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Dereck G. Capaz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Tampa, FL

Capaz Law Firm Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys & Car Accident Lawyers
601 South Boulevard, Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-440-2700
Fax: 813-440-2701
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed in Florida Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, General Litigation, Insurance Coverage
Attorney Profile

Dereck Capaz 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. Mr. Capaz focuses his practice in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury, insurance claims and civil litigation.

Mr. Capaz 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 Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar Association and Florida Justice Association.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Capaz 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. Mr. Capaz 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, Mr. Capaz 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.

Mr. Capaz 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 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.

We are pleased to announce that a recent trial victory has been featured as one of the Top 10 jury verdicts obtained in the State of Florida. The $202,230,000.00 award topped TopVerdict’s list as the #1 largest Personal Injury Jury Verdict in Florida in 2019.

TopVerdict recognizes U.S. law firms and attorneys who have obtained the highest jury verdicts awards in various case types tried throughout the nation in either in state or federal courts. You can view the entire Top 10 list here. (

About Dereck G. Capaz

First Admitted: 2003

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Youth Baseball Coach

Bar/Professional Activity

  • — Florida Justice Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, American Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association, J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court, Hillsborough County Bar Association, American Bar Association


Educational Background

  • Stetson College of Law, J.D. Stetson University, M.B.A. University of Florida, B.A. Tampa Jesuit High School  


  • The most recent trials/ large settlements: Garcia v. Esplidora - Plaintiffs' jury verdict $202,230,000.00 December 2019, Knutson v. Barney - Plaintiff's jury verdict $567,661.36- March 2017; Fairfield & Kempnich v. Richardson- settlement prior to trial - $533,333.33- May 2017; Henderson v. Smith - Plaintiff's jury verdict- March 2016; Jose Hernandez v. Preston Davis - $450,000.00 settlement - October 2016;, 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating 2011 - 2020.   Selected as a life member to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  , 2020
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Office Location for Dereck G. Capaz

601 South Boulevard
Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33606

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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