A lawyer should give back to the community because the lawyer occupies a position of trust. A lawyer can’t simply exploit money from the citizens in a community and act like it’s an absolute right to do so. Public service in the community is repayment of the trust bestowed and the duty of every good lawyer.
I am the son of a Air Force Lt. Col. My dad was in the service until I was 13 years old. He retired in Tallahassee Florida and I became another Florida transplant. I started in the pre-med program at Florida State University but changed majors and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. I went to the University of Mississippi (the oldest state school in the United States of America) and graduated. There, I participated in the Moot court program (an trial advocacy program)and served as president of the law school student body. I was also a student member of the American inns of Court at Ole Miss.
I returned to Florida where he first started practicing in a personal injury law firm in Pensacola Florida as the sole associate to two experienced attorneys. From there I moved to Tampa, a much larger town which reminded me of when I lived in London, England. After working for some of the finest lawyers, I opened my own practice.
I am pleased to offer my services statewide because I have a pilot's license.
In my spare time I write bicycles off road and on the road. I ride motorcycles, sail boats I am a member of the board of directors of the Florida Bicycling Association, member of the Board of Directors of Southwest Florida Bicyclists United with Dealers, Inc. I am a member of the Citrus – Hernando American Inns of Court. I speak at bicycling clubs and other civic organizations. I think before governmental agencies advocating for bicyclists rights. I am also a member of the Rotary club.
I enjoy immensely helping injured people get back on their feet and get back that which is been taken from them by the negligence of others.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, German
Licensed since 1985
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1985||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Peer and Client rating||Avvo||2014|
|Managing Partner||J. Steele Olmstead, P. A.||1993 - Present|
|Attorney||Duke and Karikas, P. A.||1992 - 1993|
|House counsel||Cincinnati Insurance Company||1990 - 1992|
|Associate||Mulholland and Anderson, P.A.||1988 - 1990|
|Associate||Dale Swope, P. A.||1986 - 1988|
|Associate||O'Gwen L. King, P. A.||1985 - 1986|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Florida Bicycle Association||Board of Directors Member||2014 - Present|
|Southern Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Hillsborough County League of Women Voters||Member||2012 - Present|
|Tiger Club of Tampa||Member||2010 - Present|
|South West Florida Bicycle United Dealer's Assocation||Board of Directors||2010 - Present|
|New Tampa Rotary Club||Member||2008 - Present|
|Citrus-Hernando American Inn of Court||Master and President of the Inn||2004 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2002 - Present|
|Hernando County Bar Association||N/A||1995 - Present|
|Florida Justice Association||N/A||1994 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|The Messenger||Four Horsemen of the Bicyclepocoplyse||2014|
|Florida Bicycle Assocation "Messenger"||"We Are All Drivers"||2013|
|Florida Bicycle Association "Messenger"||"Why Obey Traffic Laws?"||2011|
|Florida Bicycle Association "Messenger"||To Avoid a Ticket, Visual Stop"||2011|
|Florida Bicycle Association "Messenger"||If I Get Hit, I'll Just Call You||2010|
|Florida Bicycling Association "Messenger"||"What Do You Mean I Don't Have the Right of Way?"||2009|
|Hernando Today||Law Day Editorial||2007|
|Hernando Today||Law Day Editorial||2006|
|St Petersburg College||ASEL||FAA Certification training||1988|
|The University of Mississippi School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1984|
|Tallahassee Community College||N/A||computer technology||1979|
|Florida State University||Psychology||Batchelor of Sciences||1977|
|Current Concepts in Sleep 2013||Medical and Legal Issues in Sleep||2013|
|Annual Membership meeting||"Why is this man smiling? Following the Rules as Cyclists"||2012|
|Workhorse Seminar||Moderator, Damages Panel Day 3||2011|
|Current Concepts in Sleep 2008||Medicolegal Aspects of Perioperative Care in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea||2008|
|Paralegal Degree Program||Civil Procedure||1994|