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J. Michael Grimley, Jr.

J. Michael Grimley, Jr.

Director

118 East Garden Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502

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Office: 850-436-7000
Cell Phone: 850-261-0828
Fax: 850-436-7099
Additional Offices: Tampa

Mike has 25 years of experience in representing insurance companies, corporations, business entities and individuals in a wide variety of litigation. Mike believes that the interests and goals of his clients are paramount. He has learned that the best way to achieve those goals is through a proactive approach that involves developing an early case assessment through focused discovery, targeted motion practice and timely dispute resolution, and if the case can not be resolved favorably, then through an aggressive defense at trial. Having tried numerous jury and bench trials throughout the State and Federal Courts in Florida, Louisiana, Texas (ad hoc) and Alabama (ad hoc), Mike has developed the skills to successfully try a wide variety of cases in diverse jurisdictions. That extensive experience in knowing what it takes to prove a case at trial also provides invaluable insight into how to thoughtfully and skillfully develop a case from the beginning to achieve a favorable outcome.

Mike’s experience and success have earned him an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the directory’s highest rating for attorneys, and a significant accomplishment that only two percent of all attorneys achieve. Mike has also been selected as one of Tampa’s Top Lawyers as recommended by his peers and seen in the National Law Journal.

Mike handles claims throughout the State of Florida and his practice consists primarily of general casualty litigation for primary and excess carriers, including premises liability, auto and trucking claims, professional and products liability, admiralty and maritime law, construction defect claims, employment practices claims, environmental litigation, and first party claims, as well as insurance coverage and bad faith claims associated with those areas of practice.

Mike understands that many trucking accidents require immediate attention that includes having in place a dedicated team of attorneys, independent adjusters and experts who can be on site at a moment’s notice to preserve the crucial evidence from the scene, the vehicles and the witnesses that is so critical to a successful defense of the claim. The geographical reach of that team of responders is enhanced by the firm having offices along major transportation routes along the Gulf South from Texas to Florida and throughout Georgia and Missouri. Mike also understands that a successful defense requires regular and efficient communication with the client, and the early development of a thoughtful and targeted strategy that is implemented with precision and relentless energy. While the severity of these types of cases can vary widely, Mike has the experience to deal with the potentially catastrophic cases when they arise. He has handled multi-vehicle accidents involving multiple deaths and serious injuries in which the damages were in the many millions of dollars, and serious injury cases in which time limit demands are involved and the case has to be worked up and resolved in a very short time, and cases in which the limits of insurance were insufficient to satisfy the claims and multi party mediations had to be involved to efficiently allocate the available financial resources to resolve all claims.

Representative clients include domestic and foreign insurers, both standard and surplus lines, professionals such as attorneys, doctors and other health care providers, insurance agents, architects, engineers, developers and contractors, various vessels owners and marine interests, businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as short and long haul trucking companies and all types of premises owners.

While the size of the cases he has handled has varied greatly, Mike’s extensive experience in handling high exposure claims at the trial and appellate level has afforded him a critical perspective because those cases require an understanding of complex legal issues, coordination of multi-disciplined expert discovery, and synthesis of that information into a successful litigation strategy. His high exposure trials have included cases involving wrongful death, paraplegia, burn victims, and serious orthopedic injuries with multiple surgeries and life care plans, as well as class actions and a multi-million dollar environmental claim.

Mike is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Florida and Louisiana and is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), and the Florida Surplus Lines Association. Mike is a licensed instructor with the Florida Bar and frequently gives seminars to claims adjusters and attorneys on topics ranging from first and third party bad faith, managing outside counsel, updates in the law, insurance coverage, negotiations and ethics. He also has conducted seminars for clients in the areas of loss control and claims investigation. Mike is also a former President of the Bay Area Propeller Club.

 

OVERVIEW

Mike has 25 years of experience in representing insurance companies, corporations, business entities and individuals in a wide variety of litigation. Mike believes that the interests and goals of his clients are paramount. He has learned that the best way to achieve those goals is through a proactive approach that involves developing an early case assessment through focused discovery, targeted motion practice and timely dispute resolution, and if the case can not be resolved favorably, then through an aggressive defense at trial. Having tried numerous jury and bench trials throughout the State and Federal Courts in Florida, Louisiana, Texas (ad hoc) and Alabama (ad hoc), Mike has developed the skills to successfully try a wide variety of cases in diverse jurisdictions. That extensive experience in knowing what it takes to prove a case at trial also provides invaluable insight into how to thoughtfully and skillfully develop a case from the beginning to achieve a favorable outcome.

Mike’s experience and success have earned him an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the directory’s highest rating for attorneys, and a significant accomplishment that only two percent of all attorneys achieve. Mike has also been selected as one of Tampa’s Top Lawyers as recommended by his peers and seen in the National Law Journal.

Mike handles claims throughout the State of Florida and his practice consists primarily of general casualty litigation for primary and excess carriers, including premises liability, auto and trucking claims, professional and products liability, admiralty and maritime law, construction defect claims, employment practices claims, environmental litigation, and first party claims, as well as insurance coverage and bad faith claims associated with those areas of practice.

Mike understands that many trucking accidents require immediate attention that includes having in place a dedicated team of attorneys, independent adjusters and experts who can be on site at a moment’s notice to preserve the crucial evidence from the scene, the vehicles and the witnesses that is so critical to a successful defense of the claim. The geographical reach of that team of responders is enhanced by the firm having offices along major transportation routes along the Gulf South from Texas to Florida and throughout Georgia and Missouri. Mike also understands that a successful defense requires regular and efficient communication with the client, and the early development of a thoughtful and targeted strategy that is implemented with precision and relentless energy. While the severity of these types of cases can vary widely, Mike has the experience to deal with the potentially catastrophic cases when they arise. He has handled multi-vehicle accidents involving multiple deaths and serious injuries in which the damages were in the many millions of dollars, and serious injury cases in which time limit demands are involved and the case has to be worked up and resolved in a very short time, and cases in which the limits of insurance were insufficient to satisfy the claims and multi party mediations had to be involved to efficiently allocate the available financial resources to resolve all claims.

Representative clients include domestic and foreign insurers, both standard and surplus lines, professionals such as attorneys, doctors and other health care providers, insurance agents, architects, engineers, developers and contractors, various vessels owners and marine interests, businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as short and long haul trucking companies and all types of premises owners.

While the size of the cases he has handled has varied greatly, Mike’s extensive experience in handling high exposure claims at the trial and appellate level has afforded him a critical perspective because those cases require an understanding of complex legal issues, coordination of multi-disciplined expert discovery, and synthesis of that information into a successful litigation strategy. His high exposure trials have included cases involving wrongful death, paraplegia, burn victims, and serious orthopedic injuries with multiple surgeries and life care plans, as well as class actions and a multi-million dollar environmental claim.

Mike is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Florida and Louisiana and is a member of the Florida Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), and the Florida Surplus Lines Association. Mike is a licensed instructor with the Florida Bar and frequently gives seminars to claims adjusters and attorneys on topics ranging from first and third party bad faith, managing outside counsel, updates in the law, insurance coverage, negotiations and ethics. He also has conducted seminars for clients in the areas of loss control and claims investigation. Mike is also a former President of the Bay Area Propeller Club.

 

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • Louisiana State University, J.D, 1990
  • Louisiana State University, 1987

Admissions

  • Florida, 2003
  • Louisiana, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Florida Surplus Lines Association
  • The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)