Attorneys

PAUL B. CATANIA

Co-Founder and Senior Partner

Paul Catania Attorney Tampa Florida

“I love being a lawyer, it’s the best choice I’ve ever made.”

Educational and Professional Background

After graduating from the University of South Florida, Paul received his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University in May 1988 and was admitted to practice law in September of 1988. Paul is licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit as well as the Supreme Court of Florida and all jurisdictions within the State of Florida.

Paul believes the mission of this firm is to make sure that all clients have legal representation. To ensure this goal, it is important for insurance companies to know which law firms try cases and which ones just settle cases. As a result, insurance companies understand our reputation of treating every case as if it’s going to trial.

Paul practices plaintiff’s personal injury/wrongful death, auto negligence, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability. Paul has lived in the Tampa area for over 23 years and is currently residing in North West Tampa with his children.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Auto Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
  • Product Liability

PETER F. CATANIA

Co-Founder and Senior Partner
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peter catania

Educational and Professional Background

After graduating from the University of Florida, Peter received his Doctor Juris Prudence from Loyola University in 1989; Peter is licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and is a member of Trial Lawyers of America and Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.

Peter Catania knows the other side of personal injury and wrongful death claims. He began his career in 1990 as a defense lawyer, representing insurance companies and their insured. He worked for an insurance defense firm, which provided him with a unique insight into the inner workings of insurance companies.

In 1992 he established Catania & Catania with his brother Paul to represent the people, not the powerful corporations. Peter is currently practicing in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death, insurance law and trial practice. Peter lives in South Tampa with his three children.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Auto Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
  • Product Liability

Wendy Cousins-Savage

Attorney

Wendy Cousins Savage Attorney Tampa Bay

“I really enjoy finding a particular solution for a specific problem by research.”

Educational and Professional Background

Wendy graduated from Duke University in 1987 and went on to graduate from the University of Florida College of Law in 1992. She received the Federal Courts Books Award and Environmental Law Book Award.

Wendy has extensive experience in contract law and commercial litigation working on commercial and securities matters. She also has experience in working in both the state and federal court of appeals.

Wendy has been published in RTC’s Repudiation of Contracts under FIRREA: A Broad Power to Achieve Broad Legislative Goals.

She is involved with the Tampa Museum of Art’s Avant Garde Steering Committee, a member of Tampa Writers’ Alliance and a volunteer for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Teen Court.

Practice Areas

  • Contract Law
  • Commercial Litigation

ROBERT SAMARTIN

Attorney

Robert Samartin Attorney Tampa Florida

“I believe that the courtroom is the great equalizer in our society.”

Educational and Professional Background

Originally from Harding Township, NJ, Rob came to the Tampa area attend college and graduated from law school in 1989. Rob is licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals – 11 Circuit. Rob is a member of the Florida Justice Association as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Rob has committed his 20 years as a trial lawyer to defending the interests of individuals and families in the Bay Area and throughout Florida. Rob began his career trying cases next to Peter Catania and has known, and worked with, the Catania family for over 20 years.

Rob practices Plaintiff’s personal injury, auto negligence, nursing home negligence and product liability. Rob has lived in the Tampa area for over 30 years and resides in South Tampa with his wife Julie and their three sons.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Auto Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
  • Product Liability
  •  DUI/Criminal Defense

Marc B. Parish

Attorney

Marc Parish Attorney Tampa FL

“Being a lawyer, for me, has and always will be about my clients.”

Educational and Professional Background

Marc received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 2008.

Marc began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, in Pinellas County, Florida. During his seven years there, Marc represented clients accused of crimes ranging from capital felonies to misdemeanor offenses. Marc also gained substantial trial experience during that time, having tried nearly one hundred jury and non-jury trials.

Marc lives in South Tampa with his wife and son, where he enjoys spending his free time training for triathlons, playing golf, and watching football.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Auto Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
  • Product Liability
  • DUI/Criminal Defense

Desiree Minder

Social Security Attorney

Desiree Minder Attorney Tampa Florida

“The sense of helping one another, in these trying times, holds so dearly to my heart.”

Educational and Professional Background

Desiree graduated from Penn State University in 2008 and went on to graduate from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2011. She is a recipient of the Pro Bono Honors Award, Book Award for Taking and Defending Effective Depositions and Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society.

Desiree has a background in plaintiff’s personal injury and has extensive experience in social security disability where she has dedicated herself to assisting applicants through all stages of the disability process.

She is involved with the Hillsborough County Bar Associate Young Lawyers Member Services Committee and Best Buddies of the Tampa Bay Area. She lives in Tampa with her fiancé and two dogs.


JOSEPH D. CATANIA

Attorney
Joseph Catania Jr Attorney Tampa

Educational and Professional Background

Born & raised in Tampa, Florida, Joe received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in 2010. He went on to graduate Cum Laude from St. Thomas University School of Law, in 2013. His legal career began working in criminal defense at the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s office. While there, Joe tried cases ranging from juvenile misdemeanors to adult felonies.

As of January 2017 Joe, his wife Kelly and their two dogs reside in Tampa and he has joined the Catania & Catania family law firm representing personal injury victims. As a sports enthusiast, Joe enjoys biking, basketball, and golf in his spare time.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Auto Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
  • Product Liability
  • DUI/Criminal Defense