Currently Tonald Edmund Spinks practices in the area of litigation, representing individuals and families injured as a result of others negligence.
Before practicing law, T. Edmund Spinks joined the Army as a smoke operations specialist and served in the Gulf War as a nuclear, biological, and chemical sergeant. Following his service in the Army, Ed Spinks was trained and certified as a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) in Florida. He was employed by the Polk County fire department, where became one of the founding members of local Fire Fighter Union, IAFF 3531.
While working for the fire department, Ed Spinks attended the University of South Florida at Tampa studying politics and international relations. He received a Bachelor degree in political science and was also awarded a minor in international studies. Following graduation from USF, Ed Spinks was accepted to the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program at Quantico, Virginia. Successfully completing this rigorous program, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
Once commissioned, 2ndLt Spinks was assigned to the independent ready reserves in Tallahassee, Florida while attending law school at the Florida State University College of Law. Graduating from FSU, Ed Spinks became an attorney admitted to practice in the State of Florida. Ed Spinks resumed active duty with the Marine Corps and graduated from the Naval Justice School becoming admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and all military jurisdictional courts.
Ed Spinks was assigned duty at Marine Corps Base Hawaii where he began representing the United States in courts martial and the District of Hawaii Federal Court. He was also admitted to practice by the Hawaii Bar in all State of Hawaii courts.
Gaining valuable litigation experience, he returned to Florida and became admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida, Federal Court. Capitalizing on his litigation experience, he began representing business owners and individuals in vehicle accident and personal injury litigation cases. He continues to be active with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2000||01/11/2016|
|HI||Inactive - Voluntary||2003||01/08/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Meritorious Service to the Legal Profession||Florida Bar||2014|
|Outstanding Service||The Fund / Old Republic Nat'l Title Ins Co||2013|
|Pro Bono Service Award||Hillsborough County Bar Association||2011|
|Pro Bono Service Award||Hillsborough County Bar Association||2010|
|Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award||Hillsborough County Bar Association||2009|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Award||Florida State University College of Law||1997|
|Attorney||Powell & Espat||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Martinez Odom Law Group||2011 - 2011|
|Attorney||Spinks Law Firm||2007 - 2014|
|Associate||Scarborough and Rugh Law Offices||2004 - 2007|
|N/A||United States Marine Corps||2000 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee||Vice Chair||2013 - 2014|
|Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Elder Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee||Member||2008 - Present|
|Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2007 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Hawaii State Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|William & Mary Law School||N/A||Certificate Speical Education Advocacy||2013|
|Florida State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of South Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Florida Bar||Military Law Symposium||2013|
|Veterans Law Accreditation Training 2011||VA - DIC||2011|
|Veterans' Law Accreditation Traning 2009||Dependency and Indemnity Compensation||2009|
|VaVaVa Voom VA - Mastering VA Benefits Planning||Dependency and Indemnity Compensation||2009|
|Veteran Benefits Workshop||Veteran Benefit Appeals Procedure||2008|
|Home Health Care Seminar||Legal Aspects of Health Care Documentation||2007|