Mr. Ross is a Board Certified Business Litigation and a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, practicing in the fields of Business and Corporate Law, Commercial and Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law, Arbitration, Business Litigation and Civil Trial.
Since 1964, Mr. Ross has handled a wide variety of simple and complex Business Litigation and Business Transactions, including business relationship disputes, securities litigation, financial transactions, foreclosures, construction litigation, insurance coverage, quiet title and bankruptcy creditor’s litigation in state and federal courts.
Mr. Ross has been named a Florida Super Lawyer and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Commercial Roster of Neutrals, the Large and Complex Commercial Case Panel, and the M&A and Joint Venture Panel.
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Aubrey O. Dicus, Jr. is President and CEO of the firm. Mr. Dicus has over 40 years of litigation experience. Upon graduation from Emory University with a degree in Economics, Mr. Dicus attended Stetson Law School from 1971-1974. He joined partners Anthony S. Battaglia and Howard P. Ross in 1974.
Mr. Dicus’ litigation practice has been multifaceted. His criminal litigation has involved everything from capital murder cases to substantial white-collar crime representation. His personal injury practice involves automobile accident cases, products liability and significant medical malpractice claims. His civil litigation cases have involved complex commercial contract litigation, extensive probate and estate litigation and class action anti-trust matters from both Plaintiff and Defense perspectives. Commercial litigation has involved successful multimillion-dollar claims. Mr. Dicus has represented government agencies including the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department and municipalities in government related litigation.
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Since joining the firm as an associate in 2000, becoming a shareholder in 2006 and a named partner in 2013, Mr. McQuaid has enjoyed the fastest rise in the firm’s over 60-year history. He practices in the areas of Auto Accidents and Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Criminal and Traffic Defense (including all serious felonies, misdemeanors and DUI), and General Civil Litigation.
Following graduation from Princeton University in 1997, where he was the captain of the baseball team, he moved to Florida to attend Stetson University College of Law and graduated in 2000 with both Juris Doctor and MBA degrees. Mr. McQuaid is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbel, receiving the highest ranking possible from his peers, the judges he practices before and his clients. He has received a perfect ranking and client’s choice award from Avvo.com and from 2013-15 has been recognized in Florida’s top 40 under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. He was named as Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for both 2014 and 2015, an honor received by less than 2.5% of all practitioners and was named Florida Trend Legal Elite’s Up and Comer for 2014.
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William Backer is an Associate with the firm practicing in the area of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice and General Civil Litigation. Prior to joining the firm William practiced Personal Injury law with the firm of Hilbert Law Group. William works closely with Aubrey O. Dicus, Jr.
William graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 2002. While attending Law School, William served as an articles editor for the Law Review. His case note, Hill v Colorado: The Court Escapes a Catch-22 by Making Everyone Lose, was published in the Winter 2001 volume of the Stetson Law Review.
Before law school, William attended Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY and earned a B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science. In his spare time, he volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem serving as a voice in the legal system for foster children.
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Caitlin Szematowicz is a Litigation Associate with the firm practicing in the areas of Civil & Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice. Caitlin joined the firm in August 2012. Caitlin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in May 2012. She graduated cum laude from the University of Tampa, Honors Program in December, 2008.
Caitlin is currently serving on the Board of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association as Vice President. She also serves on the Board of the Barney Masterson American Inn of Court as Secretary. Caitlin is on the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees as its Young Lawyers Section Representative. She has served as the St. Petersburg Bar’s Law Week Committee Chair since 2013. She is the recipient of the Barney Masterson Inn’s 2014 Thomas E. Penick, Jr. “The Rock” Award, an award given to a lawyer with less than five years of practice who has provided exceptional service to the community.
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Rachel Drude, Esq., LL.M. is an Associate with the firm specializing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law. Rachel frequently assists individuals and business owners in protecting their legacies from government and creditor interference. Other practice areas include Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probate Administration, Trust Administration, Taxation, Business Succession and Corporate Planning, Real Estate, Medicaid Planning, and Probate and Trust Litigation. Rachel offers complimentary consultations for first-time clients and makes house calls upon request.
Rachel has developed estate plans for business owners, corporate executives, wealthy individuals and professionals and their families with a wide range of estate planning objectives. She also develops estate plans for modest estates aiming to avoid probate and secure financial stability for loved ones. She frequently assists clients facing complicated questions about how to meet the health care and financial needs of their elderly loved ones.
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Andrew R. Pardun is an Associate with the firm specializing in the areas of Tax, Business, and Real Estate Law. Andrew joined the firm in January 2016 after completing his Juris Doctorate Degree from Stetson University College of Law and his MBA Degree, with honors, from Stetson University. At Stetson, he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society and a student member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law section of the Florida Bar.
Prior to law school, Andrew attended the University of South Florida where he majored in finance and served as President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and Vice President of the Interfraternity Council. Upon graduation from the University of South Florida, Andrew worked in the financial services industry and was the co-owner of a real estate investment firm in Tampa, FL. Andrew is currently pursuing his LL.M in Taxation at Villanova University. He is an active member of the Saint Petersburg Bar Association and the Real Property, Tax, and Business Sections of the Florida Bar.
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