LINDA C. SWEETING began working in 1983 as a clerk during law school for a civil trial practice in Coral Gables, Florida. After being sworn into the Florida Bar in 1985, she began working in the areas of commercial, general liability, insurance coverage, and personal injury defense. Ms. Sweeting then made her way into the practice areas of plaintiff personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, and near drowning cases. For a short time from 1986 to 1987 she resigned from her full-time associate position to focus on family and her first child. During that time she represented clients before the Third District Court of Appeals. Thereafter, she returned to a full time law practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since 1989, she has handled matters involving serious bodily injury and wrongful death resulting from defects in automobiles and boats, defective design and manufacturing of breast implants, hip implants, and amino acids sold as health food supplements. Ms. Sweeting was the first attorney in the State of Florida to garner personal jurisdiction over a Japanese corporation that altered the production of a manufactured form of L-Tryptophan, which was sold in the United States as an unregulated health food supplement, and which caused irreversible damage to the immune systems of some consumers. She was also one of the first attorneys in the nation to resolve one such case by forcing the corporation to binding arbitration. In addition, she has represented plaintiffs in automobile crashes, pesticide poisoning of people, homes and crops, the negligent transmission of STD's and HIV, medical malpractice, dental malpractice, slip/ trip and fall, dog bite, the wrongful denial of insurance benefits, and bad faith claims. Ms. Sweeting believes in upholding the integrity and independence of Florida's judicial system. Without it, we compromise the values and beliefs for which our predecessors gave their lives. She also believes that attorneys are responsible to serve both the Bar and community in which they practice. Service is essential to not only a person and community's growth but to their strength as well; and Ms. Sweeting works to serve both. Ms. Sweeting is also the proud mother of three (3) mostly adult children, each of whom are contributing members of our United States of America.