Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

Vernis & Bowling of St. Petersburg, PA

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense

696 1st Avenue, 1st Floor, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Established: 1970

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Environmental Liability
  • Personal and Commercial Vehicle
  • Appellate Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law
  • Elder Law
  • Liability Defense
  • Government Law
  • Business Litigation
  • SIU/Fraud Litigation
  • Education Law (ESE/IDEA)
  • Property and Casualty (Commercial and Personal Lines)
  • Long-Haul Trucking Liability
  • Public Law
  • Criminal
  • White Collar

About Us

VERNIS & BOWLING has proudly served the needs of its clients since 1970. Frank C. Vernis, Jr. and James W. Bowling devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm providing exceptional, cost-effective, personal representation by experienced, highly qualified personnel.

This philosophy continues into a new generation. G. Jeffrey Vernis, Esquire, and Robert C. Bowling, Esquire, the sons of the firm's original founders, comprise the firm's management team. Together they oversee the firm's direction and ensure its mission and goals are achieved.

VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have received an "AV" rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, evidencing the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

While many of our clients retain VERNIS & BOWLING for our exceptional trial experience and skills, we recognize that not all cases go to trial. We are keenly aware that smart, innovative resolution strategies effectively save our clients money, both in indemnity and expenses. Identifying and implementing an agreed exit path with our client partners, with an eye on the bottom line, sets our firm apart.

We succeed when our clients are successful. We maintain reasonable, professional offices in business locations that offer reduced costs. We utilize cost saving technologies that offer efficient file management and document creation. We consistently create and utilize different fee structures, including fixed fee, tiered volume reduction, annual retainers and success bonuses.

Personal service and attention are the trademarks of VERNIS & BOWLING. Our legal representation and advice are unsurpassed in the industry. Partnering with us can reduce your litigation expenses of the firm's trial during the last two years, trial verdicts represented an average of 3.33% of the Plaintiff's initial demand.

The firm takes pride in the racial, ethnic and religious diversity reflected by its attorneys and staff. Each of its offices reflects the diversity and makeup of the regions we serve. VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have achieved D&I certification from RING (Recognizing Inclusion for the Next Generation).

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Personnel Information

Managing Attorney

Kenneth E. Amos, Jr.

St. Petersburg, FL

  • Florida, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009
  • Hillsborough Community College, A.A. (with honors), 1998
  • University of Central Florida, B.A. (cum laude), 2000
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2003

Born: 1970


William C. Gula

St. Petersburg, FL

  • Florida, 2006
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A. (Dean's List), 2003
  • Florida International University College of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2006

Born: 1981

Kory Watson

St. Petersburg, FL

  • Florida, 2012
  • University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, B.S. (with honors), 2008
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2011

Born: 1986

Kimble David McKay

St. Petersburg, FL

  • Florida, 2015
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2010
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2013

Tyler G. Fender

St. Petersburg, FL

  • Florida, 2023
  • Florida State University, B.S., 2019
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2022

Richard Morrow

St. Petersburg, FL

  • Florida, 2022
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • University of South Florida, B.A. Political Science (magna cum laude), 2018
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2021

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