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Bruce H. Denson is a partner in the firm of Bruce H. Denson, P.A. After a brief stint as a fashion model (Sears Roebuck catalog, Boyswear, 1972) Mr. Denson focused on academics and graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Florida. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1994 from Stetson College of Law.
After passing the bar in 1994, Mr. Denson was Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant State Attorney, he prosecuted a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony cases including over fifty jury trials. In 1998, Mr. Denson left the State Attorney’s Office to work with Kent G. Whittemore and eventually became a shareholder in the firm Whittemore, Denson PA. At Whittemore, Denson PA, Mr. Denson handled personal injury matters including complex product liability cases.
Mr. Denson, with cocounsel, is the first attorney to collect on verdicts against Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in individual consumer cases. He started his own firm in 2006 to devote himself to representing those accused of crimes and plaintiffs in cigarette litigation.
Mr. Denson has lectured for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been published in the Journal of the Florida Justice Association, the Defender magazine of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the St. Petersburg Bar’s Paraclete. He sat on the Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and served as the President of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
In 2011, Mr. Denson founded a non-profit, Paddle Addict, Inc., that helps people in recovery from substance abuse through watersports activities.