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.