Dereck G. Capaz, Esq.
Dereck G. Capaz, Esq., is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney. The AV® Preeminent™ designation is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of a legal professional’s skills and ethics. He focuses his practice in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury, insurance claims and civil litigation.
Dereck is a third generation Tampa native and graduate of Jesuit High School. He is active in numerous community organizations and lives in Tampa with his wife Laura and three kids. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He received a Master of Business Administration degree and Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. He is a member of The Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association and Florida Justice Association.
Following graduation from law school, Dereck was sworn in as a criminal prosecutor for the State of Florida. While at the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, he developed a reputation as a thorough, successful and well-respected trial attorney. He was a lead trial attorney of a felony division, handling crimes from DUI with serious injury, drug trafficking, armed robbery, gun crimes, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, sex crimes, attempted murder and 10/20/Life cases.
After his tenure at the State Attorney’s office, Dereck accepted a job at well-respected civil law firm in Tampa, Florida representing large corporations, local businesses, and individuals, in a wide variety of legal areas, involving transportation litigation, trucking accidents, corporate negligence, premises liability, and defense of catastrophic injury claims.
Dereck is admitted to practice by The Florida Bar, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and The United States Supreme Court. He was selected for inclusion and named in the 2009 – 2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers. No more than five percent of the attorneys in Florida are named to the Florida Super Lawyers list.
Dereck is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members of this highly sought after recognition.
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