Vinse was born in Gainesville and grew up in Pensacola. He graduated from the University of South Florida and obtained his law degree from the University of Florida in 1976 following four years of service as an officer in the United States Army. His first position as a lawyer was with the State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit here in North Florida where he sharpened his skills and gained valuable courtroom experience prosecuting criminal cases in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Jefferson and Franklin counties. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office Vinse practiced in a general practice firm doing commercial litigation, criminal defense, and some personal injury and medical malpractice. In 1983 he began to emphasize personal injury litigation and now represents people injured by medical malpractice or defective medical and pharmaceutical products exclusively.
Vinse has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1976 and also practices in Federal Court. He is an Eagle member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has been a guest lecturer on trial practice at Florida State Law School, has presented continuing legal education courses to other Florida trial lawyers and has taught evidence to cadets at the Florida Highway Patrol Academy. Vinse is a past member of the Board of Directors of Florida Children’s Home Society and has been recognized by the Florida Supreme Court for providing pro bono legal services to people unable to afford counsel.
- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1976
- J.D., Juris Doctor
- University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1969
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: English
Professional associations and memberships
- Academy of Florida Trial Lawyer
- Eagle Member
- American Association for Justice
- Florida Children’s Home Society
- Past Member, Board of Directors
- 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Florida, 1976
- U.S. Federal Courts