  • Medical Sav. Ins. Co. v. HCA, Inc.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2005 WL 1528666 2:04CV156FTM-29DNF
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. June 24, 2005
  • Klein & Heuchan, Inc. v. Costar Realty Information, Inc.,
    707 F.Supp.2d 1287 2010 WL 1565543 8:08-CV-1227T30EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. April 19, 2010
  • Gulfstream Park Racing Ass’n, Inc. v. Tampa Bay Downs, Inc.,
    294 F.Supp.2d 1291 2003 WL 22888995 803CV135T30EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division. November 07, 2003
  • Gulfstream Park Racing Ass’n, Inc. v. Tampa Bay Downs, Inc.,
    948 So.2d 599 2006 WL 2690152 SC05-251
    Supreme Court of Florida. September 21, 2006
  • Kelly v. Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2004 WL 4054841 8:01CV1176T27MAP
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. November 17, 2004
  • Davidco Investors, LLC v. Anchor Glass Container Corp.,
    Not Reported in F.Supp.2d 2006 WL 547989 8:04CV2561T-24EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. March 06, 2006
  • White Const. Co., Inc. v. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.,
    633 F.Supp.2d 1302 2009 WL 961135 5:05-CV-328-OC-10GRJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Ocala Division. April 07, 2009

Professional Associations

  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation
    • Board of Trustees
    • Law and Liberty Dinner Committee
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Second District Court of Appeal
  • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Fellow
  • The Florida Bar
    • Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee
    • Annual Convention Committee

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Purpose and Personal Mission,” Georgetown University, November 2012
  • Speaker, “Marketing the Legal Profession,” Stetson University, April 2012
  • Presenter and Author, “From Chinese Ports to American Courts, and Beyond: An Overview of Chinese Drywall in the United States." (Emily Whelchel, Rocco Cafaro, co-presenters). ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Annual Spring CLE and Leadership Forum, May 2011.