Caitlin Szematowicz is a superb litigator. She helped me with my case and was able to settle for an amount that was higher then I had hoped. Her approach was clear and concise. Caitlin kept me informed at all times, and she was always available. She was efficient in handling my case and did not create work to drive up my cost. I wish I would have met Caitlin early on in my litigation path. I had 2 other lawyers, and Caitlin is by far the best. I highly recommend Caitlin Szematowicz without reservation.
Caitlin Szematowicz is a Partner with the firm, practicing in the areas of Civil & Commercial Litigation, Appeals, and Employment Law. 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, where she majored in Writing and received the “Outstanding Graduate in Writing” Award upon graduation.
While in law school, Caitlin worked as an appellate law clerk for a Washington D.C. law firm, extern at the United States Attorney’s Office, and a Certified Legal Intern at the State Attorney’s Office. She graduated law school with a Pro Bono Certificate due to her pro bono work as a research associate for the Florida Innocence Commission and was recognized in the Florida Innocence Commission’s Final Report to the Supreme Court of Florida for her extensive legal research.
Caitlin Szematowicz practices in the areas of Civil & Commercial Litigation, Appeals, and Employment Law.
- CLASS ACTION DEFENSE
- EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS
- EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT BREACHES
- EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK PREPARATION HARASSMENT
- HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
- INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR DISPUTES
- SEVERANCE PACKAGE REVIEW
- UNLAWFUL TERMINATION
- UNPAID WAGES
- CIVIL APPEALS
- CRIMINAL APPEALS
- FEDERAL APPEALS
- STATE APPEALS
- ADMINISTRATIVE LITIGATION
- BREACH OF CONTRACT LITIGATION
- BUSINESS LITIGATION
- CIVIL LITIGATION
- COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
- CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
- CORPORATE LITIGATION
- EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION
- INTENTIONAL TORT LITIGATION
- REAL ESTATE LITIGATION
- RESTRAINT OF TRADE LITIGATION
- TRADE SECRET LITIGATION
Caitlin is recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and was named a Rising Star in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Caitlin is actively involved in the legal community. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Barney Masterson American Inn of Court. She is a Past President of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation and served on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for six years. She is also a Past President of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association. She serves on the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation’s annual professionalism seminar committee and is appointed to the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee. She was selected as a speaker for the Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism CLE in both 2014 and 2016.
Caitlin has also chaired numerous events for the St. Petersburg Bar, including chairing the Pillars of Justice, Law Day, Oktoberfest, and Celebration of the Foundation events. She also previously co-authored a legal column for The Island Reporter, “The Premier Paper of the South Gulf Beaches.”
Caitlin Enjoys Volunteering in the Tampa Bay Area. For her community involvement, she was the recipient of the Barney Masterson American Inn of Court’s Thomas E. Penick, Jr. “The Rock” Award in 2014, an award which is given to a lawyer with less than five years of practice who has provided exceptional service to the community.
She is a member of the Florida Bar. She is also admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida, and Florida Middle District Bankruptcy Court.
University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D., magna cum laude – May 2012
Honors: Pro Bono Certificate, Criminal Justice Certificate, Dean’s List, Book Award – Social Justice Lawyering
Member: Delta Epsilon Iota, Florida Associate of Women Lawyers, Gators for Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Federalist Society
University of Tampa
B.A., cum laude –December 2008
Minors: Criminology, Law & Justice
Honors: Honors Program, Dean’s Scholarship, Writing Scholarship, “Outstanding Graduate in Writing” Award
Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2019.
Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018.
Thomas E. Penick, Jr. “The Rock” Award, 2014.
Finalist, St. Thomas Moore Moot Court Competition.
National Dean’s List.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, Member. 2013 – Present.
Pinellas County Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member. 2013 – Present.
St. Petersburg Bar Association, Member. 2012 – Present.
St. Petersburg Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. 2014 – Present.
Delta Theta Phi (Professional Law Fraternity)
Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor society)
Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor society)
Delta Epsilon Iota (Academic Honor Society)