Jeffrey M. Goodis


Mr. Goodis’ trial practice concentrates on the defense of professional (medical, dental, legal, insurance, E&O) negligence claims. His experience also provides him the opportunity to provide litigation avoidance and risk management consultations and to successfully defend other casualty claims. Mr. Goodis has successfully defended catastrophic injury claims brought against hospitals, medical providers and various other defendants in state and federal courts across the Country.

Mr. Goodis is a member of ABOTA and a past FLABOTA President. Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership consists of more than 7,600 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense and is an invitation-only organization.   Mr. Goodis is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Fellowship to the College is extended by invitation and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.  Mr. Goodis is also a member of the International Society of Barristers which was formed to recognize each era’s best advocates.  ABOTA , The College and the ISOB  memberships are only offered after rigorous screening processes that consider a lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges.


  • Professional Malpractice
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Casualty Litigation
  • Sovereign Immunity Defense


  • Trenam Kemker – Associate Attorney
  • Thompson Law Group – Associate Attorney


  • PIAA Convention Presenter
  • Malpractice Seminar /Risk Management
  • ARNP Lecture
  • The Power of Arbitration
  • Defending Damages in the Wrongful Death Case
  • Expert Examination at Trial
  • Representing the Physician – What Health, Tax and Business
  • Lawyers should know about Malpractice Litigation (A Fla. Bar CLE)
  • The Art and Science of Expert Witnessing
  • The Caring Compassionate Considerate Doctor Gives a Deposition – presented to Surgery Grand Rounds at USF Medical School
  • Practicing with Ethics – ABOTA
  • Judicial Roundtable – Practicing with Professionalism


  • The Florida Bar Association
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
    • Executive Committee 2009-2011
    • Past Chairman of the Trial Practice Section
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Florida (FLABOTA)
    • Past Treasurer
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Tampa Bay Chapter (TBABOTA)
    • Past President
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association


  • Tampa Bay ABOTA – President
  • ABOTA – Judicial Liaison Committee Co Chair
  • Great Explorations – Past President
  • Temple Beth El – Vice President
  • Eckerd College President’s Associates & Triton Club Booster
  • Pinellas County Schools Volunteer
  • Florida Holocaust Museum – Board of Directors (former member)
  • SPHS Baseball Booster – President Elect


  • Emory University, B.A.
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D.


  • Florida, 1992


  • All Florida state courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal


  • AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers 2006 to present
  • Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine
  • Tampa Bay Magazine – Best Lawyers
  • Order of Barristers
  • Selected as a Fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Selected as co-winner of Richard T. Earle, Jr., Professionalism Award by the Barney Masterson Inn of Court
  • Selected as one of “Tampa’s Best Lawyers” by Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law
  • Selected as The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year for 2013 in Medical Malpractice Law
  • Selected for inclusion in 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for 2017
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys in Medical Malpractice
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Selected as The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year for 2017 in Medical Malpractice Law for St. Petersburg
Jeffrey M. Goodis

Telephone: (727) 477-1013
Facsimile: (727) 550-0811

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