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I am a native Floridian, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. I graduated from Osceola High School in Seminole, Florida before attending and receiving my Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. My first job out of law school was in public service and law enforcement with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office. In 4 short years, I lead the first-ever Juvenile rocket-docket program, handling thousands of cases alone. I also worked in the Domestic Violence and DUI divisions, trying 50 DUI jury trials and 12 DV jury trials. Once Mark Ober was elected State Attorney and instituted a merit based promotion program, I quickly rose to the rank of Felony Lead Trial Attorney and ultimately the Major Crimes Division. I tried more than 50 felony jury trials, including serious felonies such as kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder. I won more than 90% of my jury trials while at the State Attorney's Office, including a perfect 5-0 record in murder trials.

Once I left the State Attorney's Office, I joined the criminal defense firm of Taracks and Associates. During my two years there, I tried many high profile defense cases, including the successful defense of a hate crime case in Pinellas County, Florida. After 1 year of litigation, 2 jury trials and 1 mistrial, the jury waited only 5 minutes, after hearing my closing argument, to return a verdict of not guilty on the hate crime charge. That was truly one of my proudest moments as a lawyer. My client was clearly not guilty and the State's heavy handed tactics were employed solely for the use of cheap political gain rather than with any thought of actual justice. The jury agreed with me too.

After two years working as a criminal defense attorney, I woke up one day and found myself craving a new challenge. So, I walked away from the comfort of my high-paying job and started STAMATAKIS + THALJI with my colleague, law school class mate and dear friend, Scott Stamatakis. Our firm has evolved in a number of different ways since our founding. Initially, we represented banks in foreclosure actions against consumers. The money was good, but it wasn't the type of work that fit our personality. After much thought we decided we were perfect for consumer justice. With our combined knowledge of banking laws, bankruptcy, mortgages, foreclosures, and my vast trial experience, we decided that representing actual people with problems would be the type of challenge we were looking for. Now, STAMATAKIS + THALJI is the one of the State's leading and most popular full-service consumer justice law firm. We have represented thousands upon thousands of every day citizens who have suffered problems at the hands of their banks or insurance companies. Specifically, our firm excels at the practice of AUTO ACCIDENT, PERSONAL INJURY, WRONGFUL DEATH, SINKHOLES, FORECLOSURE DEFENSE, BANKRUPTCY, COLLECTIONS DEFENSE, LOAN MODIFICATIONS, SHORT SALES, and CREDIT REPAIR.

My vision is to change the practice of law in America. Every day, we search for ways to offer everyday consumers affordable legal representation that is effective, efficient, and very computer friendly. If you have a problem, give me a call. I can help.


Languages spoken: English, Arabic

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    13 years
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 20%
    13 years
  3. Foreclosure: 20%
    13 years
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    13 years
  5. Other: 10%
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13904 North Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 301
Tampa, FL, 33618-2439


FLMember in Good Standing199909/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Book Award, Trial practiceUniversity of Florida, College of Law1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSTAMATAKIS + THALJI2004 - Present
Lead Trial AttorneyHillsborough County State Attorney's Office1999 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida BarN/A1999 - Present
United States District Court, Middle District of FloridaN/AN/A
YMCAYouth Mentor/VolunteerN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hate Crime - Pinellas County, FloridaNot Guilty - Felony Hate Crime, Guilty lesser included misdemeanor battery
Slip and Fall Walgreens$200,000 mediated settlement
Motorcycle Accident$190,000 pre-suit settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of FloridaBusiness AdminBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Remax Realtors Conference ClearwaterShort Sales and Foreclosure: A Realtor's Guide2008
Florida Bar Criminal Defense SeminarDUI Defense2007