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Colby is a trial lawyer representing clients in business, corporate, real estate, health care, and commercial litigation matters including membership and partnership 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 in a capital case.  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 an active litigation practice and has advocated in multiple civil trials regarding complex business, commercial, financial and contractual disputes. Recently, Colby was selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40.

In addition to practicing law, Colby has served as a Trial Advocacy Skills Instructor at Stetson University College of Law. He coached Stetson’s 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
    • Civil Trial Section – Vice-Chair
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Member
  • The Bulls Varsity Club
  • 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 boys.

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