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Mr. Tempkins applies a tried-and-true strategy to his business and commercial litigation practice: determine the client’s goals; devise a plan to achieve their goals efficiently and effectively; and anticipate and plan for the inevitable challenges that could arise. His clients range from single individuals and small companies to large corporations.

Mr. Tempkins defends employers throughout Florida in workers’ compensation and personal injury trials. Mr. Tempkins currently serves on the Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Committee, and the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee for the Florida Bar. Before joining Fishback Dominick, Mr. Tempkins held an internship with the Honorable Jonathan D. Ohlman, Judge of Compensation Claims, and Mediator Stuart Suskin in Gainesville.

Mr. Tempkins possesses substantial experience representing the world’s largest automobile auctions and auction insurer, motor vehicle dealerships, as well as inventory floor plan financial institutions, at hearings, mediations, trials, and in post-judgment collection proceedings. This area of practice requires particularized legal knowledge in the areas of secured transactions under the Florida Uniform Commercial Code, contracts, indemnity and subrogation, and motor vehicle licensing and registration statutes, including those pertaining to motor vehicle dealer bonds.

Mr. Tempkins continues the firm’s legacy by practicing in the highly regulated area of alcoholic beverage law. He provided counsel for a local brewery’s start-up and continuing operations, and represents ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, one of the firm’s earliest clients and Florida’s largest alcoholic beverages retailer.

An active member of the community, Mr. Tempkins has volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem for numerous children in Central Florida. He served two terms as Board Member for the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. He is also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, an International Professional Business Fraternity. In his leisure time, he enjoys being with his family, watching Gator sporting events, biking, and running marathons and half marathons.


University of Florida, Juris Doctor, 2005

University of Florida, Masters in Exercise and Sports Sciences, 2005

University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts, 2002



All State of Florida Courts

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Federal District Court, Florida Northern, Southern, and Middle Districts


District of Columbia




Lecturer, Florida Workers’ Compensation Law Seminar: MRSA, 2008

Lecturer, Florida Workers’ Compensation Law Seminar: Major Contributing Case, 2006

Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Committee, 2021- Present

Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2021- Present