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Board Certified Trial Attorneys Helping You & Your Family Find Justice

About Attorney Mark Roman

Mark Roman

Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with Decades of Experience

Attorney Mark Roman is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer practicing across the State of Florida. He founded Roman & Gaynor in 1996 out of a passion to help accident victims rebuild their lives. He is a Tampa Bay native, and is passionate about representing the injured in his hometown. He received his undergraduate education from University of Florida College of Journalism in 1981, and after working as a writer for a season, he decided to return to school to pursue his Juris Doctor, which he obtained from Florida State University College of Law in 1986.

Mark has an incredible work ethic. He was born to immigrant parents and worked many blue-collar jobs to pay his way through school. Attorney Mark Roman is one of the few attorneys who has passed the rigorous examination to become Board Certified as an expert in Civil Trial Law. This designation is something that less than 2% of Florida attorneys possess.

Mark has also been rated and recognized time and again for his exceptional representation in the field of personal injury. He is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, has been listed as one of Tampa Bay's "Top Lawyers," has received a 10/10 "Superb" rating on Avvo, and is rated AV Preeminent™ on Martindale-Hubbell®. He has previously served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for Pinellas County and was recently the Chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee in Pasco County.

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Getting to Know Attorney Mark Roman

Why Did You Choose to Become a Personal Injury Lawyer?

I've had the misfortune to live through several life-altering injuries and a serious childhood illness. I know what it's like to be “on the sidelines” unable to live life to the fullest, so I have great empathy for those injured and in pain as a result of someone else’s carelessness. It is very rewarding personally and professionally to help those in need.

I try not to simply be my client’s lawyer, but also a caring friend. I find so many clients in need of moral support, not just legal services. This is especially so when I am entrusted with seeking justice for those who have lost their lives. The survivors need and deserve this kind of close attention. I am honored to be able to provide that for them.

What Makes Roman & Gaynor Different from Other Firms?

As a firm that intentionally limits the number of clients we represent, we provide much more client contact than big, high-volume firms. Our job is to show an insurance company or jury the magnitude of our client’s loss. If we didn’t meet and get to know our client, we doubt we could be as effective in explaining these losses. Our clients meet and get to know not just our support staff, but also myself and my partner. We don’t just work hard for everything our clients deserve, we truly care about them and their lives, and we want them to return to a full and healthy life.

What Advice Do You Most Often Give Your Clients?

First, never speak with an insurance company. Never. Only after you have an attorney can you make contact safely, and it’s done through me. Insurance companies are definitely not your friend. Second, do everything you can to obtain a cure for your injuries, if one is possible. Listen to your doctors and do what they recommend.

Life is too short to live in chronic pain and limitation. People can and do recover from many of their injuries, but I am there for you when we find out what part of these injuries will never go away. That is when we can be more certain about how to proceed. Some cases are settled. Some are destined for a courtroom.

What Do You Enjoy Most About Being an Attorney?

Helping people get what they deserve and making a difference in their lives is extremely rewarding. I can’t tell you what it means to have great testimonials. Wonderful clients saying nice things makes it all worthwhile.

Tell Us About a Case You Are Particularly Proud Of:

I recently obtained more than $4,000,000 from a Brevard County jury for a client who was struck from behind by a driver for a car dealership. He collided with her so hard that three cars were totaled. The insurance company for the dealership treated her badly, doubting the seriousness of her injuries, which included a brain injury.

They followed her with private investigators for 82 hours, adding to her suffering. She felt like she was being stalked. It took three and a half years of litigation and the defendants refused to accept liability until we arrived in court for the trial. The only meaningful offer to settle came during the trial. The offer was $1,000,000.

I know many personal injury attorneys would have accepted it. We refused. Our client had suffered too much. The jury agreed. I take pride in proving insurance companies wrong. They are huge, powerful and have unlimited resources. I like getting a great result for the underdog against the bullies of the insurance industry.

What Is the First Thing You Do When You Take on a New Case?

When I walk into a meeting to meet a new client, I treat it like a job interview. But I’m the one interviewing for the job. I spend time getting to know the person I am going to represent. It’s very important. Then, I explain the law involved in their case so they leave with a solid education about what we can, and can’t do for them. I explain the steps in the process of handling a personal injury case properly, as well as the timeframes involved.

These meetings tend to run long and cover a lot of ground. Obviously, we talk in great detail about the event that brought them to come to me, how it happened and what the injuries seem to be. Once I know they are in good hands medically, and that they are on the road to recovery from the injuries, I will begin a thorough investigation of the case and report back to the client as soon as possible with the results of that investigation.

How Do You View Your Role in the Attorney-Client Relationship?

First, it’s a relationship of trust. We must establish a good rapport. It’s mutual. We need to trust each other. That only comes with time and communication. My role is to deliver excellence but also to make sure expectations are reasonable. When we start out on the right foot, everything goes much smoother. Other than that, my role is to achieve the greatest financial result possible with the facts and evidence we have to work with.

We Have Recovered Over $95 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $95 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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