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James J. Evangelista

Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
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1801 North Highland Ave
Tampa, Florida 33602
T: 813.204.6416
F: 813.223.9620

James J. Evangelista is a board-certified civil trial lawyer whose practice is focused primarily in the areas of healthcare, professional liability, medical malpractice litigation, aviation litigation, and catastrophic loss litigation of all types.  Mr. Evangelista regularly represents hospitals, physicians and other medical and allied health professionals; aircraft manufacturers and distributors; aviation-related entities, flight schools, and aviation professionals; lawyers and other professionals; academic institutions and professionals; athletic organizations; pharmacies and pharmacists; medical device and drug manufacturers and insurance companies.  Mr. Evangelista has successfully tried many cases to verdict before juries, judges, and peer review panels.  He has handled many appeals, and regularly presents cases for administrative and peer review. 

In addition to his very active practice, Mr. Evangelista chairs the Firm’s Healthcare and Casualty & Insurance Defense Practice Groups.  Mr. Evangelista is actively involved in assisting many local hospitals, communities, youth sports, and academic organizations with his time and legal guidance.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar, 1994-Present

Board Certified in Civil Mediation by The Florida Bar, 2015

The Florida Bar, Trial and Healthcare Law sections

American Bar Association

  • Aerospace, Litigation, Health Law, Tort and Insurance Practice Sections
  • Professional Liability Litigation Committee

American Board of Trial Advocates, Former President of the Tampa Bay Chapter

American Health Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute, Aviation and Healthcare Committees

Florida Hospital Association

International Association of Defense Counsel, Casualty Committee, Former Vice-Chair

Florida Bar Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (2015)

Florida Bar Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Medical and Legal Professionalism Subcommittees (2015)

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized in Best Lawyers in America® since 2005
   • Aviation Law
   • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
   • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
   • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Named the Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in Tampa for Professional Malpractice Defense (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2024)

Named as Florida's "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine

Named to Top 100 Lawyers by Florida Trend magazine

Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine

Named to Top 100 Lawyers in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers magazine

Named to Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa by Florida Super Lawyers magazine

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, by Martindale-Hubbell®


Mr. Evangelista was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Fairport, New York.


Law clerk to the chief judge of the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee, Florida


Florida State University, J.D., 1985

State University of New York, B.S., 1980

  • The Stylus, Editor-in-Chief

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1979

Bar and Court Admissions


United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit