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Where Tradition Meets the Future®

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.

Founded in 1924, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is one of the largest and most experienced full-service law firms between Tampa and Miami. With over 55 attorneys who live, work and have deep roots in Southwest Florida, Henderson Franklin provides high-quality, personalized legal services to a roster of corporate and individual clients.

Founded on a culture of adhering to the highest ethical standards, integrity, and good citizenship, Henderson Franklin upholds these principles while remaining deeply invested in the Southwest Florida community. We act as trusted advisors and partners to our clients throughout every stage of their business.

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95 Years of Community & Commitment

Henderson Franklin's experience bridges generations of development and prosperity in Southwest Florida. The firm has been at the forefront of the area's evolution into one of Florida's most desirable destinations.
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Our Clients

Henderson Franklin’s diverse client base ranges from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. We work closely with clients to understand their strengths and challenges, providing creative legal solutions at every stage of representation. As a strategic partner who understands our clients’ ultimate objectives, Henderson Franklin attorneys look for opportunities to reduce risk and increase profitability, ensuring a business is not just surviving, but thriving. Whether in the courtroom or the boardroom, our vast depth of experience sets our firm apart. Our clients rely on our professional, experienced representation and exceptional client service.

Depth of Experience

Few local firms offer the depth of experience held by Henderson Franklin attorneys. Our attorneys bring proficiency and skill to every issue they face. Nearly one-third of Henderson Franklin attorneys are board certified experts in diverse areas of law, including business litigation, civil trial, divorce, marital and family law, health care, real estate, taxation and wills, trusts & estates. Their experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated, meeting the Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills, and proficiency while upholding the utmost professionalism and ethics in their practice.

Our Values


We're focused on building a multigenerational firm that empowers our clients to grow alongside us. Henderson Franklin is constantly onboarding promising young talent while counseling our clients on their own succession planning. We're committed to constant, dynamic growth.


From our client-focused approach to a collaborative style of practice, we offer seamlessly integrated representation that is wholly aligned with our clients' business objectives. We act as your trusted partner throughout every stage of representation.


Our law firm helped form the fabric of Southwest Florida, having witnessed and assisted in its transformation for nearly 100 years. Deeply entrenched in our local community, we understand the interplay of Southwest Florida's judges, attorneys, and businesses. Our local knowledge is unmatched among other leading Florida firms.


Because our clients' needs are invariably unique, we take a tailored approach to each engagement. We pride ourselves in offering flexible fee arrangements, ensuring that our efforts are cost-effective and align seamlessly with our clients' capabilities.

What Our Clients Say

Henderson Franklin frequently lands on the “Best Lawyers of America,” a registry of the nation’s best firms based exclusively on client feedback.  Clients and peers have also voted Henderson Franklin as “Naples Illustrated Top Lawyers” and “Florida Super Lawyers” several years in a row. We are honored our clients have rated us as a top-tier firm in several practice areas, including business litigation, family law, land use and zoning, real estate litigation, personal injury defense litigation, real estate law, tax law and trust and estate law.

Practice Areas

Offering a holistic approach encompassing skill and experience in various industries and areas of law, our clients can count on insightful counsel no matter the issue or objective. Our collaborative, approachable team of attorneys frequently work together across practices to offer clients full-service representation from the outset of the engagement.

Insurance Representation

Henderson Franklin represents the insureds of more than 100 national and international liability insurance companies, as well as self-insured funds — many of whom have been clients for decades. Our clients also include employers, healthcare institutions, law enforcement, product manufacturers, government entities, municipalities, airlines, and railroads. Henderson Franklin’s litigation attorneys foster close and responsive working relationships with claims professionals. We take particular pride in our ability to assess the potential liability and damage exposure inherent in any given case. We have been ranked an A.M. Best client-recommended law firm since 1936.

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Partnering to Build a Better Community

Henderson Franklin attorneys truly bridge the gap between community and business, helping our clients achieve their goals while impacting the continued strength and development of our local communities.

As trusted allies to scores of individuals and local businesses, we are deeply invested in the communities we serve. The firm passionately supports countless organizations committed to improving the Southwest Florida community. We have partnered with and support over 100 charitable organizations across Southwest Florida, including United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, and Community Cooperative, to name a few.

Some of Our Partners Include:

Babcock Ranch Foundation
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Habitat for Humanity (Lee and Hendry Counties)
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Our Community Involvement

Client Risk Management Approach

Henderson Franklin works closely with our clients to choose the course of action that will best serve their interests, goals, and budget. We undertake a thorough investigation of each case, determining which experts and other professionals may be necessary to successfully bring the case to an optimal resolution. Our litigators are noted for their in-depth case management and pragmatic approach and work diligently to help our clients’ achieve their desired settlement or outcome before taking the case to trial. However, when litigation becomes necessary, our team pursues our clients’ interests, applying skill and experience in the courtroom to our clients’ intended outcome.

Henderson Franklin is focused on providing cost-effective solutions to our clients and encourages innovative alternatives to dispute resolution. We have formally trained Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil mediators, and our attorneys regularly participate as panel members or advocates in court-sponsored and private arbitration and mediation forums. As part of our continuing effort to maintain personal contact and keep our clients up-to-date on changes in the legal environment, we provide in-house training seminars on recent developments in the law. Working with Henderson Franklin means that your issues will be addressed and that you’ll constantly stay informed on new legal developments that can significantly impact your bottom line.

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News & Insights

Many Henderson Franklin attorneys provide training to help clients reduce risk and liability. Our attorneys also provide educational legal updates via two blogs: the Southwest Florida Business and IP Blog, and The Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate. We additionally issue monthly newsletters, insurance practice pointers and legal alerts designed to educate and inspire our clients.


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Social Media

Henderson Franklin adapts as technology evolves and is active on several social media channels to connect with our clients and community. We invite you to connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to gain critical insights about the industries and areas in which we practice.

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