About Sean McQuaid
Sean McQuaid is President of the firm practicing in the areas of personal injury, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and wrongful death. Among his numerous accomplishments, Sean is the President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association for 2020 through 2021. The St. Petersburg Bar Association is a professional organization of 1,100 lawyers and judges in the area.
Sean joined the firm right out of law school in 2000, was made a shareholder as of Jan 1, 2006 and became a named partner in April, 2013, the fastest rise of any lawyer in the over 60-year firm history. He now runs the law firm. Sean’s personal injury, car accident, motorcycle accident, and wrongful death practice has become one of the premier law practices in St. Petersburg and throughout the Tampa Bay area. He represents individuals with serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries through their time of need, working alongside many of the top medical professionals in the area.
Sean is a member of the Florida Bar, the Bar of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the District of Colombia Bar, the Colorado Bar, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Hillsborough Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, and various other legal associations.
In June 2015, he was elected by his peers to the Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg Bar Association for a two-year term. He was re-elected for another two-year term in 2017 before being elected as President-Elect in 2019. Following his term as President, he will serve another year on the Executive Committee as past-president.
Sean is a Martindale Hubbel AV-rated attorney, receiving the highest ranking possible from his peers, the judges he practices in front of, and his clients. He has received a perfect ranking and client’s choice award from avvo.com and from 2013-2015, was recognized in Florida’s top 40 under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. He was named as Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2014 and 2015, an honor received by less than 2.5% of all practitioners. He was also named as a Florida Trend Legal Elite for 2020. From 2016 to the present, he has been named a Florida Super Lawyer in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury law.
In addition to his impressive legal practice and accolades, Sean has also been recognized for his service to the community. In August 2010, Governor Charlie Crist appointed him to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial Circuit covering Pinellas and Pasco counties. The Commission is responsible for nominating both county and circuit court judges to the Governor for appointment. The term of his appointment ran from August 20, 2010 through March 2015 and he was responsible for vetting and recommending several sitting judges in Pinellas County.
Sean also was appointed by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and City Council in October 2011 to serve on the St. Petersburg Nuisance Abatement Board. Sean was elected Chairman in 2014 and 2016 by his fellow Board members and served his community on the Board for five years.
Sean has also served on the Board of the Harbor Isle Homeowners’ Association in St. Petersburg for thirteen years, all as President or Vice-President. Sean has previously served on the Executive Committee for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and on the St. Petersburg Sports Commission.
Sean has been a resident of the St. Petersburg area since August 1997 when he began his legal studies at Stetson University College of Law, eventually graduating with Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration degrees. During law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Board from 1998 through 2000, arguing in competitions across the country.
While at Princeton University from 1993-97, Sean was a 4-year varsity letterman and was the captain of the Princeton University Baseball Team his senior year. Sean played catcher and always prided himself as being the field manager from behind the plate.
Sean’s background as a scholar-athlete has contributed to his straightforward and competitive approach toward the practice of law. His clients often remain lifelong friends and call on him for advice in many areas of their lives.