Pajcic & Pajcic limits its law practice to representing individuals and families who have suffered a personal injury or lost a loved one through the fault of others.
We recognize that a serious personal injury accident is more than just a legal matter. To our attorneys and legal assistants each case is a deeply personal story about traumatic change in the life of an accident victim, as well as his or her family. Pajcic & Pajcic was founded in 1974 by brothers Steve and Gary Pajcic, who wanted to practice law together and provide high-quality legal representation to the people of Jacksonville and beyond. From the start, outstanding service was a signature of the law firm, and it remains so today. Our ultimate goal is to obtain a full and fair recovery for each client. Along the way, we seek to provide personalized attention and compassionate counsel to each client. Over the years, Pajcic & Pajcic has handled thousands of injury and wrongful death cases. We represent accident victims from North Florida down through the I-4 corridor and across South Georgia, including the communities of Jacksonville, Daytona, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Valdosta and Brunswick. We measure success in the results we obtain for our clients so that injured people can resume productive lives and support their families. Our Florida injury attorneys have used their experience and skill to secure more than a half-billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including multimillion dollar recoveries for accident victims in Jacksonville and many other cities, including for example, Orlando, Tampa, Panama City, Gainesville, Tallahassee and Atlanta. Founding partner Steve Pajcic and other attorneys in the firm are Florida board certified civil trial attorneys. Our personal injury attorneys have the highest rankings afforded by peer rating groups, including AV Ratings and Top Ranked Law Firm by LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell, Best Law Firms by US News and Florida Super Lawyers. Steve's brother and law partner Gary Pajcic passed away in 2006, but a second generation of Pajcic and other attorneys who helped build the law firm continue Pajcic & Pajcic's legacy of outstanding service and results. Because of our team approach to all our cases and to every trial, when you hire Pajcic & Pajcic you do not get just an injury attorney or two, you get the benefit of the firm's combined experience of more than 310 years of trial work in the Jacksonville area and beyond.
1 Independent Drive
Jacksonville FL 32202
Pajcic & Pajcic represents individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries and families who have suffered the wrongful death of a relative because of someone else's negligence.
We help our clients put their lives back together by obtaining compensation for the financial costs of a catastrophic injury or death, and for the pain, suffering and other personal losses suffered. If you have been in an accident that was not your fault and are dealing with a long and expensive recovery, you do not have to go through it alone. We can take on the burden of investigating your accident to determine who may be held liable for your losses, and deal with insurance companies to make sure you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. We take pride in providing attentive, personal service to our clients. From the first time you contact us or visit our office until your case is resolved, the lawyers and staff of Pajcic & Pajcic will assist you in a compassionate and professional manner. Contact us today to discuss your accident, injuries and losses and the legal assistance we can provide you. An initial consultation with a Pajcic & Pajcic personal injury lawyer is always free. We Take On Insurance Companies Accidents can happen so quickly that the victims often do not know exactly how or why they happened. As they deal with their own or a loved one's recovery, they are vulnerable to insurers who deny or reject valid claims based on complex or vague insurance policy language or by obscuring the facts of the case. Accident victims usually require legal assistance to obtain the full compensation they have a right to receive. That's the assistance that the personal injury lawyers of Pajcic & Pajcic provide, including: -A thorough investigation of the accident. -Development of evidence to identify all liable parties. -Analysis of medical records and other data to fully calculate the losses. -Filing suit to demand appropriate financial relief. -Negotiations with insurers to reach a full and fair settlement, or bringing a court action if a settlement cannot be reached. While we pursue your case, we provide regular updates of our progress and as much individual attention as you want. We also provide experienced assistance with obtaining medical care, completing insurance paperwork and working through financial difficulties. Pajcic & Pajcic is ready to assist with cases involving: -Catastrophic Motor Vehicle Accidents. Most deaths and serious injuries in passenger car and truck accidents are caused by drivers who are impaired, inattentive, fatigued, speeding or otherwise negligent. At-fault motorists and their insurance companies can be held liable and compelled to compensate those they injure. Some accidents are caused by safety defects in the vehicles involved, unsafe road design or dangerous construction practices. In these situations, compensation may be available from the responsible businesses or, in the case of roadway defects, the responsible government agency. -Premises Liability. Slip-and-fall accidents and other injuries occur at businesses, offices, parks and other public places and private homes because of dangerous conditions that the owners or managers allow to exist. This violates a legal obligation assumed by all property owners to ensure their premises are reasonably safe and that hazards are either eliminated in a timely manner or adequate warnings are issued. Victims injured in falls or other accidents caused by negligent maintenance or security may be entitled to compensation. -Medical Malpractice. Physicians, surgeons, nurses and other medical service professionals, paraprofessionals and technicians have a legal duty to provide care that meets a recognized standard. When errors or negligence result in a patient's harm or death, the personnel involved may be held liable. In many cases, the hospital, clinic, medical center or other facility can also be held liable for negligent practices that led to a patient's injury or death. -Product Liability. The manufacturers and distributors of consumer products have a legal obligation to ensure that the products they market are safe when used appropriately, or to adequately warn the public of dangers that exist. The millions of cars, car parts and other products subjected to recall every year attest to the fact that unsafe products constantly enter the marketplace. Florida law allows consumers to hold a product maker, distributor or seller liable if a product is unreasonably dangerous and has caused injury or death. -Workplace Accidents. Most workers in Florida are eligible for workers' compensation benefits if they suffer an injury in the course of performing their job duties. Benefits are also extended to surviving family members of workers who die in occupational accidents. Yet, many workers or surviving family members do without money they need because of a complex system and employers and insurers who take advantage of the system to deny workers' comp applicants the assistance they deserve.
Anita Lake has been working on plaintiff's medical malpractice cases since 1985, and has been a case manager specializing in medical malpractice at Pajcic & Pajcic since 1995.
Before settling down with family at home and medical malpractice at the office, Anita lived on sailboats and road motorcycles. With a teenage daughter still at home and Pajcic & Pajcic relying on her malpractice expertise, it will be a few years yet before Anita can return to her outdoor fantasies.
April Stringfellow has been the senior case manager at Pajcic & Pajcic since 2000. April is a Certified Legal Assistant with a paralegal degree, a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master's in creative writing.
April is The Natural for Pajcic & Pajcic. She was Athlete of the Year for her public high school in Buffalo, New York, where she played point guard, first base, field hockey and volleyball. April balances her athletic competitiveness with charm she learned as a Cabana Girl at The Breakers in Palm Beach before her college education. April has a supportive husband in James Waters, who is himself a personal injury attorney. Working together they are able to balance their careers and still raise a teenage daughter who looks to outdo both of them.
Ben Richard is Pajcic & Pajcic's in-house appellate attorney, having litigated numerous cases in state and federal court since joining the firm in 2005.
Ben earned his J.D. that year from Florida Coastal School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian and served as the managing editor of the law review. The year before, he clerked for Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, and then he knew he wanted to be an appellate lawyer.
Besides litigating appellate cases, Ben assists the other attorneys in court during trials to provide his perspective on potential appellate issues that may arise, especially in the heat of battle.
"I'm involved in almost all the cases we do here at some level," he says. "I provide trial support and help the other attorneys with anything they need. And if anybody has legal questions, I consult on that as well."
As an appellate lawyer, a big part of Ben's ongoing work involves writing briefsthe most important part of most appealsand doing the necessary reading and research that are essential to that process.
Focusing his practice on the nuts and bolts of law itself provides Ben his greatest legal enjoyment. But two other roles he has in the firmas mentor to student law clerks and as legal advisor to the firm's pro bono casesalso provide great personal satisfaction.
His work, meanwhile, has attracted the attention of his peers in the legal profession. He's been selected as a Rising Star by Florida SuperLawyers and the National Trial Lawyers' "Top 40 Under 40" group.
Away from his busy practice, Ben enjoys relaxing with his family.
Ben was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005 and is admitted to all three Federal District Courts in Florida (the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida) as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
Ben was recently listed in the National Trial Lawyers Association's "Top 40 Under 40" and was selected by his peers in 2013 as one of Florida's outstanding young lawyers (Rising Star) by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine in the "Plaintiff's Personal Injury" category.
Managing Editor, Florida Coastal Law Review, 2004-2005.
Extern for the Honorable Justice Peggy A. Quince, Florida Supreme Court, 2004.
-Webb v. Thomas May Construction Co., 958 So. 2d 1111 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)
-Wood v. Peraza, 2 So. 3d 279 (Fla. 5th DCA 2008)
-Brown v. Goins, 16 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 313a (Fla. 4th Jud. Cir. 2009)
-Murrow v. Swift Transp. Co., 16 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 835 (Fla. 8th Jud. Cir. 2009)
-O'Brien v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 999 So.2d 1081 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009)
-Pruitt v. Republic Services of Florida, 16 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 529a (Fla. 4th Jud. Cir. 2009)
-Keck v. Eminisor, 46 So. 3d 1065 (Fla. 1st DCA 2010)
-Jamerson v. Bailey, 17 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 780 (Fla. 4th Jud. Cir. 2010)
-Higdon v. Coburn, 17 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1208 (Fla. 8th Jud. Cir. 2010)
-Horace Mann Ins. Co. v. Chase, 51 So. 3d 640 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)
-Bowen v. Taylor-Christensen, 98 So. 3d 136 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012)
-GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. v. Williams, 111 So. 3d 240 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)
Florida Coastal School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2005
Bill Burns has practiced in the personal injury field since 1974 and with Pajcic & Pajcic since 1996.
Bill is one of the most experienced trial lawyers at Pajcic & Pajcic. He has been a trial lawyer for more than 40 years. He is also very well rounded, having worked early in his career as a defense trial attorney, then as a Certified Mediator, and currently at Pajcic & Pajcic, representing claimants in personal injury cases.
Bill graduated from college as a Civil Engineer, and later graduated from law school at Florida State University with honors. He spent 3 years on active duty as an officer in the United States Navy (Civil Engineer Corps).
Bill has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law for more than 20 years.
The rigorous requirements for Board Certification limit the number of lawyers that are able to attain that distinction. In addition he was invited to be a member or the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has received the highest rating possible as an attorney by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Rating).
William S. Burns Jr., born Lancaster, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1945; admitted to bar 1974, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Lt., U.S. Navy, Civil Engineer Corps, 1967-1971 .
On the personal side, Bill is a world traveler having visited over 65 countries on 6 continents. His interests include gourmet food and wine as well as photography. He remains an active tennis player. Bill and his wife currently have two dogs and three cats in their household.
Bill has literally given his blood for others, having donated over 55 gallons of blood during his donation life. He also served on the Board of Directors for the blood bank (Florida Georgia Blood Alliance 1995 2007) and served as Chairman of the Board from 1999 2001.
Florida State University
Juris Doctorate, 1973
Bob Link has been with Pajcic & Pajcic since 1990 and has been lead attorney on over 200 cases, including jury verdicts of $8 million and $10 million. Bob has handled numerous appeals as well, and has, in fact, personally appeared before the United States Supreme Court.
-Robert J. Link, born Washington, D.C., May 25, 1950; admitted to bar 1975, Florida;
-1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit;
-1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit;
-1984, U.S. Supreme Court;
-1989, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida.
-Who's Who in American Law;
-Assistant Public Defender: Miami, 1975-1978; Jacksonville, 1978-1982.
-"Cross-Examination and Impeachment," Criminal Trial Practice in Florida, The Florida Bar, 1984.
-Parker v. Dugger, 498 U.S. 308 (1991);
-Days Inn v. Maus, 701 So.2d 359 (Fla 1 DCA, 1997);
-Bush Leasing v. Gallo, 634 So.2d 737 (Fla 1 DCA, 1994)
-Bob enjoys rugged outdoor life in unspoiled nature, especially if he can involve either of his two adult sons, Robbie or Holden.
-His favorite activities are fishing and scuba diving.
As a lead counsel for the Innocence Project, Bob used DNA evidence to secure the freedom of a man who had been wrongly sentenced to life in prison.
Brenda Postell has been working in the personal injury field since 1986 and as a case manager with Pajcic & Pajcic since February 2006.
Since 1974 Pajcic & Pajcic has achieved verdicts and settlements for thousands of clients totaling over $1/2 billion. But what matters is not the total for all cases, but the best possible recovery for each individual case.
Brenda has taken a leadership role at her church where she has helped sponsor a free legal clinic. Somehow she has also found time to run a recording studio with her brother. But, of course, her three children come first.
Curry Pajcic joined Pajcic & Pajcic in 1998 after four years as a State Prosecutor. Curry has tried more the 100 cases and has achieved multiple million dollar recoveries. In three recent jury trials, verdicts were all more than triple the last offer from the defendant.
-Curry Gary Pajcic, born Tallahassee, Florida, June 20, 1969; admitted to bar 1994, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida;
-Co-author, University of Florida College of Law Honor Code, 1993;
-Chairman, University of Florida Honor Committee, 1993-1994;
-Assistant State Attorney, 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1994-1997;
-Member, Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, 4th Judicial Circuit;
-Elder, St John's Presbyterian Church, 2002
-Ann Q. Lynch Award for Dedication and Achievement Benefiting Fellow Students, University of Florida, 1998;
-Jury Trial Award for Outstanding Performance with Highest Number of Jury Trials, State Attorneys Office, 1997.
-Webb v. Thomas May Construction Co., 958 SO.2d 1111 (1 DCA 2007);
-Bloom v. Weeks Marine, Inc., 227 f. Supp.2d 1273, and 225 F.Supp2d 1334. (M.D. Fla. 2002);
-Brown v. Goins, 16 FLW Supp. 313a (Fla. 4th Jud. Cir., 2009);
-Cristaldi v. LAS Logistics, 14 FLW. Supp. 447 (Fla. 7th Jud. Cir., 2007).
Curry used to play on Pajcic & Pajcic football and softball teams, but now most of his sports time involves coaching teams for one of his and Annie's four young children.
Curry still finds time to keep his golf handicap in single digits and for regular vacations at a family spot on Black Creek and at a dude ranch in Wyoming.
Curry serves as an Elder and teaches Sunday School at St. Johns Presbyterian Church, coaches at NOL Little League, and has served on the Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division representing the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
University of Florida
Juris Doctorate, 1994
Curt Pajcic has been with Pajcic & Pajcic since 1999 and has been lead attorney in over 150 litigated cases with total recoveries in excess of $30 million. Curt graduated with high honors from the University of Florida and with honors from Florida State University Law School.
-Curtis Stephen Pajcic, born Tallahassee, Florida, June 3, 1968; admitted to bar 1995, Florida; -2002, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida;
-Phi Kappa Phi;
-Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity;
-Golden Key National Honor Society;
-Assistant State Attorney, State Attorney Office, 4th Circuit, Jacksonville, Florida, 1995-1999.
Member, America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals.
When he's not at work, for Curt it is all about family and sports. Curt played all the sports growing up, but now limits his participation to golf and to coaching his and Joanna's three children in basketball and baseball. As for football, he is an avid Seminole fan.
In addition to coaching in several youth leagues, Curt also serves on the Gator Bowl Committee, and on the Board of Visitors for Florida State College of Law.
Florida State University
Juris Doctorate, 1995
Michael Pajcic graduated from Princeton University and from the University of Florida Law School with honors. Michael joined Pajcic & Pajcic in 2010 after a stint with the public defender's office in Gainesville, where he was promoted to the felony division after a year and a half.
Michael Sather Pajcic, born Jacksonville, Florida, May 7, 1982; admitted to bar 2008, Florida.
Michael's wife Katy DeBriere is an attorney with a public interest law firm. Michael and Katy share interests in cooking and biking, but she usually sends him out on his own for soccer, yard golf, ping pong and kayak fishing.
Michael has an interest in coaching children's teams and in behind the scenes political work dating back to his high school and college days.
As a student in high school and college, Michael Pajcic saw and learned firsthand from his father, Steve, what the life of a busy trial lawyer is like. He knew that one day he'd want to join his father and his uncle, Gary, in the practice they created in 1974. Michael received his undergraduate degree in history at Princeton in 2004 and his J.D. at the University of Florida in 2008. He honed his trial skills for two years in the Alachua County Public Defenders Office in Gainesville and then joined his family's firm in 2010.
Pajcic focuses his practice on wrongful-death and personal-injury cases, mostly arising from automobile and truck accidents, as well as premises-liability and product-liability cases. He has already handled two jury trials, one of them resulting in a $900,000 jury verdict for his client, a mechanic who suffered a debilitating back injury after his vehicle was sideswiped by a semi on Interstate 10.
Results like that one are personally satisfying, he says, because going to court is oftentimes the only recourse for individuals to obtain compensation for injuries resulting from the actions of others.
"With our practice, you do feel like you're helping the little guy against either big commercial companies or insurance companies," he says. "We have a lot of experience, and we're very focused in what we do."
In addition to helping people in the course of his legal work, Pajcic shares his father's passion for helping the community in which they live. Avid bicyclists who usually pedal to work, Michael and his father took part in an October festival to promote bicycling as an alternative to automobiles.
He and his father also enjoy Wiffle Ball golf and recently organized a competition event on Steve Pajcic's backyard course to raise money for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Participants paid entry fees, the firm matched $100 for each round played, and a total of nearly $10,000 was raised for the organization.
Michael's wife, Katy DeBriere, is also an attorney, practicing in a public-interest law firm.
University of Florida
Juris Doctorate, 2008
Raymond Reid has been with Pajcic & Pajcic since 2002 and has been lead attorney in more than 120 cases, including one with a verdict over $11 million. Raymond has also been a participating attorney in several lengthy product liability and medical malpractice trials, including one with a verdict over $10 million for a surviving spouse in a two year marriage. Raymond is an AV rated lawyer who has lectured at national meetings of AIEG and ATLA.
-Raymond P. Reid Jr., born Montreal, Canada; admitted to bar 1995, Florida; 1997, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
-Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team, 1993 & 1994;
-William C. Gaither Award, Outstanding Moot Court Team Member, 1994;
-Order of the Barristers; Best Oralist, Tulane Invitational Sports Law Competition, 1994;
-University of Florida College of Law Outstanding Minority Award, 1994;
-Assistant State Attorney, 1995-1997;
-Assistant General Counsel, City of Jacksonville, 1997-2001;
-Member, Jacksonville Ethics Commission, 2002-200;
-Former Member, Chester Bedell Inn of Court.
Raymond is fluent in three languages and an accomplished pianist and composer. He is also a first degree martial arts instructor and travels the country to tournaments with wife Jennifer who competes not only in tae kwon do, but also in stick fighting and grappling.
Raymond has served on the Ethics Commission for the City of Jacksonville and co-chaired the JCCI study analyzing Jacksonville's homicide epidemic, and has assisted winning mock trial teams at Florida Coastal School of Law.
After starting his legal career as a prosecutor working under State Attorney Harry Shorstein, Seth came to Pajcic & Pajcic in 2007 where he has been lead attorney in over 200 litigated cases with total verdicts and settlements in excess of $30 million. Seth is AV rated and represents all persons injured by the negligence of others with a primary focus on representing victims in medical negligence cases. In 1999, Seth graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sewanee, the University of the South. After graduating from Sewanee, Seth was awarded a University Fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned an M.A. in Political Management in 2001.
Upon graduating from George Washington, Seth returned to Florida and earned his law degree from Florida State University, Cum Laude, in 2004.
-Born Jacksonville, Florida 1976
-Admitted to Florida Bar 2004
-Married to Kathleen Madden Pajcic
-Two Children Patrick Alexander and Margaret Cash
Seth has always been an athlete, he was an All-State football player and All-City basketball player at Episcopal High School and was an offensive lineman at Sewanee, the University of the South. After finishing his football career, Seth began running and has completed 18 marathons and over 50 half marathons. Seth is also one of the founders and the CEO of the PRS Running Club, a Jacksonville based running club that promotes fitness and endurance athletics in the First Coast.
-Board of Directors Florida Justice Association (2008-2009)
-Founder and CEO of the PRS Running Club
-Youth basketball coach
Florida State University
Juris Doctorate, 2004
Tad Griffin has been with Pajcic & Pajcic since 1994 and has been lead attorney in more than 300 cases with total recoveries in excess of $100 million. One of Tad's recent trials resulted in a verdict of over $5 million, twice the amount of the defendant's highest offer. Tad is a board certified trial lawyer with an AV rating who has served on the board of directors of AIEG, the preeminent plaintiff's organization for motor vehicle crashworthiness.
-Lee T. Griffin, born Indianapolis, Indiana, December 26, 1956; admitted to bar 1984, Florida; 1985, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
-Delta Theta Phi.
-Assistant Public Defender, 1984-1985.
-Adjunct Professor, Florida Community College, Jacksonville.
-Member, Board of Directors: Habitat for Humanity; Deerwood Country Club.
-Strathmore's Who's Who;
-Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-present.
-"Practice and Procedure in Handling an Automobile Case", Florida Automobile Insurance Law, 4th Ed., The Florida Bar.
Tad enjoys a lot of time with his family not just Gisela his wife of 24 years and their three children, but also his elderly mom whom Tad and Gisela visit daily. Because of his devotion to work, family and public service, Tad no longer shoots par golf, but his success as a lawyer has enabled him to buy extra property at golfing meccas on Amelia Island and outside Vail, Colorado.
University of Montana; University of Florida
Tom Slater has been with Pajcic & Pajcic since 1995 and has been lead attorney in over 300 cases with total recoveries of $70 million. Tom is a board certified trial lawyer with an AV rating and has served as president of the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and the Jacksonville Justice Association.
-Thomas F. Slater, born Saint Augustine, Florida, September 24, 1961; admitted to bar 1986, Florida, U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court; admitted to practice in Georgia in 2013; U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia in 2014.
-Florida Blue Key;
-Member, Board of Directors, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, 1993-1999, 2005-2011; President of the Board, 2008-2010
-Geico General Insurance Company v. Williams, 111 So.3d 240 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)
-Keck v. Eminisor, 104 So.3d 359 (Fla. 2012)
-Bowen v. Taylor-Christensen, 98 So.2d 136 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012)
-Abrisch v. United States, 359 F.Supp.2d. 1214 (M.D. Fla. 2004);
-Clay Electric Co-Operative, Inc. v. Johnson, 873 So.2d 1182 (Fla. 2003);
-Moates v. Register, 556 So2d 503 (Fla. 1st DCA 1989);
-Capps v. Kem, 564 So2d. 259 (Fla 1st DCA 1990);
-Moates v. Register, 588 So.2d 40 (Fla 1st DCA 1991);
-Gillins v. Trotwood Corp., 682 So.2d 693 (Fla 5 DCA, 1996);
-Northeast Transp. v. Lavender, 643 So2d 1193 (Fla 5th DCA 1994);
-Lavender v. Northeast Trasp., 674 So.2d 157 (Fla 5 DCA, 1996);
-Goodman v. Juniper Springs Canoe, 983 F.Supp. 1384 (M.D. Fla, 1997);
-Johnson v. Lance, 790 So2d 1144 (Fla. 1st DCA 2001).
Tom's parents were both teachers at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. His father-in-law, the late Ed Austin, served as Mayor of Jacksonville, was the first Public Defender for the 4th Judicial Circuit and served as State Attorney for close to 20 years. Tom continues this proud heritage of public and charitable service. He and his wife Amy have two children. Sarah is a graduate of Boston College and the recipient of a Fulbright grant to teach English in Brazil. Austin is a member of the Stanford University baseball team.
Tom has served as president of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, the Jacksonville Justice Association and the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.
Attorney Tom Slater is not one to wait around for things to happen when he's handling a case.
"I really try to move my cases along as hard as I can and get things taken care of right away," he says. "I like to do things now instead of six months from now."
Slater's aggressive and proactive approach has proven to be successful, as his record over the years would attest.
After joining Pajcic & Pajcic in 1995, he has handled hundreds of cases resulting in substantial recoveries for clients.
One of the largest occurred in 2005, when Slater represented the family of a man who was killed when the pickup he was driving was smashed by a semi that flipped over a concrete divider on I-95. The semi driver claimed that another vehicle had caused him to alter course, but investigation revealed that the man had a lengthy history as a crack cocaine addict with related driving problems and was asleep at the wheel. Investigation further revealed that the only reason the driver was at the wheel of the semi was because a terminal manager fabricated a background check and made up a road test. Following negotiations with defense counsel, the family agreed to settle the case for $9.65 million.
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