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October 17, 2023

James A. Young receives ABA Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2023 —  The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section honored attorney James A. Young with its Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award on Oct. 14 at its Fall Leadership Meeting in the Bahamas. The award recognizes a person who consistently demonstrates leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS and its accomplishments.

Young, a founding member and shareholder of Young Scanlan, LLC, has over 35 years of experience practicing law in the Tampa Bay area, primarily in property and casualty insurance defense litigation, both in private practice and as staff counsel, where he also served as managing attorney. Young has appellate experience in state and federal court in civil litigation and criminal appeals, is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit court civil mediator and as an appellate mediator. He is a Florida Supreme Court-qualified arbitrator. 

A long-time TIPS member, Young has served as TIPS revenue officer, on the TIPS Council and on multiple general and standing committees.

He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.

“Jay Young’s dedication and enthusiasm in TIPS is unsurpassed and shines through in all that he does,” said Loren D. Podwill, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “I am so pleased to honor our friend and colleague Jay Young with this very appropriate Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award.”

Click here for a photo of James A. Young. 

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has over 10,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website,


The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.