Vanguard Attorneys is proud to announce that Senator Arthenia Joyner, who
serves as of counsel to the Tampa personal injury law firm, is the 2013
recipient of the Florida Justice Association’s Perry Nichols Award.
Senator Joyner will be recognized during a ceremony taking place at the
Founder’s Luncheon during the Masters of Justice Seminar on September
19th at the Biltmore Coral Gables located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue in
Coral Gables, Florida.
The Perry Nichols Award is considered the
Florida Justice Association’s most prestigious award and is presented annually to an attorney who is
deeply committed to strengthening the civil justice system. The award
was created in honor of Perry Nichols, an attorney who united Florida’s
leading trial lawyers to create the Negligence and Compensation Lawyers
of Florida, the predecessor to today’s Florida Justice Association.
The Florida Justice Association is an organization committed to strengthening
and preserving Florida’s civil justice system along with protecting
the rights of the state’s citizens and consumers.
Senator Joyner has earned a reputation for being an ardent advocate for
civil rights and a renowned champion for fairness and justice. Joyner
was the first black female attorney in Hillsborough County and is the
first African American woman leader of the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus.
Her tireless efforts to improve international justice and human rights
issues have earned her numerous awards throughout her career. Senator
Joyner was recently named the 2012 recipient of the National Black Caucus
of State Legislators’ (NBCSL) Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor,
awarded annually by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, is given
to those “whose work has distinguished them from their peers, and
whose contributions continue to have a lasting effect on the African American
community and nation.”
Arthenia also received the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award from
The Lawyers’ Committee in conjunction with the National Bar Association
in recognition of her outstanding efforts and achievements concerning
the issue of civil rights and equality. Additionally, The Florida Association
of Counties named Joyner the 2013 “County Champion” for her
commitment to the community, government issues and improving public policy.
For more information on the Florida Justice Association’s Perry Nichols
Award, please visit