Gregory P. Linehan

Gregory P. Linehan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Wittmer & Linehan PLLC
 | 2014 4th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: 941-365-2296
Fax: 941-365-0829
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%),
  • Social Security Disability (10%)
  • Free Consultation

About Gregory Linehan

Admitted: 1996, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://sarasotalitigator.com/our-team/gregory-p-linehan/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Bettter Business Bureau Member since 2003, 2003
  • Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce Member in Good Standing, 2003
  • Florida Justice Association Member, 2019
  • 2019 The National Trial Lawyers Top 100-Civil Plaintiff Lawyers, 2019
  • Member in Good Standing with American Bar Association since 2003, 2003
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100-Civil Plaintiff Lawyers, 2018
  • Member in Good Standing with the Florida Bar since 1996, 1996
  • Member of the Sarasota County Bar Association from 1997 to present, 1997

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 2020 Honorary Co Chair of The Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle and Music Festival, 2020
  • Board Member Evelyn Sadler Jones YMCA Sarasota, 2003
  • 2019 Honorary Co Chair of Thunder By The Bay Music and Motorcycle Festival, 2019
  • Suncoast Charities for Children Board Member since 2017 to present, 2017
  • Honorary Co Chair of Thunder By The Bay Music and Motorcycle Festival, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $575,000 Settlement - Poet v. Baking Company Our client, Ms. Poet, was injured while at work when a bread delivery company employee hit her with a fully loaded bread cart.  She sustained injuries to her hip and her lumbar spine which required surgery, injections, therapy, and ultimately a spinal cord stimulator.  Due to the injuries, she was unable to continue with her assistant manager duties at a department store because of the strain on her physically.  She ended up applying for and being approved for social security disability.  Our office was able to settle her claims and provide her with the funds to be able to continue receiving pain management treatment in the future., 2018
  • $975,000 settlement - Edwards v. Defendant Driver Our client was traveling north bound on US 41 on his motorcycle with his girlfriend on the back, when the Defendant Driver turned in front of him into a used furniture store.  Mr. Edwards was able to manuever the motorcycle so that he did not lay the bike down and only impacted the rear quarter panel of the defendant's vehicle.  Even still, both Mr. Edwards and his passenger were severely injured.  Mr. Edwards had multiple fractures in his right leg which required several surgeries and a lengthy recovery period.  Mr. Edwards was unable to walk for an extended period of time and while he has recovered well from the severity of his injuries, he will have long lasting impacts on his life as he will no longer be able to do any type of physically intense job due to the permanent injury to his leg.  After two mediations, and only a month before trial, the Defendant Driver agreed to a settlement which only compensated Mr. Edwards for a small portion of his total losses and future medical care., 2019
  • $183,801 Verdict - Altenbernd v Brunicardi Our client was a front seat passenger in her friend's vehicle when they were struck by oncoming traffic on the passenger side of the vehicle while making a left turn at a passive light.  Ms. Altenbernd suffered injuries to her already fragile spine, which she had surgery on when she was a child.  After the accident, she had several procedures to correct the compression fractures and disc bulges in her spine.  Due to the accident and injuries, Ms. Altenbernd struggled to finish her last semesters of college and was often in severe pain which lead to her using crutches, a walker and even a wheelchair in order to get around on campus.  The defense opined that Ms. Altenbernd already had spinal issues which had caused her to often utilize various medical equipment, including a walker and wheelchair, to be able to ambulate effectively.  Ultimately, at trial, the jury awarded our client $183,801, including past medical expenses, future medical expenses and pain and suffering., 2019
  • $475,000 Recovery - Lipford v. Armstrong Lisa Lipford was driving home when the defendant, Ms. Armstrong, pulled out in front of her, violating her right of way and causing a significant crash.  Ms. Lipford was transported to the emergency room where she was evaluated and it was determined that she needed emergency surgery to repair the broken bones in her arm and elbow.  After several days in the hospital, Ms. Lipford was discharged home where she continued to recover and undergo physical therapy.  Ms. Lipford was out of work for six weeks while she recovered and underwent a further surgery to remove the hardware that was placed in her elbow.  The vehicle owners had an insurance policy which was from Virginia, but the insurance company provided our office with details of a Florida policy with an affidavit stating that was the only insurance available.  Our office was not satisfied with this disclosure from the insurance company because we knew that the defendants split their time between Florida and Virginia, so we continued to research and requested further information and disclosures from State Farm.  Due to our thorough research of Virginia insurance laws and the detailed review of the Virginia policy language, our office was able to verify that the policy limits were in fact,  $100,000 per accident per vehicle owner, for a total of $200,000 in this incident.  The insurance company for the Armstrongs disagreed with our evaluation of the policy language and the insurance laws, so our office filed suit on behalf of Ms. Lipford.  After a lengthy litigation process, our office was able to secure not only the policy limits but an additional amount over and above the insurance policy for a total recovery of $375,000 from the bodily injury insurance company. *Note: The policy limits were $200,000 total ($100,000 UM & $100,000 BI), 2016
  • $500,000 Bad Faith Settlement (Von der Luft v. "Lizard" Insurance) Our office was contacted by an attorney to review a case in which they secured a judgment of $334,363.86 at trial.  Our office immediately filed an insurance bad faith lawsuit because the insurance company failed to evaluate the claim properly and protect their insured by settling the claim before a lawsuit was filed.  After a lengthy litigation process that involved several mediations and a trial, our office was able to secure a settlement above the judgment amount for our client just prior to the closing arguments.  It was clear to both the judge as well as the Lizard Insurance company that the jury would be returning a verdict in favor of our client and they did not want to take the chance on the amount of the award.Note: The original insurance policy limits were $10,000 and the original judgment awarded was $334,363.86., 2013
  • $9 Million Consent Judgment - Bozeman v. Estate of Matthew McQuearyThis is the largest reported injury judgment in DeSoto County.              Our 26 year old client was a passenger in a van on his way to a jobsite to paint when for reasons that remain unknown a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction veered into their path. The injuries that resulted from this head on collision were devastating to our client as well as the 6 other passengers of the van. Our client suffered a severe brain injury leaving him wheelchair bound with the mentality of a child.            Note: In March 2011, the bad faith portion of this case settled with AIG Insurance for a confidential amount.  The original insurance policy limits were $100,000., 2009
  • $708,301 Total Recovery ($587,301 verdict plus other settlement): Kirkland v. Sexton & FeatherstonOur client and his friend were on their way home after celebrating St. Patty’s day at a local bar when they were hit from behind by an underage drunken driver.  Both our client and the driver exited the vehicle to assess the damage when the defendant driver attempted to flee the scene and drove onto the sidewalk striking out client and severely injuring him.  Our office secured settlements from the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as well as the defendant vehicle owner’s liability coverage, however, the defendant driver’s insurance company did not want to negotiate.  After a lengthy litigation process, our office secured a verdict for $578,301 at trial.Note: The original policy limits were $100,000 per accident., 2007
  • $1 Million - John Doe Motorcyclist v Jane Doe Driver Our client, John Doe, was riding his motorcycle southbound on State Road 776 in Englewood when Jane Doe unexpectedly made a left turn immediately in front of him.  He promptly applied his brakes and quickly realized that the only way to attempt to avoid the collision was to lay his bike down.  He was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit. He had multiple orthopedic surgeries in order to stabilize his fractures.  His medical expenses began piling up, and within three months following the accident his total medical charges were $430,000.  Mr. Doe hired Wittmer | Linehan and letters were immediately sent to the insurance company.  The policy provided $100,000 in injury liability coverage and $100,000 in property loss coverage.  An offer was sent to the insurance company advising that Mr. Doe would be willing to resolve his claim in exchange for full payment of the injury policy and payment of $8,500 for his property losses and an affidavit that neither the Defendant driver nor the Defendant vehicle owner had any additional available insurance.  The insurance company response was to extend a counter offer to pay the full injury losses and to pay $5,500 for the property losses.  With all these hidden pitfalls and tricky release terms, our client made the decision to file suit.  After a relatively short litigation period, our office was able to settle Mr. Doe’s claims for $1,000,000.Note: Original policy limits were $100,000, 2017
  • $4.2 Million - McConnell v. Tree Trimming Company A 21 year old was sitting on the curb at a bus stop waiting for a bus in Venice when the driver of a large commercial tree trimming truck attempted an evasive maneuver to avoid traffic that was stopped at the intersection.  Due to his failure to use due care and begin braking at a safe distance, he had to swerve across several lanes of traffic and eventually ended up driving up onto the curb and over our client.  Dustin McConnell was left with crush injuries to the lower half of his body and had to undergo over 14 surgical procedures in a two month time period.  Fortunately, our client recovered well from the accident but will require extensive future care for all of the hardware that is in his body now as well as extensive pain management due to the injuries.          , 2013
  • John Doe Motorcycle v. Vehicle Driver  $1,013,791.85 Settlement (Policy Limits: $500,000 total for both bodily injury & property damage): Our client, John Doe, was riding his motorcycle on Placida Road in Charlotte County, when a vehicle turned in front of him causing the crash.  Mr. Doe sustained serious injuries and was taken to a trauma facility for the treatment of his injuries.  He underwent multiple emergency surgical procedures to repair fractures in both of his legs and his pelvis, in addition to several non-emergent surgical procedures in the subsequent months.  Mr. Doe had a lengthy healing period and endured months of therapy to be able to walk on his own again.  Our office went to work on Mr. Doe’s case right away, contacting the insurance company and providing them with multiple chances to settle the case for the policy limits of $500,000.  The Defendant’s insurance company did not make any counter offer or attempt to settle the case until after our office filed suit against them.  After a litigation period and two mediations, the insurance company finally agreed to settle for $1,000,000 plus the property damage of $13,791.85, which was $513,791.85 over the policy limits.  Had the insurance company responded to our offer in a timely manner, they would have saved themselves the expenses associated with litigation and the additional amount over the policy limits that they ended up having to pay., 2018
  • $19.2 Million Verdict - Chmielewski v. Consul (Sarasota County Case #2013 CA 008764 NC) On September 20, 2010, Matthew Martin, was a 19 year old backseat passenger in a mini Cooper being driven by Raymon Consul. Consul was traveling down Bayshore Boulevard in Nokomis, a residential street, at speeds exceeding 65 mph. He lost control of his vehicle going around the curve and crashed into several trees and landed upside down on a concrete pump house. Martin was airlifted from the accident and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. The brain injury left Martin in a persistent vegetative state.  At the time of the accident, Geico insured Mr. Consul with minimal liability limits. Geico failed to settle Mr. Martin's claim and a lawsuit had to be filed. The litigation over Mr. Martin's damages took four years. Geico hired lawyers who made every effort to delay the case, retained expert witnesses to contest liability and damages and did everything they could at the trial of this case to prevent entry of a just verdict for Mr. Martin.  Our Firm met every challenge.  On August 31, 2017, after $200,000 in legal costs and years of protracted and contentious litigation, a Sarasota jury returned a verdict of $19.2 million in Mr. Martin's favor.  This is the largest reported personal-injury verdict in Sarasota or Manatee county., 2017

Educational Background:

  • Graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law, 1996
  • Graduated from the University of Florida with a Degree in Speech Communications, 1990
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Office Location for Gregory P. Linehan

2014 4th St
Sarasota, FL 34237

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