Born August 23, 1942, in Jacksonville, Florida; Married, Terry P. Frost; two daughters, Ashley Frost Bedell and Kerry Frost Callahan; Shareholder of Frost Van den Boom, P.A., Bartow, Florida (1981-present); Member of Holland & Knight, Bartow, Florida (1969-1981); Partner (1974-81); Trial and appellate practice (personal injury and wrongful death, commercial and general litigation); Admitted to Florida Bar in 1969; Board certified in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation Law.
FLORIDA BAR ACTIVITIES:
President (1996-97); President-Elect (1995-96); Board of Governors (1977-79)(1992-97); Executive Committee (1978-79) (1994-97); Budget Committee (1977-78); Legislation Committee (1992-95); Investment Committee (1992-94), Chairman (1993-94); Certification Appeals Committee (1992-94); Pro Bono Service Award Committee (1992-95), Chairman (1992-95); Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Section (1971-79); President, Young Lawyers Section (1978-79) (Section named the nation's second-place winner for achievement during term); Civil Trial Law Certification Committee (from inception, 1982-89), Chairman (1987-88); Trial Lawyers Section, Executive Council (1976-82); Chairman of Special Committee to study prepaid legal services (1977-78); Member, Special Committee appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida to study lawyer grievance (Karl Committee 1977-78); Original Member, Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (1996‑2000); Speakers Bureau, Tenth Judicial Circuit Committee, Member (1997-present). Elections Committee, Chair (2003-2004); (2004-2005).
American Bar Association (1969-2001); Member, House of Delegates (1995-2001); Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (1994-present); American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate (1994-2006); Advocate (2006-present); National Conference of Bar Presidents, (Executive Council, 1997-2000); Florida Justice Association (f/k/a Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers) (President's Club)(1977-present); American Association for Justice (f/k/a Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Sustaining Member (1976-present); Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, President (1980-82); Director (1976-95); Willson American Inn of Court (Master, 1990-97); (President, 1995-96); President-Elect (1994-95); Executive Committee (1990-97); Program Chairman (1990-94); The College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Senior Counsel (2000-present); Litigation Counsel of America, Charter Fellow (2006-present); American Trial Lawyers Association, (2007-present) “Top 100” trial lawyers in Florida.
Chairman and workshop leader Trial Advocacy Course, Continuing Legal Education, The Florida Bar; Speaker at The Florida Bar's Continuing Legal Education seminars; Chairman, Steering Committee, and lecturer, "Trial Lawyers Update," Continuing Legal Education; Author of "Closing Argument" and "Continuing Legal Education Trial Lawyers Update," 1980; Lecturer, Florida State University College of Law Litigation Skills Training Programs (summer, 1985 and spring, 1986);Reviewer, "Bad Faith Insurance Actions" Fla. Torts, Matthew Bender, 1988; Lecturer, 1995 Advanced Evidence Seminar; Beyond Hearsay, Continuing Legal Education, The Florida Bar; Panelist, "Taking the High Road: Litigation Tactics--The Impact on Judges, Juries and Litigants," Continuing Legal Education and Trial Lawyers Section, The Florida Bar 1995; Panelist, “The Leadership’s Response,” Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges (1997); Moderator, “Masters in Trial,” American Board of Trial Advocates (1997); Lecturer, Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence/Trial Attorney’s Evidence Seminar (1998); Panelist, “Successful Appellate Advocacy Seminar,” Stetson Law School (1998) Lecturer, Trial Lawyers: Everyday Problems, “Handling Fabre Issues for Settlement and Trial,” Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Seminar (1998); Keynote speaker, “Professionalism Symposiums,” The Florida Bar, presented in St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Daytona, Tallahassee (1998); Moderator, “Professionalism, The Public and You,” Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. and 19th Judicial Circuit Bench Bar, Port St. Lucie (1999); Member, Plaintiffs’ trial team, Masters in Trial Seminar sponsored by The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida (10/99); Plaintiffs’ trial team coordinator, Masters in Trial Seminar sponsored by The Foundation of American Board of Trial Advocates, The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida (10/00); Lecturer, “Dealing with Destruction: Spoilation of Evidence in Florida” Seminar sponsored by National Business Institute, Tampa Airport Marriott, Tampa, Florida, (2/14/03); Speaker on “Closing Statements,” Basic Trial Practice Seminar sponsored by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Tampa Marriott, Tampa, Florida (1/10/08); Contributing Author to Inside the Minds: Managing a Law Firm, “A Vision for Lawyering with Integrity,” published by Aspatore Books (2008).
Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association, President (1982-83); Director (1976-96); Florida State University College of Law Board of Visitors (1994-Present)(Chair 2001-2003); Dean Search Committee, Florida State University College of Law (1983-84); Dean Search Committee, Florida State University College of Law (1996-97); Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission (appointed by Governor Graham)(1986-1990); Chairman (1987-1989); Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (1990-94); Chairman (1992-94); Florida Judicial Management Council (1995-1998); Florida Bar Foundation, Director (1995-1998); Florida Advisory Board Member, Leading Florida Attorneys (1997-Present); University of Florida, Gator Boosters, Inc., President, Board of Directors (2003-2004); President-elect 2002-2003); Nominating Advisory Council and Personnel Committee (2009-2011); Distinguished Director; University of Florida Alumni Association, Charter Golden Senior Life member; University of Florida Athletic Association (2003-2004); University of Florida Foundation, Board of Directors, Member (2006-); Board Development Advisory Council and Leadership Gifts Council (2006-2011); Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, Member (1999-2004); Florida Supreme Court Workload Study Commission, appointed by Speaker of the House (2000-2001); Polk Community College Foundation, Board of Directors, Member (1999-2002); University of South Florida-Lakeland Campus Board, Member (2001-2007).