Mcfarlane Law Attorneys

James T. Sparkman

James T. Sparkman

Born in Fort Benning, Georgia

Email: jsparkman@mcfarlanedolanlaw.com


Member & Accolades

  • Florida Bar

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., 1984
  • University of Tennessee, M.S., 1978
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., 1975

 


Practice Areas

  • Automotive Liability
  • Construction Claims
  • Insurance and Insurers
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Trucking and Transportation

Bio

James T. Sparkman is an accomplished trial lawyer with expertise in civil litigation and over 300 jury trials; Mr. Sparkman is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization since 1996. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious “Golden Gavel” award for trial excellence and maintains the highest Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. Mr. Sparkman’s insurance defense practice is focused in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation with emphasis in automotive negligence, personal injury protection (PIP), medical malpractice, construction defect, trucking claims defense, premises liability, product liability, dram shop litigation, and professional malpractice defense. 

Prior to joining QPWB, he was an Of Counsel attorney to a regional insurance defense and litigation law firm where he handled insurance coverage and extra-contractual “bad faith” claims and appellate practice. From 1992 to 2003 he managed his own law firm and was also a named partner at a Florida law office. 

Mr. Sparkman received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in 1984 and a Master of Science in English Education in 1978 and Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1975, both from the University of Tennessee. 

Mr. Sparkman is licensed to practice law in Florida and is admitted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; he is also admitted pro hac vice in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Georgia, and Alabama. 


Appellate Opinions

  • Elkins v. Syken, 672 So.2d 571 (Fla. 1996), expert witness discovery. 

  • State Farm v. Lee, 678 So.2d 818 (Fla. 1996), statute of limitations, PIP. 

  • Hannah v, Newkirk, 675 So.2d 112 (Fla. 1996), PIP deductible as setoff.