Friday, October 29, 2010

Jennifer M. Szymczak Joins Team

Jennifer M. Szymczak

Jennifer M. Szymczak has joined the firm. Ms. Szymczak received her B.A. in Criminology from the University of Florida and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law. 

Areas of Practice: Personal Injury (including automobile accidents, slip and falls, premise liability, wrongful death, products liability and medical malpractice), State Criminal Defense, Civil Rights Violations, Insurance Claims related to hurricane issues, Bad Faith Insurance Practices, and PIP Litigation. 

She has worked with Michael P. Maddux, P.A. since April of 2008 as a law clerk. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Hillsborough County bar Association and the National Police Accountability Project. 

While in law school, Ms. Szymczak was a certified legal intern with the Office of the State Attorney, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. During that time she actively participated in the criminal justice system and performed the functions of a prosecutor through all facets of prosecution including filing charges, performing investigations, responding to discovery, arguing motions and conducting jury trials, under the supervision of an Assistant State Attorney. In addition, she was also a certified legal intern with the Public Defender’s Office, Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Desoto, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. During that time, she had the opportunity to actively participate in the criminal justice system and perform the functions of an Assistant Public Defender through all facets of case management, including representing clients during jury and nonjury trials, under the supervision of an Assistant Public Defender. 

Ms. Szymczak is also a Guardian ad Litem, with the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, Florida. She is a court appointed special advocate for an abused, abandoned or neglected child. She works in a team with a program attorney and a case coordinator, to become familiar with all aspects of the child’s circumstances and then makes recommendations to the court to ensure a safe and permanent home for the child.