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Meet Linette | Proven Leader and Devoted Public Servant

Award-Winning Attorney | Hearing Officer | Trusted Servant Leader | Proven Track Record of Excelling in the Courtroom, Inspiring in the Classroom, and Making a Difference in Our Community

From Our Community. For Our Community.

  • 4th Generation Tampa Native
  • Jefferson High School Graduate - Salutatorian of the Magnet Academies & Valedictorian of the Law & Criminal Justice Magnet Academy
  • University of Tampa Graduate in three years with magna cum laude distinction
  • Joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. at The University of South Florida
  • Girls State, American Legion Auxiliary Department of Florida

Honors & Accolades:

  • Leader in the Law, Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • President's Award, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch
  • Tampa Bay G.I.R.L.S. Rock Honoree – Civic Award
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards Nominee
  • Pro Bono Teen Court Award
  • Judge Carol E. Draper Teen Court Service Award, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
  • Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award
  • Outstanding Attorney Award, Children’s Legal Services
  • Finer Woman Award, Epsilon Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
  • The Guardian of Justice Pro Bono Award, Community Legal Services
  • Anne Frank Humanitarian Award
  • Graduated from The George Washington University Law School as a Presidential Merit Scholar

Expertise & Well-Rounded Experience:

  • Hearing Officer for Hillsborough County (quasi judicial/neutral arbiter role), for six (6) years: Presides over hearings and renders decisions
  • Tried and true trial attorney (both bench trials before judges and jury trials) who knows the courtroom inside and out
  • Appellate attorney
  • Educator: Teaches middle and high school students about having healthy relationships with themselves and others

Current Leadership & Community Engagement:

  • Incoming President, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers [dedicated to giving women a voice in our justice system and promoting gender equality in the legal profession and under the law]
  • Vice President, Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay [advocate for and support children and youth impacted by abuse and neglect]
  • Co-Chair, Young Women of Promise - The Athena Society [honor extraordinary young women that are juniors in Hillsborough County public and private schools]
  • Board Member, The Regent [we aspire to meet the needs of the Greater Brandon community in Eastern Hillsborough County by forging connections and building a sense of civic pride]
  • Board Member, The Athena Society [Tampa professionals who have demonstrated leadership in the community and committed themselves to promoting equality and opportunity for women]
  • Board Member, Tampa Bay Tiger Club [non-partisan political forum]
  • Board Member, The University of Tampa Board of Counselors  [serve as Ambassador for the University and help mentor students via Speed Networking, lecturing, tutoring, etc.]
  • Member, Rotary Club - Ybor City
  • Member, Indo Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer Judge, Teen Court (delinquency diversionary program)
  • Immediate Past Chair, Human Relations Board - Hillsborough County [we encourage equality among all people by reviewing complaints filed under Hillsborough County's Human Rights Ordinance promoting fair treatment and equal opportunity for all]
  • Immediate Past Chair, Hillsborough County Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Historical Committee Chair, George Edgecomb Bar Association [dedicated to the promotion and recognition of African Americans within the legal profession and judiciary]
  • Former Criminal Justice Committee Member, NAACP
  • Former Scribe, Code & Rules of Evidence Committee, Florida Bar 


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Committee of Responsible Persons to Elect Linette "Starr" Brookins, County Court Judge, Group 11, Nonpartisan.
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