Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod & Kantor
Dale Hightower was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, a town between Tampa and Orlando. He grew up loving adventures on the water, paddling a canoe and fishing alone in nearby lakes. His leadership skills became apparent in his youth as he was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, Senior Class President at Lakeland High School, and Student Body President at Florida Southern College. He also was elected Student Body President at Cumberland Law School in Alabama.
After law school, he began working in Miami for a large insurance defense firm. He didn’t like the billable hour obsession of big law and dreamt of starting his own law firm where “great results at a reasonable price” was the firm’s objective. In 1992, after trying many cases, he opened up his own firm with a loan and his faith in God that Corporate America would give him a chance. The firm grew and its reputation for success spread throughout Florida’s legal community. Soon, many of America’s most prestigious companies were so happy with the firm’s work that they asked them to open up offices in north and central Florida as well.
Dale is a recognized leader in the south Florida Legal Community. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association and also served as the Bar’s Public Relations Director. At one time, he hosted a legal television show entitled “In the Public Interest”. Dale also exercises his writing skills by drafting short stories. One of his short stories entitled “RoboLawyer” was published in the Florida Bar Journal.
Dale is recognized as an expert litigator and has been invited to teach and speak at various legal seminars on various topics ranging from discovery techniques to “door shutting” closing arguments. Since 2012 and every yearly continuously, he has been named The Best Lawyers in America® U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms” “Top Lawyer” by the Florida Legal Guide, Florida’s Super Lawyers®, Litigation Council of America - Senior Fellow, and has maintained an AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell® since 1993. His courtroom experience of over 200 jury trials all over Florida with an 80% success rate is unequaled among Florida lawyers.
Dale continues to contribute to his community by volunteering in various youth sports leagues in Palm Beach County. He was elected to the Delray National Little League Board of Directors, and acts as Referee and Assistant Coach in basketball for Upward Sports, and as Assistant Coach in East Boca Tackle Football. Dale has been married for over fifteen years and has a son, Van, in high school and daughter, Lana, in middle school. The family owns a boat called the “Good Ole Days” and cruises through local waters scuba diving and sport fishing in their leisure time. They live near Delray Beach and enjoy the laid back and relaxing lifestyle found in this small beach community.