W. Sam Holland, Esq.


Mr. Holland has tried to jury verdict in excess of 300 jury trials in matters involving medical malpractice, personal injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, amputations, burn and wrongful death in the areas of general tort liability and products liability. In addition, he has tried numerous insurance coverages cases, contract disputes and commercial matters. At different points in time, Mr. Holland has held the record for the largest verdict in Hillsborough County for the wrongful death of a minor and the largest verdict in Monroe County for personal injury.  



University of Florida, J.D., 1966

University of Florida, B.A., 1963



A Key West native, Mr. Holland attended the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and was captain and MVP for the 1962 Gator Bowl Champion football team.  He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Law School in 1966.  He is married to Francine D. Holland of Key West, Florida, and they are the proud parents of five children and five grandchildren.

Mr. Holland is licensed to practice in the U.S District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and in the U.S. Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Holland joined the firm of Dixon DeJarnette in 1966 where he became the managing partner in 1982 and thereafter joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in 1992, where he was a capital partner. He opened his own practice in 2011.


Professional Affiliations and Accomplishments

Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell

American College of Trial Lawyers – Inducted 1990

American Board of Trial Advocates - Inducted 1991; Frequent lecturer and participant in the Masters in Trial Program   

Mr. Holland’s professional affiliations encompass numerous leadership positions, including service on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers’ Section of The Florida Bar; membership in the Miami-Dade County Bar Association, in which he served on the Board of Directors and was president of the Young Lawyers Section; membership in the Miami-Dade County Defense Bar Association in which he was president, among others.  Holland was one of the early founders of the University of Florida Law Center Association, which provides voluntary funding and other services to the University of Florida School of Law.  He was on the Board of Directors of such association and still serves in an emeritus capacity.  He was one of the founding members of the Miami-Dade County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is a member of the Miami-Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, the Florida Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  He has served as Chairman of the Legal Campaign Committee for the annual fundraising effort of the United Way.  In 2005 he was recognized by the Dade County Bar Association for his pro bono work in the Put Something Back program, during which he devoted over 400 hours of service in matters involving children’s rights.

 Personal Message

Sam Holland’s more than 45 years of legal experience positions him as one of Florida’s most respected attorneys.  He is a fellow of America’s most prestigious trial legal organization in the United States, the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 1% of the attorneys practicing in any given state.  


“In my experience with jury trials, verdicts are unpredictable and appeals almost certain. Thus, mediation provides a short-cut relief for both sides of the spectrum. Having been practicing for nearly 50 years as both a defense attorney and as a plaintiff attorney, I can provide attorneys and their clients with the well-founded encouragement to settle a claim out of court. My professional style has been described as diligent, reserved and unassuming. I do not like to push individuals in a direction they feel uncomfortable, however, I will do my best to make all parties aware of the positives and negatives of their individual claims or defenses.”