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David A. Papa

About me

My name is David A. Papa and I have been practicing in Florida since 2000. I started out handling Personal Injury Protection cases, which is basically filing law suits against insurance companies when they fail to pay medical bills to physicians after automobile accidents. Within one year from starting my own practice, I opened The Law Office of Papa & Gipe, P.A. with my law partner Robert Stanley Gipe, or as most call him, Stan. Our primary practice is Personal Injury claims. Our staff is composed of paralegals, including bi-lingual paralegals, case managers, an office manager, a marketing representative, a receptionist and an office administrator. We strive to be ordinary people when assisting our clients. We all realize that we are meeting people during a stressful time in their lives. We do whatever we can to be informative and compassionate while remaining objective. I have always believed that our staff and clients should all be treated with the proper respect and dignity they deserve to ensure a solid relationship. We personally meet our clients. We have an open door policy, meaning our clients are welcome to come to our office and sit down face to face with Stan and I when they feel the need arises. We believe that this type of communication is necessary to be successful. Each client deserves our undivided attention and continued advice as we work together towards resolution of their claim. We also have another side to us. We are aggressive but very professional when dealing with insurance companies. We achieve great results for our clients. If the insurance companies do not properly compensate our client, we will file a law-suit and will not hesitate to go to trial. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 70%
    16 years
  2. Slip and Fall: 10%
    16 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    16 years
  4. Brain Injury: 10%
    16 years



Hourly ($500/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Scott Richard Marshall

    David is an outstanding trial lawyer and a strong advocate for his clients. I have had the pleasure of co-counseling many cases with David in the past and have always admired his compassion for his clients and his dedication to their cases. He has a commanding knowledge of the law and takes the time with his clients to get the job done right. I strongly recommend him.


    Scott Marshall Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christopher Robert Dillingham II

    I've dealt with Mr. Papa as a Progressive Casualty claims adjuster for years, and if I needed a personal injury attorney--no one should represent themselves in litigation--I'd hire him in a heartbeat. He is knowledgeable, polite, and a compelling advocate for his clients. It is a pleasure to reconnect with this fine attorney, and I highly endorse him.


    Christopher Dillingham Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Papa & Gipe PA,

1724 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL, 33755-6504


FLMember in Good Standing200001/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Highest in Ethical Standards & Professional ExcellenceTop Lawyers in Florida2014
Highest in Ethical Standards & Professional ExcellenceTop Lawyers in Florida2013
Appreciation of SponsorshipCASA of St. Petersburg Florida2013
Appreciation of SponsorshipCASA of St. Petersburg Florida2012
Appreciation of SponsorshipCASA of St. Petersburg Florida2011
Appreciation of SponsorshipCASA of St. Petersburg Florida2010
Memeber in Good StandingBetter Business Bureau2010
Appreciation of SponsorshipCASA of St. Petersburg Florida2009
Appreciation of SponsorshipCASA of St. Petersburg Florida2008
Appreciation of SponsorshipCASA of St. Petersburg Florida2007
Appreciation of sponsorshipHudson Middle School Music Department2007
In Appreciation for Key Note SpeakingClearwater Central Catholic H.S.2003
Achievement AwardStetson Student Bar Association1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law PartnerPapa & Gipe P.A.2001 - Present
Law PartnerPIP Law Group2001 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of David A. Papa2000 - 2001
Law ClerkEqual Employment Opportunities Commission1998 - 1998
Law ClerkOffice Of The State Attorney Pinellas County1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Who's WhoMember2014 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
Member of the Tampa Bay Trial AttorneysActive Member2013 - Present
Martindale-HubbellLaw Firm-good standing2003 - Present
Better Business BureauMemeber2000 - Present
Florida BarMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
The Florida BarActive Member in Good Standing2000 - Present
Tampa Bay American Inn of CourtMember1998 - 1999
American Bar Association, Law Student DivisionPast Treasurer1997 - 1998
Phi Alpha DeltaFormer Vice President1997 - 1998
University of TampaHonorary Phi Delta Kappa1996 - 1998
American Bar Association, Law Student DivisionRepresentative1996 - 1998
American Bar Association, Law Student DivisionPast President-Job Internships1996 - 1998
Stetson DemocratsAssociate Memeber1995 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Auto cases / Slip & Falls$100,000.00- $650,000.00
Slip & Fall WalmartSettled in litigation for $90,000.00
Stepped in hole on loose deck boardsSettled for $650,000.00 right before trial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Professional Education Systems InstituteHot Topics & Trends in Florida PIP Litigation2004
Professional Education Systems InstitutePIP Litigation2003
Sunday London TimesSexual Harassment-Plaintiff1998
Forbes Magazine Front PageSexual Harassment-Plaintiff1998
Who's who in AmericaLaw Students1998
Supreme Court of the United States of America-Papa V Domino's PizzaSexual Harassment Case1998
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - Case-Papa v Domino's PizzaSexual Harassment1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Stetson University College of LawEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
University of Rhode IslandBusiness StudiesAssociates Degree1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medical Facilities accepting Assignment of BenefitsDefining Assignment of Benefits2006
Donny Deutsch LiveSexual Harassment-Attorney2006
Proper BillingPersonal Injury Protection2005
PIP SeminarFlorida Personal Injury Protection Law2003
New changes in PIP lawPersoanl Injury Protection2002
Litigation StrategyMock Trial2001
Phi Beta Kappa National ConferenceSexual Harassment-Plaintiff1998
Hot topics in AmericaSexual Harassment-Plaintiff1998
Good Morning AmericaSexual Harassment Plaintiff1998
DatelineSexual Harassment-Plaintiff1998
Prime Time LiveSexual Harassment-Plaintiff1997