Jim Weaver is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in Public Relations and minored in music with an emphasis in theatre, including two seasons of summer stock.
As a school leader, Jim was class president, president of his fraternity and was elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Subsequently, he served as a U.S. Army Platoon Leader in support of the 11th Armored Calvary in Vietnam.
At Tulane University in New Orleans, Jim did master’s level work in music and has since pursued his love of the stage, performing principal roles at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre.
Attending law school at the University of Georgia, Jim served as a Justice on the Law School Honor Court. After law school, Jim joined a trial practice firm in downtown Atlanta.
Having begun his fourth decade of legal service in the Lake Wales area, he most enjoys helping his clients with trust and estate planning, probate, real estate and business transactions. Jim has been recognized as an “AV” Preeminent Peer Review rated attorney since 1994.
In community life, Jim served as president of both the Kiwanis Club and Breakfast Rotary Club, as well as a board member of Leadership Lake Wales. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Lake Wales Arts Council as President-Elect.
Professionally, Jim is past President of the Heartland Estate Planning Council and was chosen to serve as Commissioner on the Charter Efficiency Commission for Polk County Government. He has served on the Trust Advisory Board of Citizens Bank & Trust and Cornerstone Hospice, and Help For The Homeless, a nonprofit organization that helps to feed the homeless community of the greater Orlando area.
Jim has been married to his wife Kay for over 40 years. Together, they enjoy spending time with their three children and eight grandchildren. Jim’s hobbies include fitness, singing in a capella and church choirs, and designing and making furniture in his workshop.
Year Joined Organization
- Florida, 1976
- Georgia, 1972
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1984
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1973
- University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia, 1972 J.D.
Honors: Georgia Law School Honor Court 1969-1971
- University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1967 Public Relations
Honors: With Honors
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Heartland Estate Planning Council, 2002 – 2003
- Polk County Real Estate Council, 2000 – Present
Pro Bono Activities
- Unity in Community, Inc. (race relations) – Founding Member, 2000 – 2002
- Commissioner, Charter Efficiency Commission for Polk County Government, 2005 – 2006
- Omicron Delta Kappa
- Kappa Sigma