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Donald M. Hinkle
  • Partner







Whether it's representing the injured or working with families who have experienced tragic losses, attorney Don Hinkle's track record of success in undeniable. When not representing clients, Don is often asked to lecture other attorneys regarding how to best handle serious automobile accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice cases.

  • Member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum for obtained verdicts of more than a million dollars in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, automobile crash, premises liability and civil rights cases.
  •  In 2019, Mr. Hinkle received one of the top 10 jury verdicts ($30,840,015), and in 2020 the largest non-jury malpractice verdict ($4,725,962) in the State of Florida.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile Crash
  • Federal Torts Claims Act

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Practice, State Bar of Florida, 1989
  • Civil Trial Practice, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1991
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1980
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.S. - 1977

Published Works

  • Criminal Assault: Civil Liability? City of Tallahassee, 1988
  • Dalkon Shield Settlement: Two Views Miami Review, March, 1990
  • Special Issues in Automobile Negligence Cases, NBI
  • Voir Dire Examination, NBI
  • Evidentiary Problems for Plaintiff and Defense, NBI


  • Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Florida, NBI
  • Determining and Proving Damages in Florida, NBI
  • Civil Trial Procedures in Florida, National Business Institute
  • Pleading Pitfalls in Medical Malpractice, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Tort Issues in Education, Leon County School Board
  • Personal Injury Practice, Bridge-the-Gap Seminar, Florida Bar Association
  • Deposition Practice, Florida State University College of Law
  • Opening Statement, Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Premises Liability, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Mass Torts, National Association of Legal Investigators
  • Cross-Examination, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Surveillance, Association of Florida Trial Lawyers

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory, the highest rating possible
  • Selected by Law & Leading Attorneys, as a peer to whom members would refer a close friend or relative
  • Crystal Eagle Award, recipients have made a lifetime, individual commitment to protect the civil justice system. Florida Justice Association
  • Selected to Florida Super Lawyers
  • Selected Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Trend and Florida Monthly - Top Civil Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Sustaining Member, 1978
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Diplomate, Eagle Sponsor, 1980
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy, Member
  • Inns of Court, Master
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Law and Leading Attorneys, Member
  • The Tallahassee Bar Association, Past President
  • The Capital City Justice Association, Past President
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Tallahassee Chapter, President
  • The Florida Justice Association, Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Member
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Member
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