James W. Dodson

James W. Dodson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Clearwater, FL

Law Office of James W. Dodson, P.A.
 | 310 Wildwood Way, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-446-0840
Fax: 727-446-0850
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

James W. Dodson entered the private practice of law with Woodworth, Carson & Meissner in St Petersburg, in 1984, primarily handling the defense of medical malpractice and auto tort claims. In 1985, he moved to Clearwater to join Carlson & Meissner and Webb handling plaintiff personal injury, claimant workman’s compensation and criminal defense. Jim remained for 17 years, became a partner in Carlson, Meissner, Dodson and Hart, also serving as managing partner. His practice gradually became entirely limited to plaintiff personal injury litigation.

In 2001, he formed the Law Office of James W. Dodson (Jim Dodson Law)as sole shareholder and President and has continued to practice exclusively in the area of plaintiff personal injury.

Jim Dodson has represented plaintiffs and the survivors of wrongful death in trial and settlement resulting in numerous six figure cases, including seven figure cases. Rather than build a practice through mass advertisement on TV, yellow pages or other “traditional” means of lawyer advertising, Jim built his practice on referrals from other lawyers along with those of past and present clients who have placed their trust in Jim by referring their clients, family and friends.

Over the past four years, Jim has devoted time to building internet websites focused on providing useful consumer information to educate accident and malpractice victims of their rights. These include free reports, videos and numerous educational books on Florida car accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, slips and falls, child injury, wrongful death and Uninsured Motorist Insurance.

White Papers

  • Jim Dodson Law Attends All Children’s Hospital’s Luncheon and Awards Ceremony (2013) - Jim Dodson Law attended All Children’s Hospital’s 20th Annual Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Luncheon and Award Ceremony on Wed., June 26, 2013 in St. Petersburg.

  • PCTST and Jim Dodson Law Meet to Discuss Pinellas County Engineer Improvements for Cycling Safety (2013) - Pinellas County engineers are conducting a study on how to increase sidewalk safety for Pinellas County residents. The engineers are currently studying how to best update sidewalks for cyclists. The sidewalks were originally created only for pedestrians and are becoming hazardous for both cyclists and pedestrians. The engineers, along with the Pinellas Community Traffic Safety Team, of which Jim Dodson is a member, met on Thurs., March 7, 2013 to discuss improvements to bicycling safety.

  • Florida Accident Attorney Declares the Need for Cell Phone Restrictions While Driving (2012) - Press Release: Jim Dodson, a Florida personal injury attorney, has an emphatic message for the Florida legislature: we must put a stop to drivers using cellular phones while driving on Florida’s roads.

  • Jim Dodson Law is an Official Sponsor of Gulf Coast Cyclefest 2012 (2012) - Press Release: Personal injury attorney Jim Dodson, an avid cyclist and longtime advocate for bicycle safety and cyclists’ rights, is pleased to announce that he is an official sponsor of the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club’s 21st Annual Gulf Coast Cyclefest to be held on Sunday, November 4, beginning and ending in Lakewood Ranch.

  • 8 Things to Do After a Bike Accident (2011) - This report explains eight steps to take after a bike accident that could make a difference in successfully holding the driver responsible.

  • Jim Dodson Law Encourages Participation for Walk to School Day (2013) - Across the country, students, school faculties, and families will be participating in Walk to School Day on Oct. 2. The day is set aside to teach children the importance of safety while walking to school.

  • Jim Dodson Law Contributes to Bike Safety Rodeo at Douglas Jamerson Elementary (2013) - Jim Dodson Law was privileged to participate in Pinellas County’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.  All Children’s Hospital will host the bicycle safety rodeo this Saturday, April 20 at Douglas Jamerson Elementary School (DJES), to educate students on bike safety skills.

  • Clearwater Attorney Jim Dodson to Discuss Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety on Tampa Bay Right Now (2012) - Jim Dodson, a prominent Clearwater, Florida, accident attorney and committed crusader for pedestrian and bicycle safety will be a guest next month on Tampa Bay Right Now. He will discuss how to protect yourself as a pedestrian or cyclist in an environment geared primarily to cars, what to do if you are in an accident, what insurance you need to have, and what the community can do to reduce the number of accidents.

  • Clearwater Attorney Announces Fourth Annual Christmas Bike Giveaway (2012) - Press Release: Clearwater Attorney Jim Dodson and popular bike store, Chainwheel Drive, are for the fourth consecutive year, joining together to give away bicycles to five deserving children, between the ages of five and twelve, whose families otherwise could not afford such a Christmas gift. Jim works with local agencies, clients, friends and associates to locate and nominate special kids in the community.

  • Jim Dodson Law Supports Walk Like MADD 5K Fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (2012) - Press Release: The third annual premier fundraising event for  MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving),  Walk Like MADD, a 5K community based run and walk, went off without a hitch, thanks in part to the help of Clearwater personal injury attorney Jim Dodson.

  • How Does Florida No-Fault Work? (2008) - Florida is a No-Fault state and this report explains what you can recover for medical treatment, lost wages and other damages.

  • Jim Dodson Welcomes Mid-County Bar Association Guest Speaker Pinellas Cty Circuit Clerk, Ken Burke (2013) - Jim Dodson, President of the Mid County Bar Association, welcomed guest speaker, Pinellas County Circuit Clerk, Ken Burke, to the organization’s April 25th meeting.

  • Jim Dodson Speaks to Sarasota Manatee Bike Club about the Importance of Uninsured Motorist Coverage (2013) - Jim Dodson met with the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club (SMBC) on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to speak to club members about the need to protect themselves from the millions of Florida drivers on the road who have absolutely no insurance or who are drastically uninsured. Dodson stressed the importance of carrying Uninsured Motorist insurance (UM). UM is critical injury protection cyclists can’t afford to be without.

  • Jim Dodson Law Releases Book on How to Protect Yourself with the Right Car Insurance (2012) - Press Release: Accident attorney Jim Dodson has just released a new consumer guide that is a “must read” for every Florida driver. The book, entitled Uninsured Motorist Insurance—Don’t Leave Home Without It, explains in easy-to-understand language what coverage everyone who ventures onto Florida’s roads needs to have, and why.

  • Jim Dodson Law Creates New Website for Bicycle News and Safety Tips (2012) - Press Release: Florida personal injury attorney Jim Dodson is pleased to announce a new website and blog at www.dodsonbicyclelaw.com, with up to the minute news and information that cyclists need to know on the latest in biking law, accidents, and safety concerns.

  • Jim Dodson Named One of Tampa Bay’s Best Lawyers (2012) - Press Release: Clearwater personal injury attorney James Dodson has been named as one of Tampa’s top-rated lawyers in The American Lawyer Magazine’s special edition, “Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 Edition: The Definitive Guide to Legal Representation in Tampa.”

  • Jim Dodson Law Supports Child Passenger Safety Week (2013) - Florida has designated Sept. 16 through Sept. 20 as Child Passenger Safety Week and Sept. 21 as Seat Check Saturday. Florida personal injury law firm, Jim Dodson Law, will be supporting the week dedicated to reducing fatal vehicle accidents involving children by promoting the use of seat belts for children.

  • Jim Dodson Participates in Tour de Cure to Support Diabetes Research (2013) - Jim Dodson participated in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Tour de Cure in Lakewood Ranch to support diabetes research. The event had 681 riders and helped the ADA raise over $220,000 for research for the disease that currently affects over 18 million Americans.

  • Clearwater Attorney Dodson Joins with CTST to Improve Traffic Safety (2012) - Press Release: Jim Dodson is now working with the District 7 Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), whose goal is to reduce the number of traffic accidents in our communities and across the state.

  • WalkWise Tampa Bay Holds Pedestrian Safety Event in Madeira Beach (2012) - Press Release: The City of Madeira Beach, hosted the Gulf Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Event on Thursday morning. WalkWise Tampa Bay is a grassroots initiative providing innovative pedestrian safety education to the citizens of Tampa Bay. Jim Dodson Law was pleased to be present as one of the invited supporters for the kickoff of a co-operative effort between the city and WalkWise in spreading the word about the importance of pedestrian safety.

  • 10 Mistakes in Medical Treatment that Will Destroy Your Accident Case (2010) - This report explains ten mistakes to avoid in regards to medical treatment that wil give yourself a fighting chance in your accident case.

  • 4 Steps to Handling an Accident Claim if Your Car is Totaled (2009) - This report explains how to handle your car accident claim on your own, how much compensation you are entitled to receive, how to negotiate with the adjuster, and how comparative fault may apply to your final settlement.

  • Jim Dodson Law Supports National Teen Driver Safety Week (2013) - Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer Jim Dodson joins the nation’s effort in bringing awareness to safe teen driver and passenger behavior during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

  • Jim Dodson Supports FDOT’s Efforts to Reduce Statewide Bicycle Fatalities (2013) - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) met Thurs., April 4, 2013 to discuss their plan for reducing statewide bicycle and pedestrian fatalities by 20 percent by the year 2015.

  • Bikes for Kids for Christmas (2012) - Press Release: The law firm of Jim Dodson in Clearwater contacted Isaiah’s Inn and Shepherd’s Village, two local charitable organizations who help families facing hard times, to recommend some deserving children whose families are struggling, who could use an extra dose of Christmas joy. With the help of these agencies, Jim Dodson and his staff chose five children to receive brand new Raleigh bicycles—and safety helmets and lights to go with them.

  • Clearwater, Florida Attorney Releases New Handbook on Bicycle Accidents (2012) - Press Release: An avid cyclist himself, attorney Jim Dodson has now released a new consumer guide for cyclists, the Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook, to help people who ride bicycles avoid injury and if the worst happens, know what they need to do.

  • Share the Road Campaign to Promote Safer Cycling (2012) - Press Release: Jim Dodson has partnered with bike commuter David Sandman and Sergeant George Edmiston of the Largo Police Department in an effort to raise public awareness concerning motorists and cyclists safely sharing the road.

  • 7 Steps You Should Take After a Car Accident in Florida (2008) - This report offers seven guidelines to follow after a Florida car accident that will help strengthen the injury claim.

  • About James Dodson

    Admitted: 1973, Florida

    Professional Webpage: http://www.jimdodsonlaw.com/bio/jim-dodson.cfm


    • Achieved a 10.0 Super AVVO rating, 2010-Present
    • Tampa's Top Rated Lawyer, Tampa Bay Magazine: 2012 Edition
    • Member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum; a national honor achieved by fewer than 5% of all lawyers, 2005-Present
    • Tampa Bay's Best Lawyers, Tampa Bay Magazine, August 2010
    • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell; the highest possible rating for outstanding legal ability and ethics, August 1988-Present
    • Accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with the highest rating of A+, 2010-Present

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Member of the Florida Justice Association, 1986-present
    • Member of the American Justice Association, 1996-present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President Elect Clearwater Bar Association, 1991-1992
    • President of the Mid-County Bar Association, 2002-2012
    • Former Assistant State Attorney, 1977-1982
    • Appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, 1982-1984
    • Clearwater Bar Board of Directors, 1988-1991
    • President of the Clearwater Bar Association, 1992-1993
    • Member of the Colorado Bar Association, admitted August 31, 1999, Inactive Status
    • Appointed Assistant State Attorney 6th Judicial Circuit, 1977-1982
    • Springtime City Kiwanis Club Clearwater, 1986-1990
    • Member of the Florida Bar Association, 1972-present
    • Former Adjunct Professor in Trial Practice at Stetson Law School, 2007
    • St. Cecilia School, Clearwater Board Member, 1985-1989

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chairman of the Pinellas County MADD Advisory Board, 2012-2014
    • Young Life Field Ministry Sponsor, 2004-2012
    • Pastoral Council, St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, 2011-2014
    • Youth Environmental Services Program volunteer and Bible Study leader for juveniles incarcerated at a remote location in southern Hillsborough County, 2006-2011
    • Board of Directors Isaiah’s Inn a Clearwater non-profit ministry dedicated to keeping families in tact, encouraging them to develop independent living and to remain in their homes, 2007- present
    • Bikes for Kids for Christmas, 2009-2014
    • Pinellas Marine Institute Program volunteer and Bible Study leader providing a positive role model and example of faith to juveniles with multiple felony histories incarcerated on an island program in St Petersburg, commencing approximately, 1988-2006
    • Clearwater Central Catholic High School Career Day Participant, various times over the past 15 years
    • Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study Fellowship Member and occasional facilitator, 1984-present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Guide to help consumers protect themselves and their loved ones from irresponsible drivers in Florida., Buying Car Insurance in Florida, 2009
    • Guide to help people recover for injuries from a pedestrian accident caused by the negligent act of another and educate consumers about the claims process., Florida Pedestrian Accident Guide, 2010
    • Guide that outlines common myths about fall cases, four things every fall case must have and other topics to help accident victims avoid common mistakes with a claim., Dangerous Trips to Avoid in Your Fall Case, 2009
    • WWhen faced with such uncertainty, parents and caregivers have many unanswered questions. This guide carefully takes readers through the initial steps to take to help a child recover after an accident or injury., When Kids Suffer Big Injuries, 2010
    • Provides answers to questions family members have following a tragic loss of a loved one, such as: understanding wrongful death claims, who is entitled to recover compensation, the role a personal representative plays in the process and understanding the time limits under Florida law for bringing a wrongful death claim., Survivor's Guide to Florida Wrongful Death Claims, 2009
    • Identifies common mistakes consumers should avoid if they have been injured in a car accident in Florida., Five Mistakes that Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Case, 2009
    • Adjunct Professor Stetson Law School, 2007
    • Learn how to protect yourself from millions of drivers on Florida roads who have little or no insurance., Uninsured Motorist Insurance - Don't Leave Home Without It, 2012
    • Book to help people who ride bicycles avoid injury and if the worst happens, know what they need to do., Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook, 2012
    • This guide lays out the steps to take after being involved in a drunk driving crash and answers common questions accident victims have., Florida DUI Crash Victim Guide, 2014
    • You don't have to be a doctor to understand some of the basics about head and brain injuries, and that's exactly what this guide is designed to teach. It's important that you educate yourself on how these injuries are diagnosed and treated, expectations for recovery, long-term effects of concussions and other brain injuries, and more., The Layman's Guide to Brain Injuries, 2016


    • Multiple judgments and settlements throughout Florida in and out of court ranging from six to seven figures.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Commissioned as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate U.S.A.F. 1973-1977 and went on active duty as a Captain handling all Non Judicial punishments, administrative discharges and prosecution and defense of all offenses of the Uniform Code of Military Justice including Summary and General Courts Martial.


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    Educational Background:

    • Florida State, Student Government Entertainment Committee, 1968-1969
    • Seminole High School, 1962-1966, Senior Class President, active in Student Government
    • Key Club, 1963
    • Florida State, Student Government Representative, 1968-1969
    • Florida State College of Law, 1970 -1972, Graduated with Honors
    • Boys State, 1964
    • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History, 1966-1970
    • American Legion Award Recipient, 1964
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    Office Location for James W. Dodson

    310 Wildwood Way
    Clearwater, FL 33756

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