Attorney Profile:

Dereck G. Capaz

Dereck G. Capaz: Attorney with Capaz Law Firm, P.A.
  • Managing Partner at Capaz Law Firm, P.A. (1 Attorneys)
  • 601 South Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606
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  • Dereck G. Capaz, Esq., is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney. 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.
  • Peer Reviews 4.9/5.0 21 Reviews
    Peer Reviews (21 Reviews)
    4.9/5.0
    Client Reviews 100% Recommended 4 Reviews

Biography

Dereck 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 and plaintiff’s personal injury, including tractor-trailer accidents, auto accidents, premises liability and negligent security.

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 where he 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, and defense of catastrophic injury claims.

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 was selected for inclusion and named in the 2009-2014 editions of Florida Super Lawyers. No more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Florida are named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Litigation
  • Truck Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists
  • Wrongful Death
  • Accidents

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813-440-2700  Phone
813-440-2701  Fax
TampaTruckLawyer.com
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., 2000; Stetson University, M.B.A., 2003
Law School Attended:
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2003
Year of First admission:
2004
Admission:
2004, Florida; U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida; U.S. Supreme Court
ISLN:
919724967

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 21 reviews
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 06/01/11 in Civil Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/31/11 in Criminal Prosecution

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 05/31/11 in Civil Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 05/31/11 in Criminal Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 05/31/11 in Civil Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Senior Associate on 05/26/11 in Civil Litigation

    An excellent attorney. Knowledgeable, ethical, zealous, and worthy of MH's highest mark. Read more

    An excellent attorney. Knowledgeable, ethical, zealous, and worthy of MH's highest mark.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/25/11 in Civil Litigation

    Dereck Capaz is a very effective and successfuly litigator. He has tried numerous cases and has extensive experience in the area of civil litigation, with a focus in insu... Read more

    Dereck Capaz is a very effective and successfuly litigator. He has tried numerous cases and has extensive experience in the area of civil litigation, with a focus in insurance defense. He is a pleasure to work and always is on top of his game.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 05/22/11 in Civil Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 05/18/11 in Civil Litigation

    Dereck is a tremendous lawyer possessing the highest ethics and respect for the legal system. Read more

    Dereck is a tremendous lawyer possessing the highest ethics and respect for the legal system.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 05/18/11 in Civil Litigation

    Dereck is an excellent attorney. Read more

    Dereck is an excellent attorney.

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  • 5.0/5.0 4 reviews
  • 100% client recommended 4 recommendations
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  • 5.0/5.0 on 02/15/17

    Dereck Capaz was recommended to me by a co-worker after I was in a car accident. From our initial meeting through the closing of my case he was prompt and prepared. He re... Read more

    Dereck Capaz was recommended to me by a co-worker after I was in a car accident. From our initial meeting through the closing of my case he was prompt and prepared. He referred me a physician for excellent care and checked in often to see how my care was coming along. There is never a good time for an accident and there are many calls and appointments that follow an incident like that but he made it easy. To be honest, I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 07/16/13

    Dereck handled my case with extreme professionalism. I was very impressed with the way he treated me as a client. He would answer my calls at anytime of the day. I was fa... Read more

    Dereck handled my case with extreme professionalism. I was very impressed with the way he treated me as a client. He would answer my calls at anytime of the day. I was facing three charges but his knowledge of how the system works, along with his defensive strategy got my case dismissed. I would recommend him to anyone I know.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 07/07/13

    We couldn't be more pleased with the service and commitment from this lawyer. The insurance company initially refused to pay and tried to blame me for the accident. A... Read more

    We couldn't be more pleased with the service and commitment from this lawyer. The insurance company initially refused to pay and tried to blame me for the accident. After I hired Mr. Capaz, he presented extensive evidence to the insurance company to show them it was their insured that was at fault and was able to get the insurance company to pay the policy limits. He is a very thorough and hard working attorney.

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  • 5.0/5.0 on 04/21/12

    Dereck Capaz is an excellent attorney. He is hardworking and extremely effective. Mr. Capaz was able to obtain an outstanding result for me and my family. Read more

    Dereck Capaz is an excellent attorney. He is hardworking and extremely effective. Mr. Capaz was able to obtain an outstanding result for me and my family.

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