James H. Nance

Nance, Cacciatore, Hamilton, Barger, Nance, Cacciatore
525 N. Harbor City Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32935


John B. Stetson University A.B. 1953

University of Miami J.D. 1956

U.S. Army, 1956-1957

Assistant State Attorney, Dade County, Florida, 1957-1958

Private Practice with Miami and Orlando law firms,

Practice limited to personal injury and wrongful death, in
Melbourne, 1963-present

Jim Nance, whose lifelong nickname is “Booty”, obtained the first $100,000 verdict and the first $1 million dollar verdict in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit which includes Seminole and Brevard Counties. Mr. Nance was also one of the nine Florida lawyers appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles who successfully sued the tobacco companies on behalf of the State of Florida, resulting in a remarkable settlement of more than $13 billion in 1997.

Legal Memberships:

Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

Brevard County Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Bar Association

National District Attorneys Association

Law Science Academy of America

District of Columbia of Bar

Trial Lawyer Memberships:

Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Member, California Trial Lawyers Association

Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Founder, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Diplomat, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

Sustaining Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of

Lifetime Fellow, Roscoe-Pound-American Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited
to 500 internationally)

Member, The Inner Circle of Advocates (membership limited
to 100 nationally, who have obtained $1 million
verdicts, President 1981-1983)

Diplomat, American Board of Trial Advocates

Board Certifications:

National Board of Trial Advocacy - Board Certified as a
Civil Trial Advocate

Florida Bar - Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer

Current Directorships:

Board of Governors, Brevard Community College Foundation

Board of Directors of the Melbourne Police Foundation

Past Directorships:

National Board of Trial Advocacy (the organization that
Board certifies trial lawyers nationally)

Board of Directors of The Inner Circle of Advocates,

Previous School Board Member, Holy Trinity Episcopal
School, 1982-1986

Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Board of Directors, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

Chairman, Brevard County Sheriff=s Civil Service Board,

Honorary member of the South Brevard American Cancer

Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of The Haven,
a Melbourne home for abused children

Author and Lecturer:

Author of "Comparative Negligence in Florida," Los Angeles
Trial Lawyers Association Advocate, May 1975

Lecturer at various seminars for Academy of Florida Trial

Courts Admitted to Practice:

All the Courts of the State of Florida

Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, U. S. District

Eleventh District Court of Appeals

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

The Supreme Court of the United States of America

Other Memberships:

Lifetime Member, Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council

Lifetime Member, Brevard County Police Chiefs Association

Member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Sons of the American Revolution

Member, Florida Citrus Sports

Who=s Who in the South and Southwest

Who=s Who in American Law

Melbourne Police Foundation

Other Charities:

Stanford University Cancer Research

The Haven, a Melbourne home for abused children

Space Coast Early Intervention, a school for Down
Syndrome children

Children's Home Society of Florida

Breast Friends of Florida

Grandfather Mountain Home for Children, North Carolina

Crossnore School Children's Home, North Carolina

Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation

Bright Star, Health First Foundation

American Lung Association

March of Dimes

Schools Supported:

Nursing Scholarship, Brevard Community College

Athletic Scholarship, Stetson University

Pre-Law Scholarship, Flagler College

James H. Nance Fountain at the University of Miami School
of Law

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Christ School, Ashville, North Carolina

Lee's McCrae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

Honors and Awards:

Space Coast Citizen of the Year, 1999, March of Dimes

Stetson University 'S' Club Lifetime Achievement Award,

The Inner Circle of Advocates, Secretary 1988 – 2009

James H. Nance Oceanside Park, Indialantic, Florida

AV® Preeminent™ Rating for at least 30 years by

Safari Club International African Big Five

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Henry Kelsey Big Game
Records 2010

Listed in Super Lawyers of Florida

Listed in Law Dragon

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America