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James Garcia Souza III

Personal injury Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.8   32 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I help injured people and their families obtain legal and lawful recoveries for injuries that are permanent and life changing. My office has extensive experience in Wrongful Death cases, which include cases where people are killed in auto accidents or through medical negligence.

    30 years

  2. Criminal defense

  3. Expungement

I became a lawyer to help people. I treat all people who come to see me like a member of my family. I strive to acheive excellent results for every client in every case and I work hard to earn your trust. I keep that trust through honest, candid communications. I love happy endings and take great pride in the thousands of clients over the years who have chosen me to be their lawyer. 

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Law Offices of James G. Souza III, P.A.
1580 West Cleveland Street
Tampa, FL, 33606

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4.8 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Posted by Jamie N | August 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Laywer
James Souza did a great job with my case. He was very knowledgeable about injury's and got me what I deserved. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Mary | April 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Fighting trucking companies
James Souza is a personal injury trial lawyer who isn't afraid of suing trucking companies when they are at fault. My husband was hit by a semi-truck and suffered severe back injuries. Mr. Souza's law firm tried everything but the trucking company's insurance company refused to offer us a fair settlement. It was only after Mr. Souza filed the lawsuit that the insurance company for the trucking company settled the case for 5 times more than the amount they offered before the lawsuit! Thanks you again for fighting for our family! MEM
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Response from James Souza July 10, 2018
Thank you MEM for providing such a great support to your husband and for trusting our law firm with his case. I certainly appreciate and am quite grateful that you guys were happy with the result. We did our best for you.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive and gets job done
Had a small Marijuana charge and he got me the outcome I needed.... what I feel is important to point out is his attentiveness. If I had a question, I'd get an answer almost rigot away. He was great with communication. I couldn't ask for anything more. Thank you Jim.
Posted by Teresa | February 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of our experience with Mr. James G. Souza, III
Our experience with Mr. James Souza was very positive. He was able to attain the outcome that we were hoping for and worked hard to make sure that all available options were researched. Our phone calls and emails were answered promptly and he never failed to explain the details thoroughly.
Response from James Souza March 11, 2016
Thanks Teresa. It was an absolute pleasure helping you get across the finish line. If you need anything at all give me a call at 813-254-9205. Thanks for taking time to leave a review too.
Posted by Charles | September 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
James done a great job of handling my case. He got my probation terminated the first time he tried and he was easy to contact whenever I had questions. I highly recommend him.
Response from James Souza March 11, 2016
Glad we could help you out Charles. I'm a little late in getting back to you on this review but I want you to know I really appreciate you taking the time to leave review for me, If you need anything you can reach me at 813-254-9205.
Posted by Alex | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely your best chance of getting off probation.
I called five lawyers down in fla and everyone sounded negative. I live a thousand miles away and it's tuff to get back down there. Some lawyers wanted me to fly back, some said you probably will lose. Everyone was negative until I called James. He didn't promise me anything but he sounded confident in giving me fair shot and don't worry about coming down here he said. I should be able to care of it for you I'll call you when I get it done. Which is all you could really ask for. I decided to go ahead with James and let him do my case. It was the best decision I could've ever made. He was very professional kept me up-to-date told me everything that was going on. Got me off from doing an additional three years of probation. I am so happy I went with him he stacked all the odds in our favor and got me of Scott free. I also told him of my friend who was arrested at the same time I was and he got him off Scott free to. His rates was competitive with every other lawyer I'd spoke too. In fact he quoted me a little higher price I accepted his price cause it was in line with the rest of the quotes I got and he called me an hour later and said he had made a mistake that it was actually a cheaper price. I had six years of probation and he got me off at three years I wish I would have called sooner. I feel confident in saying that he could have got me off sooner. Best part was I called him less than two weeks ago and now I am Scott free. It was really fast efficient and honest which is the most important thing to me. I am no way affiliated/related to him I'm just estownded by how efficient he was for my friend and I. I told James to use me as a referral so if you call his office he can give you my phone number and I'll tell you all the details of how great he was. I have passed his phone number out to anyone I can cause he deserves the work he's a great lawyer. I type with two giant thumbs so he had to be a wizard to get this long of a review out of me.
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Posted by Carol | August 27, 2015
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He is a very capable attorney and always easy to get in touch with. He helped my son stay out of federal prison by getting him enrolled in a drug rehab center. He tries to help people with their problems rather than see them go to jail.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2015
Jim Souza exemplifies professionalism, compassion, intelligence and commitment to his clients. He was involved with every facet of my case and always accessible. He is definitely the TOP lawyer in Tampa Bay!
Posted by charlotte | December 10, 2014
Our Lawyer James Souza
James Souza has been our family's attorney for several years on many occasions he has went above and beyond the call of a Attorney . He has taken after hour calls on several dates to help us resolve issues .They do not come any better than James Souza or his firm
Posted by Joyce | October 24, 2014
Jim is an excellent attorney, very straight forward and honest. If you are injured due to someone else's negligence, he makes every effort to compensate you for your injuries, but also tries to get the negligent party to make the situation safer for others in the future.
Posted by Travis | October 15, 2014
Excellent service!
James is an exceptional attourney, he kept me informed every step of the way. He also had several ideas of what he would try and accomplish in terms of reaching some form of agreement with the S.A.O unfortunately the first atourney i had hired for a previous case had me on the edge of the seat the whole time it was very difficult for me to actually speak to my previous lawyer, thats not the case here with James tho he would return with an answer for any question i had within the same day (usually within minutes) Thank you for all that you have done for me recently. You cannot go wrong with chosing James to represent you. -Travis
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2014
Highly recommend Mr. Souza!
Jim handled our case with great care and compassion. Given all of the factors involved, Jim sought the best opportunity for resolution, and truly listened to our questions/concerns as we worked through the process.
Posted by JOE - S.H. | February 25, 2012
If You Want The BEST ====Then Bypass The Rest
I wanted to put this review in a few months back but have just not had time till now. Mr. Souza came highly recommended to us from another attorney that had some medical problems at the time and could not take on our case. Jim did an "outstanding" job representing my son in 2 different situations. One of those (although not majorly serious) went to a jury trial and naturally you get nervous on these types of cases. Jim kept us re-assured that we should prevail in the end which we did. He did an "excellent" job of representation in the court room and my son was acquitted of the charges. He takes time initially to go over the situation and get to know his potential client (and vice versa) during this interview. He then tells it like it is before he even takes the case on (good or bad.) If you retain him he then gives it 100% to do the best job possible. Again === If you want the BEST - Then bypass the rest !!! NOTE: Jim has our OK for anyone who would like to conhtact us personally before hiring him
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2012
A great lawyer and a great individual
Mr. Souza's experience and professionalism were greatly appreciated. He responded rapidly to calls and took as much time as needed to explain procedures and answer questions. He also demonstrated great concern about the impact my legal situation was having on me on a personal and emotional level. I have never encountered another professional with that level of compassion and concern. I strongly recommend him to be your attorney.
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Posted by DMB | January 9, 2012
Need a knowledgeable and trustworthy defender? Call Mr. Souza
Mr. Souza has provided complete legal advice in different matters, other than criminal issues. He was thorough to address areas including things that could affect my divorce paperwork stemming from the criminal charges against me. There are many legal firms in Tampa, but from my experience, Mr. Souza was very dedicated and professional. If you want a determined defender of your rights, call Mr. Souza.
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Posted by Steve | December 29, 2011
Better Call Souza
Mr. Souza has provided sound legal advice in several matters, including a property dispute, a breach of contract, and a personal matter. When my elderly mother recently became injured in an automobile accident, I insisted she call James Souza first. There are many personal injury firms in Tampa, but, to my knowledge, none as experienced, dedicated, and professional as Mr. Souza's. If want a tenacious defender of your rights, a legal tactician, and a humanitarian attorney (he's definitely not one of those reptilian TV guys), call Mr. Souza.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2011
I highly recommend Mr. Souza
Mr. Souza is not only a great lawyer but extremely caring and compassionate. He's always positive which helped so much when I wasn't. I completely placed all my trust in him because he always looked in my best interest. He has a great rapport with his peers and highly respected by other lawyers. I have recommended him to friends and will continue to do so. I will always be grateful to Mr. Souza.
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Posted by CE | December 28, 2011
Results + Compassion
James Souza did a wonderful job handling a delicate situation with my daughter. He was able to look at the situation objectively and bring justice to light. I was very grateful that he was recommended to me and I would recommend his services to clients of all ages.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2011
Best criminal defense attorney in town
Mr. Souza represented my husband for several criminal offenses and did the best we could have ever hoped for. He was knowledgeable and had an amazing rapport with the prosecution and judges. He is very highly respected among his peers. I have recommended him to friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2011
Mr. Souza
Mr. Souza was an excellent attorney to work with . He handled my case very diligently and was very easy to communicate with. He kept me very informed and up to date on my case. I would use him again and recommend him to family and friends if needed. Thank you.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Lawyer
  • The Law Offices of James G. Souza III, P.A.
  • 1995 - Present


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Automobile Accident with Broken Back
  • This case was settled for insurance policy limits.
  • Cell phone distraction causing collision with motorcycle
  • This case was settled for insurance policy limits just 23 days after the accident.
  • Wal Mart dirty floor caused slip and fall
  • The case settled prior to trial after an unsuccessful mediation.
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  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers
  • Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Florida State Convention
  • Letter Carrier Safety
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (24)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is an outstanding criminal and personal injury lawyer with a strong work ethic and knowledge of the law. He goes the extra mile and any client would be lucky to have him as their counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a very fine attorney and is always knowledgeable, prepared and friendly. He has high energy for his clients and sincerely wants to do a good job for them. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent lawyer and always prepared. He is also a great human being and very caring."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a great asset to the legal community. His experience, knowledge of the law, and dedication to his clients are just a few of his positive attributes. I highly recommend him for any personal injury or criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Wow, i cannot say enough positive things about this lawyer. He is unbelievably energetic in preparing his clients' cases and defenses. He is always friendly, compassionate, and extremely helpful. He is always fully prepared, and presents a very effective and intelligent argument on behalf of his clients. I fully endorse this super fine advocate."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is one of the most passionate lawyers I have ever known. If he takes on a case , he will use all his skills to succeed for his client."
Personal injury Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jim for some time now. I met him when I worked for the state as a prosecutor. I have always admired his integrity, work ethic and tenacity. He is an extraordinary attorney and human being. I higly recommend him to anyone who is in need of legal representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim is a talented and detail oriented lawyer who fights for his client's rights with passion and professionalism."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim Souza is absolutely brilliant! His take on the law and his out of the box thinking is truly astounding. If you have a personal injury case and live in Florida, you must give him a call."
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