The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm Earns the Trust of Businesses and Families

Published on 30 November -1 in Business
Marcy Sanford (author)

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The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm, located at the top of Carrollwood in Tampa, has continued its pace of strategic growth since moving north from downtown in 2008.  The firm consists of fifteen lawyers, supported by 17 paralegals, legal assistants, law clerks and administrators, which power the firm’s growing presence throughout Florida. Evidenced by its “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm has earned its reputation as a well-trusted name in the Tampa Bay Area and beyond.

The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm represents a wide range of clients including Fortune 500 Companies, local family run businesses, and individuals needing help with estate planning. An example of the firm’s diversity occurred last summer when the firm had near simultaneous trials representing a physician in a medical malpractice matter, a world-wide mall developer in a premises liability action, and an individual against guardianship attorneys involving the improper handling of a guardianship estate.   In this latter action, following a two-week jury trial, partners Ron Denman, Chuck Bavol, and Grant Kindrick recovered a record $16,400,000 verdict from the jury.   However, regardless of the matter, the size of the client, or the nature of their legal issue, one thing is always the same – everyone at The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm believes in dedication to the client’s best interest. 

“We want our clients to trust us and know that we are always doing what is best for them,” said Managing Partner Robert Bleakley. “We pride ourselves in finding strategic ways to close cases and solve client’s problems that result in the best possible outcome for our clients.”

At The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm, you’ll find four senior partners, each with greater than 25 years of legal experience; six partners whose experience ranges from 7 – 25 years in the profession; and five associate attorneys (“the Young Guns”) with experience ranging from fresh out of law school to 10+ years of experience.  It is with this younger group of attorneys that Bleakley seeks to mold the future of the firm.  Bleakley noted, “For many years the firm sought to recruit experienced attorneys from other law firms to join our firm.  A few years ago, it occurred to us that our firm philosophy, process, and procedure were unique, and we wanted to develop young lawyers into our culture from the very beginning so they could grow and develop and carry on the work of the firm long after the senior partners have retired to the golf course.” 

Business & Corporate Law:  Bleakley says that although the firm’s roots have typically been in the representation of large businesses or carriers in auto and trucking liability matter, medical device litigation, professional liability, product liability, premises liability and workers compensation matters, since moving to Carrollwood just over 10 years ago, the firm has significantly grown small business practice.  Many of the firm’s lawyers have friends, neighbors and people they know through their church or social circles, who need representation for their small business.  Most of these small businesses and individual clients had never contacted an attorney until they had an issue arise. “Most of the time with our smaller business clients, we are hired because they receive a notice about something and realize there are holes in their policies. Or if it is a family owned business, they may realize that they could be personally responsible in a legal issue and want to protect their assets.”

The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm provides legal representation to businesses of all sizes from sole proprietors to start-up and emerging companies, private and public corporations, limited liability companies, and other business organizations. Because they have corporate and employment attorneys on staff, they can help you with the legal steps to form a new business or the contracts and legal documents needed to protect your employees and your company. 

If you do have a legal issue that arises, you can trust that they will handle the issue in a timely manner so that you can get back to focusing on what is important to you. Their expert trial lawyers are committed to helping you protect and preserve your assets. 

Estate Planning, Wills, & Trusts:  Whether you need a simple will or trust or are looking for business succession planning, The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm can help.  Christina Hebert joined the firm more than 10 years ago and has over 20 years of experience representing individuals and families in their estate planning needs. The firm has assisted hundreds of families in the North Tampa area with these necessary documents and does so in a neighborhood environment helping the client feel at ease with the process.

It is important for anyone who has assets to set up a will or trust. Otherwise, your assets will pass according to state laws and those may not be consistent with your wishes. Having a will or trust written by a legal professional will protect your loved ones and favorite charities.

If you are a family run business or a large corporation, you may want a plan of succession for your business and the Bleakley Bavol Law Firm can help develop that. 

Bleakley credits the firm’s focus on building trust with its clients as the reason it has been so successful. “Trust is so important; the client has to know that their lawyer is looking out for them. Most people start with a preconceived notion that lawyers are only looking out for their own best interests. Here, we teach our lawyers to prove otherwise.  Anyone can say they put their client’s first, but at this law firm we strive to prove it every day.”  

At The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm you get the best of two worlds: the experience, professionalism, and competitiveness of a large downtown firm combined with the trust, friendliness, and convenience of a neighborhood law office. The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm provides personalized attention from lawyers who truly care about you and your wellbeing, and the wellbeing of your business.

The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm is located at 15170 North Florida Avenue in Tampa. The firm is open 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri., and by appointment outside normal office hours. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call (813) 221-3759 or visit www.bleakleybavol.com.

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