CONTACTS

Tel: (727) 202-9422
brett@greatertampalaw.com

   

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Law→
Family Law→
Labor & Employments →
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BIO →

EDUCATION

The American University B.A. in Justice
South Texas College of Law

W
E WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT  YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
UNDER THE LAW.

• Founding partner of Greater Tampa Law, P.L.

• More than 75 jury trials, and handled cases ranging from DUIs to 1st degree murder.

• Former Prosecuting Attorney of 4 years.

• Practices Florida Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Law, Criminal Appeals, Family Law, Personal Injury and Labor and Employment Cases.

• Licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and the Federal Middle District of Florida.

EDUCATION & COURT ADMISSIONS

Brett Szematowicz graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in Justice. While at American University, he was a member of the highly selective Leadership Program in the top-rated School of Public Affairs.

Upon graduation from Law School, he spent four years as a Prosecuting Attorney with the Pinellas County Office of the State Attorney. Winning jury trials on everything from misdemeanor traffic cases to felonies which were punishable by life in prison. As a prosecutor, he served as Lead Trial Attorney in Misdemeanor Division H, North County Traffic attorney, local ordinance violations attorney, misdemeanor and felony domestic violence attorney, a member of the DUI Manslaughter squad and felony child abuse attorney. Brett has handled cases ranging from 1st-degree murder to kidnapping.

After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Brett worked as an associate for a year-and-a-half in the Tampa Bay area, practicing in civil litigation, including insurance defense for sinkhole, water-loss, theft and arson claims.

In 2013, he started Greater Tampa Law, PL., along with Jason Bard, to serve the citizens of the Greater Tampa area. For more than six years, Brett Szematowicz has represented clients primarily in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. Brett has tried cases at Greater Tampa Law, P.L., including 1st-degree murder, DUI, divorce and paternity actions. Brett prides himself upon responsive and direct communication with his clients.

Throughout our firm’s existence, we have worked hard to achieve the best results for our clients, which has resulted in consistently favorable feedback. Our typical clients range from affluent to low income. Our practice caters to both individuals and entities.

AREAS SERVED

Greater Tampa Area, including the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Manatee, Sarasota, Citrus, Orange, Seminole, and Marion.

Services Provided

We represent clients for all charges, ranging from DUIs to first-degree murder.

Brett’s responsibilities include: appearing in court; taking depositions; drafting legal motions; drafting mitigation letters; negotiating with the State Attorney’s Office; in-depth analysis of case and consultation with clients; coordinating experts to testify on behalf of clients and participating in bench trials and jury trials.

We represent clients who need services related to: dissolution of marriage; establishment of paternity; disestablishment of paternity; modification of child support; modification of alimony; supplemental petitions to modify parenting plans; motions for contempt; dependency hearings and injunction hearings.

Brett’s responsibilities include: drafting all initial and supplemental pleadings; preparing for and attending mediation; conducting depositions; addressing all matters relating to discovery; communication with opposing counsel; in-depth analysis of the case and consultation with clients and participating in bench trials and final hearings.

We represent clients who need services primarily related to automobile accidents.

Brett’s responsibilities include: drafting all initial and supplemental pleadings; drafting all voluminous demand letters; preparing for and attending mediation; conducting depositions; addressing all matters relating to discovery; communication with opposing counsel and insurance adjusters; in-depth analysis of the case and consultation with clients and management of trust accounts upon final settlement.

AWARDS AND VOLUNTEER WORK

2017

Anatomy of a Criminal Case                                      The Great American Teach-In
Anatomy of a Criminal Case                                      Annual Law Day High School Rights & Responsibilities Program

Special Olympics
USA Warriors Ice Hockey
St. Petersburg Bar Association – Holidays in July
St. Petersburg Bar Foundation – Table Sponsor
Clearwater Bar Association – Legal Clinic

Ronald McDonald House Charities
St. Petersburg Bar Association – Holidays in July
St. Petersburg Bar Association – Ask a Lawyer Day
14th Annual Lawfest Workshop and Community Fair

St. Petersburg Bar Foundation Sponsor
13th Annual Lawfest Workshop and Community Fair
St. Petersburg Bar Association – Holidays in July
The Global Directory of Who’s Who – Top Lawyer
Nation’s Top One Percent – Nation’s Top Attorneys
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel

The Global Directory of Who’s Who – Top Lawyer
“10 Best” Criminal Law Attorneys for Florida – American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Thumbtack’s Best of 2015 Attorneys
Top 100 DUI Attorney – The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC

Group Leader – Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
Top 100 DUI Attorney – The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC

  • Associations

    Member Federalist Society 2019-present
    Board of Directors Rotary Club of St. Petersburg 2019-present
    Member Clearwater Bar Association 2018-present
    Member DVI Pro Bono Committee 2018-present
    Committee Member Ducks Unlimited 2018-present
    Vice Chair Florida Bar Grievance Committee 2018-present
    Committee Member Pinellas GOP 2018-present
    Campaign Manager Committee to Keep Judge Joshua Riba 2018
    Master Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Inn of Court 2017-present
    Rotarian Rotary Club of St. Petersburg 2017-present
    Member Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association 2017-present
    Member The Ivory Club 2017-present
    Member Republican Jewish Coalition 2017-present
    Member Florida Bar, Speakers’ Bureau 2016-present
    Member Florida Bar, Family Law Section 2016-present
    Member Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section 2016-present
    Member St. Petersburg Bar Foundation 2016-present
    Member St. Petersburg Bar Association 2016-present

  • Involvements

    Speakers’ Bureau (2018-present)
    Civics Education Committee (2017-present)
    Criminal Law Section (2016-present)
    Law Practice Management Section (2016-present)
    Marital & Family Law Section (2016-present)

  • Honors

    Top 100 DUI Atty The National Advocacy for DUI Defense 2014-2018
    Member PACDL 2016-2017
    Barrister Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Inn of Court 2014-2017
    Associate Member Barney Masterson American Inn of Court 2014-2015
    Referee Central Florida Ice Hockey Officials Assoc. 2010-2018
    Executive Committee Barney Masterson American Inn of Court 2009-2012

Speaking Engagements

2017

Anatomy of a Criminal Case                                      The Great American Teach-In
Anatomy of a Criminal Case                                      Annual Law Day High School Rights & Responsibilities Program

Criminal Law – Arrest Through Conviction              Annual Law Day High School Rights & Responsibilities Program

Domestic Violence Awareness                                   Gulfport Crime Awareness & Prevention Program

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