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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 »

Not Guilty Verdict

By Steven G. Lavely |

Happy to report we were in trial two weeks ago. Justice was served when late Friday night the jury returned with a verdict finding our client not guilty of the offense charged. I won’t go into details to respect my client’s privacy; but they were extremely happy. Trust our jury system if you’ve been… Read More »

It’s Halloween again

By Steven G. Lavely |

just a reminder be careful! It’s that time of year where the days are getting shorter and we’ll soon have a time change. Remember kids don’t always look both ways; MAKE SURE YOU DO Save a life, please. Remember one of our favorite office gifts is a key chain flashlight. Just stop by the… Read More »

scammer alert

By Steven G. Lavely |

Just a scam alert: I received a telephone call over the weekend at the house indicating it was the I.R.S. it was left on the voice recorder. When I checked the number thru my sources it was revealed it’s a scam. I didn’t get far enough in my investigation to determine their motive(s) but… Read More »

Letter of Protection; It’s not “free money”

By Steven G. Lavely |

As many of you know I practice in the area of injury law. I’m one of a very select few (approximately 1% of Florida lawyers) who is Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial law. As such I can call myself an expert or specialist. If a lawyer makes this claim and is not… Read More »

schools back in

By Steven G. Lavely |

Just a reminder; although the sun is blazing and it seems like we’re in the middle of summer, school starts Monday! I’m like most of the residents of Florida, born in the Midwest and expect school to be starting after Labor day. My kids start back August 18th! Please be careful out there. Kids… Read More »

facebook again?

By Steven G. Lavely |

Perhaps as I’m in my fifties; I know you thought I was much younger; I don’t understand the need to post everything about yourself on facebook and other social networks. I just read a case in the advance sheets ( legal periodicals that report new cases) where a confidential settlement received by a party… Read More »