TJ Grimaldi, who has been featured in multiple national publications including Good Morning America; Nightline; The View; The New York Times; The Tampa Bay Times; and DailyMail.com, was born in Tampa, Florida, on October 30, 1976. He was raised in Tampa where he attended school. He graduated from Berkeley Preparatory School in 1995, after which he attended the University of Florida. Mr. Grimaldi graduated from the University of Florida in 1999, earning his degree in Economics with minors in History and Speech. While at the University of Florida he was inducted into Omicron Delta Espsilon, an honors society, for his excellence in his major field of study. Throughout, he worked in many different positions at Columbia Bank in Ybor City, owned and operated by the Grimaldi family for nearly a century. Mr. Grimaldi was an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity during his years at the University of Florida.
After graduation from the University of Florida, Grimaldi worked as a Sales Associate and Assistant Marketing Manager for RP Scherer in St. Petersburg, Florida, beginning in 2000. After leaving RP Scherer he began teaching at Berkeley Preparatory School, during which time he taught government and economics to high school students, coached high school football and boys soccer.
In 2002, he enrolled at the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Grimaldi graduated on the dean’s list earning his juris doctorate in 2005. Upon graduation he became an associate at the Law Office of Ralph E. Fernandez, P.A. During his six years with Ralph E. Fernandez, P.A., Mr. Grimaldi handled a large variety of personal injury cases including slip and falls, standard rear-end collisions, and wrongful death cases. Mr. Grimaldi was in charge of an open caseload of approximately seven hundred and fifty files from intake through settlement while at Ralph E. Fernandez, P.A. He was additionally responsible for the firm’s pro bono defense of both mortgage foreclosures and credit card debt cases and was routinely in court for both civil and criminal hearings.
Mr. Grimaldi joined McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito P.A. in August of 2011. Mr. Grimaldi is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.