Brian J. Aungst, Jr.

Concentrating his practice in the areas of health care law, medical malpractice defense, land use, zoning, governmental, and administrative approvals, consumer collection claims, labor and employment law, and commercial litigation, Mr. Aungst has extensive experience representing large health care systems and medical providers.  He has provided representation for BayCare Health System, All Children’s Hospital, and community institutions such as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Ruth Eckerd Hall.  Mr. Aungst also has extensive experience representing clients before governmental entities such as the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County in the areas of land use, zoning, development review, and code enforcement.

A resident of Clearwater since 1988, Mr. Aungst is an active participant in the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, having served as legal counsel and past Chairman, the YMCA of the Suncoast, and First United Methodist Church of Clearwater.  Brian also serves the citizens of Pinellas County and the Sixth Judicial Circuit as a gubernatorial appointee to the Juvenile Welfare Board and the Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

 


Andrew M. Brown

Mr. Brown has been involved in the defense of a wide range of matters in the field of medical malpractice. He has successfully tried medical malpractice cases on behalf of physicians specializing in emergency medicine, internal medicine, oncology, orthopedic surgery and blood banking. He has also defended physicians in multidisciplinary practice groups, specialty groups, and university based physicians as well.  Mr. Brown has also been involved in the defense of a wide range of professional and general liability cases. He has also been involved in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including real estate litigation, and other business and corporate tort litigation. Mr. Brown also practices in the field of regulatory law representing clients before professional boards and state regulatory commissions.

 


Jeffrey W. Gibson

Mr. Gibson provides regular counsel and litigation representation to individuals and entities throughout the State of Florida.  In the area of Labor & Employment, Mr. Gibson provides counsel regarding strategic initiatives, as well as defending employers in matters related to equal opportunity, sexual harassment, labor relations, wage and hour and all other employer / employee concerns.  Mr. Gibson also handles a broad range of complex civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense, Americans with Disabilities Act and business contract disputes.  He has negotiated settlements and tried cases in both state and federal courts.  Mr. Gibson has also presented appellate arguments before state and federal appellate courts.


James Addison Martin, Jr.

Mr. Martin represents several local and national healthcare providers and individual physicians.  He has successfully negotiated numerous settlements on behalf of clients with favorable results and has also tried to jury verdict multiple medical malpractice cases.  Mr. Martin’s analytical skills provide clients with a clearer understanding of the issues involved so they can make informed decisions on how to proceed.  He has litigated to a successful outcome many cases for large corporations which involved numerous and often very complex issues.  Corporate leaders consistently seek his counsel to affirm their strategies and internal planning, particularly as new law changes emerge.


Stephen H. Sears

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.

 

 


Scott William Vieth

Mr. Vieth’s prior experience includes serving as an Assistant State Attorney, Special Prosecutor focusing on financial crimes, and private practice in the areas of mass torts/product liability and first-party property insurance. He currently concentrates his practice in the areas of health care law, medical malpractice defense, and consumer collection claims.