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Gary Robert Jodat

Gary Robert Jodat

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Family, Bankruptcy & Debt, Criminal Defense

About Me

Gary Jodat enjoys living in Sarasota with his wife, 2 younger children and their dog, Drake a Yorkshire Terrier.  During leisure time, his family enjoys swimming, boating and the beach.  The 3 older children attended Manatee County schools and are no longer at home.


Gary R. Jodat is the founding attorney of Jodat Law Group, P.A. started in 1994.   He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1993 and his undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University. Fresh out of law school he was an Assistant Public Defender trying criminal, Juvenile and Dependency cases before concentrating on litigating Personal Injury matters. He is a member of The American Bar Association, The Manatee County Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Florida Justice Association.  He is an Eagle Patron for giving to the Endowment for Association Giving to Law & Education.  His past memberships include The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, The Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, American Inns of Court and the Manatee Chapter of the American Heart Association.  Gary has been published: Illegitimate Children Gain Rights in Wrongful Death, Pinellas County Review, March 2, 1993, at 25.  Grant v. Thornton, 749 So. 2d 529 - Fla: Dist. Court of Appeals, 2nd Dist. 1999.  He is a Distinguished Expert with a handgun.  Gary has been Awarded the Life Saver Award from the Rotary Club of Sarasota and also recognized for saving a life by the Sarasota Police Department.  He is a Board Member of Healthy Start of Sarasota.  The National Trial Lawyers has named him to the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers.”



Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    21 years
  2. Family: 20%
    21 years
  3. Bankruptcy & Debt: 15%
    10 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    21 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Melanie Archer Newby

    I endorse this lawyer. Gary Jodat has a well-deserved reputation for zealously representing his clients and obtaining the best results possible in every case.


    Melanie Newby Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Shannan Claire Neri

    I endorse this lawyer. He is professional, ethical and well established in this community. Mr. Jodat puts the best interest of his clients first!


    Shannan Neri Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Jodat Law Group, PA

4315 W. Kennedy
Tampa Bay Area, FL, 33609

521 Ninth Street West
Tampa Bay, FL, 34205

2620 S. Tamiami Trail
Tampa Bay, FL, 34239

1694 S. Tamiami Trail
Tampa Bay, FL, 34293



FLMember in Good Standing199305/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
People's Choice Award Favorite AttorneyBradenton Herald2015
Venice Readers' Choice 1st Place Law FirmHerald Tribune2015
Bradenton Readers' Choice 1st Place Law FirmHerald Tribune2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Readers' Choice Award - Law FirmVenice Gondolier Sun2013
Citizen's Award of MeritSarasota Police Department2007
Life Saver AwardRotary Club of Sarasota2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerJodat Law Group, PA1994 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Justice AssociationEagle Member2014 - Present
Manasota Trial Lawyers BoardBoard Member2011 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaMember1994 - Present
American Bar Association FoundationMemberN/A
Manatee County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Inns of CourtMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Grant v. Thornton, 749 So. 2d 529 - Fla: Dist. Court of Appeals, 2nd Dist. 1999Reversed and Remanded

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Publication NameTitleDate
Pinellas County ReviewIllegitimate Children Gain Rights in Wrongful Death1993

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Manatee County School Board, Harlee Middle SchoolBusiness Development2005