Mark A. Avera

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Gainesville, FL

Avera & Smith LLP
 | 2814 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-559-8179
Fax: 352-375-2526
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Mark A. Avera is a partner with Avera & Smith, LLP, law firm in Gainesville, Florida. Nationally ranked as among the preeminent trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Avera focuses his practice primarily on personal injury law, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Alachua County and the surrounding areas who have suffered injuries or loss as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

    Board-certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar, Mr. Avera has more than 31 years of total legal experience, and he has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of those suffering needlessly as the result of motor vehicle accidents, legal and medical malpractice, aviation accidents, and other preventable tragedies. He also has extensive experience handling probate and trust litigation as well as business litigation, and he has helped bring suits against major tobacco companies.

    Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Avera served as a sheriff's deputy in Alachua County, and he holds the distinction of being the youngest member of the force to achieve the rank of sergeant. During his time in law enforcement, he served as a member of the uniform patrol division as well as SWAT, and he supervised the office's street crimes unit.

    Honored for his impeccable professionalism as an attorney as well as his outstanding service, Mr. Avera has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America©. He has also received designation from Lawdragon as one of the 500 Best Plaintiff Attorneys in America, and he has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

    A 1986 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Avera studied at Fitzwilliam College for a time before returning to his alma mater and obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1989. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.

    A leader in his legal community, Mr. Avera once served on the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association, where he remains a member. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and former member of its executive council as well as former member of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association grievance committee. He has also served as chapter president of the American Board of Trial Advocates' North Central Florida Chapter.

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    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Mark Avera

    Admitted: 1989, Florida

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected by Reuters as Florida Super Lawyer, 2012
    • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
    • Selected by LawDragon as one of the 500 Best Plaintiff Attorneys in America, 2007
    • Named Best Lawyer in 18th Edition of Best Lawyers in America, 2012

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Florida Bar

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Executive Council, 2001-2004
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1990
    • Florida, 1989
    • Eighth Circuit Bar Association Grievance Committee, 2011-2014
    • Chapter President, North Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, 2006-2007, 2015-Current
    • Florida Justice Association, Board of Directors, 1995 – 2001
    • Florida Justice Association, Member

    Educational Background:

    • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, B.S. 1986
    • Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University (1988)
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    Office Location for Mark A. Avera

    2814 SW 13th St
    Gainesville, FL 32608

    Phone: 352-559-8179

    Fax: 352-375-2526

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