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University of Florida, J.D., 1966
University of Georgia, B.A., 1963
All Florida State Courts
U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
The Florida Bar
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Tampa Bay Chapter
Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee (1989-1992)
13th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, Member (1993-1996)
13th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, Chairman (1994-1996)
Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc., Member
United States Marine Corps (1996-1999), Captain, JAG Corps
Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine
Florida Super Lawyer (2006 - 2013)
Best Lawyers in America (2008-2013) Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice
Stephen Sears was selected by Tampa Bay Business Journal readers and editorial staff to be featured in the Who's Who in Business in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Sears was one of just 25 business people selected in the field of law, which also includes MFM's Stella Thayer.
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating
Mr. Sears leads the Tampa Professional Liability Section and has focused his practice for many years in the areas of Medical and Legal Malpractice. As Defense counsel for attorneys, physicians, medical institutions and insurers of both, he has broad litigation experience and has effectively shepherded clients throughout the litigation process, from initial discovery through favorable trial verdicts.
As a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Mr. Sears brings a unique perspective to clients as they evaluate and negotiate potential settlement agreements. This perspective, combined with effective discovery, enables clients to move forward in the litigation process, confident that their interests are being well represented.
Mr. Sears has published numerous articles throughout his career on various healthcare topics ranging from law changes to risk management topics such as “Informed Consent” and “The Role of Charting in Risk Reduction.” Insurance companies and medical facilities have solicited his articles for publication and have also engaged Mr. Sears as a featured speaker for industry seminars as well as in-house risk management training.