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Mark Tinker




Mark D. Tinker is Board Certified in Appellate Practice with The Florida Bar—a status earned by less than two-tenths of one percent of all Florida lawyers—and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Bar’s Appellate Practice Certification Committee. Mr. Tinker maintains an AV Preeminent® distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence issued by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings, and he is annually rated by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for Appellate Practice, one of Florida’s appellate Super Lawyers®, a Martindale-Avvo Rated Top Lawyer, and among the Nation’s Top Attorneys (Top One Percent) by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Mr. Tinker is similarly recognized by his contemporaries as among the Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay and Tampa’s Legal Elite, and he was honored as one of Tampa’s Attorneys of the Year for his appellate proficiency in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2023.

Mr. Tinker is distinguished for handling industry-important appeals, and he has practiced before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, all six of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, and the Federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. With over 22 years of experience, he has been lead counsel in more than 750 appellate matters, including appeals of final and interlocutory orders, certiorari, and other extraordinary writ proceedings. He has further presented over 145 oral arguments in the Florida Supreme Court, all Florida District Courts of Appeal, and the Federal Eleventh Circuit.

In conjunction with his appellate practice, Mr. Tinker has extensive experience analyzing insurance coverage issues involving property and homeowner’s, personal and commercial auto, commercial general liability, inland marine, directors and officers, errors and omissions, and professional liability policies and certificates. His coverage practice includes providing coverage opinions, responding to Civil Remedy notices and time demands, and litigating declaratory judgment actions. Mr. Tinker is recognized as a Top-Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law® by Martindale-Hubbell, and he is annually rated as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for insurance law, as well as one of Florida’s insurance law Super Lawyers®.

Mr. Tinker is a recurring speaker for, and author with, several professional entities—including the Florida Bar—on topics including appellate practice, legal writing, issue preservation, and Florida bad-faith law. An advocate of pro bono legal services, Mr. Tinker participates in the Free Legal Answers program administered by the Florida Bar, where he supplies legal advice and guidance to eligible low-income or poverty-level individuals, as well as the Bar’s Lawyers Advising Lawyers service, where other attorneys seek his guidance on matters of appellate practice and procedure.

Mr. Tinker obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester, with a concentration in Psychology, then earned his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Stetson University College of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Tinker was selected to the prestigious position of Executive Editor of the Stetson Law Review and received a series of distinctions, or “book awards,” for achieving the highest grades in Appellate Practice, Florida Civil Practice, Remedies, Torts II, Research and Writing I, and Research and Writing II. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the St. Petersburg Bar Association.


  • The Florida Bar
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association

Awards & Recognitions

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  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
  • University of Rochester, B.A. in Psychology


  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
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