JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 14, 2007) — Less than six months after joining Terrell • Hogan, attorney Chris Hand is already a leader in both the statewide and Jacksonville legal communities. Both the Florida Justice Association and Hand’s peers in the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section have recently selected him for prominent leadership positions.
“My work at Terrell • Hogan gives me the ability to advocate for consumers in the courtroom,” said Hand. “I am deeply honored to have these additional opportunities to serve Floridians both here in Northeast Florida and all around the state.”
With nearly 4,000 members statewide, the Florida Justice Association (FJA), formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL), is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers.
As part of those efforts, the Florida Justice Political Advisory Committee (PAC) actively works to elect pro-justice candidates to the Florida Legislature and Cabinet. Hand has been named the Florida Justice PAC Trustee for North Florida. As North Florida Trustee, Hand will lead political and fundraising efforts in a thirty-three (33) county area that will see many hotly contested legislative races in 2008.
Hand joined Terrell • Hogan after serving as campaign manager for Alex Sink, who was elected Chief Financial Officer of Florida in November 2006. He has also served as speechwriter, campaign press secretary, and Senate press secretary for one of Florida’s best known and most respected public servants, former U.S. Senator and Governor Bob Graham.
Additionally, Hand’s peers in the Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA) have elected him to the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Board of Governors. The YLS is composed of area attorneys who are either 35 years old or younger or who, regardless of age, have been practicing law for less than five (5) years. As a Board member, Hand will help lead a diverse array of programs and projects designed to benefit young attorneys, JBA members, and the overall Jacksonville community.
Hand is a graduate of Fletcher High School, where he was both student body president and class salutatorian. He went on to graduate with honors from Princeton University in 1995 and, following his service with U.S. Senator Bob Graham, the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 2003. During law school, the student body elected Hand to serve as President of the John Marshall Bar Association, the law school’s student government.