Ed Morrell Joins The McIntyre Team At Lakeland Location

Eduardo Morrell

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TAMPA-FL, (October 3, 2018)Eduardo Morrell, Senior Partner at Morrell, P.A. firm, has officially joined McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A. as of September 1, 2018.

Morrell always aspired to be a lawyer and has been practicing law for 30 years. Mr. Morrell founded the Morrell, P.A. firm in 1998.

His practice is primarily in the areas of Construction Litigation, Construction Lien Law, Creditors’ Rights, Business Litigation, Commercial Transactions, Corporate Law, Real Estate and Guardianships with an emphasis on representing Contractors, Subcontractors, and Materialmen in Florida’s Construction Industry. Morrell has lectured frequently on the Florida Construction Lien Law and on Agriculture Law.

Morrell says, “being a go-to business lawyer for corporate or small-business clients for many different areas is a really rewarding part of my job.”

A graduate of the University of South Florida and then Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, Morrell is happy to be living and working in his hometown of Lakeland.
Morrell has some history with the McIntyre name: 25 years ago, Morrell litigated against Rich McIntyre. Ever since then, Morrell has looked to McIntyre for support and insight.

Now proudly a part of the McIntyre firm, Morrell looks forward to continuing their relationship and most importantly, helping benefit more clients.

Morrell’s office is located at 425 S. Florida Avenue, Suite 101, Lakeland, FL 33801 and he can be reached at (863) 802-8037.

About McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A.

Established in 2006, McIntyre Thanasides is one of Tampa’s top 25 largest law firms, representing a wide spectrum of legal issues from criminal defense, complex business litigation, bankruptcy, personal injury and more.

Because our firm handles a wide variety of legal issues, for individuals and businesses alike, we’re the attorneys with whom you can have an enduring relationship, your lawyers for life. We can help you with your legal issues at work – a breach of contract case or asset acquisition – and we can help you with personal matters – your cousin’s DUI or brother’s personal injury case. We can also be an asset to your business – a commercial real estate transaction or a contract negotiation.

McIntyre Thanasides has offices in Tampa, Sarasota, and now Lakeland. For more information, visit www.mcintyrefirm.com.

Tampa Attorney Elizabeth Munro joins the law firm of McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A.

Tampa Attorney Elizabeth Munro

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TAMPA-FL (February 8, 2018)Ms. Elizabeth Munro is the newest attorney at the law offices of McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A., and she will be bringing her knowledge and experience in the fields of personal injury, trial law, and wrongful death to the firm.

Ms. Munro has litigated and taken an array of cases to trial throughout the State of Florida, including those involving brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, vehicular collisions, trucking accidents, slip and falls, and others.

“As an attorney, my ambition is to protect and advocate the rights of the wrongfully injured,” says Ms. Munro. “The law firm of McIntyre Thanasides has a team of dedicated attorneys who share my vision for protecting the rights of those who are hurt and suffered losses as a result of the negligence of others.”

Ms. Munro previously served as managing attorney at Vanguard Attorneys from 2014 to 2017, and was selected as one of SuperLawyers’ Rising Stars from 2017-2018.

Originally from Michigan, Ms. Munro is a graduate of Florida State University and is licensed to practice law in Florida State Courts as well as the Northern and Middle Districts. She is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, the American Association for Justice, and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers’ Association.

About McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A.

Established in 2006, McIntyre Thanasides is one of Tampa’s top 25 largest law firms, representing a wide spectrum of legal issues from criminal defense, complex business litigation, bankruptcy, personal injury and more.

Because our firm handles a wide variety of legal issues, for individuals and businesses alike, we’re the attorneys with whom you can have an enduring relationship, your lawyers for life. We can help you with your legal issues at work – a breach of contract case or asset acquisition – and we can help you with personal matters – your cousin’s DUI or brother’s personal injury case. We can also be an asset to your business – a commercial real estate transaction or a contract negotiation.

McIntyre Thanasides has offices in Tampa and Sarasota. For more information, visit www.mcintyrefirm.com.

Attorney of Curtis Reeves Files Writ for Prohibition

If you’ve been following the Curtis Reeves’ Stand Your Ground movie theatre slaying story, there has been an update in the case. Mr. Reeves’ attorney, Richard Escobar, has filed a writ for prohibition, requesting that Mr. Reeves is not prosecuted for murder charges.

Earlier this year, Judge Susan Barthle ruled that Mr. Reeves was not acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Chad Oulson in a movie theatre. Stand Your Ground was denied.

“This is yet another attempt by Reeves and the defense to delay the case, even after the judge heard and too, the evidence under advisement and still denied stand your ground,” says TJ Grimaldi, attorney of Nicole Oulson.

Nicole, Chad’s widow, was standing next to him when he was shot and murdered. Now, three years later, she is still waiting for justice for her and her young daughter.

“While the Oulson family continues to be without their loving father and husband, the defense continues to come up with ways to delay the case. If the defense is so certain of Mr. Reeves’ innocence they should just face the music and let a jury decide if they are right,” says Mr. Grimaldi.

If you have any questions about the details of Curtis Reeves’ case, Mr. Grimaldi is available to speak with you directly should you be providing any additional coverage of the story. He can be contacted at tj@mcintyrefirm.com, or 813.226.1023.

Mr. Grimaldi has been featured in multiple national publications including Inside Edition; Crime Stories with Nancy Grace; Good Morning America; Nightline; The View; The New York Times; The Tampa Bay Times; and DailyMail.com.

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Curtis Reeves’ “Stand Your Ground” Motion Denied in Popcorn Movie Theatre Shooting

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Curtis Reeves’ “Stand Your Ground” Motion Denied in Popcorn Movie Theatre Shooting

Reeves will face a jury trial

TAMPA, FL. (March 10th, 2017) – Judge Susan G. Barthle entered an order today denying Curtis Reeves’ “Stand Your Ground” defense regarding the 2014 movie theatre shooting where Reeves shot and killed Chad Oulson. Reeves will now face a jury trial for the murder of Oulson.

The order is based on a combination of physical evidence presented in the court, in addition to Reeves’ contradicting testimony.

“In addition to the video evidence and testimony that directly contradicted the defendant’s testimony, other facts tended to show that he was not in fear of great bodily harm or death,” writes Judge Barthle.

“His conduct demonstrated that he was not afraid of the alleged victim: the defendant initiated contact with the alleged victim on at least three occasions and was not concerned about leaving his wife there alone when he went to talk to the manager. As he was trained extensively in handling firearms and dealing with conflict situations, he was far better prepared than the average person to deal with situations such as this one.”

Nicole Oulson, who was shot in her wedding finger by the same bullet that killed her husband, attended the two-week hearing alongside her attorney, TJ Grimaldi of McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito.

Oulson’s family has been waiting three years since Reeves pulled the trigger for the hearing to take place.

“Nicole and I are very happy that justice was served this morning when the judge concluded that Stand Your Ground does not apply to Curtis Reeves, and that the case will be presented before a jury to determine his fate,” says Mr. Grimaldi.

“Nicole and I want to thank the three prosecutors for their hard work and dedication to this case. Unfortunately, we expect the defense to appeal the ruling and know that this case will continue to drag on.”

For the full written order, visit the McIntyre Thanasides Press Page.

About McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A.

Established in 2006, McIntyre Thanasides is one of Tampa’s top 25 largest law firms, representing a wide spectrum of legal issues from criminal defense, complex business litigation, bankruptcy, personal injury and more.

Because our firm handles a wide variety of legal issues, for individuals and businesses alike, we’re the attorneys with whom you can have an enduring relationship, your lawyers for life. We can help you with your legal issues at work – a breach of contract case or asset acquisition – and we can help you with personal matters – your cousin’s DUI or brother’s personal injury case. We can also be an asset to your business – a commercial real estate transaction or a contract negotiation.

News contact:

TJ Grimaldi, Partner and Attorney

TJ@mcintyrefirm.com

813-266-1023

 

Curtis Reeves’ “Stand Your Ground” Defense Motion Dismissed

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR PASCO COUNTY
Case No. 2014-216CFAES

STATE OF FLORIDA
vs
CURTIS JUDSON REEVES

ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTE §776.013(3) (STAND YOUR GROUND MOTION)
This matter came before the court during evidentiary hearing upon defendant’s motion commencing on February 20, 2017, and heard through March 3, 2017. Having carefully considered the witnesses’ testimony, the transcript and recording of defendant’s statement to detectives, all of the exhibits offered into evidence, including a personal view of the scene, argument of counsel, and current legal authority, this court determined that Mr. Reeves has not shown by a preponderance of the evidence that immunity attaches. In reaching this conclusion, this court states the following:
A defendant must establish entitlement to immunity by a preponderance of the evidence. Under §776.013(3), Fla. Stat., a person is justified in using deadly force when that person (1) is attacked in a place where he has a right to be, (2) is not engaged in any unlawful activity, and (3) reasonably believes it is necessary to use force to prevent death or great bodily harm. The first two factors are not at issue, since the defendant was inside a movie theater as an admission-paying patron; and there was no indication that the defendant was involved in any illegal activity at the time of the altercation.
This court does find issue with the Mr. Reeves’ testimony in support of the third factor, and denies this motion for the following reasons:
The physical evidence contradicts the defendant’s version of events. For instance, the defendant testified that he was hit in the outside corner of his left eye with a cell phone or a fist. The video evidence contradicts this assertion, clearly showing that there was no hit from a fist, and the item argued by the defense to be a cell phone was simply a reflection from the defendant’s shoes. Despite hours of testimony by the defense’s crime scene reconstruction expert in an effort to prove that the reflections seen in the video were those of a cell phone, other images of the defendant in the movie theater clearly show the same rectangle-shaped reflection on his shoes. In addition, common sense and the credible testimony of the medical examiner casts grave doubt on the likelihood of anything hitting the defendant in the eye beneath his glasses in the manner the defendant described. Which begs the question, why did the defendant say he was hit in the left eye, to the point of being dazed, when the video images and basic physics indicate that he did not get hit in the left eye with anything? The logical conclusion is that he was trying to justify his actions after the fact.
The defendant testified that the alleged victim was virtually on top of him, and that he was grabbing the alleged victim’s chest or body with his left hand while he fired the fatal shot with his right hand, and even stated that he was surprised he did not shoot himself in the hand while doing so. The video evidence and other witness testimony contradicts this assertion also. In fact, the video clearly shows that the closest the alleged victim ever came to the defendant was when his hand reached for and grabbed the defendant’s popcorn and threw it on him. The video then shows the defendant lunge forward with his right arm extended, and fire at the alleged victim, who at that point was so far back from the defendant that he could not even be seen in the video anymore. He certainly was not on top of the defendant, and plainly the defendant’s left hand was nowhere near the alleged victim’s body.
In addition to the video evidence and testimony that directly contradicted the defendant’s testimony, other facts tended to show that he was not in fear of great bodily harm or death. His conduct demonstrated that he was not afraid of the alleged victim: the defendant initiated contact with the alleged victim on at least three occasions and was not concerned about leaving his wife there alone when he went to talk to the manager. As he was trained extensively in handling firearms and dealing with conflict situations, he was far better prepared than the average person to deal with situations such as this one. Furthermore, the defendant did not appear to be frail by any means; on the contrary he is quite a large and robust man. He also appeared quite self-assured when he was testifying, and certainly did not appear to be a man who was afraid of anyone.
Because the defendant’s testimony was significantly at odds with the physical evidence and other witness testimony, this court has considerable doubts about his credibility, and is not willing to come to the conclusion that these circumstances are those envisioned by the legislature when the “stand your ground” law was enacted.
After careful consideration of all of the evidence provided in this case, this court finds that the defendant did not credibly demonstrate that he reasonably believed it was necessary for him to use deadly force in this situation, therefore, defendant’s motion is DENIED.
DONE AND ORDERED in Pasco County, Florida, this ______ day of March, 2017.

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Susan G. Barthle, Circuit Judge

Copies to:
State Attorney’s Office
Defendant’s attorney, Escobar and Associates, P.A.

Cobb Theatres restricts media, family of deceased from entering movie theatre during controversial “Stand Your Ground” hearing

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TAMPA, FL. (February 23rd 2017) – Cobb Theatres has announced to the State and Defense that they are restricting the media and other individuals from attending the viewing of the theatre as part of the controversial “Stand Your Ground” hearing that began this week. The case revolves around the incident in 2014 when Curtis Reeves shot and killed Chad Oulson in Theatre 10 following a dispute over texting.

Nicole Oulson, who was shot in her wedding finger by Reeves when reaching up trying to get his attention, has been attending the hearing alongside her attorney, TJ Grimaldi of McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito. It has been suggested that Cobb will have security at the door restricting entry to certain people, possibly including Mr. Grimaldi and Ms. Oulson.

The restriction is causing the media to file a suit of action with Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.

“Cobb is trying to prevent everyone from seeing and being at the theater because there is a current lawsuit against them,” Ms. Oulson’s attorney TJ Grimaldi concludes. “They don’t want any negative light on them and are trying to prevent bad press against them for our civil suit.”

Thomas Peck, general manager for Cobb Theatres, was called to the stand Wednesday. In court, he testified that he spoke with Reeves, but could not give specific details of their encounter. Peck told the court, “I’m not trying to be evasive, but it’s been three years and there was a lot going on that day.”

Stand your ground, a highly controversial area of self-defense law, is being used by Reeves’ defense team. If the judge accepts this, Reeves will be immune from being charged and the State will not be able to prosecute him.

About McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A.

Established in 2006, McIntyre Thanasides is one of Tampa’s top 25 largest law firms, representing a wide spectrum of legal issues from criminal defense, complex business litigation, bankruptcy, personal injury and more.

Because our firm handles a wide variety of legal issues, for individuals and businesses alike, we’re the attorneys with whom you can have an enduring relationship, your lawyers for life. We can help you with your legal issues at work – a breach of contract case or asset acquisition – and we can help you with personal matters – your cousin’s DUI or brother’s personal injury case. We can also be an asset to your business – a commercial real estate transaction or a contract negotiation.

News contact:

TJ Grimaldi, Partner and Attorney

TJ@mcintyrefirm.com

813-266-1023

 

Curtis Reeves’ Movie Theatre Shooting Case Hearing Set for February 20th 2017

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Curtis Reeves’ Movie Theatre Shooting Case Hearing Set for February 20th 2017

Prosecution and Stand Your Ground Defense hearing to take place

TAMPA, FL. (February 14, 2017) – A hearing is set for the case of Curtis Reeves next week at the Dade City Courthouse, more than three years after Chad Oulson was shot and killed in a Pasco movie theatre by Reeves.

Nicole Oulson, who was shot in her wedding finger by Reeves when trying to protect her late husband, will be attending the hearing alongside her attorney, TJ Grimaldi of McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito.

Oulson’s family has been waiting three years since Reeves pulled the trigger for the hearing to take place.

Stand your ground, a highly controversial area of self-defense law, is being used by Reeves’ defense team. If the judge accepts this, Reeves will be immune from being charged and the State will not be able to prosecute him.

“It’s the only road he can take,” says Grimaldi. “Reeves will have to convince the judge that he was justified in murdering Oulson, when Oulson threw popcorn in his face when confronted about using his cell phone in the movie theater, prior to the movie even starting.”

“He will have to justify his actions which ultimately left a man murdered, a widow and soon-to-be five year-old daughter alone without a husband and father,” says Grimaldi.

Chad Oulson was unarmed and 43 years of age at the time. Reeves was 71. A former police captain, Reeves has been under house arrest since 2014.

About McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A.

Established in 2006, McIntyre Thanasides is one of Tampa’s top 25 largest law firms, representing a wide spectrum of legal issues from criminal defense, complex business litigation, bankruptcy, personal injury and more.

Because our firm handles a wide variety of legal issues, for individuals and businesses alike, we’re the attorneys with whom you can have an enduring relationship, your lawyers for life. We can help you with your legal issues at work – a breach of contract case or asset acquisition – and we can help you with personal matters – your cousin’s DUI or brother’s personal injury case. We can also be an asset to your business – a commercial real estate transaction or a contract negotiation.

News contact:

TJ Grimaldi, Partner and Attorney

TJ@mcintyrefirm.com

813-266-1023

Tampa mass tort attorney Ralph Guito III helps victims of Johnson & Johnson® talc powder products

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Tampa mass tort attorney Ralph Guito III helps victims of Johnson & Johnson® talc powder products
Use of talcum powder related to ovarian cancer, studies find.

TAMPA, FL. (May 25, 2016)Tampa Attorney Ralph Guito III is building a case to address the harmful effects of using talcum powder. Talcum powder is a common ingredient of many popular Johnson & Johnson® products that were advertised for personal hygiene despite the fact that the company knew of the suspected link between talc and ovarian cancer. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson® products, you may be eligible for financial compensation. For more information about your case, contact Mr. Guito by filling out the form on the McIntyre Thanasides website.

For several decades, there has been a known link between the use of talc powder and ovarian cancer. This link has been substantiated through numerous studies, including research done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2013. Researchers there reviewed data involving close to 2,000 women. Through this analysis, it was determined that women who used talcum powder for intimate personal hygiene increased their risk of ovarian cancer by 20-30 percent.

The mass tort attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. have experience in representing clients in a variety of cases involving large corporations. If you have been a victim of the harmful side effects of using talcum powder, contact Mr. Ralph Guito today at 844-511-4800.

About McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A.

Established in 2006, McIntyre Thanasides is one of Tampa’s top 25 largest law firms, representing a wide spectrum of legal issues from criminal defense, complex business litigation, bankruptcy, personal injury and more.

Because our firm handles a wide variety of legal issues, for individuals and businesses alike, we’re the attorneys with whom you can have an enduring relationship, your lawyers for life. We can help you with your legal issues at work – a breach of contract case or asset acquisition – and we can help you with personal matters – your cousin’s DUI or brother’s personal injury case. We can also be an asset to your business – a commercial real estate transaction or a contract negotiation.

McIntyre Thanasides has offices in Tampa, Clearwater and Sarasota.