Winkles Law Group, P.A.

Tampa Theatre Building
707 North Franklin Street, 2nd Floor
Tampa, Florida 33602
Telephone: 813-226-3090 Fax: 813-226-3128
Disability Cases - ERISA and non-ERISA - Personal Injury
Federal Criminal Cases - Appeals - Grand Jury Investigations

D. Frank Winkles grew up in Tampa, Florida. He was selected The Outstanding Graduating Senior and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1969. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in Law from the University of Florida in 1972 and has been practicing in Florida since. He is a member of Florida Blue Key and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Frank is admitted to the Florida Bar, the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. A substantial percentage of his practice is in federal court. He has been admitted  pro hac vice as lead counsel in courts in Connecticut, New York, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Iowa and Arizona.

Attorney Winkles is an experienced trial lawyer in the preparation, negotiation and trial of complex criminal and civil litigation. He has been recognized in the publications, The Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who in American Law. He has handled many complex internal investigations for banks and other large corporations. He has tried complex cases involving tax fraud and negotiated successfully with the Internal Revenue Service. He has represented the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in civil antitrust litigation and other matters. He has represented and negotiated complex matters for Home Shopping Network. He has represented the University of South Florida in complex civil and administrative litigation and other matters. He has represented Pasco County, Hillsborough County and other local governmental bodies in litigation.

Frank has extensive experience in federal court litigation, having served as a federal law clerk, as a member of numerous federal law committees and as President of the Federal Bar Association. He was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney by then Attorney General Elliot Richardson. Frank has spoken at numerous seminars, written and lectured in the areas of federal and state criminal and civil litigation. He has tried federal cases all over the country and has successfully argued before the Florida Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate courts.

Attorney Winkles represented John Tedesco in the significant case of Tedesco v. Paul Revere Life Insurance, obtaining a $37.6 million punitive damage verdict, which was featured on 60 Minutes. He has also represented numerous others in cases nationwide against UnumProvident and other disability insurers for wrongly denying benefits.

In 2003, he was selected by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice as a finalist for national trial lawyer of the year.

For over 30 years, Frank has successfully represented the victims of personal injury occurring from auto accidents, negligence, and defective products.

D. Frank Winkles
Email: frank@winkleslaw.com

Practice Areas: Negligence; Products Liability; White Collar Criminal Defense; Disability Insurance.

Admitted: 1972, Florida; 1973, U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Law School: University of Florida, J.D., 1972.

College: University of South Florida, B.A., 1969.

Member: Hillsborough County (Chairman, Grievance Committee, 1982), Federal (President, Tampa Bay Chapter, 1986) and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Member: Committee on Criminal Procedure Rules, 1974-1980; Continuing Legal Education Representative, 1975-1981; Chairman, Federal Practice Committee, 1987?); Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, AIC Committee); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Biography: Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Florida Blue Key; American Inns of Court (Master). Recipient: Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, University of South Florida. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1991-1994. Author: "Taking of Depositions in Federal Criminal Trials," Florida Bar Journal, May 1977. Law Clerk, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1972-1973. Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida, 1973-1975. Member: Federal Grievance Committee, Middle District of Florida; ATLA/AICF Committee. Listed in Who's Who in American Law. 2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, sponsored by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.

Reported Cases: Tedesco v. Paul Revere Life, No. 8:99CV2552-T-27MAP

Born: Thomaston, Georgia, April 3, 1946.