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Wesley C. Dicus, Sr.

Biography

Wesley C. Dicus, Sr. was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida.  He attended Florida State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences with a minor in American History.  After graduating Florida State University, Mr. Dicus attended and is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. 

While in law school Mr. Dicus received Book Awards including the Book Award in International Sales Law and Arbitration. Other awards include the Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, as well as earning first place in Stetson University College of Law’s first ever Advanced Trial Competition.  

Mr. Dicus began his career at the State Attorney’s Office for Pinellas and Pasco County under State Attorney Bernie McCabe.  As an assistant State Attorney, Mr. Dicus prosecuted all matter of criminal cases from misdemeanor traffic offenses to first degree murder. As a misdemeanor prosecutor Mr. Dicus was promoted to Anti-Gang Prosecutor and Lead Trial Attorney. As a felony prosecutor, Mr. Dicus was promoted to handle sensitive and critical cases of felony domestic violence and crimes against children. Mr. Dicus also tried several high exposure cases and was featured on Investigation Discovery’s 20/20 Deadly Women, Snapped, and CNN’s Vengeance: Killer Lovers.

After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Dicus began his civil career at a prominent St. Petersburg law firm litigating commercial and residential insurance claim disputes. In 2013, Mr. Dicus accepted a partnership at the largest woman and minority owned law firm in the country. While there, Mr. Dicus represented Florida’s largest insurance companies in all manner of insurance claims litigation covering a wide variety of daily and catastrophic claims throughout the entire state of Florida.  

Today, Mr. Dicus, and Mr. Burke are co-owners of Dicus & Burke, PLLC, where their primary focus is representing individuals and business owners in claims against their insurance companies, as well as claims against at-fault, negligent parties and the criminally accused. Together they handle a variety of cases including but not limited to commercial and residential property insurance claim dispute litigation, personal injury and premises liability (slip and fall), insurance agency negligence litigation, products liability and criminal defense. Dicus & Burk, PLLC is also regularly engaged by other law firms as co-counsel in disputed insurance claim trial cases. 

During his career, Mr. Dicus brought over 70 cases to jury trial, with outstanding results for his clients.  Dicus & Burke, PLLC has recovered millions of dollars in settlement proceeds and jury verdicts for its clientele. 

In 2020 and 2021 Thomson Reuters and Superlawyers.com awarded Mr. Dicus the prestigious title of Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation in Florida. Super Lawyers are selected using a multiphase evaluation process on twelve indicators in peer recognition and professional achievement. The lawyers who rank and the top 5% of lawyers in the state are selected as Super Lawyers. 

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: Book Award in International Sales Law and Arbitration
    • Honors: Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
    • Honors: First Place, Advanced Trial Competition
  • Florida State University
    • B.S. - 2003
    • Major: Social Sciences
    • Minor: American History

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Practice Areas

  • Property Insurance Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense

Professional Associations

  • Saint Petersburg Bar Association

Honors

  • Book Award – International Sales Law and Arbitration
  • Book Award – Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Super Lawyer 2020-2021