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James Waller Dodson

also known as Jim Dodson

About me

After many years as a partner in a large Clearwater personal injury law firm, Jim Dodson founded his own law office, Jim Dodson Law in 2001, to make a reality of his vision of providing client-centered legal services exclusively to those whose lives have been shattered by someone else's reckless or negligent act. Jim has over 25 years experience representing clients in all types of injury claims including car accidents, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian and bicycle collisions, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice & wrongful death.

In some larger law firms, cases are handled mostly by file processors and case managers, but not at Jim Dodson Law. Jim limits the number of cases he accepts so he can provide personal attention and top notch service to his clients. Though his main office is in Clearwater, he serves a wide area of Florida's West Coast with satellite offices in Bradenton, Fort Myers, New Port Richey, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sanford, Sarasota and Venice.


Jim is a native Floridian and graduate of the Florida State College of Law. A well respected trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor and Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Dodson is highly respected in the legal community. He is a member of the prestigous Million Dollar Advocates Forum, has achieved the highest possible AV rating by his peers for legal abilities and ethics, was awarded a 10.0 superb rating from AVVO, a lawyer rating service, has been named a Tampa Bay Top Personal Injury Lawyer and was recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer in 2014.


As a community activist and advocate for consumer education and safety, Jim founded the "Bikes for Kids" and "Helmets for Kids" programs. He is the author of nine publications related to various areas of injury law and they are available at no cost at The firm website also contains hundreds of educational videos, informative articles and commonly asked questions people have following an accident or injury. It has become a trusted resource of legal information for accident victims throughout Florida.

Jim and his wife have two grown children and four beautiful grandchildren. Jim is a second generation native Floridian. In his free time Jim also enjoys golfing, boating, mountain and road biking, wood working, reading and spending time with his family.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 30%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Slip and Fall Accident: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
  5. Motorcycle Accident: 10%



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Contact info

Clearwater - Main Office

310 Wildwood Way
Clearwater, FL, 33756

Bradenton Office, By Appointment Only

1001 Third Ave. West, Suite 650
Bradenton, FL, 34205

Fort Myers Office, By Appointment Only

6213 Presidential Court, Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL, 33919

New Port Richey Office, By Appointment Only

9400 River Crossing Blvd.
Suite 103
New Port Richey, FL, 34655

Port Charlotte Office, By Appointment Only

8245 Paulson Dr., Suite 122
Port Charlotte, FL, 33954

Punta Gorda Office, By Appointment Only

315 East Olympia Ave., Suite 221
Punta Gorda, FL, 33590

Sarasota Office, By Appointment Only

1751 Mound Street, Suite 201
Sarasota, FL, 34236

Venice Office, By Appointment Only

901 Venetia Bay Blvd., Suite 350
Venice, FL, 34285

Sanford Office, By Appointment Only

1120 West First Street, Suite B
Sanford, FL, 32771



FLMember in Good Standing197309/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Florida Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Tampa Bay Top Rated LawyerTampa Bay Magazine2012
10.0 Superb RatingAVVO2010
Membership in Million Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2005
Highest Possible AV Peer Reviewed RatingMartindale-Hubbell1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerJim Dodson Law2001 - Present
PartnerCarlson, Meisner & Web Law Firm1984 - 2001
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Dept. of Justice1980 - 1984
Career Criminal Special ProsecutorState Attorney's Office1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chairman of the MADD Pinellas County Advisory BoardChairman Pinellas Chapter2012 - Present
Mastermind Group of LawyersMember2007 - Present
Mid-County Bar AssociationPresident2002 - Present
American Association of JusticeMember1996 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Florida Association of JusticeMember1986 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationPast President1977 - Present
Florida BarMember1973 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State UniversityPolitical science, International relationsBAN/A
Florida State University College of LawN/ALaw, Graduated Cum LaudeN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sarasota Manatee Bicycle ClubUninsured Motorist Insurance: Injury Protection for Cyclists2013
Pinellas County Mid-County Bar MeetingThe Power of Habit2013
Mid-County Bar AssociationThe Power to Conceive the Perfect Law Practice2009
Largo Rotary ClubThe Energy In Our Thoughts2009
Clearwater Central Catholic High School Career DayOpportunities in the Legal Profession2008
Bay News 9 Legal InterviewHow Voters Can Learn About Judicial Candidates2008