Marcia K. Lippincott
Ms. Lippincott (Marcy) is a native Floridian – born and raised in Sanford. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree. While attending FSU she was a member of the Varsity Debate Team, and was initiated into the National Speech Honorary, Delta Sigma Rho–Tau Kappa Alpha.
She was one of the first women to be awarded a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was also honored with an award for her proficiency in appellate advocacy as a member of Notre Dame’s National Moot Court Team. She also received part of her legal education from the University of London where she attended the International Conference on Air and Space Law.
While at Notre Dame, Ms. Lippincott worked as a Legal Assistant for the National Center for Law and the Handicapped, and had the privilege of working on groundbreaking litigation involving the rights of people with disabilities. After law school, the Legal Advocacy Project for the Developmentally Disabled in Minneapolis, Minnesota selected her as a staff attorney. During her work for the Project she published two articles: 1) “A Sanctuary for People: Strategies for Overcoming Zoning Restrictions on Community Homes for Retarded Persons,” 31 Stanford Law Review 767; 2) “Medicaid: Medical Assistance for the Indigent,” Minnesota Bar Association.
Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Appellate Practice since the inception of that certification in 1994, she has been admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Lippincott has lectured to Florida bar associations on the preservation of appellate error at trial, and on appellate practice. She was an Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Central Florida for more than ten years.
In 2011-2016, 2018 – 2020 Florida Trend Magazine named Ms. Lippincott one of Florida’s Legal Elite, an honor bestowed on only 2% of Florida attorneys. Florida Trend states attorneys chosen “exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession, and by doing so have received endorsement from their peers.”
Additionally, Thompson Reuters has included Ms. Lippincott in the 2006-2009, and 2011-2020 editions of Florida Super Lawyers. This recognition is reserved for the top 5% of Florida attorneys determined by independent research, and review by both peers and a blue ribbon selection panel.
Ms. Lippincott has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Law in 2005-2006, and Who’s Who in American Women in 2006-2007 Martindale-Hubbel, the esteemed national directory of lawyers, has recognized her as a Preeminent Lawyer in their National Bar Registry since 2004, and has rated her legal ability, conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence all at the elite level of “Av” since 1988.
She is a member of the Florida Bar, as well as the Bar’s Appellate Practice and Family Law sections. Ms. Lippincott served on the Fifth District Court of Appeal’s Committees on Mediation and Fast Tracking of Appeals. She has previously served the state bar on the Appellate Rules Committee, and as co-chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Family Law Section. She is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar’s Appellate Practice section.
Ms. Lippincott was honored to serve as President of the Whigham SuperChallenge, a local effort that raised one million dollars to fund an AIDS research chair at the University of Miami in honor of Seminole County attorney Thomas E. Whigham, who died due to a contaminated blood transfusion.
She has also served her community as an arbitrator and speaker for the Seminole County Community Juvenile Arbitration; as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Central Florida Sheltered Workshop, Inc.; and as a member of the City of Sanford’s Group Homes and Foster Care Facilities Advisory Committee.