Governor’s Day Luncheon to Open the 2016 Florida State Fair

The Firm is proud to be the Primary Sponsor of the 2016 Governor’s Day Luncheon which officially opens the historic Florida State Fair.  Like the Fair, Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen has served clients throughout Florida for over a century and the Firm remains committed to a tradition of individual client attention and the highest caliber of service. The Luncheon also celebrates the Tampa Metro Civitan Citizen of the Year – an award bestowed upon a local Community leader.  We are proud to have had members of the Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen family receive this honor in past years.

Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

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Congratulations to the following attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2015.

Super Lawyers

Andrew M. Brown – Medical Malpractice – Defense

James W. Goodwin, II – Business/Corporate

Joshua Magidson – Business Litigation

William B. Taylor, IV – Environmental

Rising Stars

Brian J. Aungst, Jr. – Medical Malpractice – Defense

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.The Rising Star designation is awarded to those attorneys who have met the Super Lawyer requirements, are either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.


Hugh Macfarlane Honored

Hugh MacfarlaneHugh C. Macfarlane, a founding member of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in 1884 has been honored by Friends of the Riverwalk as a Historical Monument Trail 2014 Honoree.  Mr. Macfarlane was the first City Attorney for the City of Tampa and instrumental in the development of West Tampa into the 5th largest city in Florida, before being annexed into the City of Tampa in 1925.

In what is already serving as a source of pride for the Tampa community, the Historic Trail uses busts, statues and monuments to educate the public about significant events and noteworthy people that have shaped the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County.  There are currently 18 honorees along the trail with these latest additions.

Josh Magidson – Stetson Hall of Fame Inductee

Magidson, Joshua Color LR

Josh Magidson was inducted into the Stetson University College of Law’s Hall of Fame on November 1, 2014.  Josh was recognized for his many contributions to the success and growth of the College of Law.  His passion to provide opportunities for students to serve their community and broaden their view of the legal community is illustrated in his service to the University, through the Board of Overseers and as an Adjunct Professor.  Congratulations Josh!!!

Aungst Recognized for Clearwater Economic Advancement

Brian J. Aungst has been recognized by the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce as a recipient of their Economic Advancement Business of the Year award for his work related to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Brian was lead counsel for the aquarium in its effort to build a new state-of-the-art aquarium in downtown Clearwater.

MFM Successfully Defends Hospital

DRI members James A. Martin, Jr., Brian J. Aungst, Jr., and Nancy S. Paikoff of Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen in Clearwater, Florida successfully defended a hospital against claims of failure to warn, negligence, and statutory violations of the involuntary commitment law in Florida that was brought by the estate of a young woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend seven days after he was discharged from the psychiatric unit of the hospital.

The trial court dismissed the Second Amended Complaint with prejudice on the basis that there was no precedent in Florida for Plaintiff’s theory of recovery; that the Estate did not have standing to bring a claim for violation of the involuntary commitment statute; Florida did not recognize a common law “duty to warn” unrelated third parties; and the duty that arises based on a R2d Torts §319 (special relationship) did not apply to the facts of the case.

The Plaintiff appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal which, after oral argument, affirmed the dismissal with prejudice without an opinion. The Plaintiff then sought a rehearing, rehearing en banc, certification of questions, and an opinion. The Second DCA denied the request.

Brown inducted into ABOTA

Andrew M. Brown has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA membership is by invitation only, requiring significant jury trial experience as lead counsel among its member qualifications.

Magidson Announces Initiative for Veterans and Military Personnel

Stetson University College of Law dedicated its new Veterans Law Institute with a ceremony on May 31 in Gulfport, Fla.

More than 100 people gathered for the dedication, which included remarks by the Honorable Bruce E. Kasold, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Stetson Law faculty, students and veterans, a flag presentation by Congressman Bill Young’s office, and a color guard presentation by Boca Ciega High School’s Army JROTC.

The Institute will serve as a center for veteran and military scholarship, the site of Stetson’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic, and provide continuing legal education for attorneys representing veterans as well as a focal point for student veterans and their pro bono related activities.

The facility that houses the Institute was named the Judge Raphael Steinhardt Building in honor of the contributions of the judge who also endowed a scholarship for student veterans.

Visit or email to learn more about Stetson’s new Veterans Law Institute.

Stainton Appointed to Florida Bar Standing Committee on Judicial Administration and Evaluation

William Stainton has been appointed to the Florida Bar’s standing committee on Judicial Administration and Evaluation.
The Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee has the responsibility of accepting specific assignments from the Board of Governors in areas regarding the judiciary. The committee prior to each legislative session reviews all legislation prefiled pertinent to the judiciary and makes recommendations either to the Board of Governors or the Legislation Committee.