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Dale Martin Swope

Dale Martin Swope

Practice areas:

Insurance, Personal Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Insurance: 48%
  2. Personal Injury: 47%
  3. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Jay S. Grife

    Is there a better lawyer for injuries or insurance? His columns help all appreciate the intricacies of this legal arena.


    Jay Grife Consumer Protection Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Elizabeth Catherine Munro

    I endorse this lawyer. Dale is a truly innovative and brilliant attorney. I would recommend him to anyone seeking counsel for personal injury or Insurance bad faith purposes.


    Elizabeth Munro Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Swope, Rodante, PA Law Firm

1234 E 5th Ave
Tampa, FL, 33605-4904



FLMember in Good Standing197808/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaUS Best LawyersN/A
Bronze, Silver and Crystal EAGLE AwardFlorida Justice AssociationN/A
Legal LeaderFlorida Trend’s Florida Legal EliteN/A
Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance LawMartindale Hubbell and American Lawyer MediaN/A
“Rough Rider” & Teddy Roosevelt AwardFlorida Justice AssociationN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
Champion for Children AwardVoices for Children, a Guardian Ad Litem programN/A
Mickey Smiley Award for MentorshipFlorida Justice Association Young Lawyers sectionN/A
Most Significant Project by a Young Lawyers SectionFlorida Bar, Young Lawyers SectionN/A
Outstanding Young Lawyer AwardHillsborough County Bar AssociationN/A
S. Victor Tipton Award, superior achievement in legal writingFlorida Justice AssociationN/A
Who's Who in the SouthWho's Who in American Law -MarquisN/A
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -MarquisN/A
Eagle Hall of FAmeFlorida Justice AssociationN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Justice AssociationTreasurer2015 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationSecretary2014 - 2015
Super Lawyers Blue Ribbon PanelMember2013 - 2013
Federal Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2012
American Bar FoundationLife Fellow2011 - 2011
American Law InstituteMember2010 - 2010
Florida Justice AssociationExecutive Committee2010 - 2010
Florida Justice AssociationCo-chair of CLE Committee2005 - 2006
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2002 - 2002
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1998 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar Association Solo Practioner's CommitteeFounder and initial Chairman1991 - 1992
Hillsborough County Young Lawyers SectionBoard of Directors1988 - 1989
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationIncorporatorN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, (The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education 2nd Ed.)Co-author of Chapter 14, "Bad Faith Claims"2009
Florida Medcal Malpractice Handbook, (The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education 1st Ed.)Co-author of Chapter 14, "Bad Faith Claims"2006
Florida Automobile Insurance Law (The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education 6th Ed.)Co- Author of Chapter 8, "Practice and Procedure in Handling Automobile Case", Part I, "Plaintiff's Viewpoint"2005
Journal of Florida Justice AssociationTips for the Auto Practitioner - - monthly column from 1999 to present1999


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of South FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Florida Justice Association 2015 Workhorse SeminarDiscovery in a Dawning Digital Age2015
Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division 2015 Basic Trial Practice SeminarClosing Argument2015
Florida Justice Association 2013 Masters of Justice SeminarThe Current Standard for Bad Faith Failure to Settle Under Florida Law as Applied in State versus Federal Court2013
Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division 2013 Basic Trial Practice SeminarClosing Argument2013
Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention Advanced Trial Skills 2012 SeminarLiving with the New De Facto Changes for Bad Faith in Federal Court2012
Florida Justice Association 2009 Insurance SeminarThe Strategies, Techniques and Pitfalls of Cases Involving a Liability Carrier's Bad Faith Claims Handling2009
Florida Justice Association 2009 Automobile Negligence SeminarStrategies to Beat Insurance Company Conduct of Deny, Delay and Don't Pay: A Review of Recent Caselaw2009
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationIdentifying and Preserving the Third Party Bad Faith Claim2008
Florida Justice Association 2008 Workhorse SeminarNecessary Steps Which Must Be Taken by Trial Counsel in the Underlying Case in Order to Prevail in the First Party Bad Faith Case2008
Florida Justice Association 2008 Medical MalpracticeEstablishing Bad Faith Post 20032008
Florida Justice Association 2008 Masters of Justice SeminarThe X Files: What Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know About Bad Faith2008
Florida Justice Association 2008 Insurance SeminarMore than a Slingshot: First and Third Party Bad Faith – Taking Aim at Goliath: Conquering the Insurance Giants2008
Insurance Bad Faith Seminar for Florida Justice AssociationNuts and Bolts of a Bad Faith Case2007
Florida Justice Association ConferenceAutomotive Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update2007
Florida Justice Association 2007 Insurance Bad Faith SeminarNuts and Bolts of a Bad Faith Case2007
Association of Trial Lawyers of America ConferenceNew Approached to Damages2007
FDLA Conference SeminarFDLA Conference Seminar Presentation2006
Al J. Cone Trial Seminar for the Academy of Florida Trial LawyersAl J. Cone Trial Seminar2006
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Seminar PresentationTips for Proving the Bad Faith Case2006
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers SeminarBad Faith: Getting to the Heart of the Matter at Mediation2006
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers SeminarThe Seven Cardinal Sins Committed by Trial Lawyers2006
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers ConferenceMedical Malpractice Seminar2006
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 2005 Auto Negligence SeminarThe Anatomy of an Opening - Winning in the Beginning2005
2005 Annual Education SeminarThe Beginning of an Insurance Bad Faith Case2005
2005 Annual Convention – General Session: Advanced Trial Skills SeminarKeeping Faith in Bad Faith – Berges v. Infinity Insurance Co.2005
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Punitive Damages SeminarProving Mega Damages Including Punitive in Bad Faith Damages2003
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 2001 Insurance Bad Faith SeminarAdvanced Issues in Third Party Bad Faith2001
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers' Insurance Issues in the New MillenniumThe Case for Recovering Emotional Distress Damages in Bad Faith Cases2000
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 1998 Auto Negligence SeminarCreating Themes that Win In Auto Cases1998
Bridge the Gap Seminar - Tampa Young Lawyers DivisionTrial by Jury1995
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyAdvanced Trial Advocacy Training1990