Angela Rodante

Managing Partner
Hometown

Tampa, FL

Education

University of South Florida, B.A., 1989
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1996

Bar Memberships

The Florida Bar

Areas of Practice

Insurance Bad Faith
Personal Injury
Civil Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Legal Malpractice
Wrongful Death

"Angela is a great person she is caring; she is very good at her job. They were very well prepared. I could see they did everything to the tee. I would definitely recommend Swope, Rodante. There are people on the TV, see all those commercials? I don’t know how good they are but I can tell you that Dale and Angela are very very good at what they do."
Todd
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About Managing Partner Angela Rodante

Over the course of her 27-year legal career, Angela Rodante has become a nationally recognized and highly sought-after civil litigator — winning countless awards for her groundbreaking legal work fighting for individuals who have been catastrophically injured and for taking on large and powerful corporations.

While her accolades speak volumes for the level of success she’s committed to achieving on behalf of clients, it is a humble, driven mindset that has furtively propelled her forward from her initial start with the firm as a clerk and runner in 1985 to present day legal warrior. Her accession in the field has come from a deeply held belief that helping people and fighting for justice is her innate duty, and that nothing worthwhile comes without sacrifice, selflessness, and courage.

In 2003, Angela Rodante became a partner of Swope, Rodante P.A. She specializes in civil trial litigation, handling cases involving personal injury and insurance bad faith.

Angela Rodante is active in various community service organizations, including the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Centro Asturiano de Tampa and she served as one of the early Presidents of the TBTLA, a non-profit organization of lawyers dedicated to upholding justice.

Angela has received the Insurance Lawyer of the Year from Best Lawyers and is a top rated lawyer in Insurance Law by Martindale Hubbell. Other significant recognitions include receiving the Client Distinction Award from Martindale Hubbell as well receiving a Superb rating from AVVO for the past seven years consecutively.

Angela Rodante is a member of The Florida Bar and is licensed to practice before the all state and federal courts in the State of Florida, and the Eleventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Angela’s level of commitment to her firm, clients, profession and community form a mosaic whose consistent theme is selfless service. When she’s not fighting for justice, she enjoys spending time on Redington Beach with family and traveling, with recent trips to Machu Picchu and Siracusa, Sicily.

Professional Distinctions

  • Litigation – Insurance Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2018, 2021, 2024
  • Top 10 Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2023
  • Top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2023
  • Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2013-Present
    • Insurance Law
    • Litigation – Insurance
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals Top 1%, 2016
  • Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012-Present
    The AV Preeminent rating is the highest rating a lawyer can achieve and represents the peak of professional excellence. It is granted based on confidential reviews from select members of the Florida Bar and judiciary familiar with the lawyer.
  • American Bar Foundation Life Fellow, 2011
  • 10/10 Superb Rating, AVVO, 2011-Present
  • American College of Coverage Counsel, 2019-Present
  • Presidential Electoral College Member, Florida, 2008

Community Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association, 2012-Present
  • Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
    • Immediate Past Chair, 2010-2011
    • Chair of the Board, 2009-2010
    • Chair Elect, 2008-2009
    • Treasurer, 2006-2008
    • Board of Directors, 2005–2013
  • Florida Justice Association
    • Fellow, 2010-Present
    • EAGLE, 2001-Present
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
    • President, 2005-2006
    • Treasurer, 2003-2004
    • Secretary, 2002-2003
    • Board of Directors, 2000- 2007
  • Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 2003-Present
  • L’Unione Italiana, 2003-2018
  • Ferguson White American Inn of Court, 1999-2001
  • American Association for Justice, 1997-Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1997-Present
  • American Bar Association, 1996-Present
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, 2006-Present
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2012-Present
    • Board of Directors

Selected Published Decisions

Macola v. Government Employees Insurance Company, 953 So. 2d 451 (Fla. 2006): in response to the questions of law certified by the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Florida held that an insurer did not extinguish its liability for bad faith under the common law of Florida by tendering its policy limits to its insured in response to the insured’s filing of a statutory civil remedy notice which alleged that the insurer had committed bad faith. A federal district court had ruled otherwise and granted summary judgment in favor of the insurer. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the summary judgment and remanded the case back to the district court so that the plaintiffs could proceed with their suit against the insurer for bad faith.

Conklin vs. Carroll, 865 So. 2d 597 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004), rev. dism’d 871 So. 874 (Fla. 2004) reversing summary judgment entered in favor of vehicle owner, holding that disputed issue remained regarding whether use of vehicle by owner’s brother amounted to a form of “conversion or theft” so as to relieve the owner from vicarious liability under the dangerous instrumentality doctrine.

Awards

  • Tampa Bay’s Legal Elite, Tampa Style Magazine, 2018
  • Finalist for Business Woman of the Year, 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, Martindale Hubbell and American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013-Present
  • Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Chair’s Award, 2011
  • Adela Gonzmart Award, Ybor City Museum Society, 2010
  • Eagle Legend Award, Florida Justice Association, 2010
  • L’Unione Italiana Ladies Auxiliary Women of Excellence Award, 2008

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