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David Dismuke

Dismuke Law - Lakeland
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David Dismuke
Dismuke Law - Lakeland

David C. Dismuke was born in Tampa, Florida in 1974. After graduating from Haines City High School in 1993, Dave joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and attended college at the University of South Florida where he graduated, with honors, in 1998. Dave received an academic scholarship to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where he was awarded the “book award” in both Torts and Scholarly Writing given to the student with the highest grade, as well as the John D. Volker award for outstanding and dedicated law review service in 2000. He graduated from Cooley, with honors, in 2001.

Dave dedicates his practice to the fields of personal injury and legal malpractice, representing victims of negligence and wrongdoing, with a focus on trial advocacy. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar and has an AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubble®. In 2013 and 2014, Dave was selected for inclusion in the Florida Rising Stars℠. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (2012‑present) as well as the Board of Directors of the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association (2013-present)

Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer. Together they have two children, Brooke and Dawson. The Dismuke family are members of First Baptist Church at the Mall. Giving back to the community is important to the Dismuke Law family. Dismuke Law supports a number of local charitable organizations. Most recently, Dismuke Law has become a drop-off site for kidsPACK. KidsPACK USA is a nonprofit organization supported by community leaders, corporate sponsors, churches, and concerned citizens joined with a core of volunteers throughout the county dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of children

In Dave’s Own Words:

“Our sole focus is to shine a light on the conduct of careless actors whether they be distracted or drunk drivers or corporations who put profits before safety; by holding careless actors accountable, it makes us all safer. We have an experienced team of people who have dedicated their careers to fighting for the compensation our clients deserve. We understand that justice delayed is justice denied and will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.” – David C. Dismuke

Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Motor Vehicle Negligence

Premises Liability

Legal Malpractice

Admitted to Practice

The Florida Bar

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

In the News

Polk City Family Struggles for Closure in Wake of Fatal 2006 Crash

Changes in Lakeland Lawyer’s Routine Result in Saved Life by CPR


Florida Justice Association, Board of Directors (2012 – present)

Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Former President (2018 – 2021)

Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (2013 – present)

Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association

Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

Lakeland Bar Association

Professional Distinctions

President – Polk County Trial Lawyers Association (2018 – 2019)

Fellow of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (2018 – present)

The Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25 (2017 – present)

Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2013 & 2014)

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (2013 – present)

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 (2013 – present)

Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial (2012 – present)


“Ethics Overview: Interesting Cases & Issues,” Florida Justice Association – Perfecting Your Competitive Edge: Advanced Trial Skills for Top Litigators (2015)

“Vicarious Liability – Pushing the Limits,” Florida Justice Association – Masters of Justice (2014)

“Staying on the Road in the MIST (Minor Impact Soft Tissue),” Florida Justice Association – Perfecting Your Competitive Edge: Advanced Trial Skills for Top Litigators (2013)


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, with honors, 2001

The University of South Florida, with honors, 1998

Haines City High School, 1993


Mr. Dismuke handles some of the firm’s most significant catastrophic accidents which include, wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, legal malpractice, premises liability cases, and motor vehicle accidents.

Some of the notable personal injury cases Mr. Dismuke has won for his clients:

Driver Under the Influence – Wrongful Death $7.25 Million Jury Verdict

Wrongful Death – Bad Faith $10,000 coverage $1.1 Million Settlement

Legal Malpractice $1 Million Settlement

Auto Accident – disputed liability $1 Million Settlement

Auto Accident – Surgery $800,000 Settlement

Auto Accident – Injection Therapy $754,000 Jury Verdict

Auto Accident – Surgery $700,000 Settlement

Dangerous Tree Extraction – Broken Arm $302,400 Jury Verdict

Auto Accident – Chiropractic care only $245,637 Jury Verdict

Auto Accident – Surgery on Degenerative Condition $243,759 Jury Verdict

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