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Donald M. Hinkle

Donald Hinkle

Hinkle & Foran
3500 Financial Plaza, Suite 350
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Phone 850-205-2055
Fax 850-205-2056


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015

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Practice Areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

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As a partner at Hinkle & Foran, Donald M. Hinkle is committed to representing people in Tallahassee, Florida. He focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death, handling cases that involve the following matters: motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, trial practice and civil rights.

Upon earning a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University, Mr. Hinkle went on to receive a Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law, from where he graduated with honors in 1980.

A published author and prominent lecturer, Mr. Hinkle shares his legal experience with both fellow attorneys and law students. He brings more than 30 years of experience and a track record of success to the courtroom. Time and again, Mr. Hinkle has secured awards of over a million dollars for clients who have suffered an injury or lost a loved one. For his achievements, he has received the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Florida Justice Association honored Mr. Hinkle with the Crystal Eagle Award for his dedication to justice, and Florida Trend and Florida Monthly magazines named him a Top Civil Lawyer.

To stay on top of new case law and to serve the legal community, Mr. Hinkle holds memberships with several organizations, including The Florida Bar, the Tallahassee Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Inns of Court and The Capital City Justice Association.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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About Donald Hinkle

Law School: Florida State University College of Law

Admitted: 1980, Florida

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Honors and Awards:

  • Member, Best Lawyers in America, 2009
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubble Law Directory, 2009
  • Civility Award, American Board of Trial Advocates - Tallahassee, 2002
  • Shoe Leather Award, Florida Justice Association, 1998
  • Crystal Eagle Award, recipients have made a lifetime, individual commitment to protect the civil justice system. Florida Justice Association
  • Selected Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year, 2010
  • Selected by Law & Leading Attorneys, as a peer to Whom Members would refer a close Friend or Relative
  • AV Rated by the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory, the Highest Rating Possible

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Practice, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1991
  • Civil Trial Practice, State Bar of Florida, 1989

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Capital City Justice Association, 2010
  • Second Judicial Circuit, Judicial Nominating Commission, 2010
  • Florida Standard Jury Instruction (Civil) Committee, 2010
  • Northern District of Florida, Judicial Nominating Commission, 2009
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2006
  • President, Tallahassee Bar Association, 2005
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1980
  • Florida, 1980
  • Member, The American Association for Justice
  • Member, The Florida Justice Association
  • Member, Law and Leading Attorneys
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Master, Inns of Court
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Diplomate, Eagle Sponsor, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1980 - Present
  • Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice, 1978 - Present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Things I've Learned Handling Medial Malpractice Cases, Florida Justice Association, 2009
  • Speaker, Presenting Medical Evidence, Florida Justice Association, 2007
  • Team Captain, Masters in Trial, 2006
  • Cross-Examination, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Mass Torts, National Association of Legal Investigators
  • Premises Liability, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Opening Statement, Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Deposition Practice, Florida State University College of Law
  • Personal Injury Practice, Bridge-the-Gap Seminar, Florida Bar Association
  • Tort Issues in Education, Leon County School Board
  • Pleading Pitfalls in Medical Malpractice, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Civil Trial Procedures in Florida, National Business Institute
  • Determining and Proving Damages in Florida, NBI
  • Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Florida, NBI
  • Evidentiary Problems for Plaintiff and Defense, NBI
  • Evidentiary Problems for Plaintiff and Defense, NBI
  • Voir Dire Examination, NBI
  • Special Issues in Automobile Negligence Cases, NBI
  • Dalkon Shield Settlement: Two Views Miami Review, March, 1990
  • Criminal Assault: Civil Liability? City of Tallahassee, 1988

Educational Background:

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, B.S. - 1977
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