Firm Profile

Hill Ward Henderson


Bank of America Plaza, Suite 3700
101 East Kennedy Boulevard
P.O. Box 2231
Tampa, FL 33602
United States
(813) 221.3900

Firm Details

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service commercial law firm that caters to the varied needs of clients spanning a broad range of industries and professions.  Since its inception in 1986, Hill Ward Henderson has grown steadily, based on a client-focused philosophy. This philosophy combines the talent, resources, capabilities and technologies of a large firm with the flexibility, responsiveness and personal attention of a smaller firm. The firm has as its cornerstone an obligation and a commitment to our valued clients of integrity, professionalism and timely, efficient delivery of quality legal services.

At present, Hill Ward Henderson has over 100 lawyers who have gained recognition and respect from clients and peers alike. The firm's attorneys are experienced in multiple legal disciplines, and are familiar with the most ground-breaking legal issues and trends. Hill Ward Henderson is committed to serving with the utmost integrity, professionalism and breadth of legal knowledge. The depth of the firm’s “bench strength” spans a vast number of years of experience as well as the hiring of attorneys from some of the best law schools in the U.S. 

The firm's ever-expanding client list includes numerous financial institutions, automobile manufacturers and dealers, insurance companies, law and accounting practices, architectural, advertising and engineering firms, real estate developers, contractors, agricultural concerns, health care providers, governmental entities, professional sports franchises and many other diverse business entities and individuals. 

Today, Hill Ward Henderson's reputation for results-oriented client service continues to fuel our growth. We pride ourselves on keeping our clients informed and involved. The dividend to our firm has been the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients.


Clint VanWinkle
Director of Information Technology
R. James Robbins, Jr.
Managing Shareholder
Jeanie Poley
Chief Administrative Officer
Paul Gargagliano
Chief Fiancial Officer
Louise Henkel
Director of Business Development and Marketing



Men: 62


Men: 33

Other Lawyers

Men: 6

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Florida in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 3 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Tampa with 46 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Administrative / Regulatory Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Commercial Litigation with 13 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Corporate Law with 7 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Land Use and Zoning Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Litigation - Construction with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Real Estate Law with 12 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Tampa in Trusts and Estates with 4 lawyers


  • Have a Heart, Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award by a Law Firm from Bay Area Legal Services
  • 2012 Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame - Thomas N. Henderson, III and Benjamin H. Hill, III
  • Law Firm Advocacy for Justice Award by Bay Area Legal Services
  • Target Law Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award


  • Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.
  • Ballast Point Ventures
  • Bay Care Health System Inc
  • Bloomin’ Brands, Inc
  • Chris Craft Corporation
  • Chrysler LLC
  • Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation
  • Global Imaging Systems, Inc
  • HealthEdge Investment Partners, LLC
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Latt Maxcy Corporation
  • PGT Industries, Inc.
  • Progress Energy
  • Pulte Home Corporation
  • R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
  • SunTrust Banks, Inc
  • Superior Uniform Group, Inc
  • Synergy Health, Inc
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Tropicana Products, Inc.
  • USAA Real Estate Company
  • Walter Energy

About Our Clients

Hill Ward Henderson counts it a privilege to work with some of the finest private and public companies, firms and individuals from a vast array of industries. Some of the firm’s representative clients include: Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.; Ballast Point Ventures; Bay Care Health System Inc.; Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.; Chris Craft Corporation; Chrysler, LLC; Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation; Global Imaging Systems, Inc.; HealthEdge Investment Partners, LLC; Honeywell International, Inc.; Latt Maxcy Corporation; PGT Industries, Inc.; Progress Energy; Pulte Home Corporation; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Raymond James & Associate, Inc.; SunTrust Banks, Inc.; Superior Uniform Group, Inc.; Synergy Health, Inc.; Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Tampa Bay Lightning; Tropicana Products, Inc.; USAA Real Estate Company; Verizon Florida; Walter Energy, Inc.


Marie Attaway Borland
R. James Robbins, Jr.
Robert A. Shimberg
Timothy A. Hunt
Construction & Design Group
David S. Felman
Corporate & Tax
S. Gordon Hill
Alton C. Ward
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
C. Howard Hunter
R. Reid Haney
John B. Grandoff III
Land Use
Dennis P. Waggoner
Robert M. Fulton
Personal Injury
Jonathan P. Jennewein
Real Estate Development & Finance
Linda D. Hartley
Trusts & Estates

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law

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Clearwater, FL

600 Cleveland Street, Suite 800

Clearwater, FL 33755

United States

(727) 724.3900

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Tampa, FL

Bank of America Plaza, Suite 3700

101 East Kennedy Boulevard

P.O. Box 2231

Tampa, FL 33602

United States

(813) 221.3900

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