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Fraud on the Court

By Steven G. Lavely |

Just a reminder to whomever reads this blog and is in litigation; just like the political candidates your past is important. So is your recall. There are many attempts by insurance defense lawyers to destroy your claim. This is of course their job and fair game. Your past personal history and more importantly your… Read More »

permanent drivers’ license revocation

By Steven G. Lavely |

As we know many of us when we were younger made decisions that were without much thought of what we were doing or the long term consequences. Lately in my practice I’ve seen many people with significant drivers’ license suspensions with little relief available. Sadly, had they retained the right lawyer years ago the… Read More »

Who received the ticket? Will you hear the answer in court?

By Steven G. Lavely |

Did you know who received the “ticket” is not admissible in a Florida jury trial for negligence?  The rationale is a jury will give unfair weight to the police officer’s determination of fault in an accident.  It really makes sense if you think about it.  A jury is supposed to be the fact finder,… Read More »

trial in today’s electronic age

By Steven G. Lavely |

I’d like some feedback from my loyal blog readers.  Recently while attending a seminar there was a vendor advertising they could cull through a potential jurors facebook page and other social media sites while we were “deselecting” jurors. How would you feel if “Big Brother” was looking into your public yet private information?  What… Read More »

Beware of the “imitation leather” personal injury lawyer

By Steven G. Lavely |

Perhaps it’s just a Monday morning vent: however I felt it important to discuss the “imitation leather” personal injury lawyer. You know what I’m talking about;  the personal injury trial lawyer who appears real, but upon a closer inspection they’re an imitation of the real thing. I recently attended a legal seminar and the speaker mentioned… Read More »

Victims of a Hit and Run

By Steven G. Lavely |

As many of you know there has been a spate of hit and run accident/injuries to the citizens of the Tampa Bay area. It would appear we have a large number of irresponsible drivers in our midst. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by one of these irresponsible drivers call… Read More »

sovereign immunity

By Steven G. Lavely |

Interesting article in the 2/13/2016 Tampa Bay Times; motorcyclist severely injured can’t collect damages as at fault driver was a city owned vehicle. Call me on how to avoid this double tragedy.

The Florida Supreme Court denounces referral services

By Steven G. Lavely |

From a just published opinion of the Florida Supreme Court.. “Over the years, for profit referral services in Florida have been considered questionable because they generate money for the owner of the service through referrals of clients to attorneys. … Some referral services have used advertising to disguise direct referrals.. The bottom lines friends;… Read More »

the “almost like new car” scam

By Steven G. Lavely |

Recently I bought a new car. Or I should say almost like new. Like a lot of you I needed a new car but wanted to save on some of the new car depreciation. You’ve all heard the old saying, “once you drive it out of the dealership it’s worth ten thousand less than… Read More »

Don’t Trust the Marketers

By Steven G. Lavely |

I was on the internet last night and was guided to a “competitors” website. They were proudly announcing they had been selected as one of Florida’s top 100 litigators. What’s a politically correct way to say I almost vomited? I’d believe Abraham Lincoln our 16th president is still alive before I’d believe this blatant… Read More »