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 www.jimdodsonlaw.com. 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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I refer personal injury clients to Attorney Dodson and get feedback from those clients indicating that he is patient with them and takes the time to fully know and understand their case before explaining their legal options during the consult. I would recommend him to anyone that has suffered an injury.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1973||06/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Florida Super Lawyer||Florida Super Lawyers||2014|
|Tampa Bay Top Rated Lawyer||Tampa Bay Magazine||2012|
|10.0 Superb Rating||AVVO||2010|
|Membership in Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2005|
|Highest Possible AV Peer Reviewed Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1988|
|Founding Partner||Jim Dodson Law||2001 - Present|
|Partner||Carlson, Meisner & Web Law Firm||1984 - 2001|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney||United States Dept. of Justice||1980 - 1984|
|Career Criminal Special Prosecutor||State Attorney's Office||1978 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Chairman of the MADD Pinellas County Advisory Board||Chairman Pinellas Chapter||2012 - Present|
|Mastermind Group of Lawyers||Member||2007 - Present|
|Mid-County Bar Association||President||2002 - Present|
|American Association of Justice||Member||1996 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Florida Association of Justice||Member||1986 - Present|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Past President||1977 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||1973 - Present|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Consumber Guide||Florida DUI Crash Victim Guide||2013|
|Consumer Guide||Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook||2012|
|Consumer Guide||Uninsured Motorist Insurance - Don't Leave Home Without It!||2012|
|Consumer Guide||Florida Pedestrian Accident Guide||2010|
|Consumer Guide||When Kids Suffer BIG Injuries||2010|
|Consumer Guide||Survivor's Guide to Florida Wrongful Death Claims||2009|
|Consumer Guide||Dangerous Trips to Avoid in Your Fall Case||2009|
|Consumer Guide||Five Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Case||2009|
|Consumer Guide||Buying Car Insurance: The Ultimate Guide to Irresponsible Drivers in Florida||2008|
|Florida State University||Political science, International relations||BA||N/A|
|Florida State University College of Law||N/A||Law, Graduated Cum Laude||N/A|
|Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club||Uninsured Motorist Insurance: Injury Protection for Cyclists||2013|
|Pinellas County Mid-County Bar Meeting||The Power of Habit||2013|
|Mid-County Bar Association||The Power to Conceive the Perfect Law Practice||2009|
|Largo Rotary Club||The Energy In Our Thoughts||2009|
|Clearwater Central Catholic High School Career Day||Opportunities in the Legal Profession||2008|
|Bay News 9 Legal Interview||How Voters Can Learn About Judicial Candidates||2008|