The content found on this website is derived from the experience and expertise of attorneys who regularly try cases at both the trial and appellate level. Each attorney contributes based on their individual experiences and areas of practice including personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and other complex areas of litigation. For additional information on our contributors please see the brief biography and related links below.
Meet the Authors
Dale Swope is the managing partner and the most senior lawyer at Swope, Rodante P.A. Mr. Swope has received nearly every professional honor available to lawyers in his specialty. Martindale-Hubbell has given him an AV rating and AVVO.com, has given him a “Superb” rating both being the highest rating of their kind. Mr. Swope has been named a “Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine. He is also listed in ‘Best Lawyers in America,’ ‘Who’s Who in the South’ and ‘Who’s Who in American law.’
He was one of the founding members of the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, was a director of the Florida Justice Association and the 2017-2018 President of its Executive Committee. Mr. Swope has been Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist for over twenty years, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates for more than a decade and was recently inducted into the distinguished American Law Institute. While the recognition of these prestigious organizations is flattering, Mr. Swope will tell you that none of these ‘credentials’ mean a thing compared to a simple ‘thanks’ from a client or family that has been helped by the law firm.
Angela Rodante is a globally acclaimed and in-demand civil litigator who has won numerous accolades for her groundbreaking legal work on behalf of severely injured individuals and for taking on large and powerful businesses. Ms. Rodante’s dedication to her firm, clients, profession, and community is a mosaic with a recurring theme of unselfish service. In 2003, Ms. Rodante became a partner of Swope, Rodante P.A. She continues to have a focus on civil trial litigation, handling cases involving personal injury and insurance bad faith.
Ms. Rodante is involved in a number of community service groups, including the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Centro Asturiano de Tampa, and the TBTLA, a non-profit organization of lawyers dedicated to ensuring the rule of law. Ms. Rodante has been named Insurance Professional of the Year by Best Lawyers and is a Martindale Hubbell highly rated lawyer in the field of insurance law. Other notable achievements of Ms. Rodante’s are being awarded the Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award and AVVO with a superb rating for the past seven years.
Brent Steinberg began working with Swope, Rodante P.A. as a law clerk in 2009, and after graduating from law school in 2010. In 2018, he became a partner. Super Lawyers Magazine, The National Trial Lawyers, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel have all honored Mr. Steinberg. Mr. Steinberg handles catastrophic injury, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice and insurance coverage cases throughout Florida and Georgia.
Mr. Steinberg, along with partners Brandon Cathey and associate Daniel Greene, earned the 6th largest personal injury verdict in Florida in 2019 — a $30.1 million award in a traumatic brain injury case. He has also worked as lead appellate counsel in cases before the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Court of Appeals, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
After graduating from law school in 2017, Daniel Greene joined Swope, Rodante P. A. as an attorney. While in law school, Mr. Greene was able to hone his research and writing abilities. He was a legal writing and appellate advocacy teaching assistant, a volunteer tutor, and a Book Award Recipient for legal research. Mr. Greene was also the forum editor of the Florida Law Review, where he wrote The Right to “Cure” a Child’s Homosexuality?:A Constitutional Analysis of State Laws Banning Sexual Orientation Change Efforts on Minors, which was published by the Florida Law Review Forum in 2016.
Mr. Greene was able to demonstrate his at the American Civil Liberties Union by producing motions, deposition outlines, and legal memoranda in a variety of cases, as well as having the opportunity to be a strong advocate for the LGBT community.
Savannah Carpenter, an associate attorney at Swope, Rodante P.A., is dedicated to her community and the clients who entrust Swope, Rodante P.A. to handle their legal requirements with the utmost assurance, confidence, and perseverance. Ms. Carpenter has a thorough understanding of a variety of legal topics. Ms. Carpenter worked as a federal judicial intern for the Hon. Mary S. Scriven of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida while pursuing her Juris Doctor degree. She served as a law clerk at Swope, Rodante P.A. as well.
Ms. Carpenter is well-known for her strong work ethic and ability to analyze critically. These characteristics, together with her prior expertise and unique insight into the judicial system, qualify her to manage the wide range of legal difficulties that our clients face today.
Matthew Smith joins the Swope, Rodante P.A. team with considerable litigation experience garnered while serving in the United States Marine Corps as an active-duty judge advocate. Mr. Smith represented clients in the Marine Corps during missions to Japan, southern California, and Headquarters Marine Corps. Mr. Smith uses the principles he’s learned and the fighting spirit he’s developed from his time in the military to help victims of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith all around Florida.
Mr. Smith having graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2007. He is licensed to practice in all Florida courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and military tribunals of martial justice.
Natalie Shoemaker became an associate attorney at Swope, Rodante P. A. in 2020, shortly after graduating from law school. Ms. Shoemaker, who hails from Orlando, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Middle Eastern Studies minor from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Shoemaker got her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law after a year at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Ms. Shoemaker volunteered at the Immigration and Inmate Partner Violence Law Clinic at the University of Florida Law School. She helped survivors of domestic violence who were undocumented with their affirmative humanitarian petitions. During her final year of law school, she worked for the Florida Board of Governors Self-Insurance Program, where she obtained practical experience in the insurance industry.
Jacob Schuster is a Swope, Rodante P.A. associate attorney who joined the company in 2021 after graduating with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Mr. Schuster first studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine as part of a B.A./M.D. program before switching to political science at Portland State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.
Mr. Schuster discovered his passion for law through his involvement with Moot Court, where he served on the executive board and competed in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition and the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition while in law school. Mr. Schuster obtained personal experience assisting everyday Americans through the process of interfacing with a trial court as a summer clerk for the New York Supreme Court.