Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP
401 E Jackson St Ste 3100
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 225-2500 https://www.jpfirm.com/
PRACTICE AREAS Litigation Personal Injury Law Criminal Law
Colby is a trial lawyer representing clients in business and contractual disputes, criminal matters, and personal injury matters including auto accidents, wrongful death, premises liability incidents, and defective products. He has litigated in a variety of state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level.
Prior to joining Johnson Pope, Colby served the people of the State of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida for over three years. During that time, Colby litigated thousands of cases ranging from white-collar crime (e.g., fraud, conspiracy, theft, embezzlement) to violent offenses (e.g., first degree murder, robbery, aggravated battery). He brought over forty jury trials to verdict, and advocated before the Grand Jury to a successful indictment on a capital offense. Based on his trial experience, he was selected as the Lead Trial Attorney, and presented awards for Excellence in Prosecution by RID of Tampa Bay and for Outstanding Service as a Prosecutor. Since joining Johnson Pope, Colby has bolstered his trial and litigation experience. He has advocated in multiple civil trials regarding complex commercial, financial and contractual disputes.
In addition to practicing law, Colby is a Trial Advocacy Skills Instructor at Stetson University College of Law. He coached the nationally recognized Trial Team to a first place finish in the Florida Justice Association?s Mock Trial Competition.
DISTINCTIONS & MEMBERSHIPS Admitted to The Florida Bar ? 2011 United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity, Member Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member St. Petersburg Bar Association, Member St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Member The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
EDUCATION University of South Florida, B.A. ? 2006 Former Letterman, University of South Florida Varsity Football Commissioner?s Academic Honor Roll Stetson University College of Law, J.D., Concentration in Advocacy ? 2010 Stetson Law Review, Senior Associate Stetson Trial Team, Member American Association for Justice Regional Champion and National Quarter-Finalist ? 2010 Lone Star Classic National Semi-Finalist ? 2010 Academic Honor Roll
WHEN HE?S NOT WORKING HARD FOR CLIENTS Colby enjoys boating, fishing, and enjoying Tampa Bay with his wife and young son.