|FL||Member in Good Standing||1973||01/29/2017|
|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|
|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|
|Former Chairman of the MADD Pinellas County Advisory Board||Chairman Pinellas Chapter||2012 - 2015|
|Consumer Guide||Layman's Guide to Brain Injuries||2016|
|Consumer Report||Common Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion||2016|
|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|
|The 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|
Posted by Jim
Our son had been walking across America and was struck and killed by a distracted driver in January on Route 90 in Fort Walton County. As parents we were devastated.
We do not live in Florida. We were also searching for answers in terms of whether or not we had a legitimate case and whether we should seek legal remedy in the matter.
Dealing with grief and loss is difficult enough. Then, trying to determine whether or not you should invest additional emotional capital in something that may (or may not) deliver any return for your efforts only compounds a very difficult and emotionally-wrenching situation.
After calling and leaving a message with Mr. Dodson’s office, he called me back within hours.
His consultation was compassionate, but also indicated an attorney with a wealth of experience in pedestrian and bicycle death cases. In the course of a 20 minute conversation, he helped me realize that as difficult as it was to hear, we did not have a legitimate case. In fact, I’d been agonizing about phone records for the driver and going back-and-forth with the FHP for nothing. Even if the driver was texting, she would not have been charged with anything more than a civil citation (which she ultimately was).
Mr. Dodson’s honesty, frankness, but also interacting with me in a human and humane manner impressed me. I was also able to move on from being fixated on a matter that was out of our hands. I'm not sure if I'd have been as fortunate if I hadn't come across Mr. Dodson's site and managed to consult with him.
Posted by Cheri White-Drain
I was feeling unprotected, and out of sorts. The auto accident was not my fault and yet I felt no support from my own insurance company. Being my first, I believed I needed an attorney to represent my rights. I googled and found one, called left voicemail. I called another Dodson, and Michele Ross answered the phone. We scheduled a meeting and I signed the documents that dat. I immediately felt some relief knowing I am not alone in this process. Michele while conveying empathy is well versed in the law, and my rights for restitution of costs I have incurred for another person's mistake. The first attorney's office where I left a voicemail called back alright two hours later but I informed them I had already made an appointment with another firm.
Posted by Mike
Recently I was riding with a Bicycle Club in The Villages FL. Traffic control gates came down cutting our bicycle pace line, I swerved to go through the middle of the two gates and one gate arm hit me on the shoulder. The gate broke away clean and landed on the curb...Thankfully I was not lingered to bad! ...automatic gate sensors were not working properly...
The Villages sent me a $250 gate repair bill...
Jim is a avid bicyclist and is familiar with bicycle issues...
with his thoughtfully written letter to The Villages we put the gate issue to rest.
Thanks Jim.... you are a pleasure to work with and I would recommend you to any one...especially Cyclists
Theodore Schofner, Medicaid and medicare Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Jim for many years and know him to be an expert in all legal matters relating to Personal Injury. He is extremely professional, ethical and competent. I refer cases to him without hesitation. I am honored to endorse Jim Dodson.
Robert Valentine, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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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