I had the honor and privilege of practicing law with Anthony S. Battaglia for over 26 years. He was my Father and my Senior Partner. He was a mentor to all and he will be missed.
Brian P. Battaglia
Anthony S. Battaglia passed away peacefully on Sept. 15, 2014, at the age of 87 years, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Aug. 21, 1927, in Binghamton, NY to proud parents, Sylvester and Helen Battaglia. He is survived by his devoted wife and life partner, Catherine Jean “Jeanie” Battaglia; mother of his children, Christina Xenakis and Marc Battaglia and his children, Anthony “Skip” Battaglia Jr., Sandra Hultgren, Brian Battaglia and Brenda Battaglia, children of former wife, Virginia Knopick Battaglia. He also leaves behind many cherished grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and his sister, Doris DeRisio. Anthony dedicated his life to family, the practice of law and his unwavering devotion to always helping others. He was a born leader, one who earned the respect of his peers through hard work, passion, and an impeccable standard of ethics. His path embarked with humble beginnings working at his father’s produce business in upstate New York. His youthful drive pushed him to the University of Florida at the young age of 16. He served as President of the John Marshall Bar Association as well as being inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and later into the Florida Blue Key. He graduated law school at the University of Florida in 1953 and soon after was appointed by the United States Attorney General to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. There, he was a quick success and a promotion to Tampa followed as the Chief Assistant United States Attorney. In 1956, politics called and he became the youngest National GOP Committeeman in history at the age of 28. His political career opened doors and sent him around the world as he served two terms in President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration. Soon after, his love of law came calling again and he went into private practice with Carl and Emerson Parker. This was the humble beginning of his professional legacy, Battaglia, Ross, Dicus and Wein, P.A. The firm was home to many of today’s most successful and prominent attorneys who learned under his mentoring. Today the firm remains as one of the oldest and widely respected within the state. His success in the courtroom representing high profile cases for over 61 years was near perfect and his accolades include the Herbert G. Goldburg Criminal Law American Inn of Court, Jack Edmund Award and the Judge George Carr Award to name just a few. In addition, in 1989 he was recognized as one of America’s top 100 lawyers, an honor that followed for over 14 consecutive years. Beyond his political endeavors and stellar legal career, Anthony evolved into a very successful real estate developer, including the renowned development of Bardmoor Country Club. Beyond all his professional pursuits, he never lost sight of community service. He dedicated his time as past President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, President of the U.S. Attorney’s Association for the Middle District of Florida, Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Committee, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, Trustee for The Center Against Spouse Abuse, Board of Directors at PAR, as well as the founding President of both the San Carlo Opera Company and the St. Petersburg Opera Company. Above all, Anthony was a family man and his most rewarding task was holding court at the family dinner table each Sunday. On Saturdays, when time allowed, he could be found making the trip to Gainesville to cheer on his beloved Gators. His passion and love for life was evident in all his ventures as he instilled a lasting legacy of hard work, compassion and leadership in his family. There’s little doubt that Anthony forged his own path through life; a journey that earned him respect, love and devotion from all who knew him.