Mr. Hightower has also served as chairman of the Marion County Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar and president of the Marion County Bar Association. Governor Bob Martinez appointed him to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. The Marion County Bar Association recently awarded Mr. Hightower the Rick Custereri Pro Bono Award for over 225 hours of free legal services he personally provided to people unable to afford a lawyer in 2006.
In his spare time, Mr. Hightower enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters and granddaughter. He is also a cattle rancher and owns the HT Ranch near Blitchton, Florida. It’s a working ranch and he raises beef cattle and hay. Mr. Hightower takes an active role in the ranch operations including penning and working cattle and raising and cutting hay. Mr Hightower says, “I may be a lawyer but I still have calluses on my hands.”
This picture is of Daniel L. Hightower with Florida Bar President, Mayanne Downs (left) and Chief Justice of Florida Supreme Court, Charles Canady (right), at the Florida Supreme Court, receiving the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for legal services provided to people who are unable to afford a lawyer.