Dean Burnetti Law

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Our Attorneys

Our attorneys are ready to serve YOU in our Brandon office. Dean has been providing his clients with energetic, dynamic, and effective representation for nearly 30 years. His clients consider him a benefit to each case he handles. Tim has provided strong, enthusiastic, and aggressive representation to his clients for more than 10 years. He’s a lawyer you want on your side.

Most importantly, we love God as well as our clients. We’re honest, industrious, and diligent. And we want to represent you in the best way possible while still honoring the Lord with our work.

Dean Burnetti

Dean Burnetti

Early Life

Dean’s grandparents immigrated from Italy to the United States in the early 1900s with the promise of land and opportunity, only to be forced into sharecropping and harsh labor in the Deep South.  It was for this reason that his parents then migrated to the Greater Chicago area, and Dean was born in Elgin, Illinois in 1957.  During this time, Dean’s father began working for a major construction company as a laborer.

Only a few years after beginning his new job, Dean’s dad was involved in a work-related accident when a wall caved in on him at a construction site.  As a result, he suffered multiple herniated discs in his low back.  It was several months before he was able to have surgery, and afterwards, Dean watched as his dad strapped on a back brace and went to work despite his pain.  Dean’s dad eventually worked his way up into supervision, all the while instilling the value of a good education in his children.  But the memory of the way his dad would wince in pain and his face would turn ashen as he removed his back brace each evening stayed seared in Dean’s memory, even to this day.

Seminary

As Dean grew up, he took an interest and became very involved in church activities, including playing the piano and organ, and even teaching Sunday school.  His faith in God was strong, and he felt very certainly that he one day wanted to serve the Lord with his career.

Upon graduation from high school, Dean left for seminary at Oklahoma Baptist Seminary in Marlow, Oklahoma, and received a Seminary Degree in Theology.  This was where he met his sweetheart, Patti, and they were soon married.

Law School

As Dean graduated from seminary, the memory of his dad’s horrific back injury was still fresh in his mind.  After much prayer and consideration, Dean felt that he would better serve the Lord as an attorney where he could help people in need.  His parents and siblings had since moved to Central Florida where his dad had opened a convenience store, so Dean decided to move there and search for a Christian liberal arts college.

Three years later, Dean graduated from Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree for his double major in Psychology and Biblical Studies.  He then returned to Oklahoma, and attended Oral Roberts University Law School in Tulsa, where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree.

Attorney Life

By this time, Dean and Patti had two daughters.  Upon Dean’s graduation from Oral Roberts University in 1986, he packed up the family and moved back to Florida where, for the next few months, he studied for his Bar Exam as he worked the graveyard shift of his dad’s store.  During this time, Patti worked the day shift as a cashier at Winn-Dixie, and Dean’s family shared a couple of bedrooms at his dad’s house in Lake Alfred.

When the opportunity finally came for Dean to take his Bar Exam, he passed on the first try, and received his license to practice law in the State of Florida.

When he first started practicing law, Dean focused on serving people who had been injured in work-related accidents.  He felt this was a splendid way to honor his father as well as the Lord.  Shortly after the turn of the century, Dean lost his father in an automobile accident.  Because of that, as well as significant changes to laws in the field of Workers’ Compensation, he has expanded the focus of his practice to representing people who have been injured or suffered from disability from all types of accidents.

To date, Dean has been married to his wife, Patti, for nearly forty years, and they reside in Auburndale, Florida.  Their two daughters have grown and married, and between them, they have given Dean and Patti twelve beautiful grandchildren.  Dean is still a very active member of his church, and in 2015, he realized his dream of opening a Christian Law Firm where he is proud to serve God as well as his clients.

Education

  • Seminary Degree in Theology, Oklahoma Baptist Seminary Pastoral Ministries, Marlow, Oklahoma, 1980
  • B.A. in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Warner University, Lake Wales, Florida, 1983
  • Juris Doctor, Oral Roberts University School of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1986

Licenses & Memberships

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law, 1992
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Common Middle District of Florida 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

About

Dean has been married to his wife, Patti, for over 40 years, and together they have two daughters and twelve grandchildren. He enjoys global traveling, bicycling, playing guitar and piano, adding to his vintage Boy Scout collection, and serving the Lord.


Jeff Sheloske

Early LifeJeff Sheloske

Attorney Jeff Sheloske grew up in the Midcoast Region of Maine in a Christian home attending church weekly with his family. Even in his youth, Jeff had a passion for helping others, but was unaware at that time that his passion and love for the Lord would lead him to the legal field.

Upon completion of high school, he relocated to Florida to attend the University of Tampa where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.  While in attendance, Jeff was involved in the Men’s NCAA Division II Cross Country Varsity Team and the ARMY ROTC program. He is also one of the founding fathers for the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity and served as the Alumni Chair.

After graduating from the University of Tampa, Jeff worked for several of the nation’s largest insurance companies handling claims in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, which sparked his passion for zealously representing the injured.  His claim experience included Bodily Injury, Property Damage, Auto Theft, and Arson claims, and he was a member of a Coverage Investigation Unit.

Attorney Life

After several years of working for various insurers, Jeff attended Florida Coastal School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate. While in law school, he was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity. He received Book Awards for the highest grade in Lawyering Process I and Lawyering Process II (Research and Writing), received the Outstanding Oral Advocate Award, and served as a Teacher’s Assistant in Lawyering Process.  He also served as Treasurer for the Christian Legal Society.  While in law school, Jeff interned for several civil litigation firms.  He conducted extensive legal research for Personal Injury cases, drafted pleadings, demand letters, and firm correspondence.

Upon graduation from law school, he worked for the nation’s largest insurer as a Licensed Bodily Injury Claim Representative and a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Litigation Claim Specialist handling Florida, West Virginia, and North Carolina claims.  He earned an Associate in Claims (AIC) designation and was selected to be part of a Special Investigation Unit task force (SIU).

Jeff is admitted to practice before all county and circuit courts in the State of Florida as well as the District Courts of Appeal.  He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Education

  • University of Tampa, Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Juris Doctorate
    • Member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity
    • Received Book Awards for the highest grade in Lawyering Process I and Lawyering Process II
    • Received Outstanding Oral Advocate Award
    • Served as a Teacher’s Assistant in Lawyering Process
    • Served as Treasurer for the Christian Legal Society

Memberships

  • Christian Legal Society
  • Florida Justice Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
  • Polk County Young Lawyers Association

About

In his personal time, Jeff and his wife, Kim, raise chickens and honeybees and are involved in their church.  He is also a member of Gideons International and Free & Accepted Masons of Florida as a Master Mason.

While Jeff’s main area of focus of law is Personal Injury, his passion continues to be helping others through his service of the Lord.  “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10


Deuteronomy 25:1 If there is a dispute between men and they go to court, and the judges decide
their case, and they
justify the righteous and condemn the wicked…