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  • University of Florida, J.D., 1966
  • University of Georgia, B.A., 1963

Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Litigation

Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida

Bar Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Professional Memberships

  • 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)
  • United States Marine Corps (1996-1999), Captain, JAG Corps

Professional Recognition

  • Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine
  • Florida Super Lawyer (2006 – 2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2008-2021) 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.
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale Hubbell