Background and Education
Kim Bald has more than thirty years’ experience in representing individuals and companies in complex litigation matters from pre-suit dispute resolution through discovery, depositions, mediation, trial and appeals. A substantial portion of Kim’s practice during the past twenty years has been in probate, trust and fiduciary litigation. Her extensive experience as a trial and appellate attorney has benefited individuals, corporations, personal representatives, trustees, trust companies, financial institutions, beneficiaries and guardians.
Kim earned her B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and graduated with honors from Stetson University College of Law.
Kim attained the highest possible review rating based on legal ability and ethical standards, the prestigious AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Since 2011, she has been listed as a Florida Super Lawyer and and has been recognized as a member of Florida Trend magazine’s ‘Florida Legal Elite’ for commercial litigation.
Kim served as President of the Manatee County Bar Association and was the elected representative of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar for four years. She is a member of the Executive Council of The Florida Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and serves on the Section’s Trust Law and Probate and Trust Litigation Committees.
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Awards and Recognition
Achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
Selected to Florida Super Lawyers (2011 – 2015)
Selected to Florida Trend Magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite” for Commercial Litigation. (2009;2013)
Professional Associations and Memberships
The Florida Bar
Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (Member: Executive Council; At Large Member Probate and Trust Law Litigation Committee, Trust Law Committee)
Trial Lawyers Section
Florida Bar Annual Convention Committee (2005 to 2011; Chair 2007)
Judicial Independence Committee (2005-2007);
Membership Outreach Committee (2008 to 2010)
Manatee County Bar Association
Past President, 1995-1996
Sarasota County Bar Association (Member: Trust and Probate Litigation Section)
Federal Bar Association
Florida Bar Board of Governors – Representative of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit (2003-2007);
Executive Committee (2005-2007);
Communications Committee (2003-2006; Chair, 2005-2006);
Legislative Committee (2004-2006);
Citizens Forum Committee (2005);
Disciplinary Review Committee (2003-2005);
Disciplinary Procedures Committee (2006-2007)
Florida Bar Foundation Fellow
Lawyers Action; Director (2004 to 2011)
Goodrich-Grimes Inn of the American Inns of Court, Charter Member
Manatee American Inns of Court, current member
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Nominating Committee
Legal Aid of Manatee County
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Associate Member, Broadband Tax Institute
Florida Council of Property Tax Lawyers, Inc; Member
Editorial Board of the Stetson Law Review (1983-1984)
Sustaining Member, Junior League of Sarasota
Member of Trustees, The Pines Foundation, Sarasota
Member, Board of Directors, Women’s Resource Center, Sarasota
Past Member, Board of Directors, Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, Inc.
Primary Areas of Practice
Business and Commercial Litigation
Probate, Estate, and Trust Litigation
Contested Guardianship Litigation
Property Tax Challenges