In 2003, Angela Rodante became partner of Swope, Rodante P.A. with a focus on civil trial litigation. Ms. Rodante handles cases involving personal injury and insurance bad faith. She is a member of The Florida Bar and is licensed to practice before the all state and federal courts in the State of Florida, and the Eleventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Ms. Rodante has a long history with the firm. She actually began as a runner in 1985, returned for a short time as a legal secretary, and later as a law clerk. After graduating with her B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1989, she went on to earn her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1996. Angela returned to work as an associate attorney with the firm then known as the Law Offices of Dale Swope, P.A in 1997.
Ms. Rodante routinely represents clients who have been injured or wronged by insurance companies. She is committed to improving their access to the court system. With this goal in mind, she has joined numerous professional, political and social organizations.
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014 Finalist for Business Woman of the Year, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, Martindale Hubbell and American Lawyer Media, 2013 Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2013-2015 Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013-Present AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012-Present Martindale-Hubbell does not make an independent evaluation of lawyers but relies exclusively on confidential opinions expressed by sampling selected members of the Bar and judiciary familiar with the lawyer. Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Chair's Award, 2011 Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2011 Superb Rated Attorney, AVVO, 2011-Present Adela Gonzmart Award, Ybor City Museum Society, 2010 Eagle Legend Award, Florida Justice Association, 2010 L'Unione Italiana Ladies Auxiliary Women of Excellence Award, 2008 Presidential Electoral College Member, Florida, 2008
Professional & Community Involvement
Federal Bar Association, 2012 Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Immediate Past Chair, 2010-2011 Chair of the Board, 2009-2010 Chair Elect, 2008-2009 Treasurer, 2006-2008 Board of Director, 2005 ? Present Florida Justice Association Fellow, 2010-Present EAGLE, 2001-Present Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association President, 2005-2006 Treasurer, 2003-2004 Secretary, 2002-2003 Board of Directors, 2000- 2007 Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 2003-Present L'UnioneItaliana, 2003-Present Ferguson White American Inn of Court, 1999-2001 American Association for Justice, 1997-Present Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1997-Present American Bar Association, 1996-Present
Selected Published Decisions
Macola v. Government Employees Insurance Company, 953 So. 2d 451 (Fla. 2006): in response to the questions of law certified by the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Florida held that an insurer did not extinguish its liability for bad faith under the common law of Florida by tendering its policy limits to its insured in response to the insured's filing of a statutory civil remedy notice which alleged that the insurer had committed bad faith. A federal district court had ruled otherwise and granted summary judgment in favor of the insurer. After the Supreme Court's decision, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the summary judgment and remanded the case back to the district court so that the plaintiffs could proceed with their suit against the insurer for bad faith.