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Hill Ward Henderson


Hill Ward Henderson - Tampa
  • 101 East Kennedy Boulevard
  • Suite 3700
  • Tampa
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33602
  • Managing Shareholder: R James Robbins, Jr
  • Number of shareholders: 58
  • Number of other lawyers: 33
  • Website: www.hwhlaw.com

Firm Overview:
Since its inception in 1986, Hill Ward Henderson has grown steadily based on a client-focused philosophy. This philosophy combines the talent, resources, capabilities and technologies of a large firm with the flexibility, responsiveness and personal attention of a smaller firm. At its cornerstone, the firm has an obligation and a commitment to their valued clients of integrity, professionalism and timely, efficient delivery of quality legal services. Based in Tampa, Florida, Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm that caters to the varied needs of local, statewide and national clients that span a broad range of industries and professions. The firm represents public and private companies, providing legal representation in a variety of practice concentrations.

Main Areas of Practice:  

The Litigation Group at Hill Ward Henderson represents corporations in state and national litigation matters including: antitrust and trade regulation, appellate, class action and complex mass tort, commercial, consumer products, criminal defense, eminent domain, employment, industrial/commercial products, insurance, intellectual property and trade secrets, international disputes and resolution, mediation, noncompete, personal injury defense,p roducts liability, professional liability and securities litigation.
Contact: Dennis P Waggoner

Real Estate:
HillWard Henderson’s Real Estate Group is widely regarded as one of the elite practices in Florida for its depth of personnel, experience and knowledge applied to all aspects of commercial real estate. The firm represents clients in a vast range of complex issues and transactions in a number of areas, including: acquisition and development, commercial leasing, entity formation and tax structuring, finance, property tax litigation, real property litigation and zoning and land use.
Contact: Jonathan P Jennewein

Corporate & Tax:
The Corporate and Tax Group at Hill Ward Henderson represents public and private companies of all sizes in corporate matters and business transactions. Hill Ward Henderson attorneys serve in the following areas of practice: general corporate advice,mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance matters, joint ventures and partnerships, tax planning, venture capital and private equity.
Contact: David S Felman

Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights:
At Hill Ward Henderson, the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group regularly handles a broad variety of sophisticated bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation matters, creditors’ rights litigation, foreclosure proceedings, problem loan workouts, lender liability litigation and other related complex commercial litigation cases. The firm represents and advises many of the state’s leading financial institutions,private lenders, investment groups, leasing companies, public and private corporations, commercial landlords and real estate investment entities in all aspects of the debtor/creditor relationship.
Contact: Keith T Appleby

Construction & Design:
Hill Ward Henderson represents private developers, government agencies, architects, engineers,design-build firms, homebuilders, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Attorneys in the Construction and Design Group serve in the following areas of practice: claim avoidance, construction claims, contractor documents and project management,design claims, insurance and surety issues, as well as mediation, arbitration and litigation.
Contact: Timothy A Hunt

Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits:
Hill Ward Henderson has one of the largest employee benefits practices in the Southeast. The Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group provides a full range of services in connection with the establishment and maintenance of all types of employee benefit and executive compensation plans. Attorneys serve in the following areas of practice: executive compensation, fiduciary and prohibited transactions, health and welfare plans, professional employer organizations, qualified retirement plans, representation before federal agencies and tax-exempt organizations.
Contact: Alton C Ward

Hill Ward Henderson serves as counsel to publicly and privately held companies that conduct business within the automotive industry. Many of the firm’s clients own or operate multiple automotive dealerships, and among these, almost all of the franchise brands sold in the United States are represented. As part of the transactional practice, the firm assists clients in acquisitions and divestitures, real estate matters, land use and zoning issues, joint ventures, securities law compliance, tax strategies, preferred lending and vendor relationships, and general corporate governance items. The firm’s litigation and regulatory attorneys assist clients with sales, finance, insurance compliance, consumer and products liability litigation, regulatory investigations and equity ownership disputes.
Contact: R James Robbins, Jr

The Healthcare Group at Hill Ward Henderson offers a wide range of services to a variety of clients within the healthcare industry. Attorneys at the firm provide advice and assistance across a broad spectrum of state and federal regulatory issues, as well as transactional and operational matters. A wide range of litigation services and administrative representation are also provided.
Contact: R Reid Haney

Trusts & Estates:
Hill Ward Henderson represents a wide range of clients in the area of Trusts and Estates including wealthy individuals,multigenerational families, business owners, professionals, charities and other nonprofit organizations and professional fiduciaries. The Trusts and Estates Group provides a wide range of services including estate planning, asset protection planning, estate, trust and probate administration, family business succession planning, charitable gift planning, fiduciary controversies and litigation representation.
Contact: Linda D Hartley

Some of the firm’s representative clients include: Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.; Ballast Point Venture Partners; Bay Care Health System Inc.; Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.; Chrysler,LLC; Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation; Global Imaging Systems, Inc.; HealthEdge Partners; Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; KLH Capital; Latt Maxcy Corporation; Progress Energy; Pulte Home Corporation; R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company; Raymond James & Associate, Inc.; SunTrust Banks, Inc.; Superior Uniform Group, Inc.; Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Tropicana Products, Inc.; Verizon Florida; Walter Energy, Inc.


  • 101 East Kennedy Boulevard,
  • Suite 3700,
  • Tampa,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33602
  • Tel +1 813 221 3900
  • Fax +1 813 221 2900
  • Website : www.hwhlaw.com

Corporate/M&A - Florida

THE FIRM Clients of this practice benefit from the team's collective wealth of experience, which covers a wide range of private equity and strategic corporate transactions. The group is also praised for its consistently high-quality client service. KLH Capital, Mangrove Equity Partners and Asbury Automotive are among those calling on the firm, which lately acted for Ballast Point Ventures on a $30 million purchase of preferred equity from Tower Cloud.

Sources say: "They're very pragmatic, and very good at not just providing us with the legal answer to something but the practical answer as well."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Felman is highlighted by peers as a strong presence in the arena. He advised Lifestyle Family Fitness on the proposed sale of $70 million worth of assets to LA Fitness.  

Mark Danzi is commended by clients for his commercial nous, and has a "very good feel for the market." He is also "very hard-working, and always available."

Litigation - Florida

THE FIRM This firm houses a talented team of litigators much admired for their calm and thorough outlook. The team remains busy handling disputes in a whole host of sectors such as construction and real estate, to name but a few. It acts out of Tampa but has extensive reach throughout Florida and beyond. Clients include both national companies and private individuals.

Sources say: "A knowledgeable team with a good understanding of the law, capable of grasping complex construction issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Benjamin Hill is described as "a lion of the Florida Bar. He is universally respected across the state." He is greatly esteemed for his longstanding experience and his detail-oriented approach and jury handling skills.

Dennis Waggoner has a wide-ranging practice handling everything from professional liability to securities and shareholder litigation. Interviewees are effusive in their praise, with one stating: "He is one of the most effective trial lawyers I have met in Florida. He's a very strategic thinker; juries love him."

David Knight is credited with a great ability to explain complex legal matters clearly to nonlawyers. He offers expertise on a broad spectrum of topics, including intellectual property and technology litigation.

Real Estate - Florida

THE FIRM This Tampa-based real estate practice works with automotive dealerships, sports clients and major financial institutions on the financing, acquisition and sale of real property. Clients include Asbury Automotive Group, USAmeriBank and PulteGroup.

Sources say: "A well-respected Tampa firm." "I like their style." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Henderson maintains his strong transactional real estate practice. One market source reveals that "he has an excellent reputation and my dealings with him have been very professional and very well done." 

Tax - Florida

THE FIRM This Tampa firm wins praise for its broad tax practice, with market sources hailing its strength when acting on S-Corp, FACTA, transactional and 401k compliance matters. The firm's eight-partner tax team handles a large amount of venture capital, private equity and joint venture transactional tax work, and regularly acts for the likes of Asbury Automotive Group and Lincare.

Sources say: "They are very professional, with a strong focus on their clients." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alton Ward is co-head of the firm's tax practice and is noted for his strong employee benefits portfolio. His areas of expertise include profit sharing plans, retirement plans, ESPOs and 401k plans.

Brian Sparks is a noted trusts and estates expert. His impressive client base includes high net worth individuals, high ranking executives and the owners of closely held businesses.