TAMPA, Florida – Freeborn & Peters LLP continues its growth in Florida with the addition of Stanton A. Fears as an associate in the firm’s Tampa office. Fears is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group, insurance/reinsurance industry team and emerging industries team.
Fears focuses his practice on civil defense litigation in the areas of insurance, securities, and employment law. He was most recently a litigator at DLA Piper, where he represented large companies in securities litigation, representations and warranties insurance defense, and product liability defense related to implantable medical devices. Fears previously served as litigation counsel at Raymond James Financial, representing the company in securities-related disputes before FINRA arbitration panels. He began his practice in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he defended organizations of all sizes in insurance, employment, and landlord tenant matters.
“Stanton brings valuable experience, particularly as in-house litigation counsel at a financial services powerhouse, that will further bolster our already-strong litigation practice,” said Lawrence P. Ingram, managing partner of Freeborn’s Tampa office. “We welcome the fresh perspectives and skills he brings to the firm and to our clients in a range of industries.”
Fears is a graduate, cum laude, of Morehouse College and Stetson University College of Law, where he received the Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award and was named to the prestigious National Order of Barristers. He also serves as an adjunct professor of alternative dispute resolution at St. Petersburg College and as an advocacy skills trainer and coach at Stetson University College of Law.
With over 90 litigators, Freeborn's litigation practice group brings both bench strength and deep experience to each client matter. Known as a Litigation Powerhouse®, they are “litigators first” and their philosophy is to prepare cases to be tried. Even when settlement is appropriate, we believe our trial-ready approach provides the best ultimate outcome.
Freeborn’s insurance/reinsurance industry team serves all areas of the global insurance and reinsurance marketplace. To provide unsurpassed service in this area, our insurance and reinsurance lawyers have immersed themselves in the intricacies of reinsurance custom and practice and the commercial relationships upon which participants in the industry depend.
Freeborn’s emerging industries team focuses on bringing legal insights to a number of technological innovations that are reshaping our society. Our attorneys apply their high level of knowledge from different practices, including litigation, intellectual property, corporate, securities and employment, among other areas.