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Hon. Martha Ann Lott

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Ms. Lott studied psychology at the University of Florida, where she graduated with high honors in 1974. Martha Lott graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with partner, Cherie Fine, in 1981 and was admitted to the Florida Bar. She began her career with the Public Defender’s Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit in 1981 working with partners Jack J. Fine, Tom Farkash, and Alan Parlapiano. Prior to becoming a Judge, Martha Lott was in private practice as a trial lawyer.

Martha Lott retired from the bench in May 2013 after over 22 years as a County Court Judge, Circuit Judge and as Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She joined Fine, Farkash, & Parlapiano, P.A., in July 2013. Her experience as a Judge included all areas of practice at both the County and Circuit levels in State Court. Martha Lott presided in all six counties of the 8th Circuit of Florida.

In the early 1980s, she suffered a permanent injury as the result of an auto-accident. She was represented by Fine, Farkash, & Parlapiano, P.A. Her experience as a trial lawyer, a Judge, and a person with a permanent injury gives her a uniquely broad perspective.

Particular areas of expertise include psychology/psychiatry (including PTSD and brain injury), family law, and litigation. Martha Lott is known for innovative problem solving. During her free time, Ms. Lott is an avid dressage competitor and is currently writing a novel.

Ms. Lott served as a County Court Judge from 1991-1997, Circuit Judge from 1997-2009, Administrative Judge of Circuit Criminal Court from 2006-2009, and Chief Judge from 2009-2012.

Favorite Quote

“You cannot have failed to observe, Sir, the extreme age to which lawyers live. Age does not whither them, nor custom state. This for the reason that they have no cares or anxieties of their own; the cares and anxieties of their clients touch them only as the sun touches the flower: it causes them to blossom like a rose.”

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"In 1978, I was working as a psychologist in an institutional treatment setting. I was called to court to testify about the progress of clients we were treating. I saw that though there are many different helping professions, the decisions that affect people’s lives occur in the courtroom. If I was going to make any meaningful contribution, I needed to do it there." Martha Ann Lott

Fun Fact: “Cherie and I went to law school together, Jack was my assigned mentor in the Public Defender’s Office, Alan hired me, Tom supervised my first trial, and Stephen promised to give me Julie when she was born because he wanted a brother…at least until he saw her.”

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer with Three Rivers Legal Services, 1987 – 1990

Published Works

  • Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases, Journal of Child Custody

Classes & Seminars

  • Presenter for Multiple Judicial Education Courses, 1991 – 2009
  • Adjunct Faculty U of Florida College of Law, 1993 – 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono of the Year Award for the 8th Judicial Circuit, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association


Jack J. Fine has been practicing law for more than 40 years. As an established Gainesville personal injury litigator and mentor, he teaches trial practice at UF College of Law and has been selected as President of the North Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Jack has successfully tried a personal injury case to a seven-figure verdict and has argued numerous landmark appellate cases..


Cherie H. Fine has practiced law for more than 35 years and is active in numerous trial lawyers organizations. She has earned excess jury verdicts against insurance giants such as GEICO and State Farm Insurance Company on behalf of deserving clients. As an honors graduate of the UF College of Law, Cherie currently serves on the UF Board of Trustees.


Julie Aleve Fine has extensive trial experience as an award-winning prosecutor in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Her sharp litigation skills continue to serve her clients well in civil practice, where she has successfully tried numerous personal injury cases to verdict, achieving excess verdicts against large insurance companies such as State Farm and GEICO.


Before joining Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, Jonathan Ramsey worked as a criminal prosecutor, which garnered him valuable trial experience that he now puts to use as a personal injury litigator. Jonathan is committed to helping his clients demand maximum compensation after life-altering accidents. He prides himself on giving each client the personal attention they need during what can be a very difficult time in their lives.


In addition to our dedicated team of knowledgeable trial attorneys, our law firm prides itself on our compassionate and experienced paralegals, legal assistants, law clerks, and other committed administrative personnel..


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