Scott L. Whitaker

SENIOR COUNSEL

BACKGROUND

Scott has extensive experience and has represented clients in numerous areas of law, including business and corporate, family and child, and organizational and institutional strategic planning, and has been thoroughly involved in the field of sports law. Scott has counseled head coaches in NCAA football, baseball and basketball, the NBA, NFL and MLB, as well as assistant coaches, team administrators and players.

Scott is also a coach, mentor, consultant and pastor with a passion for helping individuals and organizations address issues and assist with change and redevelopment to maximize their potential. As a former CEO, teacher of math and business law, associate pastor, and UF baseball coach, Scott’s various leadership and mentoring experiences provide clients with a unique perspective to help individuals, teams, churches, businesses and other organizations sharpen their focus to maximize their bottom-lines and impact.

Scott has authored a devotional entitled Impact for Living—Men’s Devotional, published by Tyndale House Publishers. He is currently working on other books, and has provided editing assistance for other authors.

PRACTICE AREAS

Business & Corporate Law

Estate Planning

Family Law

Government and Administrative Law

Mediation

Non-profit, Church & Ministries

Organizational, Institutional, Team Assessment and Redevelopment

Sports Law

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Bar Admissions

Florida (1976)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (Year)

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Year)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (Year)

Education

University of South Florida, A.B. Mathematics, with high honors, 1972

University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1976

Law Review—Articles Staff & Senior Research Assistant

Law Clerk, Honorable William Terrell Hodges

United States District Judge, Middle District of Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1976-78

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association

Member/Chaplain, Gainesville Quarterback Club

CCO, Whitaker Partners, LLC

Founder/President—Impact for Living, Inc.

Member, Past President, Kiwanis Club of Gainesville

United States Air Force, Honorable Discharge

Past Distinguished Governor, Florida District of Kiwanis, State of Florida

Past Member, Judicial Nominating Committee—Eighth Judicial Circuit

Past Member, Examinations Committee, U.S. District Court, N.D. of Florida

Past Member, Alachua County Planning Commission

Trustee Emeritus, National Board—Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Trustee Emeritus, Past Chair, Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors

Past Board Member, Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Past Member, Ethics Committee—North Florida Regional Medical Center

Past Board Member, University of Florida Law Center Association

Past Board Member, University of Florida Gator Boosters, Inc.

Past Board Member, Alachua County Habitat for Humanity

Past Volunteer, Guardian ad Litem, and Legal Counsel, Child Protection Team, Eighth Judicial Circuit

Personal

Although a resident of Florida since 1962 (and Gainesville since 1973), Scott was born in New York and spent his childhood primarily throughout the Northeast.

In addition to his professional roles and responsibilities, Scott is first and foremost a husband, father, grandfather, Godfather and friend.  Scott and his bride, Lynda, have been married since 1967, and have a son, Nathan; daughter-in-law, Amy; two granddaughters; and a rescue dog, Tulip. Nathan is also an attorney and a principle of Whitaker Partners, LLC, as well as an eight-time New York Times Best Selling Author. Scott enjoys spending time with his family, working with others, reading and writing.