Wrongful Death Attorney Biography
James G. “Jim” Souza, III was born on January 10, 1965 in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His father, a letter carrier, brought the family to Clearwater, FL in April 1969. The oldest of four children, Jim attended Oldsmar Elementary and St. Cecilia Parochial School. In 1983, he graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic High School.
Jim received his Associates in Arts degree from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1985. There, he served in the student government as a second-year senator. He was also on the Dean’s list. Jim then went on to the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1987. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and was active in many campus events while working full-time in a canning factory.
Upon graduation, Jim joined Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign in 1987. He set up field offices in several states including California, Iowa, Michigan, and Florida. Jim truly enjoyed his time in Atlanta, Georgia preparing for the 1988 Democratic Convention.
Later, Jim returned to Florida serving as a political and media consultant with The Nature Conservancy. In 1990, Jim played a significant role in the political lobbying campaign promoting “Preservation 2000”, a landmark $3 billion environmental land preservation program approved by the Florida Legislature.
Jim later built on that achievement by steering an enormously successful grass-roots political campaign for a $100 million land preservation program in Hillsborough County that passed with more than 70% of the voters supporting it. Jim also worked as a media consultant to congressional campaigns and is still an ardent supporter of sensible political and social causes.
Jim attended law school at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. While there, Jim began exploring his career as a trial attorney by participating in mock trials and obtained a 3rd year Alabama Law Card allowing him to represent indigent clients in court cases. Jim was also on the Dean’s list and graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1994.
Yearning to return home to the Tampa Bay area, Jim accepted a position to begin his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in Hillsborough County and treated his tenure there as a “fourth year” of law school gaining valuable jury trial experience.
In 1995, the Law Offices of James G. Souza, III, P.A. was formed. Initially, the firm handled solely criminal cases, but over time, it evolved into a trial practice encompassing personal injury and other civil litigation matters including wrongful death cases.
A Florida Bar member since 1994, Jim has earned many accolades for his legal standing and his charitable works. He is an “AV” rated lawyer noted in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating they confer on practicing lawyers for legal competence and ethical standing. Jim has also received the highly coveted “10/10 rating” from AVVO, a leading lawyer review company.
Jim Souza has always been blessed with great passion in taking up the cause of representing victims of crime in both civil and criminal courts. For more than 20 years now, he has represented people victimized by Sex Abuse by religious clergy and has been an outspoken advocate in the fight against human trafficking.
Seal/Expunge Criminal Records
Jim Souza set up www.restoremyname.net to give people a legal voice in the process of sealing or expunging an arrest record. Since then, Jim has been an ardent supporter of expanding the State laws to make arrest record removal more accessible and simpler for ordinary people. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject and has spent considerable time and resources educating people on the need for sensible policies involving the public use of a person’s arrest history.