I defend Insurance Companies in Florida first-party property litigation. As former General Counsel and head of litigation for SafePoint Insurance Company, an AM Best-rated Florida property and casualty carrier, I gained intimate and extensive knowledge of what makes an insurance company prosper. Before that, I developed and tested winning litigation strategies as a litigator at one of Florida’s largest law firms, Cole, Scott, & Kissane, P.A. But knowledge and experience require action. I co-founded Bickford and Chidnese to share this knowledge and help you win.
As a seasoned commercial litigator, I represent Florida insurance companies and businesses in high-stakes appellate and trial actions. I have been privileged to represent clients on appeals before the Florida Supreme Court, every Florida District Court of Appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. I have successfully briefed and argued complex appellate issues, including matters of first impression in the State of Florida. When you need to think steps ahead, I will design and execute your strategy.
Before co-founding Bickford & Chidnese, I was a partner in the international law firm Holland & Knight LLP.
I am admitted to practice in Florida and Texas. I graduated first in my law school class at Stetson University College of Law and received a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.
I defend Insurance Companies and their Insureds in Florida first-party property litigation and third-party personal injury litigation. As former Staff Counsel for a Fortune 100 insurance company, I gained extensive knowledge and an understanding of the intricacies of property and personal injury litigation. I’m dedicated to staying informed of the latest trends and developments in all areas of property and personal injury litigation. In addition to representing one of the nation’s largest personal lines insurers, I have been privileged to represent a diverse client base in a wide variety of construction defect and property litigation. I am proud to use my experience and knowledge to develop winning litigation strategies and to obtain positive outcomes for our clients.
I am admitted to practice before the state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. I obtained a Juris Doctor with honors from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School where I served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. After law school, I completed a two-year judicial clerkship with Justice Peggy A. Quince of the Supreme Court of Florida. I received a B.S. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Before practicing law, I served in the United States Coast Guard.
Prior to law school, I completed an internship with the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and graduated from Stetson University with a B.A. in Political Science. Through these experiences, I am prepared to handle your most complex litigation challenges.
While in law school at Stetson University College of Law, I focused my time on building the skills needed to excel in practice. I received a book award for my performance in pretrial practice, was named Best Oral Advocate at a national moot court competition and held multiple leadership positions on the Student Bar Association. I was also privileged to intern for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and successfully represent our nation’s veterans in appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Before practicing law, I served in the United States Army for eight years, as both an airborne infantryman and military police sergeant, and deployed to Afghanistan as part of combat operations in Operation Enduring Freedom. I know the importance of service and continue to try to advocate for, and give back to, the military veteran community in my spare time. I am proud to use my experience and practical knowledge, both in the practice of law and otherwise, to obtain positive outcomes for our clients and their business interests.
I am admitted to practice law in Florida. I obtained a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and a B.S. from the University of Central Florida. After law school, I was an Assistant Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange/Osceola County, Florida, where I zealously defended and protected my clients’ rights.
I am a Member in Good Standing with the Florida Bar and serve on the Board of Directors for the Clearwater Bar Young Lawyers Division. I am also formerly the host of a Podcast, Joe Knows Brains, and was featured on the Sharkpreneur podcast, hosted by Kevin Harrington from Shark Tank.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University College of Law in 2016. While at FSU, I served as treasurer of the Moot Court team and won Best Oralist at the prestigious Robert M. Orseck Moot Court Competition in Miami. I was also one of two student members of the Florida First District Court of Appeal Inn of Court, serving alongside judges and lawyers to improve the practice of law.
I am admitted to practice law in Florida. I obtained a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and a B.S. from Webber International University.
Prior to his time at Stetson, Mr. Zeck earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon graduating, Mr. Zeck interned with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, primarily covering the Tampa Bay Rays for MLB.com. His sports writing work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including the Tampa Bay Times.
Following law school, I started out as an Assistant Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Orange County, where I litigated various cases ranging from criminal traffic infractions to property damage and violent crimes from initial arrest to jury trial and sentencing. I then transitioned into civil defense litigation by joining the Staff Counsel team for a Fortune 100 insurance company until I joined Bickford & Chidnese LLP.
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned my juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law. In law school, I earned Dean’s List honors, I was a member of the Advocacy Board, and I served as a Student Ambassador.
I am admitted to practice law in Florida. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and obtained a B.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from St. Petersburg College. During Law School, I had the distinct opportunity to be published in the National Lawyers Guild Review. My experiences inside and outside the court room have allowed me to advocate for my clients and produce favorable outcomes.