Mr. McCarthy is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice encompasses complex commercial litigation, tort litigation, trucking litigation, class actions, trials by civil jury, and professional malpractice.  This includes medical malpractice litigation, legal malpractice, products liability litigation, garbage truck and long haul trucking litigation, business torts, insurance coverage disputes, and personal injury. Mr. McCarthy has extensive trial experience, including jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations. He has successfully argued appeals before the Florida Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the First District Court of Appeals of Florida.


  • Author: “Practice and Procedure in Handling an Automobile Case – Defendant’s Viewpoint,” Florida Automobile Insurance Law, 2000-2012.
  • Presenter: Numerous lectures and prepared seminar materials on subjects of civil trial law, including developments in civil procedure, professionalism and techniques of trial preparation.

Representative Matters


  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. with honors, 1987
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D. with honors, 1990

Bar Association Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Legal Certifications

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, The Florida Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts, Northern District, Middle District and Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Awards and Distinctions

  • Litigation Department Co-Chair
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation), 2013-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants), 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation), 2006-2019
  • Florida Trend Magazine, “Legal Elite” (Civil Trial), 2010, 2012-2015, 2018-2019
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2008
  • Master, Chester Bedell Inns of Court

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Board Chairman, Young Life Metro, Northeast Region
  • Board Member, Christian Healing Ministries
  • Member, Downtown Rotary Club
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Member, Class of 1995, Leadership Jacksonville
  • Vestry Member, St. Marks Episcopal Church, 1997-2002
  • Chairman, Fourth Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration, 1999-2000
  • Board Member, Timuquana Country Club, 1999-2002