Fredric S. Zinober

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL

Zinober Diana & Monteverde PA
 | 150 2nd Ave N, Suite 1170
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 877-603-5055
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014, 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Fredric S. Zinober is a co-founder of Zinober, Diana & Monteverde, P.A. Law Firm, which has law offices in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Board-certified by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Law, Mr. Zinober has more than 40 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Pinellas County and the surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·       Business and commercial litigation

    ·       Insurance defense

    Nationally ranked as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Zinober also once held board certification in criminal trial law, and he has tried dozens of high-profile, high-stakes civil and criminal matters. He has served as a prosecutor of criminal offenses as well as a criminal defense attorney, and he has handled several cases involving first-degree murder and other serious felonies.

    Most recently, Mr. Zinober has focused his practice on representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from acts of medical malpractice and nursing home abuse, motor vehicle accidents, insurance coverage disputes, business torts, and more. He has also gained extensive experience handling matters involving first-party insurance disputes along with premises liability and negligent security claims.

    A leader in his field, Mr. Zinober has published numerous articles and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics, and he has served in a number of leadership roles with various local, state and national legal organizations, including director of the Clearwater Bar Association and president of the Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

    In recognition for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Zinober has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America. He has also received the Robert L. Hindman Award for his exceptional contributions to criminal justice, and The Wall Street Journal named him among the "Top Attorneys in Florida."

    A 1974 graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Mr. Zinober obtained his Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and he received his license to practice in 1980.

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    Practice Areas
    • 50%General Litigation
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Defense
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014, 2017 - 2020

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    About Fredric Zinober

    Admitted: 1982, Florida

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Attorneys in Florida, The Wall Street Journal
    • Robert L. Hindman Award, Contribution to Criminal Justice
    • Best Lawyers in America,2012 to present
    • Super Lawyers: included for over 10 years and Top 100 – 2007
    • Martindale Hubbell “AV” rated

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, 1993 through 2003
    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
    • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, former President
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Clearwater Bar Association, former Director
    • Petersburg Bar Association
    • Leadership Pinellas, Board of Directors – 2010, 2011-2012
    • Ferguson-White Inn of Court, former Barrister
    • Barney-Masterson Inn of Court, former Director
    • Beef O’Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg, Executive Committee
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, ABOTA/FLABOTA – 2007 to present
    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
    • Florida, 1982

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pinellas County School Board Hearing Officer, former
    • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Civil Service Board, former Director
    • Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, former Director and Vice-Chairman

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Negligent Security Cases from the Plaintiff’s Perspective,” Premises Liability and Negligent Security in Florida, Lorman Educational Services, May 6, 2006
    • The Catholic University Law Review, Published executive editor
    • “Persuasive Legal Writing,” An Effective Approach to Legal Writing and Research in Florida, Lorman Educational Seminars, February 13, 2001
    • “Apartments, Parking Lots and Other Commercial Properties,” Premises Liability Seminar, Hillsborough County Bar Association, September 9, 2005
    • “Negligent Security: Thrills Not Worth the Price of Admission,” Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • “Motion Practice and Trial Preparation,” Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Florida, Lorman Education Services, January 8, 2003; January 14, 2004; January 13, 2005; January 12, 2006
    • “The Trial of a Personal Injury Case,” The Essentials of Personal Injury, Hillsborough County Bar Association, September 14, 2007
    • “Formal Discovery and Depositions,” Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in Florida, Lorman Educational Seminars, March 11, 2004; October 19, 2005; October 17, 2006
    • “Opening Statements from the Perspective of the Defense Attorney,” State Court Trial Seminar, Hillsborough County Bar Association, June 22, 2007
    • “Show Time – Jury Selection and Telling the Story to the Jury,” May 10, 2017 St. Petersburg Bar Association
    • “Litigating Premises Liability,” The Essentials of Personal Injury Litigation, Hillsborough County Bar Association, October 2, 2008
    • “Managing Privileged Documents in an Era of E-Discovery,” Woman of E-Discovery, June 24, 2009
    • “The Attorney-Client Privilege,” Privilege Issues Seminar, Hillsborough County Bar Association, February 26, 2009
    • “Litigating the Negligent Security Case,” Premises Liability and Negligent Security in Florida, Lorman Educational Services, May 4, 2011
    • “Litigating the Negligent Security Case: Who’s in Control Here?” 44 Stetson L. Rev. (2015)
    • June 22, 2018, 15th Annual Rimkus Consulting Group CE/CLE Seminar

    Educational Background:

    • Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics, 1974
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    150 2nd Ave N
    Suite 1170
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701

    Phone: 877-603-5055

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