About Us


In 1970 our firm was founded with 9 attorneys and 12 staff members as Trenam, Simmons, Kemker, Scharf & Barkin. Today, we are one of the largest law firms in the Tampa Bay region.

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  • 1970 - Firm founded with 9 attorneys and 12 staff members as Trenam, Simmons, Kemker, Scharf & Barkin; offices were in Freedom Federal Building on Madison Street, Tampa

  • 1975 - Firm expands to 27th floor of First Florida Tower and renamed Trenam, Simmons, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye & O’Neill

  • 1978 – Founding member John J. Trenam dies at age 65

  • 1980 – 10th Anniversary

  • 1984 – Founding member, G. Harry Kemker dies at age 54

  • 1987 – Relocated office to the new Barnett Plaza Building, now known as Bank of America Plaza

  • 1990 – 20th Anniversary; Firm opens a St. Petersburg office

  • 1994 – Founding member Hal Mullis is elected President of the firm; Founding member Sherwin Simmons leaves the firm and relocates to Miami; firm renamed Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill & Mullis

  • 2000 – 30th Anniversary; Tampa office expands

  • 2006 – The St. Petersburg office expands with the addition of 12 lawyers and 14 staff and other professionals formerly with Holland & Knight; Founding member Sherwin Simmons dies at age 75

  • 2010 - 40th Anniversary – Firm celebrates by helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house

  • 2013 – Management structure changes to 5 person Executive Board; Tate Taylor is named Chair of Executive Board and Marie Tomassi is named Managing Shareholder

  • 2013 – Founding Member Marvin Barkin celebrates 80th birthday and 55 years of practice

  • 2015 - Firm completes major renovations in the Tampa and St. Petersburg offices; modernizes work spaces, conference areas, collaboration zones and rebrands to Trenam Law 


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