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Anthony S. Battaglia (1927 – 2014) founded the law firm in 1958. Today, the firm is one of the oldest in Florida. At Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., our approach to representation is modeled after Anthony Battaglia’s aggressive and intellectual approach to the practice of law, coupled with his commitment to clients and resolution to solving their problems. We have been continuously nationally ranked by US News & World Reports for decades as a tier one law firm, which is the highest ranking that can be received.

Continuing Anthony Battaglia's Legacy

Our Firm is committed to continuing the legacy of excellence established by Anthony Battaglia. In addition to our stellar reputation in the legal community and our winning results in the courtroom, our lawyers have dedicated their careers by also forging ties to the community. It is without question that no other law firm in the area can match the number of accolades, achievements, and awards our lawyers receive on an annual basis.

In 2019 alone, Sean McQuaid became the President-Elect of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Caitlin Szemetowitz served as President of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, Rachel Drude-Tomori was elected to the Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg Bar Association while serving as the Chair of the Probate Section, and Andrew Pardun served as the Chair of the Real Estate Section. Aubrey Dicus, a past-president of the Bar Association received the St. Petersburg Bar Association Professionalism Award and Howard Ross continued to be recognized for being a member of the Florida Bar for 55 years. It is no wonder why six lawyers of our Firm were recognized by Florida Super Lawyers. These are just some of the examples that make Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, PA., truly unique as a full service law firm.

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Providing Solutions to All of Your Legal Needs Since 1958

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. provides solutions to the following legal needs

Business & Corporate

When disputes arise, clients expect to be represented by attorneys with high quality legal skills. They also need lawyers that are sensitive to demands of the client’s business. We make it our goal to understand the client’s goal and to tailor our representation to a realistic resolution.

Criminal Law

We understand that it is an extremely difficult time, and we’re here to help see you through it. Our experienced team of lawyers has handled countless criminal cases including drug crimes, DUI, domestic battery, weapon offenses, internet crimes and more.

Estate Planning

We believe that your assets should be protected against creditors, predators, divorce, and even the poor decisions of your heirs themselves. We believe that you, not the government, should determine how your assets are distributed when you pass away.

Foreclosure Litigation

We help clients who are facing foreclosure develop a defense that is specifically tailored to address their unique circumstances. Our law firm is experienced in navigating the confusing and ever-changing landscape of Foreclosure Litigation. 

Insurance Dispute

Insurance companies rarely put your interests before their own. We frequently see insurers act in ‘bad faith’ or unfairly interpret policy wording to avoid paying money out. It is even more common for the insurance carrier to offer less than the true value of your claim.


Litigation is the core of the firm’s existence. We have over 50 years’ experience in both the State and Federal Court System and many of our litigation attorneys have been recognized for their outstanding work in the area of Commercial and Civil Litigation.

Personal Injury

When you hire our firm, you will meet and speak directly to our experienced team of personal injury lawyers, not investigators or paralegals. What sets us apart from other firms is that our personal injury lawyers get to know you and your case.

Property Damage

We take on the challenge of holding insurance companies responsible for what should be paid to our clients for their property damage claims. Ensure your insurance company holds up its end of the bargain, with legal assistance from our property damage attorney team.


Real Estate

We have helped change the face of the entire west-central Florida region. Our real estate department represents and counsels property owners, developers, lenders and borrowers, and groups of owners such as condominium and homeowner’s associations (HOAs).

Will, Trust & Probate Litigation

Following the death of a loved one, emotions can run high and suspicions raised, especially if several heirs are involved. Disputes about the legitimacy of a will or trust, theft of property, as well as the proper manner in which they should be implemented, can easily emerge.


Meet Our Attorneys

Resolving your legal concerns involving commercial litigation, personal injury, criminal defense, real estate transactions and more since 1958


Joined the firm in 1964/Shareholder since 1967

Howard Ross has practiced with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus, and McQuaid, P.A. and its predecessors since his graduation from Stetson University College of Law in 1964, one of the longest continuous



Shareholder / President

Aubrey 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,




Sean McQuaid is a named partner with the firm practicing in the areas of personal injury/wrongful death, criminal defense and general civil litigation. Mr. McQuaid joined the firm as an associate




Caitlin Szematowicz is a Partner with the firm, practicing in the areas of Civil & Commercial Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Employment Law. Caitlin joined the firm in August 2012




Andrew Pardun is a partner with the firm specializing in the areas of Tax, Business, and Real Estate Law. Andrew joined the firm in January 2016 after completing his




A true Florida native, Mr. Douglas graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg before attending the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of




Ranger Jackson is an Associate with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., where he utilizes his diverse skill-set in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, civil & commercial litigation