for our Law Day Event

on Friday, May 6, 2022  


Lunch begins at 11:30 AM at the Lakeland Country Club on Friday, May 6th for this year’s Law Day Luncheon.  Lakeland Bar Association is proud to welcome Michael Tanner, Florida Bar President, as this year’s Law Day guest speaker. 

       Mike Tanner, the 73rd president of The Florida Bar, practices business commercial litigation and appellate and election laws with Gunster in Jacksonville, where he is a shareholder. He served on the Board of Governors since 2011, including on the Legislation Committee since 2013 and has chaired or co-chaired that committee three times. He has also served on the Program Evaluation Committee, was chair for the 2016-17 Bar year, and co-chaired the board’s Constitution Revision Committee.

       Tanner served on the Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council from 1992-99 and served as section chair in 1999-2000. He also spent five years on the Board of Legal Specialization and Education, including one year as chair.

Tanner has received awards, recognition, and membership from many peer-evaluated organizations (see his Gunster profile for a list of honors and publications). He is board certified in both civil trial law and business litigation and is rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell Inc. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member and a past Jacksonville chapter president of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

       Tanner is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and has been a Bar member since 1978. He is a member of the Appellate Practice, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and Trial Lawyers sections.


  Contact Lisa Oliver at 863.838.6691 with questions.

Spirit of Giving  2022 Recipient

Harold Bennett III

Each year, Lakeland Bar recognizes an attorney for his or her service to the community.  This year's recipient is Harold Bennett III.  Photo above (Hon. Mary Catherine Green, Brenda Ramirez, Harold Bennett III, LBA president Melodie Lopez, and Sam Crosby)

The Oliver L and Mona Green Spirit of Giving Award was established in 2014 by the Lakeland Bar Association to recognize those individuals in the community who have contributed significant community service within the 10th Judicial Circuit.   This award was first given to the Honorable Oliver and Mrs. Mona Green for their continued support and outstanding stewardship in the community.  Named in their honor, this annual award is given to those who have made a positive and continuous community impact.

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Lakeland Bar Monthly Meetings are Inperson in 2021-2022

Join us at the Lakeland Country Club beginning is September at NOON on the second Friday of each month.  Our speakers included:

April  8 - Judicial Assistants Recognition luncheon

May 6 - Law Day Luncheon with Michael Tanner




President - Melodie Lopez
Vice President – Kevin Albaum
Treasurer -
Nicholas Sellars    
Secretary -
Randy Mink
Past President - Barbara Davis


Tony Stevens 
Hon. Michael McCarthy 
Liesl Weeks    
Collin Clark
Nick Troiano 
Jillian Spangler
Ramona Blankinship
Martha Tellez
Elliott Mitchell
Deborah Carroll

Lakeland Bar Association
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Lakeland, FL 33806


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