Patrick H. Dekle

Pat Dekle made the decision at age seven to become a trial lawyer, inspired by the legal tradition of his family. He chose to be a civil trial advocate because he was affected by the needs of those who had been overwhelmed by losses, intimidated by people and companies that want to deny responsibility for their actions. Pat helps individuals and families learn to use the legal tools available to achieve a fair result and pursue justice.

Pat and his staff are passionate about what they do and provide an uncommon level of personal service. They care about people and want to do the best they can to help. The office is made up of a small, strong, tightly knit group that believes that diligence and integrity are key elements in the success they achieve for their clients.

Pat worked in many different fields to include logger, seaman, Fuller Brush salesman, mechanic, truck loader and served as a paratrooper in the 82d Airborne Division. After several years of working with law firms of many sizes, he took the next step and opened his own law office in 1979. He currently staffs a registered nurse and two of America's finest legal assistants. All of the staff at Dekle Law work as a teams and believe in their clients. They believe in honesty, integrity and The Golden Rule. Each case is handled individually and with continued dedication.

Pat is a husband, a father, a grandfather, a lawyer, an avid snow skier and a bicycling enthusiast. He loves adventure and travel, and spent 20 years including his love of speed behind the wheel of historic race cars. He has since traded in his racing gloves for gardening gloves, as evidenced by his beautiful rose garden featured in The Times in May 2006.
Professional Associations
United States Supreme Court
4th and 11th U.S. Court of Appeals
American Board of Trial Advocates
The Florida Bar
Master, American Inns of Court
The Association for Justice
Florida Justice Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, certified by the Florida Bar
Board Certified Civil Trial Advocacy, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Education
University of Florida
Stetson University
Seattle University
University of Miami
Hastings College of Law/University of California

Recent Recognitions
- National Register's Who's Who, 2012
- Listed every year as a Florida Super Lawyer, Central North and Gulf Coast Edition
- Ferguson-White American Inn of Court, 2007 Outstanding Program Distinction "What to Do When you Receive Privileged Information From Opposing Counsel", Pupilage Team, Master
- "In the Trenches" 2009 award, Hillsborough County Bar Association
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine - Fred Friendly Seminar on "Playing Hurt: Ethics and Sports Medicine" - Panelist (aired on PBS in 2005)