Stanley T. Padgett

Stanley T. Padgett

Managing Partner
Tampa, Florida

Stan Padgett was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up in Kentucky. He graduated from high school in Montgomery, Alabama, and received a Bachelor of Science in Government from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1979. He graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1982, and has been practicing law in Tampa since then. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell by Martindale Hubbell since 1992 based on the opinions of judges and other lawyers in the Tampa Bay area.

Stan worked for his father's civil engineering firm from the time he was 14 years old, surveying, drafting and doing inspections. During breaks from college, he did utilities construction work. After his first year of law school, he worked for a law firm in Mobile, Alabama assisting in a National Environmental Policy Act case arising out of the reconstruction of the Dolphin Island bridge after a hurricane damaged the original bridge.

After law school, he worked with the Trenam Kemker law firm in Tampa for ten (10) years as a litigation associate and shareholder before starting his own law firm in 1992. Over nearly 34 years of practice, he has handled hundreds of litigation matters for national, regional and local companies and for individuals. His goal is to bring value by using 30+ years of experience to find cost-effective solutions to business and personal problems.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Litigation & Appeals
  • 20% Construction Law
  • 20% Business & Commercial Law
  • 10% Contracts
  • 10% Employment Law - Employer

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1982
    • Honors: Order of Coif
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: National Moot Court Team
    • Law Journal: Duke Law Journal, Member, 1980 - 1981
  • Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 1979
    • Major: Government
    • Minor: History

Representative Cases

  • Niven v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. 1985 WL 1785 (M.D. Fla.1985)
  • Walsh v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. 1985 WL 1786 (M.D. Fla.1985)
  • Bonar v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc 835 F. 2d 1378 (11th Cir. 1988)
  • Allen v. Interstate Securities, Inc. 554 So. 2d 23 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989)
  • Interstate Securities Corp. v. Hayes Corp. 920 F.2d 769 (11th Cir. 1991)
  • Creighton v. State Farm Auto Ins. Co. 696 So.2d 1305 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997)
  • Coryell v. Morris 754 So. 2d 787 (Fla. 2d DCA 2000)
  • Boyd v. Halstead 817 So. 2d 1092 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002)
  • Wallace v Buttar 378 F.3d 182 (2nd Cir. 2004)

Representative Clients

  • Poole & Kent Company of Florida
  • Wilder Corporation of Delaware
  • AFS Janitorial, LLC
  • Bay to Bay Lending, LLC
  • Granada Lakes Villas Condominium Association, Inc.
  • Cool Air Solutions, Inc. d/b/a Graham Heating & Air Conditioning
  • NASCO Aerospace & Electronics, LLC
  • McBride Kelly & Associates, LLC
  • Sunny Coast Construction, Inc.
  • All Trades Historical Restoration, LLC
  • Brisa Del Mar, LLC


  • Construction Contract Workshop, Half Moon Education, Inc., 2015 - Present
  • Thunderbird Global Wealth Mgmt. Summit, Thunderbird Univ., 2010 - 2011

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating - Martindale Hubbell, 1992 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, 1982 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association


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