Meet Adam Patton
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.-General Douglas MacArthur
This statement embodies the kind of leader and person Adam Patton is. Adam brings many great attributes like impartiality, integrity, intelligence, and dignity, just to name a few, to any position he holds. Adam would be a great asset to Polk County as a county court judge.
Adam is an experienced litigator and attorney. Adam began his career working for the State of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney here in the Tenth Judicial Circuit (Polk, Hardee, and Highlands County). Adam ran the Lakeland division under Jerry Hill and later worked in a Felony division before leaving the State Attorney's office. Since then, he has worked as a private attorney in Criminal, Family, Collaborative and Civil Law. Much of Adam's experience directly relates to the types of cases he would be overseeing as a County Court Judge. Adam's varied legal experience has given him a well-rounded perspective of the judicial system. He has handled over 60 jury trials, and more than a 100 final hearings or non-jury trials.
Additionally, Adam is an experienced and trained neutral and impartial third party. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit, Family and County Court Mediator. Adam first began his training as a neutral and impartial third party while completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science. Adam's training in alternative dispute resolution methods give him important skill sets to use in the legal profession and as a judge.
Adam has great dedication and perseverance. He worked hard to put himself through college and law school all while raising a young family. Adam is a great example of overcoming the challenges of life and never forgetting who you are. Adam lives his Scottish clan’s motto: Virtute adepta, meaning virtue acquired or in other words: excellence attained. He is a man of integrity and commitment. He is a devoted husband and father. Adam has been married to his wife Heather for over 20 years. They have 5 children ranging from their oldest who is attending the University of Florida, to their youngest who is in 2nd grade here in Polk County.
Adam strives to attend as many of his children's events as possible. This is no small feat especially when he has five very talented and active children. There is no place Adam would rather be but where his children are. He works hard to ensure that his children receive his total support and time. He is a firm believer that no success in the world can compensate for failure in the home.
Adam has humbly served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his life. Adam is a leader wherever he goes. Adam co-founded the first Collaborative Practice Group in Polk County and the Tenth Judicial Circuit. He has served in leadership capacities within his church. He has also served as a Boy Scout Leader and Merit Badge Counselor.
Adam is not afraid of hard work especially when it comes to serving his fellow citizens. He has worked as a volunteer team leader for hurricane cleanups throughout Florida and neighboring states. In 2017 when Hurricane Irma hit Polk County, Adam worked with an amazing group of volunteers to clear old oak trees that had fallen in Bartow, Florida. Adam was one of the few experienced chainsaw team leaders who had the ability and willingness to do some dangerous and tricky cleanup work. Post 2017 he led cleanup and relief teams to help people devastated by hurricanes Michael and Delta.
Adam has a deep passion for service. Over the years he has given countless hours in community service and continues to do so. Adam has helped coach little league baseball and soccer.
In addition to time, he has given thousands of dollars over the years to Polk County youth sports programs for both club and public schools. Many of these programs have been underfunded or considered disadvantaged and have at-risk youth. He has purchased equipment, supplies, and even food and drink for these programs.
He has a deep passion for helping those who are most vulnerable in our County and tries to focus his efforts where it is needed most.
Adam has a passion for mentoring. He is a firm believer of lifting where you stand. He has done this by giving high school seniors scholarships to assist them with their college tuition. He has gone to a variety of schools in Polk County over the years ranging from elementary to high school, volunteering his time to teach the next generation about the law. Adam has helped youth learn more about the law, ethics, and has taught how Math and Law relate. He has helped shape many young people and their dreams in becoming a lawyer. Adam has also had several youths shadow him over the years. He has created internships from time to time for high school students and has helped a number of first-generation high school graduates with their dreams to become a lawyer.