Ralph M. Guito III
Ralph has 30 years of extensive complex multi-state and federal litigation experience. He has personally recovered over $100 million dollars for individuals, families and businesses for wrongs done by others.
A fourth generation Tampa native, Ralph attended the University of South Florida and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with the overall goal of obtaining a law degree and becoming a trial lawyer. Having a strong background in science and mathematics, he wanted to combine the disciplines of engineering and law in the representation of those injured victims and their families harmed by dangerous and defective machines, and construction accidents.
While at USF, Ralph led a student group of engineers that focused on integrated safety devices, warnings and machine design. The group formulating various ideas on how to make existing products safer, emphasizing the roles engineers have in safe product development. Following graduation, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer for a division of the nationally-renowned engineering firm of Arnold & O’Sheridan, and was responsible for specification analysis, compliance and design processes. After practicing engineering he went on to attend Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, his father’s alma mater.
In law school, Ralph was honored to hold the position of Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. He was active in the Cumberland Mock Trial and Moot Court Competitions. He was also an editor in the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board, the student section of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, and the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. He graduated with honors, cum laude.
Over the next 30 years, Ralph has had the honor of acting as a lead trial counsel for injured victims and their families in cases around the country involving serious personal injury & wrongful death, products liability, defective machinery and industrial accidents. His background as a Mechanical Engineer before becoming an attorney provides him with an increased understanding of the technical and practical issues that are present in the prosecution of these type of complex cases.
Born in Nashua, New Hampshire and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Shawn Simon graduated magna cum laude from University of South Florida with a major in Political Science, and attended law school at Stetson University College of Law where he received his juris doctor degree. Since law school, Shawn has lived and practiced law in Tampa, Florida. His experience includes litigating cases through the state of Florida.
Mr. Simon is admitted to practice in state and federal courts throughout Florida, and in Colorado federal court. He has appeared in the Middle District Court of Florida, and in Colorado District Court. Mr. Simon’s practice focus includes personal injury, third party recovery, regulatory compliance, and civil litigation.
- Florida Bar – Admitted to practice law in the State of Florida
- Federal Bar – Admitted to practice in U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida
- Bankruptcy – Admitted to practice in U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Middle District of Florida
- Colorado (Fed.) – Admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for District of Colorado
Stetson College of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of South Florida, Bachelors Political Science (Magna Cum Laude)
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
- Florida Justice Association