Overview

Skooter has represented insurance companies and their insureds since 1983 after completing a two-year federal judicial clerkship for Chief Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges of the Middle District of Florida.  He’s been defending physicians, nurses, and hospitals since 2000.  

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Credentials

Education

  • J.D. Mercer Law School, 1981
    • Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
    • ABA/LSD Moot Court Team
    • Dean’s List
    • Legal Research/Writing Instructor
    • Appellate Practice Advisor
  • Oxford University, Oxford, England 1979
  • S. University of Georgia 1978
    • Dean’s List
    • Honor’s Program
    • Phi Alpha Sigma Award
    • Alpha Epsilon Delta Award
    • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Florida
  • S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating 1990 to present
  • Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 1989 to present
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by National Board of Advocacy 2004 to present
  • Board Certified Pretrial Practice Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy 2014 to present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates 2001 to present

Professional Memberships

  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
    • Chair, Trial Lawyers Section, 2018-2019
    • Chair, Grievance Committees, 1994, 199-2001, 2005-2007, 2012, 2013, 2017-2018
    • Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission, 1999-2000
    • Chair, Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board, 2017-2018
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, President Tampa Bay Chapter, 2013
    • Florida Board of Governors, YLD, 1989-1997
  • Federal Bar Association, U.S. Magistrate Selection Committee, M.D.Fla., 2013

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Presentations

  • Advanced Trial Advocacy Instructor, University of Florida Law School, 2010-2019
  • Florida Civil Trial Practice, Bridge-the-Gap Seminars, 1989-1995
  • Safeco and Secondary Product Picketing, 32 Mercer Law Review 885, Spring 1981
  • Florida’s Claims Administration Statute, 8 Trial Advocate Quarterly 96, July 1989
  • Florida’s Claims Administration Statute, 16 THE ADVOCATE I, March 1990