Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano P.A. is delighted to announce that its attorney, Julie Fine has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers to be among the Top 40 Under 40 trial attorneys. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only, and it is extended exclusively to those individuals who meet stringent qualifications and specialize in the legal practice of criminal defense or civil plaintiff.
This recognition is feted on trial attorneys below the age 40 who have exhibited stellar performance in their professional duties as trial attorneys. This is assessed according to the complexity of the cases handled and the number of cases won. In addition, one’s contribution to the trial advocacy in relation to positive impacts to the general professional body is taken into consideration.
“Trial advocacy is a powerful and important tool meeting the needs of the public. It is with great honor and pleasure that of our own attorneys has been recognized for achieving excellence in betterment of the legal profession and service to the public through trial advocacy.”– Fine, Farkash, & Parlapiano PA
The National Trial Lawyers
Two things become clear within minutes of meeting Ms. Julie Fine: her passion for representing clients and her love of the legal profession.
“In a sense, every case becomes your most important case. Every client comes to you for something that really affects them,” Ms. Fine said. “You know whatever issue they bring you could change their life.”
Before her law career began Ms. Fine grew up as the feisty daughter of two former criminal defense attorneys in Gainesville, Florida. She graduated from Oak Hall School in 2004, and was accepted into Vanderbilt University, where she excelled as a Cello Performance Major, made the Dean’s List, and became a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority.
“Nashville is beautiful, but I couldn’t cut the Tennessee ‘cold.’ Gainesville was calling me, and I knew I was meant to finish as a Gator,” said Fine.
In 2008, Ms. Fine graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Music and began her legal career as a student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
After earning her JD from UF Law in 2011, Ms. Fine served as an Assistant State Attorney (ASA) for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida. During her four years as an ASA, Ms. Fine gained extensive experience as a litigator, investigator, and researcher working in four distinct divisions of practice. Ms. Fine began in the general misdemeanor division, but was quickly promoted to the domestic violence division where she first recognized her passion for legal justice and protecting others. There, she gained unparalleled experience as an effective and strategic advocate.
“In the span of about 5 years, I had about 40 jury trials. I learned so much, so quickly, and it fostered in me a real love of trial work in the courtroom. We had about 18 trial convictions within 2 years,” Fine said. “Now I get to bring that experience to a variety of civil claimants, and it’s so rewarding.”
Ms. Fine was also recognized for her work as the first ASA in the circuit to prepare, write, and argue a motion to exclude based on Florida’s newly enacted federal Daubert standards on expert opinion testimony. Ms. Fine’s ability to craft compelling and creative legal arguments is a hallmark of her litigation practice.
Local law enforcement officers recognized Ms. Fine as an ASA when she was nominated and received the 2014 MADD Award for Outstanding Performance in the Prosecution of DUI Cases. In her second year, Ms. Fine was asked to assist on a first-degree murder prosecution within the offices’ Firearm’s Division, which resulted in a guilty verdict.
In June of 2014, she was promoted and assigned to a position within the General Felony Division working primarily with narcotics and fraud as well as assisting in The Sex Crimes Division’s trial cases until she relocated to Las Vegas at the end of June 2015. Ms. Fine passed the Nevada bar exam in February 2016, and worked remotely until moving back to Gainesville. She maintains licenses to practice law in Florida and Nevada.
“My career path has been somewhat unexpected as a lawyer, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’ve had the chance to practice in so many different settings and learn something new every step of the way,” Fine said.
“I think every opportunity in my career has given me something valuable to offer to the victims of personal injury I now represent.”
Since its establishment in 1980, Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano P.A. has been known as the community law firm boasting of over 100 combined years of experience as a plaintiff’s firm. The firm is a proud supporter of all things local and is happy to have Top 40 Under 40 trial attorney Julie Fine back in her hometown as an Associate.