Kevin Ambler has been practicing law for 30 years. He is President of the Ambler Law Group a boutique law firm in Tampa, Florida dedicated to providing quality legal services, personalized attention to each of its clients, and committed to obtaining the best results possible. Mr Ambler and his firm have received an AV peer-reviewed rating from the Martindale-Hubble National Law Directory representating the highest standards for ethical conduct and legal expertise.
Previously, Mr Ambler (R) served in the Florida House of Representatives as an elected State Representative from 2002 to 2010, representing House District 47 encompassing most of Northwest Hillsborough County. During his 4 consecutive terms in elected office, he served on over 47 legislative councils and committees, including serving as Chairman of the Health Appropriations Committee in which he was responsible for nearly $20 billion dollars in appropriations for more than 3 million Medicaid beneficiaries and 80,000 health care providers and 15,000 health care facilities. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Rep. Ambler received numerous awards and accolades from professional organizations, boards, and foundations as the top legislator of the year for his outstanding accomplishments for championing numerous important legislative issues.
Mr. Ambler attended Cornell University on a four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1983. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Ambler received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California in 1986. Soon after, he was appointed as an Air Force judge advocate and assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where he served on active duty for nearly 5 years in several positions including Chief of Claims, Chief of Legal Assistance, Chief of Military Justice and Chief of the Civil Law Divisions. During this same time, he also was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and was responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in federal court against civilians arising on MacDill AFB. Later, his responsibilities expanded to defending the United States in federal court in medical malpractice and personal injury cases arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Mr. Ambler entered the private practice of law and transferred to the Air Force Reserves in 1991. During his first year as a reservist, he was awarded the Harmon Award by the Air Force Judge Advocate General as the Most Outstanding Reserve Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. Representative Amblerʼs other military decorations include the Air Force Achievement Medal, two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Services Medal. He continued to serve as a Judge Advocate in the reserves until 2005.
Mr. Ambler began his career in private practice as a litigation attorney in 1991. In 1996, he opened his own firm, the Ambler Law Group, focusing in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, wrongful death and personal injury litigation in both state and federal courts. His firm also handles complex business litigation and transactional matters as well as entertainment and sports law.
Mr. Ambler is a member of the Florida, Georgia and D.C. Bars and the American Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association and the American Justice Association. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Middle District Court of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. He previously served as the Chair of the Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee (2002-2003) and Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) Military Liaison Committee (2002-2003). He has chaired the HCBA Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law Section (1999-2002) and he has been a regular and active participant in the HCBA “Ask A Lawyer” Pro Bono Program from 1995 to 2002. In 2002, he received the HCBA “Have a Heart” award for outstanding pro bono service. Representative Ambler and his firm hold an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory reflecting the highest possible rating for professional competence and ethical conduct.
Mr. Ambler served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Northdale Special Tax District for 7 years. He was Chairman of the Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network Committee for West Central Florida as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cornell Club of the Suncoast for 5 years. For over 10 years, Mr. Ambler served as president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Brentwood Park Homeownerʼs Association. In 2000, Mr. Ambler was appointed to and served a one year term on the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board. In his youth, Mr. Ambler served on the White House Conference for Children and Youth Task Force and was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement which awarded him the Golden Eagle Award of Excellence as the top student in the United States.
Mr. Ambler has been an adjunct law professor on the faculty for Stetson University College of Law since 2011.
Some of Mr. Ambler's more notable awards and accompllishments during his career include the following:
•Air Force Reserve, Outstanding Military Judge Advocate of the Year 1991
•Air Force Tactical Air Command Judge Advocate of the Year, 1990
•Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
•Air Force Commendation Medal
•Air Force Achievement Medal
•National Defense Medal 1991
•Air Force "Right Stuff" Award -- Outstanding Jr. Officer, 56th Combat Support Group 1988
•American Association of School Boards, Magna Award, Most Innovative New Education Program in America for “Ought To Be A Law” Student Legislation Program 2008
•Associated Builders and Contractors, Friend of Free Enterprise Award 2008, 2010
•Associated Industries of Florida Ports Council, Legislator of the Year 2008
•Christian Coalition of Florida, Faith & Family Award 2008
•Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Consumer Rights Legislative Award 2004
•Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Public Safety Legislative Award 2005
•Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Outstanding Representative Award (In recognition of extraordinary legislative leadership & dedicated service to the citizens of Florida) 2006
•Florida Alliance of Public Hospitals, Legislative Hero Award 2009
•Florida Association of Area Agency on Aging, Certificate of Appreciation 2006
•Florida Association of Assisted Living Facilities, Legislator of the Year 2009
•Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers, West Coast Chapter, Tampa, FL, Legislative Award (In Recognition for Service to the Community) 2005
•Florida Association of Rehabilitative Facilities (A Voice for Community Agencies), Legislative Champion Award - "For the impact Rep Ambler's efforts have made in the lives of Florida citizens with disabilities; through his support, thousands of individuals with disabilities have achieved a better quality of life" 2009
•Florida Chamber of Commerce, Honor Roll 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
•Florida Chiropractic Association, D.J. Rainey Legislative Award for Outstanding Contribution to Quality Health Care for Florida Citizens 2009
•Florida Health Care Association, Legislator of the Year 2009
•Florida Justice Association, Lifetime Legislative Achievement Award 2010
•Florida Justice Association, Outstanding Representative Award (In recognition of extraordinary legislative leadership and dedicated service on behalf of the citizens of the State of Florida) 2009
•Florida Land Title Association Legislator of the Year ("Presented in honor and appreciation of his dedicated leadership and service in recognition of the critical role of real property to sustained job creation and economic growth benefiting all citizens of the State of Florida") 2009
•Florida Pharmacy Association, Legislator of the Year 2009
•Florida Safety Net Hospitals - Legislative Hero Award 2009
•Florida Ports Council, Tug boat Award (Presented for support and commitment to Florida's Seaports, with respect and appreciation for efforts to ensure sustainability of Florida's industry and to promote economic development and job growth in Florida) 2008
•Hillsborough County Bar Association, “Have A Heart” Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Year 2002
•Independent Colleges & Universities, ICUF All-Star Award (Presented for being "a tireless advocate for Florida students") 2008
•Moffitt Cancer Center, Outstanding Legislator Award 2004
•The Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee Outstanding Member Award (In recognition and appreciation of the outstanding contribution to the Military Affairs Committee) 2004, 2005, 2006
•The Florida Bar, Legislator of the Year 2008.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1991||06/11/2021|
|GA||Inactive Member in Good Standing||1986||06/20/2021|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
updated on 01/02/2020
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Lifetime Legislative Achievement Award||Florida Justice Association||2010|
|Friend of Free Enterprise Award||Associated Builders and Contractors||2010|
|Legislative Hero Award||Florida Alliance of Public Hospitals||2009|
|Legislative Hero Award||Florida Safety Net Hospitals||2009|
|Legislator of the Year||Florida Pharmacy Association||2009|
|Legislator of the Year||Florida Land Title Association||2009|
|Outstanding Representative Award||Florida Justice Association||2009|
|Legislator of the Year||Florida Health Care Association||2009|
|D.J. Rainey Legislative Award||Florida Chiropractic Association,||2009|
|Legislator of the Year||Florida Association of Assisted Living Facilities||2009|
|Legislative Champion Award||Florida Association of Rehabilitative Facilities||2009|
|Faith & Family Award||Christian Coalition of Florida||2008|
|ICUF All-Star Award||Independent Colleges & Universities||2008|
|Legislator of the Year||Florida Bar||2008|
|Legislator of the Year||Associated Industries of Florida Ports Council||2008|
|Honor Roll||Florida Chamber of Commerce||2008|
|Tug Boat Award||Florida Ports Council||2008|
|Magna Award||American Association of School Boards||2008|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Florida Association of Area Agency on Aging||2006|
|Outstanding Representative Award||Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers||2006|
|Outstanding Member Award||Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee||2006|
|Public Safety Legislative Award||Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers||2005|
|Legislative Award||Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers, West Coast Chapter, Tampa, FL||2005|
|Consumer Rights Legislative Award||Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers||2004|
|Outstanding Legislator Award||Moffitt Cancer Center||2004|
|Have a Heart Award||Hillsborough County Bar Association||2002|
|National Defense Medal||Air Force||1991|
|Outstanding Military Judge Advocate of the Year||Air Force Reserve||1991|
|Tactical Air Command Judge Advocate of the Year||Air Force||1990|
|"Right Stuff" Award Outstanding Jr. Officer||Air Force||1988|
|Achievement Medal||Air Force||N/A|
|Air Force Commendation Medal||Air Force||N/A|
|Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster||Air Force||N/A|
|Adjunct Professor||Stetson University College Of Law||2011 - Present|
|PRESIDENT||AMBLER LAW GROUP||1996 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||N/A|
|District of Columbia Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee||Chair||2002 - 2003|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association, Military Liaison Committee||Chair||2002 - 2003|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section||Chair||1998 - 2000|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section||Chair||1996 - 1997|
|Southwestern University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Cornell University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|
|Cornell University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|
|HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FLOOR DEBATE||REP. AMBLER DISCUSSES THE INHERENT DANGERS OF WAIVERS OF RESPONSIBILITY||2009|