Mr. Ross, who has been in the practice of law with the same law firm since 1964, is a Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation Law and a Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law. Only 7 percent of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. He represents start-ups, micro, mini, small, mid-sized and large businesses in the fields of business formations, purchases and sales of businesses, day to day and out of the ordinary business legal needs including employment and non-competition agreements and other transactional matters as well as the litigation that arises from being in business; he also handles commercial and residential real estate transactional matters, title insurance and litigation; Arbitration, business relationship disputes, borrowers and lenders in financial transactions and a wide variety of general legal matters.

Mr. Ross is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, receiving the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process; is included in The Best Lawyers in America; is named a Florida Super Lawyer and recognized by various other rating organizations. He 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 and has over 40 years of litigation experience. Mr. Dicus attended Emory University and Stetson Law School. His personal injury practice involves automobile accident cases, products liability, and significant medical malpractice claims. His criminal litigation has involved everything from capital murder cases to substantial white-collar crime. His civil litigation has involved complex commercial contract litigation, extensive probate and estate litigation, and class action matters.

His personal injury and civil litigation practices have involved successful multimillion-dollar claims. Mr. Dicus has been selected as a Woodward and White Publication’s “Best Lawyers in America,” named a Florida Super Lawyer, and maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV pre-eminent highest rating. He has served as Past President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and the Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is the recipient of the St. Petersburg Bar’s Professionalism Award and Stetson President’s Award.

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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 Sean has also been named as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2014, an honor received by less than 2.5% of all practitioners.

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Caitlin Szematowicz is a Partner with the firm practicing in the areas of Civil & Commercial Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Employment Law. Caitlin attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law and graduated magna cum laude.

She is currently the President of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, President-Elect of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, and has served on the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees for four years. She is appointed to the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee and is an active member of the Pinellas County Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Szematowicz has also served on the Executive Board of the Barney Masterson American Inn of Court, was selected twice as a speaker at the Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism CLE, and has chaired numerous committees for the St. Petersburg Bar. Caitlin enjoys volunteering in the Tampa Bay area and was the recipient of the Thomas E. Penick, Jr. “The Rock” Award, an award given to a lawyer who has provided exceptional service to the community.

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Rachel L. Drude, Esq., LL.M. is a Partner with the firm specializing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law. Rachel frequently assists wealthy individuals, business owners, and corporate executives in protecting their legacies from government and creditor interference.

She also develops estate plans for both large and 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 healthcare and financial needs of their elderly loved ones. Other practice areas include Medicaid Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate and Trust Litigation. Rachel has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2017 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Probate Section for the St. Petersburg Bar Association, as well as Editorial Board Member and Columnist for its monthly publication, The Paraclete.

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Andrew R. Pardun, LL.M. is an Associate with the firm specializing in the areas of Real Estate Law, Title Insurance, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Closings, Business Law, and Tax Law. Andrew joined the firm in January of 2016 after completing his Juris Doctorate Degree from Stetson University College of Law and his MBA Degree, with Honors, from Stetson University. Andrew completed his MBA degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors society. During his first year at the firm, Andrew completed his Master of Laws Degree in Taxation at Villanova University and he has since incorporated his enhanced knowledge of the U.S. Tax Code into his transactional practice.

Prior to law school, Andrew attended the University of South Florida where he majored in Finance and served as the 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 currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Real Property Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and is a member of the St. Petersburg Nuisance Abatement Board. He is also an active member of the Attorneys’ Title Fund, the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers, and the Barney Masterson’s American Inn of Court. In 2018, Andrew was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, a distinction held by less than 2.5% percent of practitioners in the State of Florida.

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A true Florida native, Mr. Douglas graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg before attending the University of Florida where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, both with Honors. From there, Mr. Douglas attended Stetson University College of Law where he learned and practiced the art of trial advocacy. Before graduating, Jonathon clerked for the Honorable Shawn Crane and interned at the State Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office. After graduation, he began his work as an Assistant Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit and then moved on to defending the rights of the accused in State and Federal Courts as an associate with the Hebert Law Group. While at the Hebert Law Group, Jonathon defended high profile and nationally televised cases.

Mr. Douglas continued honing his trial skills as a Civil Trial Litigator and partner with Goodis, Thompson & Miller, a premier insurance defense firm in St. Petersburg. He represented some of the largest insurers in the state of Florida and defended the rights of insurance policyholders in matters ranging from bodily injury to complex insurance litigation. He now utilizes his extensive experience in the areas of Wrongful Death, Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and First Party Insurance matters.

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