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Firm History

Our Past

For more than 75 years, Fishback Dominick attorneys have represented businesses, local governments, property owners, families, and associations throughout Florida. Our firm and our clients have helped Central Florida to grow more than almost anyone could have imagined when Ben Fishback founded the Firm in 1935, amid the Great Depression.

Ben Fishback attended the University of Kentucky and practiced law in the small Kentucky town of Winchester. In the early ’20s, he joined the Orlando firm of Massey, Warlow & Carpenter, later known as Warlow, Carpenter and Fishback, before opening his own office in Orlando in 1935 and forming client relationships that continue today.

Mr. Fishback’s practice expanded with Central Florida, serving businesses and families that grew in prominence as Orange County evolved from a citrus and cattle economy into an international business and hospitality destination. Real estate, land use, eminent domain, local government law, alcoholic beverage law, land development, business expansion, and much more became areas of practice, helping Central Florida continue to grow.

By 1950, the Firm’s partners included Mr. Fishback, Robert L. Williams (a West Point classmate of Dwight Eisenhower) and Walter F. Smith. They purchased two former boardinghouses at the southwest corner of Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street that would be the Firm’s home for the next 56 years. Julian K. Dominick, also a pillar of the community, joined the Firm in 1953.

Both Mr. Fishback and Mr. Dominick practiced law with the Firm until the end of their lives. Mr. Fishback passed away in 1983 at the age of 90, and Mr. Dominick in 2003 at the age of 79.

Washington Street Office
(to right of the Church)

 

G. B. Fishback
1893-1983

 

Julian K. Dominick
1924-2003

 

Our Present

Strength and longevity in our client relationships are among the most gratifying aspects of growing up with Orlando. Our close connections with the community are evident throughout our offices. No flash– just the quiet confidence, discretion, strength and competence our clients expect. At Fishback Dominick, we reflect the community we serve, rich in history and forever growing and adapting to our environment.

The Firm has extensive transactional, litigation and appellate experience in the areas of real estate, business, alcoholic beverage, local government, motor vehicle, land use, construction, homeowner and condominium associations and other areas of law. These areas of practice also include purchases/sales/leases/financing, eminent domain/inverse condemnation, administrative proceedings, licensing, land use entitlements, and many others. The Firm has had extensive involvement in developments of regional significance, principally the Horizon West 36,000 acre sector plan development in southwest Orange County. This ultimately led to the Florida legislature’s adoption of sector planning in 2010. We continue to support sustainable development in fast-growing West Orange County, working as city attorneys for the City of Winter Garden and helping to create the legal framework for its quaint and revitalized Downtown Historic District. As city attorneys for the cities Winter Garden, DeBary and Longwood, we provide advice, counsel, and representation for some of Central Florida’s most desirable cities.

Today’s partners draw on the Firm’s relationships and experience, cultivated over more than 75 years, to serve our clients in ways that few others can. We are proud to still represent clients from our earliest days, including ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, a relationship that began more than sixty years ago. For decades, we have proudly represented Manheim’s automobile auctions, developing in-depth experience, and knowledge of the automobile industry. We still represent families in Central Florida with roots spanning six or more generations. Few firms can match our depth of experience in real estate, which includes some of the largest-scale land use entitlement work in Orange County history. But it is the individual relationships and friendships we have made over the years that we treasure the most.

Our Future

Fishback Dominick remains, as it was founded, a partnership that represents families, landowners, businesses, community associations, and individuals. Led by partners John Bennett, Mark Ahlers, A. Kurt Ardaman, Daniel Langley and Richard Geller, we expect to keep helping our clients achieve their objectives with sound advice and advocacy, artful and persuasive representation, and practical and insightful strategies for decades to come.

Today, we serve our community from offices located at 1947 Lee Road in Winter Park, Florida. The Firm’s attorneys stay active in local charitable and civic organizations, chambers of commerce, as well as County and State Bar Associations. As we approach our first century in Central Florida, we say thank you to the clients we have had the pleasure to represent, and we look forward to being there for you well into the future.