"I’m honored to roll up my sleeves and fight for those injured or killed because of greed, carelessness, or negligence. These are real people’s lives and loved one’s at stake, and I won’t stop fighting until justice is done."

Casey Gartland became an attorney with Swope, Rodante P.A. in 2018, bringing a steadfast and compassionate approach to championing justice for those who have been catastrophically injured because of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or greed. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Gartland has developed a unique appreciation for “David v. Goliath” type cases: the more difficult the case the more unbreakable his tenacity becomes in achieving justice on behalf of his clients.
A Newton, Connecticut native, Mr. Gartland started his legal career here at Swope, Rodante P.A. where he worked as a litigation team member. In addition, Mr. Gartland studied at some of Florida’s most prestigious law firms. A dual major in Criminal Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice, Mr. Gartland received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2008, his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2012, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the esteemed University of Florida Levin College of Law in May of 2018.

While in law school, Mr. Gartland was selected for a nationally recognized and highly ranked Trial Team in his first semester. He was a member of the team that took 3rd place at the 2016 Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to his trial team successes, Mr. Gartland also received a “Wildcard” award and special recognition for his appellate brief and oral advocacy performance in the first-year legal research and writing competition. During that time, Mr. Gartland worked as a law clerk at Kubicki Draper P.A. where he mastered the ins and outs of the claims handling process in addition to being exposed to how defense firms manage heavy caseloads.

Staying true to his passion of fighting for those whose voices deserve to be heard, Mr. Gartland worked as a certified legal intern (“CLI”) at the Law Offices of Kathleen Smith, Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida where he assisted numerous assistant public defenders on a wide range of cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to PBL Felonies. Working tirelessly on hundreds of cases, Mr. Gartland aided in getting over 200 cases dropped or dismissed, culminating with a stunning trial victory – winning his first trial before even finishing law school. Upon graduating, Mr. Gartland rejoined Swope, Rodante.

At the heart of Casey’s commitment to law is his mission to achieve “justice for all” one case at a time: the more difficult a case, the more he digs in and fights for his clients, making him an integral member of the Swope, Rodante team where he can change the world through his passionate work in civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith.

  • Semi-Finalist at the annual State of Florida Law School Mock Trial Competition, a/k/a the Chester B. Bedell Mock Trial Competition as a 1L (January 2016).
  • Certificate of Concentration in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (2018). Required 18 specialized credit hours, a law review style written article, and a cumulative G.P.A. within the concentration program of at least a 3.0.
  • President Elect of the University of Florida Levin College of Law Transfer Student Organization (2017-18).
  • Certified Legal Intern (CLI) with the Law Offices of Kathleen Smith, Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida (Fort Myers Division) (2018).
  • Member of the Florida Justice Association.
  • Member of the American Association of Justice.
  • Member of the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
  • Member of the Lee County Bar Association.
  • Member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon, Florida Omicron Chapter, Alumni Volunteer Corporation.
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (May 2018). Required over 100 hours of pro-bono legal work approved by the UF Law Administration.
  • Certificate of Completion of the Public Defender Clinic at the University of Florida Levin College of Law (May 2018). Required over 450 hours of approved and certified work as a Certified Legal Intern (“CLI”) with the Office of the Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
  • Certified Legal Intern Service Award at the Law Offices of Kathleen Smith, Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida (April 2018). Required over four months of approved and certified work as a Certified Legal Intern (“CLI”) with the Office of the Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
  • 1L Wildcard Award for outstanding Oral Advocacy and Appellate Brief Writing (April 2016). Required placing in the top 32 of entire 1L class for graded written appellate brief and graded oral advocacy performances.