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David A. Papa

Car accident Attorney

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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My name is David A. Papa and I have been practicing in Florida since 2000. I started out handling Personal Injury Protection cases, which is basically filing law suits against insurance companies when they fail to pay medical bills to physicians after automobile accidents. Within one year from starting my own practice, I opened The Law Office of Papa & Gipe, P.A. Our primary practice had been Personal Injury claims. 

However, after twenty (20)  years l have come to realize that  I needed to go into a direction that was more focused on servoing my community with more personalized attention. I opened up Papa Injury Law in January of 2021. We have a bi-lingual office with experienced paralegals, an office manager, a receptionist, and now introducing my son David, who recently graduated Law School. My goal is to demonstrate to David the most important aspect of being an attorney. That is be a good person first and treat all clients with respect and always be honest  and trustworthy. This is how I practice Law and have had great client success. I believe we need to focus on meeting people persoanlly during their stressful time. My clients deserve face to face attention. We do whatever possible to be informative and compassionate while remaining objective. I have always believed that our clients must all be treated with the proper respect and dignity they deserve to ensure a solid relationship. I personally meet my clients. I have an open door policy, meaning my clients are welcome to come to my office and sit down face to face with  me whjenever they feel the need arises. I believe that this type of communication is necessary to be successful. Each client deserves my undivided attention and continued advice as we work together towards resolution of their claim. I also have another side to me. When it becomes necessary I am aggressive with the Insurance Companies and the defense Attorney's, but in a very professional manner. I achieve great results for our clients. If the insurance companies do not properly compensate our client, we will file a law-suit and will not hesitate to go to trial. Consider this: after two decades of practicing law I have had defense attorneys refer their friends and family to me to help with their own auto accidnets. I have also had Insurance Company adjuster do the same- this is one of the highest compliments to receive having your adverserial competition trust you with their family and friends. 

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Posted by Mimi | March 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Superior Attorney
David Papa is one of the most accommodating attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I severely injured my knee and Mr. Papa was able to get me in to see an orthopedic specialist, immediately, and with a very high-ranking specialist. I am extremely grateful for his compassion and resourcefulness. Mr. Papa is an excellent attorney and takes pride in his representations.
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Response from David Papa March 9, 2020
I do appreciate the fact that you trusted my judgment with the Orthopedic specialist. I only work with surgeons that I would send my own family to for medical treatment and that includes myself. I take great pride in knowing that I have the ability to help others, including referring them out to doctors who are as caring and compassionate as I aspire to be. Sincerely-David
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Posted by Celeste | February 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
In December a valet company in another city damaged my car. They tried to cover it up & then deny the damages, even though I had an incident report. After 2 months of fighting to get my car fixed, I hired David Papa, from Papa & Gipe to help me. At this point, I was getting nowhere with them. Not only did David get me the money to repair my car, at the body shop I chose, but he negotiated a higher rate for my rental! David & Hope were attentive & did everything they said they would. Thank you!!!!
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Response from David Papa March 3, 2020
Thanks for your appreciation of our services in this difficult matter. Many times I find that people will try to take advantage of you if possible. I simply will not allow that to happen to any of my clients. I take pride in my work. I also take my work personally. I'm pleased that I was able, with the help of my staff, to assist you with a bad situation. Your outcome speaks volumes about my staff and myself and positive results keep me highly motivated to continue to help others . -Thanks-David
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Posted by Jacquie | February 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your Best Advocate
After a car accident where you were injured what do you do? Ask for referrals and get lucky. I’m so glad and relieved that David Papa was referred to me. He is willing to help any way he can. He’s always available. His staff couldn’t be any kinder and are a reflection of him. He handled my auto accident thoroughly and professionally. I’m grateful to him and his staff. I wouldn’t hesitate to call them again if needed.
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Response from David Papa March 3, 2020
I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience regarding your accident. As always, I strive to make myself available to counsel every need my clients may have during a very stressful time. My staff are a reflection of my training and efforts to provide a great experience to all. Thanks again--David
Posted by Holly | December 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Papa took care of an auto case in which I lost my car and sustained injuries. I have never had a need for legal counsel so I was a little nervous and not sure what to do. Losing my car and being injured in an accident through no fault of my own, was painful both physically and financially. Mr. Papa and his staff put me at ease and handled everything. My case was resolved successfully and I feel whole again both physically and financially. His staff was exceptionally professional and always available if I had a question or concern. The attorney made himself available to me as well. I am so appreciative of not only the outcome, but of the way I was treated. I hope to never need an attorney again but, if the need should arise, I will call on Mr. Papa for counsel.
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Response from David Papa January 8, 2020
Many times we represent people who have never needed legal services in our arena. We realize that and make every effort to communicate as regular people. First and foremost I am a regular guy who places the needs of my clients at the top of the list. My staff is awesome!! I am so proud of the way they treated you and we are always here if you need any further legal assistance.--David
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satified!
I was involved in an accident in Clearwater when I was stopped at a red traffic signal and a woman struck me in the rear due to being on her cell phone and not noticing that the traffic light was red. I hired Atty Papa and was very satisfied with his representation and his staff is amazing! Esperanza
Response from David Papa January 8, 2020
Thanks for your kind words. We pride ourselves in caring about our client's needs. We take the time and effort to fully advise of all the pros and cons. Then we get aggressive with the Insurance Companies. I'm happy you we were able to satisfy your professional legal needs. -David
Posted by Gary | November 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr Papa has represented my self and other members of my family. He has been absolutely brilliant in all of the cases. He is honest, ethical and takes pride in all of his efforts. He actually cares for his clients. He constantly works to see that justice is done on behalf of his clients. I would recommend Mr Papa to any and all that wish to be represented as if they were part of his immediate famly. With Mr Papa, you have a tiger in your tank
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Response from David Papa November 21, 2019
There is not a better feeling for an attorney to have the opportunity to impact a family in a positive way. The fact I have your confidence and trust of your entire family means a great deal to me and I'll continue to work at earning that trust. _David
Posted by Nicholas | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best accident attorney
On September 13, 2019 I was involved in a car accident where a lady turned in front of me in Clearwater, Florida. Immediately, after the accident happened I contacted Papa and Gipe and was transferred to David Papa directly. He picked up immediately was very reassuring and said he would handle everything not to worry about a thing just get better. Jennifer Ortiz was very instrumental throughout this process Always picking up the phone and coordinating with me for details. Now it’s the end of October and the case has already been settled and I will be receiving my check In the next few days. They did an awesome job on my case. I would refer this attorney to anyone! #A+++ Service
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Response from David Papa November 21, 2019
Thanks--my staff and I are always striving to be there for our clients. As you know I'm available day and night to assist in any way that I can. Teamwork is essential and my staff truly care about people and that is key in this business.
Posted by Steven | October 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST!
Once I reached out to Papa he moved like a train getting everything in order with a big star team they do not miss a beat someone you want to have around during times that are bad.
Response from David Papa November 21, 2019
Thanks for your generous words. I often tell my family that it is critical to have knowledge in your practice area but never forget that people who are in need want results. So I'm happy that I could bring your desired result. David
Posted by Joe D. | April 14, 2015
"Worth Every Penny"
David is a true professional and certainly knows the law. His knowledge and expertise in many fields separates him from the rest. David is perhaps the most honest attorney I know and his ability to communicate the law to me was pivotal so I can understand situations. Thank you David for always taking my calls.
Response from David Papa November 21, 2019
I always tell my client's that I will be upfront and honest about their case. I always focus on being a regular guy-and by that I mean I can communicate the law without using legal terms that are confusing. I'm pleased I could do that in your case. thanks -David
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2015
Renewed my faith in attorneys
I was nervous about hiring an attorney but Dave put all my concerns at ease. He was always available for me and somehow managed to make a bad situation better. I am so grateful that he was highly recommended by a friend.
Response from David Papa November 21, 2019
Thanks, I do my best to completely advise my clients as an attorney but also being a regular person on equal grounds. I believe that helps in assuring that I'm an attorney that takes pride in what I do. I'm happy that I could make your situation better. Sincerely-David
Posted by Joe DeAngelo | January 26, 2015
"Ethical & Professional"
I called David one evening and he was gracious enough to speak with me after business hours in length. His expertise is unparalleled in the industry. David is an expert in contract law, proven winner and a true professional.
Response from David Papa November 21, 2019
Thanks. As always I can be reached at all hours. I pride myself in knowing the law in the areas of my practice. I also realize people have schedules and can't always reach me from 9-5 so I'll answer my service calls at your convenience. -David
Posted by David | January 7, 2014
Awesome Attorney!
In March 2013 I was in a car accident. After experiencing little in my encounter with my insurance company, I choose Attorney Papa to represent me. 9 months later a settlement was reached that I consider very fair & equitable. David Papa is my version of the Legal Dream Team. I could never have reached a successful conclusion without the professional representation this attorney provided. Would I recommend this firm to others? In a heartbeat! I am a very happy camper."
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Response from David Papa November 21, 2019
Thank you form your kind words. My goal is to always provide face to face service while not sugar coating a case. I pride myself in being available to my client's and giving the same advice I would give to my family. I am happy your experience was a good one. Thanks again !
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Law Partner
  • Papa & Gipe P.A.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Law Partner
  • PIP Law Group
  • 2001 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of David A. Papa
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • Equal Employment Opportunities Commission
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Office Of The State Attorney Pinellas County
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Stetson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Associates Degree
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Auto accident
  • $100,000.00
  • Auto cases / Slip & Falls
  • $100,000.00- $650,000.00
  • Slip & Fall Walmart
  • Settled in litigation for $90,000.00
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Associations

  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Who's Who
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Member of the Tampa Bay Trial Attorneys
  • Active Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • Law Firm-good standing
  • 2003 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • The Florida Bar
  • Active Member in Good Standing
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Memeber
  • 2000 - Present
  • Tampa Bay American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 1998 - 1999
  • American Bar Association, Law Student Division
  • Past Treasurer
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Former Vice President
  • 1997 - 1998
  • American Bar Association, Law Student Division
  • Past President-Job Internships
  • 1996 - 1998
  • University of Tampa
  • Honorary Phi Delta Kappa
  • 1996 - 1998
  • American Bar Association, Law Student Division
  • Representative
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Stetson Democrats
  • Associate Memeber
  • 1995 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Highest in Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence
  • Top Lawyers in Florida
  • 2014
  • Appreciation of Sponsorship
  • CASA of St. Petersburg Florida
  • 2013
  • Highest in Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence
  • Top Lawyers in Florida
  • 2013
  • Appreciation of Sponsorship
  • CASA of St. Petersburg Florida
  • 2012
  • Appreciation of Sponsorship
  • CASA of St. Petersburg Florida
  • 2011
  • Memeber in Good Standing
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2010
  • Appreciation of Sponsorship
  • CASA of St. Petersburg Florida
  • 2010
  • Appreciation of Sponsorship
  • CASA of St. Petersburg Florida
  • 2009
  • Appreciation of Sponsorship
  • CASA of St. Petersburg Florida
  • 2008
  • Appreciation of sponsorship
  • Hudson Middle School Music Department
  • 2007
  • Appreciation of Sponsorship
  • CASA of St. Petersburg Florida
  • 2007
  • In Appreciation for Key Note Speaking
  • Clearwater Central Catholic H.S.
  • 2003
  • Achievement Award
  • Stetson Student Bar Association
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Professional Education Systems Institute
  • PIP Litigation
  • 2003
  • Sunday London Times
  • Sexual Harassment-Plaintiff
  • 1998
  • Forbes Magazine Front Page
  • Sexual Harassment-Plaintiff
  • 1998
  • Who's who in America
  • Law Students
  • 1998
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America-Papa V Domino's Pizza
  • Sexual Harassment Case
  • 1998
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - Case-Papa v Domino's Pizza
  • Sexual Harassment
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Medical Facilities accepting Assignment of Benefits
  • Defining Assignment of Benefits
  • 2006
  • Donny Deutsch Live
  • Sexual Harassment-Attorney
  • 2006
  • Proper Billing
  • Personal Injury Protection
  • 2005
  • PIP Seminar
  • Florida Personal Injury Protection Law
  • 2003
  • New changes in PIP law
  • Persoanl Injury Protection
  • 2002
  • Litigation Strategy
  • Mock Trial
  • 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Conference
  • Sexual Harassment-Plaintiff
  • 1998
  • Hot topics in America
  • Sexual Harassment-Plaintiff
  • 1998
  • Good Morning America
  • Sexual Harassment Plaintiff
  • 1998
  • Dateline
  • Sexual Harassment-Plaintiff
  • 1998
  • Prime Time Live
  • Sexual Harassment-Plaintiff
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (59)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an outstanding trial lawyer and a strong advocate for his clients. I have had the pleasure of co-counseling many cases with David in the past and have always admired his compassion for his clients and his dedication to their cases. He has a commanding knowledge of the law and takes the time with his clients to get the job done right. I strongly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've dealt with Mr. Papa as a Progressive Casualty claims adjuster for years, and if I needed a personal injury attorney--no one should represent themselves in litigation--I'd hire him in a heartbeat. He is knowledgeable, polite, and a compelling advocate for his clients. It is a pleasure to reconnect with this fine attorney, and I highly endorse him."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. David has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Brain injury Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse David. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Brain injury Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an experienced, excellent automobile accident attorney. I endorse him without reservation."
Car accident Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a top notch litigator who always gets results!"
Brain injury Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Papa is a highly experienced and well respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Brain injury Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Papa is well respected within the local legal community. He is knowledgeable and a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's capable and aggressive."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, he is caring, smart and a strong advocate for his clients. Insurance companies know he means business."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a fantastic attorney. He his well respected by his peers and knows the law. David has a way of seeing all sides of a problem and focusing in on what matters. I highly recommend him without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. I opposed Mr. Papa on a matter two years ago. He represented his Client aggressively and passionately. He is truly a great attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Dave and his partner Stan Gipe for over 12 years and refer the majority of clients needing representation in personal injury matters to their firm. Dave is an accomplished and extremely competent litigator as well as a strong advocate for the rights of the injured. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Dave for about 17 years. He is not only a sharp lawyer who cares about his clients, but he is very likable and outgoing. I endorse dave Papa. He will fight hard for you as a client."
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