The Yerrid Law Firm
Bank of America Plaza, Suite 3910
101 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602-5148
Steve Yerrid has been repeatedly acknowledged as one of America's top trial lawyers. His career accomplishments demonstrate an unwavering commitment to justice and the people it serves.
Mr. Yerrid has experienced a career of noteworthy achievements, including over 300 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more. Among those was a jury verdict of $217 million, the largest medical malpractice award in Florida's history, and the nation's largest in 2006. In 2009, he again obtained the country's largest verdict rendered in a wrongful death case that year, with a jury award of $330 million for one individual.
In the 1990's, Mr. Yerrid was appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles and, as the youngest member of an eleven member "Dream Team" of private lawyers, undertook a leading role in Florida's landmark lawsuit against the previously unbeaten cigarette industry. The case resulted in the biggest monetary settlement in U.S. history, ultimately topping $17 billion and requiring the cigarette cartel to pay the Team's fees rather than the State of Florida. In addition, Florida's "Dream Team," succeeded in obtaining unprecedented advertising concessions that permanently prevented marketing aimed at children, eliminated cigarette billboards, vending machines, Joe Camel, the Marlboro Man, and established youth tobacco prevention programs across the United States.
In 2010, confronted by one of the largest environmental catastrophes in history, Florida's Governor Crist appointed Mr. Yerrid as Special Counsel regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and its aftermath. He gave his time, efforts and paid the costs for nearly a year to the people of Florida as a public service. He was honored to be appointed as Special Counsel and represent the Office of the Chief Judge for Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, as well as Florida's Conference of Circuit Judges in litigation that concluded after his successful argument before the Supreme Court of Florida. Mr. Yerrid is a frequent lecturer in Florida and across the country and he has taught as an adjunct professor at Stetson Law School, as well as a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Yerrid has been voted and inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Trial Lawyers Association, the highest accolade a trial lawyer can receive from that organization. In the 2000 Olympics, he was appointed and served as Chairman of the non-profit task force organized to promote The Olympic Boxing Qualifier, an event in which 160 athletes from over 20 countries competed for a place in the Olympic Games. In 2011, Mr. Yerrid was honored to be voted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame based upon his background as an undefeated amateur boxer (17-0), a successful boxing promoter, and an avid supporter of the "fight game", protecting its integrity and helping former boxers who have suffered brain injuries or fallen on hard times.