It’s hard to imagine anyone with deeper Florida roots than Kenneth Hancock of Hancock Law. A 5th generation Floridian, Kenneth was born and raised in Arcadia, attended college and law school in Florida, and has spent his entire law career practicing in Florida.
“My family had humble beginnings,” Kenneth recalls. “My values were firmly instilled in me from the start. My father was the spiritual leader of our family, a devout Christian. My mother is the heart and glue of the family. We’re all really close and supportive of each other.”
Kenneth has a fraternal twin sister and smiles as he lays claim to being the oldest by four minutes. “We were inseparable from the moment we were born.” His other sister is younger by 8 ½ years. “When I was 10, I got into trouble when I put her on a horse. She was just two years old! We were bucked off in about two seconds flat!” While it wasn’t funny at the time, now Kenneth’s entire family laughs when they reminisce about his endless childhood misadventures.
After college, Kenneth married his childhood sweetheart, Lacy. They met when he was a high school sophomore and she, a freshman. He wanted to take the plunge and ask her out, but wasn’t sure what to say, “I remember walking up to her and blurting out, ‘My dog just had puppies.’ Not the smoothest of pickup lines, but it worked! We made the mistake of telling my kids that story. They still tease me about how uncool I was.”
Interestingly, he never set out to be a lawyer. At Florida Southern College, he started out in Civil Engineering, but it didn’t feel right. His grandmother reminded him that his great grandfather was a lawyer in a small, North Florida town. Something clicked at that moment. “I got a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, then went to law school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. In my first year, I was a participant on the trial team as a witness. The courtroom dynamics were exciting—I was instantly hooked. I really liked matching wits with an opponent!” It was then that Kenneth knew he’d found his life’s work.
Now, a practicing lawyer for over 15 years, Kenneth’s practice is based in Arcadia—the community that helped shape his life over so many years. He, Lacy, and their three children are active in the community and their church. “I am proud to be able to use my values and experience to help people in Arcadia find resolution to the many issues that arise after an accident or other kind of tragedy. I can’t imagine doing anything else!”