The experienced team of attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants at Kinney, Fernandez & Boire have over 100 years of combined experience in helping clients seek the damages they deserve in all personal injury related cases, wrongful death cases, workers' compensation cases and nursing home abuse cases.
Our office also represents individuals facing criminal charges. We do so with the promise that our attorneys and staff will do everything possible to protect your constitutional rights and to provide you with personalized and individual attention. Facing a criminal charge can be very difficult and it is important that your questions and concerns are addressed.
Regarding our personal injury clients, we understand that these cases are very important because they deal with issues very personal to the client. A
person's health, physical fitness, ability to work and play are vital components in everyone's life. Therefore, we make great efforts to maintain a high level of service.
An important responsibility that we have involves staying abreast of the laws of tampa dealing with personal injury cases. Matters dealing with tampa's No-Fault insurance, the tampa Financial Responsibility Act, tampa's seatbelt laws, laws of comparative negligence, joint and several liability, and permissive use are all important to any automobile accident case. Other cases deal with premises liability, nursing home abuse, security and safety issues, products liability and homeowners insurance coverage issues. Tampa's Supreme Court, our District Court of Appeals, and our Circuit and County Courts are constantly issuing new decisions that effect the laws of tampa. The Tampa Rules of Evidence, the tampa Rules of Civil Procedure and the Tampa Rules of Criminal Procedure are also reviewed and effected on a constant basis by the courts of our state. Therefore, the attorneys of Kinney, Fernandez & Boire continually review recent decisions and publications in order to utilize the most current decisions to the advantage of our clients.
Our lawyers are proud members of several professional organizations that help us in maintaining a high level of service. Our attorneys are Eagle members and active participants with The Academy of Tampa Trial Lawyers and are also active in the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. Continuing Legal Education is an important part of our practice, and our memberships in the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Pinellas County Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Section of the Tampa Bar help us stay current on the changing face of tampa law. Our attorneys have completed a number of seminars on a wide range of topics, including wrongful death cases, evidence, insurance disputes, personal injury protection, driving under the influence, criminal felonies and misdemeanors, bad faith in the insurance industry and many, many more.
Our attorneys have been honored to serve on several boards, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association and the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Our service to the Tampa Bay community has also included service on the Board of Directors for Tampa Catholic High School, sponsoring little league baseball teams, church organizations and events, and sponsorship of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Health Care Spotlight Awards.
For all of our clients we maintain a simple philosophy:
Customer service is as important in the legal profession as it is in any other industry. With this philosophy in mind, our attorneys and staff make special efforts to give our clients a high level of comfort and compassion. We strive to achieve this goal in a straight forward manner: We return phone calls. The attorneys meet personally with our clients. We take the necessary time to answer questions and explain all aspects of our client's case. We regularly review files and calendar dead lines so cases do not last any longer than necessary. We deal professionally with insurance companies, opposing counsel and the Court to ensure that our client's case is being heard and properly evaluated. We treat our clients with respect and dignity.
In short, we recognize that the manner in which we treat our clients has a direct effect on our level of success. At Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, regardless of the outcome of any particular case, we want each client to leave our office knowing that we did all that we could to achieve the best possible result.
MICHAEL L. Kinney, born Newark, New Jersey, March 24, 1918; admitted to the New Jersey Bar, 1945; admitted to the Florida Bar, 1955; admitted to the Washington D.C., District of Columbia Bar, 1955; admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1956; admitted to the United States District Court, Middle District and Southern District, 1956; admitted to the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1981; admitted to the United States Tax Court, 1982; admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar, 1987.
EDUCATION: St. Peters Jesuit College (B.A.); Rutgers University School of Law (J.D.).
MEMBER: The United States Navy, Naval Intelligence Division (1942-1945), Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar, Pinellas County Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, The American College of Trial Lawyers; Federation of Insurance Counsel, Stetson University School of Trial Advocacy, The Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases (1965-1985).
Mr. Kinney has been a practicing trial lawyer for over 50 years. In 1955, upon his relocation to Florida, Mr. Kinney joined the law firm of Fowler White, which eventually grew to one of the largest law firms in the State of Florida. Mr. Kinney joined with Manny Fernandez and Paul Boire in 1987 and became "Of Counsel" to the firm in 2002.
Mr. Kinney's career has included representing thousands of individuals and hundreds of companies in various civil and criminal matters before state and federal courts. He has been trial counsel in literally hundreds of jury trials and has had numerous cases over the years that were subject to local, state and national media attention. Throughout his practice, Mr. Kinney has been a mentor to numerous lawyers, including eventual judges in both the state and federal courts. Across the board, Mr. Kinney is recognized as a true "senior statesman" of the legal profession.
In December 1998, the local bar organized a gala event to honor Mr. Kinney for his outstanding service as a trial lawyer. Over 180 members of the Florida Bar, including 20 state and federal judges, came together to pay tribute to Mr. Kinney, and in doing so, they awarded him the title of "Maverick of the Millennium." This recognition has never before been given to another lawyer. In 2001, the Hillsborough County Bar again honored Mr. Kinney for practicing law at least 100 years.
MANUEL J. Fernandez, born in Tampa, Florida, April 1, 1952; admitted to the Florida Bar, 1983; admitted, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
EDUCATION: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida (B.S. 1977); South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (J.D. 1980) Recipient, David Donnelly Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding character, perseverance and legal ability.
MEMBER: Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (Eagle Member), The Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
AFFILIATIONS: Board of Directors, Great American Paper Company, Inc.; Board of Directors, South Tampa Boys Baseball; Advisory Board, Tampa Catholic High School; Advisory Board, Villa Madonna Grammar School, Tampa, Florida.
CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Arbitrator.
Prior to his admission to the Florida Bar, Mr. Fernandez was employed with the Tampa Tribune and served in the United State Army National Guard. Upon beginning his legal practice, Mr. Fernandez has exclusively represented individuals in personal injury related cases. During the course of his career, Mr. Fernandez has represented well over 7,000 individuals in cases involving various types of alleged negligence. Mr. Fernandez has represented individuals in jury trials throughout the Tampa Bay area and has tried over 100 social security disability administrative trials.
In 1987, Mr. Fernandez opened his present practice in Tampa, Florida, with only himself and two legal assistants. Since that time, the firm of Kinney, Fernandez and Boire, P.A. has grown to a total of five lawyers and a staff of nine assistants, with additional offices in Plant City, Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida and Palm Harbor, Florida.
PAUL M. BOIRE, born Worchester, Massachusetts, January 30, 1946; admitted to the Florida Bar, 1984.
EDUCATION: Holy Cross College, Worchester, Mass. (B.A. 1968), Naval ROTC Scholar; Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida (J.D. 1983).
MEMBER: Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar, Pinellas County Bar, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to beginning his law career, Mr. Boire was commissioned as a United States Naval Officer, serving on active duty status throughout the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia, including assignment to the Naval Advisory Group, United States Military Assistance Command, Republic of Vietnam. Following his active duty, Mr. Boire continued his naval career in the U.S. Naval Reserves, leaving the military with the rank of Lt. Commander.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Boire immediately began representing individuals in personal injury related cases. During the course of his legal practice, Mr. Boire has represented thousands of individuals in pre-suit claims and in courtrooms throughout the Tampa Bay region.
In 1987, Mr. Boire teamed with his partner, Manny Fernandez, to create the firm of Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, P.A. In the years that followed, Mr. Boire has helped lead the firm to a staff of five lawyers and nine legal assistants, with offices in four locations. Mr. Boire is part of a family of lawyers, with his wife, Fredrique Boire, a long time Tampa area attorney who is board certified in marital and family law and is a certified family law mediator. In his off hours, Mr. Boire enjoys spending time with his wife taking care of their five dogs, a parrot and Clydesdale horse.
Rob K. Roy
Rob K. Roy, born Tampa, Florida, November 17, 1965; admitted to the Florida Bar, 1992; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1994.
EDUCATION: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida (B.S. with Honors, 1989); South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (J.D. 1992). Member of The Order of Barristers, National Advocacy Honor Society.
MEMBER: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, Hillsborough County Bar, Pinellas County Bar, "Eagle Member" with The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, member of the Board of Directors for The Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, member of the Board of Directors for the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to his admission to the Florida Bar, Mr. Roy was a nationally recognized law school mock trial advocate, competing in numerous national and regional trial competitions and being named "Best Speaker in the Nation" at the National Invitational Trial Competition, also known as the "Tournament of Champions." Upon admission to the Bar, Mr. Roy became an Assistant State Attorney in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, prosecuting misdemeanor, juvenile and felony criminal cases on behalf of the State of Florida. After leaving the State Attorney's Office in August 1996, Mr. Roy became employed with a local insurance defense law firm, defending personal injury and other liability and insurance lawsuits on behalf of a number of major companies, including State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, American Express, Bankers Insurance and Atlanta Casualty Insurance Company.
Mr. Roy returned to Kinney, Fernandez & Boire in February 2000, after working with our attorneys for a period of time between 1992-1993. Mr. Roy has been trial counsel in approximately 60 jury trials throughout the Tampa Bay area involving criminal and civil matters and has been counsel in well over 100 non-jury trials. Total jury trial verdicts obtained by Mr. Roy exceed $4,000,000.00.
James M. Adam Jr.
JAMES M. ADAMS, JR., born Murfreesboro, Tennessee, November 6, 1964; admitted to the Florida Bar, 1992.
EDUCATION: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (B.S. 1987); Memphis State University Law School, Memphis, Tennessee (J.D. 1992).
MEMBER: Florida Bar, Hillsborough County bar, Pinellas County Bar, Dade County Bar, St. Lucie County Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Bay Area Legal Services – volunteer lawyer.
AFFILIATIONS: Former contributing columnist, Dade County Police Benevolent Association News Letter.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Adams worked as a project manager for a national construction company, with assignments throughout the United States. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Adams immediately began representing individuals injured in all types of personal injury cases. His career began in Miami, Florida working with a prestigious Miami law firm founded by a former mayor of Miami. Since that time, Mr. Adams has handled thousands of cases involving personal injury, workers compensation and criminal law.
Upon moving to Tampa, Florida in 1995, Mr. Adams continued his practice with a local law firm, and in 1998, he opened his own office a solo practitioner. Mr. Adams joined Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, P.A. in 2001.