Accident Law Clearwater
Over 30 years
of Personal Injury
James (Jim) Magazine is a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer who has spent his career helping injured victims. As a Martindale Hubbell AV rated attorney, he is often referred cases by his peers who ask him to litigate because of his reputation as a top trial lawyer and his extensive experience inside the courtroom. Jim is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 1990 and is also admitted to practice at the Appellate level and admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
In addition to representing clients injured in accidents and handling wrongful death claims, Mr. Magazine is passionate about fighting the opiate epidemic as he is part of the national opiate team and has cases against the manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies. He also represents individuals in these claims.
Jim was born and raised in Ohio, where he attended Baldwin Wallace College and received his JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is an avid baseball fan and former college baseball player. He was named All Ohio Conference for four years and was ranked tenth in the nation for his college batting average. He has lived in Florida for years now and takes the tenacity he had during his baseball career to the courtroom, where he has won many prominent verdicts and settlements.
Jim has many accolades, including being awarded the Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys, the 2021 award of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He was selected in Trends Legal Elite and recognized as one of the TOP 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Florida and a Florida super lawyer from 2010 to the present. He is a longtime Board member of the Florida Justice Association, and is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association, the West Pasco Bar Association, and the National Trial Lawyers Association.
In his free time, he raised money for and volunteers at the Joshua House where he is a Board Member of the Friends of Joshua House Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for abused, abandoned and neglected children. He also enjoys spending time with his family.
If you’re looking for an insurance coverage attorney, contact Florida lawyer Benjamin Light at The Magazine Law Group. Call 727-499-9900 to schedule your FREE consultation.
Benjamin D. Light
Ben has 22 years of experience representing clients in serious personal injury matters, disputed property insurance claims and other civil matters where people have been damaged through various forms of bad behavior. He has also represented several insurance companies in state and federal litigation in Florida. He is admitted to practice in both Florida and New Jersey, where he first began practicing law after
attending Rutgers University for both his law and undergraduate degrees. He was an editor of the Rutgers Law Review during law school.
Some of Ben’s reported matters include:
- Plastic Surgery Center, PA v. Malouf Chevrolet – Cadillac, Inc., 457 N.J. Super. 565 (App. Div. 2019) (setting precedent on the statute of limitations for medical provider claims under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation statutes)
- Mehta v. Fairleigh Dickinson University, 530 Fed. App’x. 191 (3rd Cir. 2013) (reversing summary judgment granted to private university on plaintiff’s racial discrimination claim)
- Capodici v. City of Jersey City, 2005 WL 2452698 (D.N.J. 2005) (denying summary judgment to police officers on plaintiff’s civil rights claims arising from an unlawful arrest)
Ben was also honored to have been selected to defend a sitting Superior Court Judge in New Jersey against charges of misconduct brought by other members of the judiciary. See, In The Matter Of Deborah M. Gross-Quatrone, Judge Of The Superior Court; SUPREME COURT OF NEW JERSEY ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT DOCKET NO: ACJC 2016-135. The formal charges against her sought removal from the bench but after a trial before a panel of the New Jersey Supreme Court in Trenton, the charges were reduced to a two-month suspension.
Ben moved to Pinellas County in 2018 and became a member of the Florida bar. He began practicing at a large downtown Tampa firm handling complex insurance coverage matters before joining the Magazine Law Group in 2022. Ben enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, and enjoying the rest of Tampa Bay.
Jim Magazine is truly incredible. He made a difficult situation extremely pleasant. Jim is very knowledgeable and committed to helping his clients. His generosity and support left a lasting impression. From the beginning, he gave us options, was extremely concerned, and wanted to help my husband feel better from his injury. He worked hard and did everything he could to show his support for our situation.