It is never an easy task finding a professional to assist us with our needs. Even more difficult is finding an attorney, especially when you have been involved in a crisis situation, such as an auto accident. Do you pay attention to the advertising saturating television or radio? Or would you rather trust recommendations from trusted friends and family members, or members of your community, who have undergone the same experiences themselves?
Charles Spinner, Esq., is an attorney specializing in personal injury and estate law whose business was founded upon exactly that idea. Now celebrating its tenth year in business, Spinner Law Firm (located in the Cypress Glen Professional Park on Tanic Dr.) has made a commitment to providing the highest quality legal services to residents of Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Lutz, Land O’Lakes & Zephyrhills. Spinner says that most of his customers still come primarily from the referrals of his many satisfied clients.
Spinner, 41, says he was inspired to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was a practicing attorney in Buffalo, NY. His memories of going to court with his father and observing the legal process and how his father helped people motivated him to want to help people the same way. After graduating from the University of Dayton (OH), he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo (also OH) College of Law in 1996. He is admitted to practice in all Courts of the State of Florida, and also is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. After working for several years as a civil trial attorney, he founded Spinner Law Firm in New Tampa (Pebble Creek) in 2003. His mission was to make it easy for the residents of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa to receive client-focused, legal representation without having to travel to downtown Tampa. Spinner says he truly believes that, “The practice of law is not a product but a service. You build trust in the community by presenting a personalized, local option for quality service with honesty and integrity.”
In November 2012, Spinner Law Firm took on an associate, Anissa Morris, Esq., who specializes in estate planning, probate and trust planning and family law, but who also helps give the firm’s clients access to a team of attorneys, which Spinner says can be important in personal injury cases. Morris also handles last will & testaments, revocable living trusts, durable Powers of Attorney, estate tax minimization strategies and other Estate Law cases. Office administrator and legal assistant Vicki Porfolio has been with Spinner Law since the beginning, and Vicki’s genuine, caring demeanor makes clients feel welcomed immediately to the office. Mary Caporali, who has been with Spinner Law since 2005, is the firm’s personal injury assistant, who is responsible for compiling insurance information, medical records and other essential paperwork and pieces of evidence for the firm’s personal injury clients. Paralegal Judith Risley has worked as a legal assistant for 25 years and has vast experience in providing support in all areas of civil litigation.
So, whatever your legal questions may be, the team at Spinner Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to answer them. Spinner himself says he is proud of the firm’s A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Growing With The Area
Starting from humble beginnings, in a one-room office he shared with a local CPA in the Pebble Creek Collection, the firm has grown with the local community. Spinner says he moved to his current location in Wesley Chapel four years ago, which turned out to be a great relocation for the firm.
“We moved to Wesley Chapel from New Tampa at a time when there were more people and businesses in New Tampa than in Wesley Chapel,” he says. “But, over these four years, the population growth has shifted the other way, with Wesley Chapel adding a new hospital, a major shopping mall and a community college. No one would have believed it a few years ago, but rents in Wesley Chapel are now higher than they are in New Tampa.”
He adds that he’s still close enough to New Tampa not only to serve both communities, but being in such a central location (off S.R. 56, between I-75 and Bruce B. Downs Blvd.), ‘’we’ve been able to help clients in Zephyrhills, Lutz and Land O Lakes.” The move helped broaden the firm’s client access, and Spinner Law Firm is busier now than it ever has been.
“We used to handle a lot of family law (divorces, child custody arrangements, etc.), but now we only normally handle those cases for previous clients and by referral,” he says. “The personal injury (auto accidents, slip & falls, brain injuries, dog bites, drunk driver injuries, etc.) side of the business has really taken off for us because a lot of people in this community would rather hire someone who lives in the area, where everyone at the firm will know their name, rather than hire one of those ‘assembly line’ firms where you never even meet the attorney you see on TV.” And, based on the reviews we’ve found, Spinner Law Firm does get the job done for its clients. “Spinner Law Firm is thorough and efficient, a great law firm to work with,” says Rachel, a local, satisfied client. “Wonderful support staff…they are some of the most polite and cheerful I have experienced. I love that they deal with the insurance companies so I don’t have to – just as they said they would!”
A Trusted Community Partner
In addition to the legal help Spinner Law Firm offers to the area, the firm also participates in many community organizations and functions. Spinner himself is a member of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Club.
The firm’s many charitable endeavors are in the competent hands of Heidi Jacobsen, Spinner Law Firm’s Marketing & Community Relations Director. Spinner says the firm will again have a booth at the upcoming Taste of New Tampa and will again sponsor the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary’s Spelling Bee. In addition, the firm has conducted toy and clothing drives for the Fisher House, and last year encouraged an online vote for favorite teachers in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, with the teachers who earned the most votes receiving roses that Jacobsen hand-delivered to their schools on Valentine’s Day.
When not busy with the firm, Charles enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife Carrie have four daughters, ages two through nine, and he says taking care of his young family is like having “a second full-time job.” In what little free time he has, Spinner says he enjoys tennis, running and outdoor sports, such as fishing. He also enjoys dining out and says he reads this publication’s dining reviews religiously for the latest dining info.