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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

•Ambler Law Group, Tampa, FL.

President – 1996-present

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent

Bar Admissions: The Florida Bar (1991), D.C. Bar (1989), Georgia (1986) Court Admissions: U.S. Supreme Court (1999); Circuit Court of Appeals,

Eleventh Circuit (1986); U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1986); U.S. Court of Military Appeals (1986)

Certifications: Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator

• Stetson University College of Law – St. Petersburg, FL.

Adjunct Law Professor – 2011-present

•  Prevatt, England, Ambler, and Taylor Law Firm – Tampa, FL.

Managing Partner – 1993-1996

• Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Aladeff & Sitterson, P.A., Tampa, FL.

Partner – 1991-1993

• Barr, Murman, & Tonelli, P.A., Tampa, FL

Associate – 1991

•  United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, Tampa, FL.

Special Assistant United States Attorney – 1986-1991 (dual appointment with U.S. Air Force)

  • United States Air Force – MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Commissioned Officer and Designated Judge Advocate – 1986-1991 Reserve Judge Advocate – 1991-2005

EDUCATION 

  • Southwestern University School of Law, D. – 1986 Moot Court Honors Program, Board of Advisors Dean’s List
  • Cornell University, B.A. (Economics) – 1983 Dean’s List

Cornell Inter-fraternity Council, Judicial Administrator Phi Alpha Omega Fraternity, President

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFROTC) – 4 yr. scholarship

LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE 

State Representative, Florida House of Representatives, District 47

(Northwest Hillsborough County) – 2002-2010

2010 Legislative Committees and Councils

  • Chairman, Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee
  • Vice-Chairman, Government Accountability Act Council
  • Criminal & Civil Justice Policy Council
  • Government Operations Appropriations Committee
  • Governmental Affairs Policy Committee
  • Joint Legislative Sunset Committee
  • Policy Council
  • Commissioner, Florida Commission on Tourism (Speaker Appointment)
  • Delegate, Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation (Past Chairman)
  • Delegate, Bay Area Legislative Delegation

2009 Legislative Committees and Councils

  • Chairman, Health Care Appropriations Committee
  • Vice Chairman, Health Care Regulation Policy Committee
  • Criminal & Civil Justice Policy Council
  • Civil Justice & Courts Policy Committee
  • Full Appropriations Council on General Government & Health Care
  • Health and Family Services Policy Council
  • Rules & Calendar Council
  • Joint Legislative Budget Commission
  • Select Joint Study Advisory Committee on Title Insurance
  • Commissioner, Florida Commission on Tourism (Speaker Appointment)
  • Delegate, Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation (Past Chairman)
  • Delegate, Bay Area Legislative Delegation

2007-2008 Legislative Committees and Councils

  • Co-Chairman, Joint Legislative Sunset Committee
  • Committee on Courts
  • Committee on Education Innovation and Career Preparation
  • Committee on Utilities and Telecommunications
  • Policy & Budget Council
  • Commissioner, Florida Commission on Tourism (Speaker Appointment)
  • Delegate, Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation (Past Chairman)

2005-2006 Legislative Committees

  • Vice Chairman, Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Colleges and Universities Committee
  • Health Care Appropriations Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Commissioner, Florida Commission on Tourism (Speaker Appointment)
  • Chairman, Hillsborough County Legislative

2003-2004 Legislative Committees

  • Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Tourism
  • Business Regulation Committee
  • Commerce Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Joint Legislative Auditing Committee
  • Local Government & Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Select Committee on Florida’s Economic Future
  • Select Committee on National Defense & Space Related Economic Development
  • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Subcommittee on Health Appropriations
  • Subcommittee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs
  • Delegate, Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation

HONORS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS 

  • Air Force Reserve, Outstanding Military Judge Advocate of the Year 1991
  • Air Force Tactical Air Command Judge Advocate of the Year, 1990
  • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Longevity Ribbon
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Air Force Recognition Ribbon (USAF Harmon Award for Top Reserve Judge Advocate) 1991
  • Air Force “Right Stuff” Award — Outstanding Officer, 56th Combat Support Group 1988
  • American Association of School Boards, Magna Award, Most Innovative New Education Program in America for “Ought To Be A Law” Student Legislation Program 2008
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Friend of Free Enterprise Award 2008, 2010
  • Associated Industries of Florida Ports Council, Legislator of the Year 2008
  • Brentwood Park Homeowners Association, Certificate of Appreciation for ten years of dedicated service as President 2002
  • Christian Coalition of Florida, Faith & Family Award 2008
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Consumer Rights Legislative Award 2004
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Public Safety Legislative Award 2005
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Outstanding Representative Award (In recognition of extraordinary legislative leadership & dedicated service to the citizens of Florida) 2006
  • Florida Alliance of Public Hospitals, Legislative Hero Award 2009
  • Florida Association of Area Agency on Aging, Certificate of Appreciation 2006
  • Florida Association of Assisted Living Facilities, Legislator of the Year 2009
  • Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers, West Coast Chapter, Tampa, FL, Legislative Award (In Recognition for Service to the Community) 2005
  • Florida Association of Rehabilitative Facilities (A Voice for Community Agencies), Legislative Champion Award – “For the impact Rep Ambler’s efforts have made in the lives of Florida citizens with disabilities; through his support, thousands of individuals with disabilities have achieved a better quality of life” 2009
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce, Honor Roll 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Florida Chiropractic Association, D.J. Rainey Legislative Award for Outstanding Contribution to Quality Health Care for Florida Citizens 2009
  • Florida Health Care Association, Legislator of the Year 2009
  • Florida Justice Association, Lifetime Legislative Achievement Award 2010
  • Florida Justice Association, Outstanding Representative Award (In recognition of extraordinary legislative leadership and dedicated service on behalf of the citizens of the State of Florida) 2009
  • Florida Land Title Association Legislator of the Year (“Presented in honor and appreciation of his dedicated leadership and service in recognition of the critical role of real property to sustained job creation and economic growth benefiting all citizens of the State of Florida”) 2009
  • Florida Pharmacy Association, Legislator of the Year 2009
  • Florida Safety Net Hospitals – Legislative Hero Award 2009
  • Florida Ports Council, Tug boat Award (Presented for support and commitment to Florida’s Seaports, with respect and appreciation for efforts to ensure sustainability of Florida’s industry and to promote economic development and job growth in Florida) 2008
  • Friends of the Hillsborough County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Award of Appreciation 2007
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, “Have A Heart” Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Year 2002
  • Independent Colleges & Universities, ICUF All-Star Award (Presented for being “a tireless advocate for Florida students”) 2008
  • Moffitt Cancer Center, Outstanding Legislator Award 2004
  • National Defense Medal 1991
  • The Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee Outstanding Member Award (In recognition and appreciation of the outstanding contribution to the Military Affairs Committee) 2004, 2005, 2006
  • The Florida Bar, Legislator of the Year 2008

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT 

  • Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, West-Central Florida, Chairman, 1998-2002; Ambassador, 1991-2002
  • Cornell Club of the Suncoast, Board of Directors, 1998-2002
  • Northdale Special Tax District, President, Board of Trustees, 1998-2002; Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1996-1998
  • Hillsborough County Charter Review Board, 2001
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Military Liaison Committee, Chairman, 2000-2002; Member 1991, 2002-2006
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Committee, Chairman, 1998-2000
  • The Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee, Chairman, 2003-2004; Member, 1986-2008
  • Carrollwood Area Business Association, 2001-present
  • American Bar Association, 1986-present
  • Military Officers Association of America, 2002-present
  • American Legion, 2002-present

PERSONAL

  • Married to Mindy Ambler (32 years); two children, Jason (28) and Jami (26)