Douglas R. Wight
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 6, 1949; admitted to bar, Texas 1981 (inactive); Florida 1986 ; New York 2006 (inactive); United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1982; United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1984; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida,1987; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1987; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1986; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1986.
Education: Michigan State University (B.S., 1972), University of Houston College of Law (J.D., 1981)
Member: Pinellas County Bar Association, the Florida Bar. Certified Circuit Court Mediator.
While attending the University of Houston College of Law, Mr. Wight was employed as a briefing clerk at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas. Upon completion of his law studies, he became affiliated with Schirmeyer & Kratochvil in Houston, where he specialized in admiralty and maritime law. In 1986 Mr. Wight became employed with Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal and Banker in Tampa, where he was an associate in the firm’s Admiralty Department from 1986 to 1991 and in the firm’s Casualty Department from 1991 to 1993. From 1993 to 1998 Mr. Wight was an Associate with Dickinson Gibbons in Sarasota, where he practiced primarily in the area of insurance defense and admiralty/maritime law. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Wight was an Associate with Reynolds & Stowell, P.A., where he again focused on insurance defense. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Wight was an Associate with the Tampa-based firm of Haas, Dutton, Blackburn, Lewis & Longley, where he was the managing attorney of the firm’s St. Petersburg office, and where his primary practice was insurance defense and admiralty/maritime law. Mr. Wight returned to Reynolds Stowell Parrino, P.A. (now Reynolds Parrino Spano & Shadwick, P.A.), in 2008 after having spent the past two years living in upstate New York.
Mr. Wight is experienced in the following areas of litigation: motor vehicle liability; uninsured motorist claims; premise liability; admiralty law; liquor vendor liability; and personal injury protection. Mr. Wight is the author of “Liquor Vendor Liability: Is Florida Becoming a De Facto Dram Shop State?” which appeared in the June 1994 issue of the Florida Bar Journal.