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Dismuke Law is determined to make its mark by making sure that every personal injury client and their families are treated with excellent personal service, respect, dignity and every resource that is available in the industry. The team at Dismuke Law has always understood how our clients are affected by accidents and brings that empathy to the courtroom and settlement table every day. This approach focuses on understanding clients are not simply a file, but that each client has unique needs, and that each case is different. Our core belief is that every detail must be studied, that every adversary must be out prepared and outworked and that every client must be treated like they are family.

David C. Dismuke

David C. Dismuke was born in Tampa, Florida in 1974. After graduating from Haines City High School in 1993, Mr. Dismuke joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and attended college at the University of South Florida where he graduated, with honors in 1998. Mr. Dismuke received an academic scholarship to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing Michigan, where he was awarded the “book award” in both Torts and Scholarly Writing given to the student with the highest grade as well as the John D. Volker award for outstanding and dedicated law review service in 2000. He graduated from Cooley, with honors, in 2001.

David dedicates his practice to the fields of personal injury and legal malpractice, representing victims of negligence and wrongdoing, with a focus on trial advocacy. Mr. Dismuke is a Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar and has an AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubble. In 2013 and 2014, David was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. David currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (2012‑present) as well as the Board of Directors of the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association (2013-present)

David is married to his high school sweetheart Jennifer. Together they have two children, Brooke and Dawson. The Dismuke Family are members of First Baptist Church at the Mall. Giving back to the community is important to the Dismuke Law family. Dismuke Law supports a number of local charitable organizations. Most recently, Dismuke Law has become a drop-off site for kidsPACK. KidsPACK USA is a nonprofit organization supported by community leaders, corporate sponsors, churches and concerned citizens joined with a core of volunteers throughout the county dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of children.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Legal Malpractice

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

IN THE NEWS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Florida Justice Association, Board of Directors (2012 – present)
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, President (2018)
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (2013 – present)
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Lakeland Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTIONS

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial (2012 – present)
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (2013 – present)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2013 & 2014)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers (2013 – present)

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Ethics Overview: Interesting Cases & Issues,” Florida Justice Association – Perfecting Your Competitive Edge: Advanced Trial Skills for Top Litigators (2015)
  • “Vicarious Liability – Pushing the Limits,” Florida Justice Association – Masters of Justice (2014)
  • “Staying on the Road in the MIST (Minor Impact Soft Tissue),” Florida Justice Association – Perfecting Your Competitive Edge: Advanced Trial Skills for Top Litigators (2013)

EDUCATION

  • Haines City High School, 1993
  • University of South Florida, with honors, 1998
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, with honors, 2001

RESULTS

Mr. Dismuke handles some of the firm’s most significant catastrophic accidents which include, wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, legal malpractice, premises liability cases and motor vehicle accidents.

Some of the notable personal injury cases Mr. Dismuke has won for his clients:

Driver Under the Influence – Wrongful Death $7.25 Million Jury Verdict
Wrongful Death – Bad Faith $10,000 coverage $1.1 Million Settlement
Legal Malpractice $1 Million Settlement
Auto Accident – disputed liability $1 Million Settlement
Auto Accident – Surgery $800,000 Settlement
Auto Accident – Injection Therapy $754,000 Jury Verdict
Auto Accident – Surgery $700,000 Settlement
Dangerous Tree Extraction – Broken Arm $302,400 Jury Verdict
Auto Accident – Chiropractic care only $245,637 Jury Verdict
Auto Accident – Surgery on Degenerative Condition $243,759 Jury Verdict
David Dismuke | Florida Bar Certified Personal Injury Law AttorneyDavid Dismuke | National Trial Lawyers Top 100Top 25David Dismuke | Auto Accident Attorney | Florida Justice Association Eagle MemberDavid Dismuke | Martindale Hubbell Award
David C. Dismuke
David C. Dismuke

“Our sole focus is to shine a light on the conduct of careless actors whether they be distracted or drunk drivers or corporations who put profits before safety; by holding careless actors accountable, it makes us all safer. We have an experienced team of people who have dedicated their careers to fighting for the compensation our clients deserve. We understand that justice delayed is justice denied and will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.”

Christopher T. Borzell

Christopher Borzell was born in Miami and moved with his family to the Tampa Bay area where he has lived for most of his life. In 2002, Chris received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida. From there, he followed his passion for law, to the University of Florida – Fredric G. Levin College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2009.

Chris began his career as an attorney in civil litigation focusing on both first and third party insurance disputes. He devoted his first several years of practice to defending insurance companies and their interests including a position as trial counsel for one of the country’s largest insurance companies. Chris now utilizes his extensive experience gained through his representation of insurance companies to fight for the rights of the injured. Chris shares the belief of the Dismuke law family that community is important, so he has volunteered his time at the Guardian Ad Litem Program, Three Rivers Legal Services, and Bay Area Legal Services Association. When Chris is not fighting for the rights of his clients, you can find him supporting the local Tampa sporting teams and Liverpool F.C.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Car Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Slip & Fall
  • Truck Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Negligent Security

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • Three Rivers Legal Services
  • Bay Area Legal Services Association
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program

CURRENT AND PAST MEMBERSHIPS

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • Tampa Preparatory School, 1998
  • University of South Florida, Magna Cum Laude, 2002
  • University of Florida – Levin College of Law, 2009
Christopher T. Borzell
Christopher T. BorzellAttorney

William J. Dennis

William J. Dennis was born in Texas and moved with his family to Lakeland where he has lived since 1996. Will received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and went on to pursue a law degree from Liberty University School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. Throughout law school, Will was actively involved in the community and worked in the General Counsel department of a fortune 500 company.

In 2013, Will began his legal career as a prosecutor in the 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida. As a Prosecutor, Will handled thousands of cases, ranging from 2nd degree misdemeanors to capital felonies. Will ended his career as a prosecutor in the crimes against children division, where his sole focus was protecting children from physical and sexual abuse. Will is no stranger to the courtroom, trying over 35 cases in front of a Jury, often leading to lengthy prison sentences of the Defendant.

Will has a passion for this community and is excited to apply his knowledge and skills in the courtroom for people who have been injured by the negligence of others. Will lives in Lakeland with his Wife and Daughter.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Car Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Slip & Fall
  • Truck Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Negligent Security

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • The Florida Bar

EDUCATION

  • University of South Florida
  • Liberty University School of Law
William J. Dennis
William J. DennisAttorney

Jennifer Dismuke

Jennifer is the Human Resources – Accounting officer of Dismuke Law, PLLC. She was born and raised in Polk County, Florida. After graduating from nursing school, she married her high school sweetheart, David C. Dismuke. Jennifer loves being a mom and enjoys volunteering at her children’s school. Working at Dismuke Law allows Jennifer to utilize her medical background, by reviewing client medical records and bills. Jennifer manages human resources, financial and administrative matters within the firm.

Jennifer Dismuke
Jennifer DismukeHuman Resources / Accounting

Cristina Dunaway, ALP

Cristina was born and raised in Central Florida. She currently lives in Auburndale with her high school sweetheart and their two young children. In 2006, she received her degree in the field of Medical Billing and Coding which has become abundantly useful in the personal injury field of law. Working directly with David Dismuke and other top trial lawyers for the past several years has allowed her to exercise and cultivate her various skills. Her passion for justice and strive for success has led her to be an active member of several organizations, including the NALS Association for Legal Professionals through which she maintains an Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification and the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association of which she is the appointed Executive Director. Cristina enjoys downtime with her family as well as socializing with and learning from other driven individuals in the legal community. Cristina serves as Dismuke Law’s Office Manager, overseeing all matters relating to client case management.

Cristina Dunaway, ALP
Cristina Dunaway, ALPOffice Manager

Alexis Costa

Alexis was born and raised in Lakeland, FL.  Growing up, Alexis has always had an interest in the legal field and helping others.  She is currently working toward her degree in Medical Billing and Coding which will be a valuable tool in the personal injury field of law.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and with loved ones.

Alexis Costa
Alexis CostaPre-Litigation Case Manager

Marquita Smith

Marquita was born in Valdosta, GA and spent the majority of her childhood abroad in Japan and Korea. While studying at Valdosta State University she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Legal Assistant Studies, and also obtained a Master’s Degree from Keiser University in Criminal Justice. She has interned at the District Attorney’s Office in Valdosta, GA and also at the Navy Legal Service Office in Yokosuka, Japan. The legal field has always been of great interest to Marquita, and with 5+ years of personal injury experience it has truly become a passion of hers. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and spouse, and new to the Tampa area, she enjoys exploring all the new experiences the area has to offer.

Marquita Smith
Marquita SmithPre-Litigation Case Manager

Jennah Williams

Jennah is originally from New York and has always dreamed of working in the law field. After serving on a mock jury at Dismuke Law she was able to make that dream a reality. Her background working in the insurance field has given her an advantage in personal injury law. She currently lives in Mulberry with her husband and two daughters. Both of her children are involved in cheerleading and she enjoys watching them at competitions. Jennah also enjoys reading, shopping, going to the beach and spending time with family.

Jennah Williams
Jennah WilliamsIntake Specialist

Stephanie Crumbley

Stephanie is from Waterbury, Connecticut but has lived in Florida most of her life. She is happily married with 3 wonderful children. She also has a little dog named Duke.  Once a year she returns to Connecticut to visit her family. In her free time she enjoys watching her kids participate in football and cheer. She is also very active in her church, Harvest Assembly of God. Her passion in life is to help others, which has led to her involvement in the homeless ministry at her church. She loves college basketball. Her favorite team is Duke, which is how her dog got his name.

Stephanie Crumbley
Stephanie CrumbleyReceptionist

Brooke Dismuke

Brooke is a world traveler, photographer, YouTuber, and RaceTrac enthusiast; not like the cars but as in Icee’s. She enjoys spending her time reading, watching movies with her dad, and spending time with friends. Brooke attends Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy. Her favorite classes are music, drama, and musical theater. Brooke enjoys writing and performing musical numbers.

Brooke Dismuke
Brooke DismukeSocial Media Director