Jack J. FineAttorney
“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.” Abraham Lincoln
Fun Fact: Very early in his legal career, he convinced his boss, who was an elected constitutional officer in the community, to resign his position and join Mr. Fine in private practice. Also, both his original partners and his primary legal assistant stayed in practice with him for over 25 years which is rare in the legal field.
Mr. Fine was born in New York, New York and was raised in the northeast, where he studied sociology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He then graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1976. In law school, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Mr. Fine was admitted into the Florida Bar in 1976, the United States District Court for the MIddle District of Florida in 1977, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida in 1991, and the United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit in 1982.
Upon graduation, Mr. Fine practiced as an assistant Public Defender in the Third Judicial Circuit office in Lake City from 1976-1977. He then worked as an assistant Public Defender in the Gainesville office of the Public Defender from 1977-1980. In 1980, he founded the firm, which is now known as Fine, Farkash, & Parlapiano, P.A. where he wanted to exclusively represent victims of personal injury in claims against negligent parties.
Mr. Fine is a highly experienced personal injury attorney and is recognized for his commitment to the law. He holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating* (AV) and was a Grievance Committee Chairman for the Eighth Judicial Circuit for 2006-2008. He coached a trial team for the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1994 and has taught as an adjunct faculty in the trial practice course at the law school since 1983.
Why did you choose to practice law?
“I originally chose to practice law because it was challenging and interesting. I liked helping people—it certainly was not due to financial reward as my starting salary in Gainesville as an attorney was $13,500.”
David v. Kellner Year: 2014 Court: District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida Fifth District Case Nos. 5D12-2027 & 5D12-2116 — Successfully argued appellate case upholding jury verdict of 3.4 million
Classes & Seminars
Trial Practice Adjunct Faculty, University of Florida College of Law, 1983 – 2008
Trial Team Coach, University of Florida College of Law, 1994
Trial Practice Instructor, University of Florida College of Law, Spring 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter American Inns of Court, Master/Emeritus
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member, 1979 – 2008
ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) – a prestigious invitation only organization, President of local chapter
Criminal Trial Practice in Florida, Chapter “Objections to Evidence”, Florida Bar, 1984
Florida Personal Injury, Editor LexisNexis Practice Guide, 2006
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
622 NE 1st St. Gainesville, FL 32601