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Theodore A. Corless Esq. - Tampa, FL

6812 West Linebaugh Avenue Tampa, FL 33625

Updated: 11/16/2016

Tampa Business & Commercial Law Lawyer


Areas of Practice

Ted Corless is recognized as one of the leading insurance litigation attorneys in Florida, having previously represented most of Florida's largest property insurers in more than 1,000 first-party property insurance disputes. These disputes include (but are not limited to): damages associated with sinkhole, windstorm, fire, and water...

About Theodore A. Corless Esq.

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Bodily Injury
  • Advertising Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation


  • 100%

Representative Clients

  • State Farm Florida Insurance Company
  • Nationwide Insurance Company of Florida
  • Florida Family Insurance Company
  • Cypress Property & Casualty Company
  • St.Johns Insurance Company
  • Allstate Floridian Insurance Company
  • MetLife Insurance Company
  • Cardel Master Builders
  • Philip Morris Corporation
  • Eugene D. Brown Real Estate Company
  • HBW Insurance Company
  • Nelco Construction, Inc.
  • Lightsey Cattle Company
  • American Century Investors

Representative Cases

  • Bonin v. Vannaman, et. al., 261 Kan. 199, 929 P.2d 754 (Kansas Supreme Court 1996)
  • Lininger v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., 958 F.Supp 519 (D. Kan 1997)
  • Fred and Linda Jones v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company
  • Authur Dunn v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company
  • Magdalene Court Condominium Association, Inc. v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company
  • Park Place Condominium Association of Tampa, Inc. v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company
  • Vasilia Zifos v. St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
  • Velma Harner v. David Thome, et al.
  • Timothy Boling v. Barbara Gobel, et al.
  • Preiner v. Harris
  • Lillian Sams v. Robert Cattarius, et al.
  • Darwin Barrios v. Chester and Donna Berry
  • State Farm Florida Insurance Company v. the Little White Wedding Chapel
  • Home Design Services, Inc. v. Drafting Design Services, Inc.
  • State Farm Insurance Companies v. Gerrity, 968 P.2d 270 (Kan. App. 1998)
  • State Farm Fire & Casualty Company v. Arthur Dunn, et al.
  • Gary Phillips, et al. v. Schmidt Brothers Executive Homes, Inc.
  • Cypress Property & Casualty Company v. Vincent McCoy, et al.
  • Frank and Marilyn Copeland v. Federated National Ins. Company
  • State Farm Florida Insurance Company v. Joan Guilfoyle et al.
  • Tiger Ranch Cattle Company, LLC, et al. v. Lightsey Cattle Company, Inc., et al
  • In re John Doe v. St. Johns Insurance Company
  • In re Jane Doe v. St. Johns Insurance Company


Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1995
  • Kansas, 1996
  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1999

Other Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association (Member)
  • Missouri Bar Association (Member)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Member)
  • Kansas Bar Association (Member)
  • Johnson County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Young Lawyers Division)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court (Member)
  • William Glenn Terrel Inn of Court

Classes and Seminars

  • "Recent Developments in 'Other Insurance' Coverage Disputes", State Farm Insurance Company, Claim Specialist Staff, Overland Park, Kansas, 1997
  • "Deposing Complex Scientific and Medical Expert Witnesses: Strategy and Law", Continuing Legal Education Program, In-House Program, Carlton Fields Law Firm, Tampa, Florida, 1999
  • "Strategic and Tactical Methods for Limiting Expert Witness Testimony", American Bar Association Meeting, Construction Law Subcommittee, Seattle, Washington, 2000
  • "Risk Management for the Middle Level Manager", American Heart Association, Area Executive Director Seminar, Tampa, Florida, 2000
  • "Legal Risk Management for Property Managers", National Property Management Association, Tampa, Florida, 2000
  • "Public Access to Defibrillation: A Public Safety Issue", American Heart Association, Board of Executive Directors, Tampa, Florida, 2001
  • "Mold Lawsuits: The Asbestos Litigation of the New Millennium", HBW Insurance Seminar, Tampa, Florida, 2002
  • "Handling Complex Indoor Air Quality Claims", Florida Windstorm Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2004
  • "Sinkhole 101: Sinkhole Claims and Litigation in a Nutshell", 2006
  • Guest Speaker, "Defending Your Life: Survival Techniques for the Ethical Adjuster", HSA Engineer and Scientists, Seminar on Insurance Practice, 2007
  • Guest Speaker, "First-Party Insurance Litigation: The Final Frontier?", 2007

Past Positions

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Attorney
  • Carlton Fields Ward Emmanuel Smith & Cutler, P.A., Attorney


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri, 1995
    Honors: National Order of Barristers
    Honors: Top 20% in graduating class
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award - Legal Research and Writing
    Honors: Recipient, Wilbur L. Pollard UMKC LAW REVIEW Honor Award
    Honors: Recipient, Thomas E. Deacy Trial Advocacy Award
    Law Review: UMKC Law Review, Managing Editor
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, May, 1989
    Major: Political Science
    Minor: Physical Anthropology

Office Information


6812 West Linebaugh Avenue Tampa, FL 33625


  • (813) 258-4988



  • Willard L. Pollard Law Review Honor Award
  • Thomas E. Deacy Trial Practice Award
  • National Finalist, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Trial Advocacy Competition, 1995
  • Regional Champion, A.T.L.A. Trial Competition, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Barrister, William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court
  • National Order of Barristers
  • REV 08-04
  • American Society of Trial Consultants
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy

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