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PETRA L. JUSTICE
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Tampa

501 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602

T (813) 222-2071
F (813) 222-3066

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Petra L. Justice practices in the area of insurance defense with a focus on vehicular torts, construction litigation and aviation litigation.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Banker Lopez Gassler P.A., Tampa, FL
    Shareholder, December 2013 to Present
    Associate, November 2008 to November 2013
  • Fowler White Boggs Banker P.A., Tampa, FL
    Associate, August 2008 to October 2008
  • Office of the State Attorney, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Clearwater, FL
    Certified Legal Intern, January 2008 to May 2008
  • Chief Judge Robert Morris, Jr., Sixth Judicial Circuit, Clearwater, FL
    Judicial Intern, Summer 2007
  • Office of the United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida
    Legal Intern, Summer 2006
  • Office of the State Attorney, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Tampa, FL
    Victim Assistance Program Legal Intern, Summer 2003

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

   Presentations
  • Moderator, Insights from Your Aviation Clients: Get the Inside Scoop on Substantive and Business Issues and Beyond, DRI Annual Aviation Committee Meeting, October 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Product Inspections, DRI Products Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 2015
  • Moderator and Co-Presenter, 5 Hour Law and Ethics Update Presentation, Mercury Insurance, St. Petersburg, FL, May 2014
  • Moderator, Various Topics, Mercury Insurance, St. Petersburg, FL, December 2013
  • Presenter, Effective Use of Animations in Aviation Cases, DRI Annual Aviation Committee Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 2013
  • Presenter, Spoliation of Evidence and E-Discovery, HCBA 16th Annual Bench Bar Conference, Tampa, Florida, October 2012
  • Presenter, Spoliation of Evidence, Hillsborough County Paralegal Association Conference 2010, Tampa, FL.
  • "Spoliation of Evidence," Rimkus 6th annual CE seminar for claims handlers and other insurance professionals, Orlando, Florida, March 2011
  • "Chinese Toxic Products from Toys to Pet Foods to Drywall," Co-Authored by Nava Ben-Avraham, Terry Ford, Jeffrey James, Michele Johnson and Petra Justice. Presented by Frank H. Gassler at the Annual Meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Hot Springs, Virginia, July 2009.
   Publications
  • Contributing Author to Firm’s First 5 Hour Law and Ethics Update, Winter 2014
  • Why Non-Final GARA Denials Deserve Certiorari Review: “When Your Money Is Gone, That Is Permanent, Irreparable Damage To You”, Co-Authored with Erica Healey, 42 Stetson L. Rev. 457 (2013).
  • Contributing Author, DRI Products Liability Seminar Case Law Update. Winter 2010.
  • Author, Applying the Economic Loss Rule in Aviation Actions Based on Injuries to Third-Parties, DRI Aviation Committee’s Publication, Skywritings, Fall 2010.
  • Author, Amendments to Florida’s Standard Civil Jury Instructions, Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Publication, Lawyer, June 2010.
  • Author, Admitting Public Records at Trial, American Bar Association, Journal of the Trial Evidence Committee, Proof, Vol. No. 17, issue 5, Fall 2009.
  • Contributing Author, Chinese Toxic Products from Toys to Pet Foods to Drywall. Presented by Frank H. Gassler at the Annual Meeting of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Hot Springs, Virginia, July 2009

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Products Liability Sub-Committee; Aviation Forum; Trial Evidence Sub-Committee
  • Defense Research Institute: Aviation Committee Executive Committee, 2011-Present; Current Vice-Chair
  • Ferguson-White Inn of Court: Board Member, 2010 – Present; Current Counselor
  • The Florida Bar: Aviation Law Committee, 2011 – Present; Current Vice Chair
  • Hillsborough County Association of Women Lawyers
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association: Trial Lawyers section; Construction Law section; Young Lawyers Division

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Stetson University College of Law, Advocacy Skills Trainer (Spring 2010)
    Assistant Coach of the 2010 National Trial Competition Championship Team
PRACTICE AREAS
  • Automobile Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Aviation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Toxic Tort
EDUCATION
  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2008 (Executive Editor, Stetson Law Review; Mock Trial Team; Order of the Barristers; Phi Delta Phi)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Florida, 2004
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Florida
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
DISTINCTIONS
  • The Best Lawyers® in America, 2016-2018
  • Florida Rising Star®, 2012-2017
  • Best Advocate Award, 16th Annual National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial Competition
  • Best Appellate Brief, Research and Writing II, Spring 2006
  • Book Award, Research and Writing II, Spring 2006
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, presented to one person at graduation for Overall Excellence in Advocacy, Evidence, and Trial Practice