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Meet Linette | Proven Leader with Integrity and a Heart for Service

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:

  • Lawyers of Distinction Nominee
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100 in Florida
  • 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 Womanhood Award, Epsilon Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • 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
Well-Rounded Experience:
  • Starr has served as a Hearing Officer for Hillsborough County for the past six (6) years.  In this quasi-judicial role, she has presided over hearings and rendered decisions, always showing compassion while strictly adhering to the rule of law. 
  • Starr is no stranger to the courtroom, and is a proven trial attorney.  She has tried jury trials to verdict, and bench trials to judgment. Starr knows the courtroom inside and out.
  • Starr has experience as an Appellate attorney, in both civil and criminal law.  
  • Starr has litigated on both sides of the aisle - serving in both a prosecutorial role, as well as a defense role. Everyone who appears before her will be treated with respect and compassion, and will get a fair shake.  
  • Starr is an Educator. She teaches middle and high school students about having healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Bipartisan Support - Endorsed by Our Community Leaders and Heroes:

  • The Tampa Firefighters IAFF Local 754
  • The Honorable Ronald Ficarrotta, Former Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County)
  • The Honorable Retired Judge Gregory P. Holder
  • The Honorable City Councilman Luis Viera, Esq., Former Chairman of Tampa City Council 
  • The Honorable Bear McCullough, Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • The Honorable School Board Member and Chair Karen Perez
  • The Honorable Andrew Learned, Former Member of the FL House of Representatives
  • The Honorable School Board Member Patricia "Patti" Rendon
  • The Honorable Dr. Sonja P. Brookins, Former Treasurer of the Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Erin Aebel, Esq. 
  • Karen Barnett, Esq. 
  • Liz Brewer
  • Connie Burton
  • Ronald Cacciatore, Esq.
  • Christopher Chambers
  • Jennifer Feld, Esq.
  • Paige Greenlee, Esq.
  • Danielle Hernandez, Esq.
  • Erin Jackson, Esq.
  • Peggy Land
  • Tiffany Love, Esq.
  • Cory Person, Esq. 
  • Dr. Richard Piper
  • Colonel D.J. Reyes
  • John Schifino, Esq. 
  • Karen Skyers, Esq. 
  • Dotti and Roger Skipper
  • Dr. Amy Solomon
  • Fran Tate
  • Jeanne Tate, Esq.
  • And many, many more...
  • We'd love to earn YOUR support, as well! 

            

Committed to Our Community - Leadership & Engagement:

  • 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 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  [serves as Ambassador and helps mentor students]
  • Board Member, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida [building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place]
  • 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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