Senator Walter G. "Skip" Campbell, Jr was born in Rockaway Beach, New York, on November 12, 1948. Skip began at St. John Vianney Seminary and continued at the University of Florida, where he was inducted into Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society. Skip graduated from the University of Florida in 1970 and its Law School in 1973. He began his career with a defense firm in Miami. Skip then joined with Jon Krupnick in Broward County. In 1975, they became known as Krupnick & Campbell.
Skip was board-certified as a civil trial lawyer by The Florida Bar in 1983. He is also a licensed helicopter pilot and a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association. Skip is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, and the District Court of Columbia Court of Appeal.
Skip has consistently received an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest rating given by this publication. He is also among a select group to be included in the book, The Best Lawyers in America, and the publication Leading American Attorneys.
Academically, Skip has served as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center and has been a review editor for Matthew Bender Publishing Company. He has also hosted a popular television show You and the Law.
During his career he has been a leader within the profession. He has served as President of the Broward County Bar Association, President of the Broward County Trial Lawyers' Association, and President of the Federal Bar Association of Broward County. He was elected to the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar from 1988 through 1996, and was the recipient of The Florida Bar Meritorious Service Award.
Skip has also been active in his profession as a Founding Fellow and member of the Board of Governors of the Southern Trial Lawyers, a Diplomate of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, a sustaining member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a Founding Sponsor of the Civil Justice Foundation and a Founding Member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
In 1996, Skip was elected to the Florida Senate, where he proudly serves the communities of the western portions of central and northern Broward County. Senator Campbell is an accomplished legislator who has sponsored and supported numerous bills in the areas of crime fighting, education, consumer rights and safety, and the protection of the quality of health care.
Senator Skip Campbell's dedication to his community is well demonstrated by his civic involvement. He has served as local chairman of the Broward Chapter - National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as a board member for Kids in Distress, and on the Legal Advocates Committee of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He has been actively involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation and the Emerald Society. Skip has received numerous awards for his civic, professional, and legislative efforts including the Hope Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Distinguished Community Service Award of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League of Coral Springs/Parkland, the VALOR award from the American Diabetes Association, and the Outstanding Senator Award from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.