“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ROBERT F. KENNEDY
Ms. Fine is a Florida native born in Orlando, Florida and raised in DeLand, where she graduated from high school. She studied art at the University of Florida and graduated with honors. She then graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1981.
Upon graduation, she practiced as an associate with the Gainesville firm of Watson, Folds, Steadham, Sproull, Christmann, & Brashear, P.A. between 1981 and 1983.
From 1985-1986, she served as the Assistant Director of Legal Research & Writing at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She received the Recognition of Service Award from the Legal Panel of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida in 1992.
From 1993-1998, Ms. Fine practiced as a partner in the law firm of Springfield & Fine, P.A., specializing in criminal defense law. She is a former president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is also a member of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. In addition, she has taught legal research and writing at the University of Florida College of Law.
Since 2003, Ms. Fine has been associated with the firm of Fine, Farkash, & Parlapiano, P.A., and has been a partner since 2008. She commits to 95% Civil Litigation Personal Injury for the Plaintiff and 5% Probate and Guardianship associated with Wrongful Death and Personal Injury.
Fun Fact: She has chickens and bees 🙂
"I chose to practice law because of Perry Mason, Poppy, and not having confidence in my artistic ability."
CHERIE HOCH FINE
CLASSES & SEMINARS
Section Instructor Trial Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2003 – 2008
Judge Appellate Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1986 – 2008
Volunteer Instructor Trial Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2003 – Present
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1998
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court, 2015
Pres. of Appellate Issues after the Criminal Appeal Reform Act 1996, Florida Criminal Law
CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES
Certified Court Arbitrator, The Florida Dispute Resolution Center, since 1989
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Member, 2004 – Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Member, 1998 – 2008
Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Member, 1995 – Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member, 1993 – Present
American Inns of Court Chapter, Master, 1993 – Present
Florida Bar, Member, 1981 – Present
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member, 1981 – Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter), President,
1998 – 2000
Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section, Member, 1993 – 1998
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board Member, 1998 – 2000
The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Master
8th Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Bar Committee, Chairperson
8th Circuit Grievance Committee, Member
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
Founding Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Child Advocacy Center
President, Friends of Music of the University of Florida
Member, Friends of Music of the University of Florida, 2005 – Present
Vice-President, Alachua County Humane Society
Board Member, Alachua County Humane Society, 2006 – Present
Member, Gainesville Community Foundation Women’s Giving Circle, 2007 – Present
Member, Congregation B’nai Israel
Treasurer, Junior League of Gainesville, 1994 – 1995
Member, Junior League of Gainesville, 1987 – 1996