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Stann William Givens

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Stann Givens 

STANN GIVENS is one of the founding partners in the firm. Stann has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1974. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1971 and received his law degree from Florida State in 1973. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin on February 20, 1950, but has lived virtually all his life in Tampa.


Stann is Board Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Marital and Family Lawyer. Additionally, he is certified as a Family Law Mediator by the Supreme Court. He has lectured and written extensively on a variety of topics in family law practice. He is co-author of the Alimony chapter of the Dissolution of Marriage manual made available by the Florida Bar to its members. Stann is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is President of its Florida chapter. He is a founder and executive director of the Family Law Inn of Tampa (American Inns of Court).


Stann is active in both the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Florida Bar. He has served as a member on a variety of committees within both organizations. Significantly, Stann has chaired the Marital and Family Law Certification Committee and a Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar. Locally, he has served as chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the Family Rules Committee, the Lawyer Referral Committee, and the Family Law Section Pro Bono Committee. Stann has been identified as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 1998 by the Woodward/White lawyer rating.


Stann has always been active in the community. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church and served as Moderator of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the South. In that role, he was the chief judge of the appeals court for the Southeast within the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America.


Within his local church, he created the Church Endowment Fund which will provide perpetual support for church benevolence programs.


Stann has coached and served on the board of directors of numerous youth sports programs and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa.


He was one of the founders of the Gasparilla Distance Classic, the nationally recognized annual road race for all ages held each winter along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.


He was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Boys Clubs of Greater Tampa and received an award for “Extraordinary Pro Bono Commitment” by The Spring, a shelter for abused women and children.


Within the Tampa legal community he was the founder of the Family Law Inn of Tampa, part of the American Inns of Court. The Inns of Court concept was created in England more than a century ago to create a program where senior lawyers would mentor younger lawyers to pass on the tradition of the ethical practice of law. He is also a member of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court.


Stann’s practice areas include Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Mediation and Personal Injury.


Stann has received an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubble, the oldest and most recognized evaluator of attorneys and law firms. A small percentage of lawyers achieve this rating, which is the highest rating possible.

Stann has represented clients before the Supreme Court of Florida and is admitted to practice before all courts within the State as well as the United States Supreme Court and the federal Middle District of Florida.


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Licensed since 1974

  1. Divorce & Separation: 100%

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Hourly ($200-575/hour)

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Cash, Check, Credit Card

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing197405/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
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Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
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Professionalism Award (Inaugural award)Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa1999
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerGivens Givens Sparks, PLLC2012 - Present
PresidentGivens Law Group2009 - Present
PresidentKnox & Givens, P.A.1993 - 2009
Sole practicionerStann W. Givens, P.A.1977 - 1993
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Tampa, Florida1975 - 1977
Prosecuting AttorneyHillsborough Prosecutor's Office1974 - 1975

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Florida chapter)President2008 - 2009
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Florida chapter)Chair, 25th Annual Institute2002 - 2003
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Florida chapter)Chair, Practice Management Institute1997 - 1998
Florida Bar, Marital and Family Law Board Certification CommitteeChair1996 - 1997
Family Law American Inn of Court of TampaFounder and Executive Director1995 - Present
Florida Bar 13th Circuit, Grievance CommitteeChair1994 - 1995
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair1993 - 1994
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Circuit Family Rules CommitteeChair1992 - 1993
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral CommitteeChair1991 - 1992
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section Pro Bono CommitteeChair1990 - 1991

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Morgan Rubio vs. Pete RoseSuccessfully defended a claim for support

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2012
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2010
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2009
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2008
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2006
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2004
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2002
Florida Dissolution of MarriageAlimony Chapter2000

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The Florida State University College of LawlawJuris doctorate1973
Bucknell UniversityMathematicsBS - Bachelor of Science1971

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Marital and Family Law Board Certification SeminarMost recent: Pleadings, Orders and Final Judgments2009
numerousOthers: Too numerous to mentionN/A