Juliana L. Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan in 1972 and relocated to Central Florida in 1989. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida in 1994.
After college, Ms. Curtis worked for two years as a consultant to workers’ compensation insurance carriers seeking recovery from the Special Disability Trust Fund. Ms. Curtis then obtained her law degree from Stetson University College of Law in July 1998, and became licensed to practice law in Florida in October 1998. As a law student, Ms. Curtis was a member of the Moot Court Team and won the First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Victor O. Wehle Award for Best Oral Advocate. Ms. Curtis also served as a Guardian Ad Litem in Pinellas County, Florida, and was a founding member of S.C.O.P.E., Stetson Council on Professionalism and Ethics.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Curtis was employed by a private insurance defense firm, where she exclusively handled workers’ compensation claims litigation and appeals. Ms. Curtis has also worked as staff counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, where she focused her practice on the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Prior to her employment at Liberty Mutual, Ms. Curtis worked for the law firm of Dubbeld & Kaelber, P.A., as a law clerk and then as an associate, where her practice consisted primarily of the defense of workers’ compensation claims and appeals. She joined the law firm of Vecchio, Carrier, Feldman & Johannessen, P.A. in 2009 to assume the caseload of its former senior partner, Congressman Dennis Ross.
Ms. Curtis has focused her practice on defending employers and insurance carriers in coverage disputes, complex workers’ compensation litigation, First Responder/Presumption cases, employment disputes, subrogation/lien recovery, first party property claims and other general liability disputes.
Ms. Curtis is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by the Florida Bar, and is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and the Lakeland Bar Association. She has litigated cases before state and county court judges and Judges of Compensation Claims throughout the state, and appeals to the First District Court of Appeal.