Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt announced that Attorney Vicki Sproat will be honored as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” at the November 2 annual judicial dinner of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The criteria for this lifetime achievement award include being an excellent advocate with a distinguished career and having a superb reputation of high ethics and fair play. ABOTA is an invitation-only national organization of trial attorneys dedicated to preserving the independence of the judiciary and the right to trial by jury.
Denis Noah, Henderson Franklin’s former Managing Stockholder, said: “I started at the firm just after Vicki. I have always had the highest respect for her, as an advocate, a person, a partner and a friend. Vicki epitomizes the values that all attorneys should strive for in the practice of law.”
Sproat has been a board-certified civil trial lawyer for 25 years. She concentrates her practice in employment law, where she provides counsel to and litigates cases for public and private employers, as well as conducts workplace investigations. Sproat also handles general business litigation matters. She is a regular speaker at Henderson Franklin’s annual HR Law & Solutions seminar and writes for the firm’s Southwest Florida Employment Law Blog. Sproat holds the highest AV rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine for her work in employment law.
Throughout her career, Sproat has devoted countless hours to promote and enhance the legal profession locally and statewide. She is a member and past President of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and serves on the Executive Council for both the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar and the Southwest Florida Federal Court Bar Association. Sproat is also a member of the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and is on the faculty of the Florida Bar’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Program.