Prominent land-use lawyer Ed Armstrong plans to leave longtime firm - 2013-03-04
CLEARWATER — One of Pinellas County's most successful and high-profile lawyers is leaving the firm where he has worked for 30 years to open a small Pinellas outpost of Tampa-based Hill Ward Henderson.
Ed Armstrong, 55, went to work at Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns right out of law school and is now a shareholder in the firm, which is considered the biggest law firm based in Pinellas with 38 attorneys in Clearwater and Tampa.
But on Monday, Armstrong announced that around May 1, he will go to work for Hill Ward Henderson in a two-lawyer office the firm will open in the Clearwater area. Joining him in the office will be another Johnson Pope lawyer, Katie Cole, whom Armstrong mentored.