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.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1999||09/08/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Book Award, Trial practice||University of Florida, College of Law||1997|
|Managing Partner||STAMATAKIS + THALJI||2004 - Present|
|Lead Trial Attorney||Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office||1999 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Florida Bar||N/A||1999 - Present|
|United States District Court, Middle District of Florida||N/A||N/A|
|Hate Crime - Pinellas County, Florida||Not Guilty - Felony Hate Crime, Guilty lesser included misdemeanor battery|
|Slip and Fall Walgreens||$200,000 mediated settlement|
|Motorcycle Accident||$190,000 pre-suit settlement|
|See all Legal Cases|
|Entrepreneur||Underwater: reality or myth, the specter of borrowers simply walking away from their homes has pressed servicers into action||2009|
|St. Petersburg Times||Judge declares mistrial in noose case||2004|
|St. Petersburg Times||Times Editorial||2004|
|St. Petersburg Times||At what point is it no longer self-defense?||2003|
|Tampa Tribune||Driver Challenges Deeper Life Church In Deadly Crash||2003|
|The Observer||Florida Mosque Overcomes Dispute||1998|
|University of Florida, College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Florida||Business Admin||BS - Bachelor of Science||1995|
|Remax Realtors Conference Clearwater||Short Sales and Foreclosure: A Realtor's Guide||2008|
|Florida Bar Criminal Defense Seminar||DUI Defense||2007|