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Jennings L. “Bucky” Hurt III is a shareholder of the firm. He is AV-Preeminent 5.0 rated by Martindale-Hubbell and oversees the firm’s liability defense business. He is the firm’s most experienced jury trial lawyer, having tried over 200 jury trials. Bucky has focused his practice in the area of medical malpractice for the past 44 years, representing hospitals and physicians in 34 medical specialty areas. His additional areas of practice include automobile litigation, general liability, personal injury claims, premises liability, product liability, uninsured motorist claims and wrongful death claims.

Bucky was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (2013 and 2016) for Orlando, “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law (2015), and “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation- Insurance (2022 and 2024) for Orlando by Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, he has been recognized by:

Best Lawyers in America (2005 -2022) in the specialties of:

  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice Law

Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2022)

Bucky has also been recognized in the following publications:

  • “Orlando’s Best Lawyers”, Orlando Magazine (2005-2021)
  • “Orlando’s Best Medical Malpractice Attorneys”, Orlando Magazine (2007-2021)
  • “Super Lawyers – Top Attorneys in the Orlando Area”, Orlando Life Magazine (2014)
  • “Orlando’s Top Lawyers – AV Preeminent”, Orlando Life Magazine formerly  Orlando Home & Leisure (2010-2013)
  • “Spotlight on the Law – Civil Litigation”, Orlando Style Magazine (2012)
  • “Florida’s Top Lawyers”, Florida Monthly Magazine (2005-2012)
  • “Florida’s Top Lawyers”, Wall Street Journal (2012)
  • Leader in Medical Malpractice Law by Legal Leaders/ American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel- Top 5% in U.S. (2018)
  • Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice in Florida (Defendants) – (2012 – 2014)

Practice areas

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar (1977)
  • U.S. District Court: Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit


  • Cumberland School of Law Samford University (J.D., cum laude, 1977)
    American Jurisprudence Award "Book Award" for Constitutional Law
    Cumberland Law Review, Associate Editor (1975-1977)
    Authored two articles published in the Cumberland Law Review
  • University of Florida (B.S.B.A. 1974)


  • Central Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council- President (2016 & 2017)
  • Treasurer (1992-1995)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member (Sections on: Trial Practice, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death)
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
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