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capaz bio picDereck G. Capaz, Esq., 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 civil litigation, criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury, including tractor-trailer accidents, auto accidents, DUI offenses, felonies and misdemeanors.

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 American Bar 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, 10/20/Life cases, capital sexual battery and homicide.

After working as a criminal prosecutor for over four years, Mr. Capaz accepted a senior associate position at a well-respected civil law firm in Tampa, Florida. While at Ogden & Sullivan, P.A., for a period of more than four years, Mr. Capaz represented a variety of clients, from large corporations, local businesses, and individuals, in a wide variety of legal areas, involving wrongful death, tractor-trailer accidents, corporate negligence, premises shootings, defense of catastrophic injury claims and criminal defense.

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 has extensive litigation experience and has handled thousands of criminal and civil cases throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Capaz has tried over sixty (60) jury trials consisting of civil and criminal cases. He was selected for inclusion and named in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars. No more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Florida are named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

 

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