As a Florida board-certified criminal trial lawyer and partner at Romano Law Group, Eric Romano has been effectively representing clients in civil and criminal matters, including personal injury and wrongful death, criminal defense and commercial litigation, for 15 years. During his career, he has gone to verdict in more than 100 criminal and civil trials.
Eric was recognized by his peers for inclusion in 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He also holds an AV Preeminent rating through the Martindale-Hubbell anonymous peer-review rating system and was named to Florida Super Lawyers from 2009 to 2011. He has been appointed Special Assistant State Attorney to prosecute criminal cases in Palm Beach County and President-Elect of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Eric also serves on the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association and frequently lectures on criminal and civil trial practice.

Eric began his legal career in 1997 as a prosecutor with the state attorney’s office in Palm Beach County. As Assistant State Attorney, he prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases in the misdemeanor, juvenile, domestic violence and felony trial divisions. In 2001, he left the public sector to join Romano, Eriksen & Cronin, which was renamed Romano Law Group in 2007. Eric is also a member of the Taos Group, an association of prominent trial attorneys from around the country who work together to better serve the needs of their clients.

Janette Bejlkova-Carey is a Co-Founder and President of Client Legal Funding and Co-Founder of CSC Enterprises. Ms. Bejlkova-Carey received her B.A. degree in Economics from the University of South Florida on a full athletic scholarship and her M.S. degree in Business Entrepreneurship from University of South Florida.

Before her Business career, Janette was a professional tennis player for four years, participating on the world circuit, until the age of twenty. At the University of South Florida, she was the number one player on the team, and was undefeated in the Big East (Division One). Starting the University program at age 20, she finished her B.A. degree and her M.S. degree, in five years.

During the last year of her Master’s program, she was a Co-Founder of Client Legal Funding till present and two years later started CSC Enterprise. She is proficient in reading and writing in German, Czech and English and conversant in French and Russian language.

She was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year (2014) under the auspices of the Tampa Bay Business Journal (under age 30).
Education

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL: Bachelor of Economics, December, 2010. Enrolled in MS of Entrepreneurship / Leadership in applied Technologies, University of South Florida, May 2012.

THOMAS W. CAREY–is the founding partner of the Clearwater firm of Carey & Leisure, Co- Founder, CEO of Client Legal Funding. Mr. Carey received his A.B. degree from Georgetown University, his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University in 1977, and his L.L.M. degree from New York University Law School in 1979 on full Academic Fellowship. In 1977 he was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar and the Massachusetts Bar, and in 1978 he was admitted to the Florida Bar. He is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (currently known as The Florida Justice Association) from 1987 to 1997. He served as a State Representative for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (currently known as The American Association for Justice) from 1991 to 1994 and was the former Litigation Chair of Funeral Services and Cemetery Malpractice.

Following the tragic loss of his wife, Joni, to a drunk driver, Mr. Carey served as the State Chairman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1986 and was the Pinellas County President from 1984 to 1985. He continues to be actively involved in the organization and was co-founder of RID (Remove Intoxicated Drivers) in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Carey served on the Board Committee of Morton Plant Hospital from 1992 to 1994, on the Board of Directors of the Pinellas/Pasco Boy Scouts of America from 1992 to 1994, on the Pinellas County Civil Service Board in 1991, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pinellas County Center for Crime Victims.

Mr. Carey has been an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at Stetson University College of Law and has lectured on Funeral Home and Cemetery Malpractice, the Dram Shop Act, and other topics. He is the author of Florida Personal Injury Practice Forms, 1994, West Publishing Co. and Co- Author of “A Conversation With Our Clients”, 2012 (self-Published). Mr. Carey has litigated complex liability and medical issues in courts throughout west Florida and has been lead counsel in a large number of cases involving victims of drunk driving. He practices primarily in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and cemetery and funeral home malpractice.

Certifications
Board Certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar (since 1988)
Board Certified in Civil Trial Practice by the National
Board of Trial Advocacy (since 1992)
Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (since 2013)

Accomplishments
Listed in the Miami Herald’s Super Lawyers 2006 – 2014

Editions:
Listed in the 2007- 2014 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America
Listed in the 2006 – 2014 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Named #1 in the July/August 2008 edition of Tampa Bay Magazine under Tampa Bay’s Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell — Recognition for highest professional legal standards and ethics.
Selected for the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Florida in 2011 by The National Trial Lawyers Association Firm named #1 in Pinellas County by the Tampa Bay Tribune in October 2013

Jeffrey J. Kroll is an award-winning attorney who has represented injured victims of negligence throughout the country for nearly three decades, including in the areas of trucking accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice. His verdicts and settlements have exceeded $1 million on 75 separate occasions. In 2017, Mr. Kroll was part of the trial team that obtained a record-breaking $148 million jury verdict on behalf of a dancer who was paralyzed when a shelter collapsed on her at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Mr. Kroll has lectured throughout the country on personal injury and wrongful death matters with more than 115 legal articles published on topics ranging from strategic jury selection and maximizing an injured client’s recovery, to successfully handling wrongful death cases and preparing and cross-examining expert witnesses. He is well known in Chicago media for countless segments and publications, and has taught Trial Advocacy and Medical Malpractice Law at DePaul University and Northwestern Law School. Mr. Kroll was the only Illinois attorney to be published in the Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, 4th Edition, released by Trial Guides and the American Association for Justice.

Academics
J.D., DePaul University
College of Law. 1990
B.A., DePaul University. 1987

Bar Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court. 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals, Northern District of Indiana. 2000
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. 1991
Illinois Bar. 1990

Robert Mongeluzzi is one of the finest trial lawyers in America. He has the largest multi-plaintiff settlement in Pennsylvania history – $227 million. He has the largest personal injury verdict in Pennsylvania history – $124.4 million. He has the largest settlement of a construction case in American history – $101 million. He was one of the lead plaintiffs attorneys in the largest settlement of a railroad accident case in American history – $265 million. He has the largest verdict for a construction worker in American history – $75.6 million. He has the largest motor vehicle verdict in Pennsylvania history. He has the largest dram shop verdict in Pennsylvania history. He has the largest individual personal injury settlement in Pennsylvania history – $71.1 million. He has the largest wrongful death settlement in Philadelphia County history – $17 million. He has the largest settlement in Lehigh County history – $16.5 million. He has more than 350 verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars.

Neil O’Donnell is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Pre-Trial Procedure and has been practicing law for over 30 years. Mr. O’Donnell is admitted to the Pennsylvania Courts, United States District Court (Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania), Third Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.

His recognitions include: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 10 and Top 100, Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating, National Trial Lawyer Top 100, Best Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America Fellow, American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyer, Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America and National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Pennsylvania, American and Federal Bar Association Trial Lawyers for Public Safety, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and the Melvin Belli Society.

Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Pennsylvania State Appellate Rules Committee appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and serves as a hearing examiner for the Disciplinary Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Tracey S. Lewis is a personal injury attorney who has been practicing law for over 20 years. After graduating from Temple University School of Law, Ms. Lewis worked for a prestigious Philadelphia insurance defense firm where she specialized in medical malpractice. In addition, Ms. Lewis has worked in various capacities in the City of Philadelphia Law Department, City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office and a prestigious Philadelphia lobbying firm.

In 2003, she returned to her hometown of Harrisburg, PA to care for her elderly parents. She served as a Commissioner in Susquehanna Township and ran for Magisterial District Judge in the same district losing by just 157 votes after garnering over 3,200 votes in the general election. Ms. Lewis left politics and began working for a Harrisburg plaintiffs’ personal injury firm. While there, she finally found an area of law she loved. In plaintiffs’ trial work, Ms. Lewis was able to use all of combined life experiences to advocate for those who needed help the most—hurt people who were unable to fight for themselves. It was the ultimate David versus Goliath challenge. She started her own practice in 2014 and has worked tirelessly to ensure that her clients get the respect and recovery they deserve. She lives in Susquehanna Township with her husband, plays a mean game of basketball, loves to travel and enjoys cooking, RV camping and beach hopping. A member of Philadelphia’s Big Five Hall of Fame, she has never met a challenge she didn’t love, either on the court, or in the courtroom!

At Romano Law Group, Hali Marsocci concentrates her practice of law on a variety of personal injury matters, wrongful death cases, and product liability litigation.

Ms. Marsocci earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.

Ms. Marsocci worked as a law clerk for the Office of the State Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit in Fort Pierce, Florida and the Guardian Ad Litem Program in Port Saint Lucie, Florida while attending law school. She also served as a law clerk at the Romano Law Group during the summer prior to graduation from Florida Coastal School of Law. Additionally, Ms. Marsocci was a Certified Legal Intern for the Office of the State Attorney for the 7th Judicial CIrcuit in Palatka, Florida where she worked on several felony and misdemeanor cases during her final year of law school. As a law student, Ms. Marsocci was selected as a member of the nationally recognized Moot Court Honor Board and earned multiple Dean’s List awards. She also received Pro Bono Honors for completing in excess of 200 pro bono hours.

BAR ADMISSIONS
• Florida – All State Courts
• United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
• United States District Court, Northern District of Florida

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
• National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, Member
• Florida Justice Association, Member
• American Association for Justice, Member
• Palm Beach County Justie Association, Member and Prior Young Lawyer Board Member
• Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member

Anne McDermott has worked as a senior trial consultant with Harvey Moore for more than a decade. Based in Los Angeles, her specialty is bringing the human side of legal cases to life on video, as scriptwriter, producer and voice-over narrator.

After graduating from Syracuse University, Anne began a career as a journalist, anchoring and reporting for NBC and CBS affiliates before becoming a correspondent for CNN. Anne’s 20+ years with the network were distinguished by her flair for story-telling, her communication and research expertise, but especially her empathy for injured people and skill in connecting with them. Anne reported news and feature stories throughout the U.S., Mexico and Central America. Her more notable broadcast work includes the O.J. Simpson trial, the Columbine school shooting, plane crashes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, plus the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Anne was a member of the team that shared an Emmy for CNN’s 9/11 coverage.

More recently, Anne also served as content editor for a travel site, providing readers with a front row seat to new experiences and new ways of thinking, much as is done in the courtroom. The application of all of Anne’s skills to legal cases helps clients resolve their disputes short of trial, which dovetails perfectly with Anne’s passion: creating powerful, persuasive videos for people who’ve been wronged; people who deserve a little justice.

Bernard (Biff) Pettingill, former professor of economics at the Florida Institute of Technology and Palm Beach Atlantic University, has also taught for many years at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and as an associate professor at Louisiana State University Medical School. Dr. Pettingill has been a forensic economist since 1985; he has testified by deposition or trial in over 1500 cases in 29 states plus the US Virgin Islands.

Graduate Manchester University, Manchester, England, January 1977
Ph.D. – Economics, Department of Economics and Social Administration.
Dissertation: “Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Treatment of Arthritis – A Comparison of Five Hospitals.”
Graduate Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1973
MPH-Master Public Health, Department of Health Economics and Medical Care Administration.
Graduate Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1971 and June 1969; MBA – Economics, BBA — Business Administration