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Our Relationship With Gainesville

The law firm of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., takes great pride in supporting the charitable and community activities that make Gainesville and north Florida such a wonderful place to live. We regularly purchase television and radio air time for charitable agencies to use to gain public awareness for their causes. In addition to supporting organizations and events, attorneys practicing with the firm are, and over the years have been, involved in a number of charitable and community activities throughout Gainesville and the greater north Florida Area. Educational and environmental programs have been our particular focus. We have established or contributed to Endowed Scholarships at Santa Fe College, in memory of lost loved ones whose families we have represented. We have helped support spinal cord injury support research in honor of our courageous clients. We volunteer in public schools and teach Advanced Trial Skills at UF’s Levin College of Law. We are proud to support the following programs and organizations:

Humane Society of North Central Florida

The Humane Society of North Central Florida is a limited intake, no-kill animal shelter that works closely with Alachua County Animal Services to find forever homes for as many animals as possible.

UF Friends of Music

The Friends of Music provide invaluable support for students at the UF School of Music.

Scholarships at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College

Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., has endowed two permanent scholarships intended to honor the victims in two tragic wrongful death cases. Our firm was able to secure compensation for the victims’ families and we created these scholarships as a way to keep these two young women’s memories alive in the community.

The Charisma O’Connor Memorial Scholarship honors a Williston High School senior who was on her way to the beach for a class outing when she was tragically killed by an inattentive driver.

The Christa Leigh Hoyt Memorial Scholarship honors a Santa Fe College student who was murdered by notorious serial killer Danny Rolling. Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., was able to recover compensation for Hoyt’s family due to negligent security and a defective sliding door at her apartment where she was killed. Our firm also sued Rolling’s girlfriend to prohibit the publication of a loosely fictionalized account of the murders.

Basketball Cop Foundation

The Basketball Cop Foundation is an incredible organization that started locally with one officer’s everyday effort and grew into a national initiative. The foundation supplies sporting equipment to law enforcement agencies so they can distribute to kids in their communities and build trust.

Gainesville Cycling Community

Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano proudly supports the Gainesville cycling community. We are cyclists ourselves, and we care about improving bicycle safety around town.

Additional Community Involvement

  • Dade Community Foundation, Tracy Paules Memorial Fund (Contributor)
  • Santa Fe College, Christa Leigh Hoyt Memorial Scholarship (Endowed)
  • Santa Fe College, Charisma O’Connor Memorial Scholarship (Endowed)
  • Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association/Kids Start (Sponsor)
  • University of Florida Law Center (Donor, Volunteer)
  • Buchholz High School (Contributor)
  • Hawthorne High School (Contributor)
  • Oak Hall School (Contributor)
  • PK Young School Sports Boosters (Contributor)
  • Law Week (Participant)
  • Duval Elementary School, Rockin’ Reader Book Program (Sponsor)
  • Alachua Conservation Trust (Board Member, Sponsor)
  • University of Florida’s College of Law, Public Interest Environmental Conference (PIEC) (Bald Cyprus Sponsor)
  • Adopt a River (Contributor)
  • Keep America Beautiful (Contributor)
  • Lake Santa Fe Lake Dwellers Association (Contributor)
  • Current Problems, Riverfest (Sponsor)
  • Suwanee-St. Johns Florida Sierra Club Blueberry Pancake Breakfast for Inner City Children Environmental Outings Program (Sponsor)
  • Suwanee-St. Johns Florida Sierra Club Group (Annual Sponsor)
  • Itchetucknee Alliance (Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President)
  • Gainesville Area Legal Panel for the American Civil Liberties Union (Past Chair)
  • Florida Bar Children’s Fund (Contributor)
  • Guardian Ad Litem (Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer, Contributor)
  • Florida Justice Association (Board, Member)
  • Clara Gehan Eighth Judicial Circuit Florida Associates of Women Lawyers (Contributor)
  • Florida Justice League (Member, Contributor)
  • Hispanic Lawyers Network (Member)
  • The Florida Bar (Member)
  • State Bar Of Nevada (Member)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Member)
  • S. Supreme Court (Member)
  • S. District Court Northern District of Florida (Member)
  • S. District Court Middle District of Florida (Member)
  • The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (Member)
  • The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter American Inns of Court (Barrister, Master)
  • Southern Legal Counsel (Member)
  • Eighth Circuit Grievance Committee (Member, Chair)
  • Eighth Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (Chair)
  • American Association for Justice (Member)
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, Super Lawyers (Member)
  • Friends of Music of the University of Florida School of Music (President, Sponsor)
  • The Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival (Award Sponsor)
  • Dance Alive (Sponsor)
  • Santa Fe High School Band Boosters (Contributor)
  • Cultural Arts Coalition (Sponsor)
  • Hippodrome State Theatre (Sponsor)
  • The Gainesville Friends of Jazz and Blues, Inc. (Sponsor)
  • NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet (Supporter)
  • Historic Gainesville, Inc. (Past Board Member)
  • Alachua County Humane Society (Board of Directors, Treasurer)
  • Basketball Cop Foundation (Member, Sponsor)
  • Gainesville Community Foundation Women’s Giving Circle (Member)
  • Florida Justice Association (Members)
  • Junior League of Gainesville (Sustaining Member, Past Treasurer)
  • Community Action Foundation of Citrus County, Inc. (Sponsor)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Participant)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (Contributor)
  • Girl Scouts of Gateway Council (Sponsor)
  • Cub Scout Pack 576 (Contributor)
  • Boy Scout Troop 163 (Contributor)
  • Children’s Wish Foundation (Contributor)
  • Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary (Contributor)
  • Florida Blue Key (Member, Sponsor)
  • Hope for the Holidays (Contributor)
  • North Central Florida YMCA (Contributor)
  • Scouts of Hawthorne (Contributor)
  • United Way (Contributor)
  • Francis House (Volunteer, Contributor)
  • American Cancer Society (Sponsor)
  • Shands Jacksonville Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (Sponsor)
  • Chain Reaction, March of Dimes (Supporter)
  • American Heart Association (Contributor)
  • Children’s Miracle Network (Contributor)
  • Hospice of North Central Florida (Contributor)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (Contributor)
  • National Children’s Cancer Society (Contributor)
  • March of Dimes (Contributor)
  • Red Cross (Contributor)
  • Floridians for Patients (Donor)
  • Special Olympics Winners Circle Member (Donor)
  • Gainesville Recreation & Parks Department (Sponsor)
  • Gainesville Cycling Club (Sponsor)
  • Florida Bicycle Association (Sponsor)
  • Gainesville Area Rowing (Contributor)
  • People to People Sports (Contributor)
  • Rising Star Gym (Contributor)
  • V.L. Soccer (Contributor)
  • Running Rattlers (Contributor)
  • University of Florida TriGators Super Sprint Triathlon Race (Presenting Sponsor)
  • University of Florida Hillel (Contributor)
  • All Saints Anglican Church (Contributor)
  • Congregation B’nai Israel (Past Vice-President, Sponsor)
  • Congregation B’nai Israel (Past Day School Board President)
  • Gainesville Community Ministry (Contributor)

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