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James H. Nance

James H. Nance
Status: Deceased

(1931 - 2021)

John B. Stetson University A.B. 1953
University of Miami J.D. 1956

U.S. Army, 1956-1957
Assistant State Attorney, Dade County, Florida, 1957-1958
Private Practice with Miami and Orlando law firms,
Practice limited to personal injury and wrongful death, in
Melbourne, 1963-present

Jim Nance, whose lifelong nickname is "Booty", obtained the first $100,000 verdict and the first $1 million dollar verdict in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit which includes Seminole and Brevard Counties. Mr. Nance was also one of the nine Florida lawyers appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles who successfully sued the tobacco companies on behalf of the State of Florida, resulting in a remarkable settlement of more than $13 billion in 1997.

Legal Memberships:
Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
Brevard County Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
American Bar Association
National District Attorneys Association
Law Science Academy of America
District of Columbia of Bar

Trial Lawyer Memberships:
Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Member, California Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Founder, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Diplomat, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Sustaining Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of
Lifetime Fellow, Roscoe-Pound-American Trial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited
to 500 internationally)
Member, The Inner Circle of Advocates (membership limited
to 100 nationally, who have obtained $1 million
verdicts, President 1981-1983)
Diplomat, American Board of Trial Advocates

Board Certifications:
National Board of Trial Advocacy - Board Certified as a
Civil Trial Advocate
Florida Bar - Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer

Current Directorships:
Board of Governors, Brevard Community College Foundation
Board of Directors of the Melbourne Police Foundation

Past Directorships:
National Board of Trial Advocacy (the organization that
Board certifies trial lawyers nationally)
Board of Directors of The Inner Circle of Advocates,
Previous School Board Member, Holy Trinity Episcopal
School, 1982-1986
Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Board of Directors, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Chairman, Brevard County Sheriff's Civil Service Board,
Honorary member of the South Brevard American Cancer
Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of The Haven,
a Melbourne home for abused children

Author and Lecturer:
Author of "Comparative Negligence in Florida," Los Angeles
Trial Lawyers Association Advocate, May 1975
Lecturer at various seminars for Academy of Florida Trial

Courts Admitted to Practice:
All the Courts of the State of Florida
Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, U. S. District
Eleventh District Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
The Supreme Court of the United States of America

Other Memberships:
Lifetime Member, Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council
Lifetime Member, Brevard County Police Chiefs Association
Member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Sons of the American Revolution
Member, Florida Citrus Sports
Who's Who in the South and Southwest
Who's Who in American Law
Melbourne Police Foundation

Other Charities:
Stanford University Cancer Research
The Haven, a Melbourne home for abused children
Space Coast Early Intervention, a school for Down
Syndrome children
Children's Home Society of Florida
Breast Friends of Florida
Grandfather Mountain Home for Children, North Carolina
Crossnore School Children's Home, North Carolina
Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation
Bright Star, Health First Foundation
American Lung Association
March of Dimes

Schools Supported:
Nursing Scholarship, Brevard Community College
Athletic Scholarship, Stetson University
Pre-Law Scholarship, Flagler College
James H. Nance Fountain at the University of Miami School
of Law
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Christ School, Ashville, North Carolina
Lee's McCrae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

Honors and Awards:
Space Coast Citizen of the Year, 1999, March of Dimes
Stetson University 'S' Club Lifetime Achievement Award,
The Inner Circle of Advocates, Secretary 1988 2009
James H. Nance Oceanside Park, Indialantic, Florida
AV Preeminent Rating for at least 30 years by
Safari Club International African Big Five
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Henry Kelsey Big Game
Records 2010
Listed in Super Lawyers of Florida
Listed in Law Dragon
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
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