Victor Tobin is an effective and well-respected litigator and known as one of the leading scholars in both the courtroom and the negotiating field. For more than twenty years, he served the legal community as a practicing lawyer. In 1996, he was elected a Circuit Judge and served as Chief Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida from 2007 until 2011 when he notified Florida’s Governor of his decision to return to private practice.
Presently, he is a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Certified County Court Mediator, and Certified Appellate Mediator for Salmon & Dulberg Dispute Resolution with neutral offices throughout Florida. He is also a Certified Property Insurance Umpire and WIND Network Certified Umpire. Mr. Tobin was formerly General Counsel for Choice Legal Group, P.A. where he initiated the bulk trial program affording a viable alternative to summary judgment and shortening the litigation process while affording full due process. As former Chief Judge of Broward County, he established the Foreclosure Division as well as the Complex Business Litigation Division to increase efficiency in Broward County’s court system. He also implemented a full-time first appearance criminal court division to conduct first appearances, provide full access to the courts, thereby reducing Broward’s jail population, and resulting in a significant savings to taxpayers. Additionally, he worked to create computer systems that assisted with staff management. He tirelessly sought approval and obtained funding to build a new and modernized courthouse. Mr. Tobin lends his creative initiative to his mediation practice, where it will benefit attorneys and their clients who need solutions and efficiency, not the stress of endless litigation.
In 2009, the Supreme Court of Florida unanimously appointed Victor Tobin to preside over the Statewide Grand Jury which was created to investigate corruption and fraud in South Florida. He is a frequent lecturer, educator, and recipient of numerous awards from the Broward community and numerous bar associations. While in private practice, Mr. Tobin’s practice areas included general civil, personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate, consumer credit, and criminal litigation. Victor Tobin is a graduate of the University of Miami, School of Law and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell.