The Law Offices of
Donald C. Anderson, Jr.
Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation Attorneys
Serving St. Petersburg and the
Tampa Bay Area
DONALD C. ANDERSON, JR.
Donald C. Anderson, Jr. earned his law degree from Stetson University and has practiced in St. Petersburg, Florida for over 45 years. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled litigators in the Tampa Bay area. Don began his career as an insurance adjuster and after graduating from law school, represented some of the biggest insurance companies in the State of Florida. He knows how insurance companies work and he knows from his vast experience how insurance companies do not have a claimant's best interest in mind when evaluating claims. For the past 20 years, he has dedicated his practice to representing injured parties against those same insurance companies, and helps his clients with their Disability Claims, Worker's Compensation Claims, Auto Accident Claims and Life Insurance Claims; he is considered within the legal community one of the most knowledgeable and resourceful attorneys litigating ERISA claims today.
Mr. Anderson practices in both state and federal court. He is an avid Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, and when he is not practicing law, he enjoys Monday morning quarterbacking to anyone who wants to know how the game is supposed to be played. Mr. Anderson is also a pretty nice guy all around- just ask any of the thousands of clients he has helped over the years.
Mr. Anderson has lectured to a variety of professional, civic, governmental, and church groups. He is a Past President and Director of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, Past Regional Attorney for the National Football League Players Association, and Past National Counsel for the Thunderbird Club of America.
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LAUREL MAROIS ACKERMAN
Laurel Marois was born and raised here in St. Petersburg, Florida. She graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory School before she went on to become a proud "Double Gator" at the University of Florida, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Classical Studies minor, then attending UF Law on a majority scholarship and earning her Juris Doctor cum laude as well.
While in law school, Laurel earned several Book Awards in the Appellate Advocacy, Trial Team, Historic Preservation Law, and Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation courses. She served as Vice President of the UF Law Trial Team, an editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and was a Teaching Assistant for the Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Florida Criminal Procedure courses. She received the D.C. Gator Club J. Richard Sewell Internship Scholarship and UF Law's Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Service Award, the highest pro bono award at the school. Laurel interned/clerked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, FL, the Administrative Conference of the United States in Washington, D.C., the United States Department of Justice – Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in Washington, D.C. and the Public Defender’s Office for the 8th Circuit in Gainesville, FL.
After law school, Laurel worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa for three years representing juveniles and adults on criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies and tried numerous cases to verdict. She became known for her tenacious motion practice and thrived in the trial atmosphere. She joined Law Offices of Donald C. Anderson in 2021 as the lead trial attorney and has handled cases across all of our practice areas. Her practice focuses on criminal defense, social security federal court appeals, and trial work. She is admitted to practice in Florida, Washington, D.C. and in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Outside of the office, Laurel is an avid Tampa Bay and Florida Gators sports fan, but you will sometimes hear her yell “Hotty Toddy!” in support of her husband, Chris, who went to Ole Miss. Laurel loves fantasy football, painting, genealogy research, and enjoying downtown St. Pete with her family and dog, Albie! She volunteers as an advisor for her sorority, Sigma Kappa, and as a poll watcher every election cycle. She is a member of the Junior League of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Yacht Club.