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James William Gustafson Jr.

Defective and dangerous products Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

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JAMES W. GUSTAFSON JR. is a shareholder with Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA. Mr. Gustafson is a sixth generation Florida native who served with the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division and studied at St. Edmund Hall in Oxford, England.

Mr. Gustafson’s practice is focused on product liability, tobacco litigation including fraud and conspiracy, trucking negligence, and other catastrophic injury and death cases.

Mr. Gustafson is an EAGLE member, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Florida Justice Association. He is a sustaining member of The American Association for Justice, and served as chair of their Professional Negligence Section. He is a Diplomate in the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Committed to teaching and writing, he has lectured to Florida’s circuit judges, at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars, and has authored Continuing Legal Education materials for The Florida Bar, the Journal of the Florida Justice Association, and AAJ’s Trial magazine.

An AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell for over ten years, Mr. Gustafson is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and received the Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Tallahassee ABOTA Chapter in 2010. He is named in “The Best Lawyers in America,” and received the designation “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation in Tallahassee in 2013. He has been named numerous times a Florida Super Lawyer, and to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Mr. Gustafson obtained one of the Top Ten Verdicts of 2010 as recognized by Lawyers USA, and one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2010 by the National Law Journal.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Florida State University, Mr. Gustafson studied law with his alma mater as well. He was a member of the moot court team and Phi Delta Phi, and graduated with honors.

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Licensed for 28 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/23/2022

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Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA
517 N Calhoun St
Tallahassee, FL, 32301-1231

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, Pa
  • 2002 - Present

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University
  • 1992
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Associations

  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice, Professional Negligence Section
  • Chair
  • N/A
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • N/A
  • William H. Stafford American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • N/A
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Diplomate
  • N/A
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Florida Justice Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Florida Justice Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Chair
  • 1999 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Board Certified - Civil Trial
  • Florida Bar
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Florida's Legal Leaders
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Florida's Legal Leaders
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Trial Magazine
  • Challenging Hospitals that Tolerate Incompetent Doctors
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Justice Association Annual Convention
  • Jury Selection After Seinfeld: Pitfalls and Strategies for Dealing with Indifference and Cynicism
  • 2014

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Tallahassee Defective and dangerous products Lawyer James William Gustafson Jr.
James William Gustafson Jr.
Defective and dangerous products Attorney
Tallahassee, FL
Licensed for 28 years