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A lawyer should give back to the community because the lawyer occupies a position of trust. A lawyer can’t simply exploit money from the citizens in a community and act like it’s an absolute right to do so. Public service in the community is repayment of the trust bestowed and the duty of every good lawyer.


I am the son of a Air Force Lt. Col. My dad was in the service until I was 13 years old.   He retired in Tallahassee Florida and I became another Florida transplant.  I started in the pre-med program at Florida State University but changed majors and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.  I went to the University of Mississippi (the oldest state school in the United States of America) and graduated.  There, I participated in the Moot court program (an trial advocacy program)and served as president of the law school student body.  I was also a student member of the American inns of Court at Ole Miss.


I returned to Florida where he first started practicing in a personal injury law firm in Pensacola Florida as the sole associate to two experienced attorneys. From there I moved to Tampa, a much larger town which reminded me of when I lived in London, England.   After working for some of the finest lawyers, I opened my own practice. 


I am pleased to offer my services statewide because I have a pilot's license.


In my spare time I write bicycles off road and on the road. I ride motorcycles, sail boats I am a member of the board of directors of the Florida Bicycling Association, member of the Board of Directors of Southwest Florida Bicyclists United with Dealers, Inc.  I am a member of the Citrus – Hernando American Inns of Court. I speak at bicycling clubs and other civic organizations.  I think before governmental agencies advocating for bicyclists rights.  I am also a member of the Rotary club.


I enjoy immensely helping injured people get back on their feet and get back that which is been taken from them by the negligence of others.




Languages spoken: Spanish, German

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 45%
    31 years
  2. Brain Injury: 25%
    31 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    31 years
  4. Trucking Accident: 5%
    23 years
  5. Slip and Fall: 5%
    31 years



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Bradley David Souders

    I endorse this lawyer. Steele has the reputation of working hard and he keeps up with the current laws to represent his clients with the highest standards. He is dedicated to his profession, his clients and he also offers assistance to other lawyers, mentoring them, sharing his vast knowledge and expertise.


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Contact info

J. Steele Olmstead, P. A.

14517 N 18th St
Tampa, FL, 33613-2417


FLMember in Good Standing198506/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer and Client ratingAvvo2014
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerJ. Steele Olmstead, P. A.1993 - Present
AttorneyDuke and Karikas, P. A.1992 - 1993
House counselCincinnati Insurance Company1990 - 1992
AssociateMulholland and Anderson, P.A.1988 - 1990
AssociateDale Swope, P. A.1986 - 1988
AssociateO'Gwen L. King, P. A.1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bicycle AssociationBoard of Directors Member2014 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Hillsborough County League of Women VotersMember2012 - Present
Tiger Club of TampaMember2010 - Present
South West Florida Bicycle United Dealer's AssocationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
New Tampa Rotary ClubMember2008 - Present
Citrus-Hernando American Inn of CourtMaster and President of the Inn2004 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present
Hernando County Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationN/A1994 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
School Board draws dangerous bus route, puts inexperienced, incompetent driver on it.verdict for the plaintiffs for $2,600,000.00.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The MessengerFour Horsemen of the Bicyclepocoplyse2014
Florida Bicycle Assocation "Messenger""We Are All Drivers"2013
Florida Bicycle Association "Messenger""Why Obey Traffic Laws?"2011
Florida Bicycle Association "Messenger"To Avoid a Ticket, Visual Stop"2011
Florida Bicycle Association "Messenger"If I Get Hit, I'll Just Call You2010
Florida Bicycling Association "Messenger""What Do You Mean I Don't Have the Right of Way?"2009
Hernando TodayLaw Day Editorial2007
Hernando TodayLaw Day Editorial2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Petersburg CollegeASELFAA Certification training1988
University of Mississippi School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1984
Tallahassee Community CollegeN/Acomputer technology1979
Florida State UniversityPsychologyOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Current Concepts in Sleep 2013Medical and Legal Issues in Sleep2013
Annual Membership meeting"Why is this man smiling? Following the Rules as Cyclists"2012
Workhorse SeminarModerator, Damages Panel Day 32011
Current Concepts in Sleep 2008Medicolegal Aspects of Perioperative Care in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea2008
Paralegal Degree ProgramCivil Procedure1994