James H. Burgess, Jr.

Burgess, Harrell, Mancuso, Colton & LaPorta P.A.

Tampa, Florida 33601


Auto Accident, Business, Commercial, Complex Civil, Construction, Contract, Elder, Financial, Insurance, Insurance Disputes, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Securities, Slip & Fall, Trusts and Estates, Wrongful Death


Indiana University, B.S. in Business (1976)

            Chi Phi Fraternity, President (1974-1975)

            Florida State University College of Law, J.D. (1979)

            Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Treasurer (1978)

Florida State University, J.D. (1979)


Burgess, Harrell, Mancuso, Colton & LaPorta P.A., (1992 to present)

Syprett, Meshad, Resnick & Lieb, P.A., (1981 to 1992)

Law Clerk for the Honorable Gene E. Brooks, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Indiana (1979 to 1981)

Law clerk for the Florida Department of Revenue, Ad Valorem Tax Division, Tallahassee, FL

Law clerk for Fuller & Johnson P.A., Tallahassee, Fl.


Florida Bar

Sarasota County Bar Association

         Board of Directors of Young Lawyers Division (1983 to 1988)

         President Young Lawyers Division (1987 to 1988)

         Board of Directors of the entire Sarasota County Bar Association from (1987 to 1996)

         President of the Sarasota County Bar Association (1994-1995)


United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Certified Court Arbitrator

Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (2005)

Welcome to Burgess, Harrell, Mancuso, Colton & La Porta, formed in 1992.

We provide a comprehensive range of legal services with emphasis in:

Contracts and commercial law
Real estate and land use law
Estate, probate and trust administration
Asset protection planning
Family and domestic relations law
Business organizations and structures
Corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions and business transactions
Loan and financing transactions
Securities law
Franchise law
Tax law
Trademark and copyright law
Commercial litigation
Insurance defense
Personal injury litigation

We hold the highest attainable rating for legal services, as detailed annually in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. We are committed to providing our clients with prompt and cost effective legal services. All of our personnel have a personal responsibility to maintain our reputation for integrity and legal expediency.

1776 Ringling Boulevard., Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A. 34236

Telephone 941-366-3700; FAX 941-366-0189

Email: [email protected]