Below is a list of Jim Dodson Law's newsletters. We provide information on a variety of different topics including upcoming events, new law updates and current news. Enjoy and if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter in the mail please sign-up here. And if you're a cyclist we have a monthly cycling newsletter with lots of great information for Florida cyclists.
- August 2017 Newsletter
In the August Newsletter Jim tells the story of Gertrude Mokotoff (98) and Alvin Mann (94) who recently got married. The moral of their story is to "never act your age" and it certainly is one worth reading. You'll also want to find out about our scholarship winner, Hannah R. who sustained a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a distracted driver who was going 60 mph. And, don't miss our recipe for avocao hummus... it could be the next trendy appetizer you make for your next get together.
- July & August 2017 Cycling Newsletter
In the July & August Cycling Newsletter Jim tells the story of Leo Rodgers, an amputee cyclist who has a very inspiring story. You also might be interested in the small piece about the Coast to Coast Connector that just opened as an extension of the Pinellas Trail... there are volunteer opportunities to ride the trail and report any problems there might be. And, learn about our Bike Shop of the Month contest. You can nominate your favorite local bike shop to win a prize and be featured in our newsletter and on our website.
- June & July 2017 Newsletter
In the June & July Newsletter Jim talks about how to become a goal directed person. He also shares some very important safety tips for the casual bike rider. And, you won't want to miss the blueberry scone recipe.
- June 2017 Cycling Newsletter
In the June Cycling Newsletter Jim shares the story about Amanda Coker, an amazing female cyclist that recovered from a traumatic brain injury who then later shattered both the men's and women's records for most miles cycled in a year. You will also want to read the small piece about Robert Marchand, a 105 year-old Frenchmen who just set a record for his age for covering 14.08 miles in one hour on a velodrome near Paris.
- May 2017 Newsletter
In the May Newsletter Jim talks about what to do when you are confronted with an issue that requires "actual thinking". He also shares how two personal injury cases were affected by an event that happened after the injury. One of the cases was affected by a surgical complication and the other one was affected by surveillance of our client by the insurance company.
- May 2017 Cycling Newsletter
In the May Cycling Newsletter Jim talks about how important it is to call out hazards ahead when riding in a group... it could literally save someone's life or keep them from sustaining a serious injury. He also shares important information about how to get your bike repaired or replaced after being in a crash. And be sure to check out the little piece on how creating a vision of your goal can change your life.
- April 2017 Newsletter
In the April Newsletter Jim shares the words of inspirational speaker Matt Kelly... "the measure of your life will be the measure of your courage." You will also find out how Michele went above and beyond for a client who was getting the run around for the property damages on her vehicle.
- April 2017 Cycling Newsletter
In the April Cycling Newsletter Jim talks about how insurance companies will often times try to give the injured cyclist an early settlement after a bicycle accident. Find out why they do this and what you should do if this happens to you. He also shares an inspiring story about Jackie Yost, a local 88 year-old who was just inducted into the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall Of Fame. And, there's a really yummy and healthy recipe for flax-oat bars that you can take on your next ride.
- March 2017 Newsletter
In the March Newsletter Jim talks about how our lives can change if we change our habits. He also shares the firm's March Happenings... Jim Dodson Law has been very busy with three lawsuits filed this month. Jim himself spoke to a bike club in The Villages about how cyclists can be wrongly blamed for an accident and he also gave a presentation at a Shift St. Pete meeting, a grassroots organization working on pedestrian and cycling safety in the community.
- March 2017 Cycling Newsletter
In the March Cycling Newsletter Jim shares a recent study done on the safety of cycling helmets. The overall results proved that there wasn't much difference between a $20 helmet and one that cost of $200. He also talks about another study done that seems to correlate the use of smart phones with a spike in crashes and insurance rates. And, if you love sweets but are trying to cutback on your sugar, don't miss the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.
- February 2017 Newsletter
In the February Newsletter Jim talks about the importance of having UM on your auto policy and how it protects you not only as a driver of a vehicle but as a cyclist and a pedestrian. He also shares an inspiring article from Success magazine about "13 things mentally strong people don't do." And you won't want to miss Jim's favorite smoothie recipe.
- January 2017 Newsletter
In the January Newsletter Jim shares his thoughts on how to live a better life in 2017. We also celebrated our 8th year of Bikes for Kids for Christmas in December which was once again a big hit with smiles all around. And, find out what attorney Michele Ross is doing in the community to help Spanish speakers learn English.
- December 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In the December Cycling Newsletter Jim talks about how there are varying opinions on which bicycle seats are the most comfortable, the split seat or something more traditional. He also shares four of the most common questions we get from clients about injury claims. And, we hope you enjoy our little segment on one of our favorite things of the year... This was our 8th year celebration of Bikes for Kids which was once again a big hit.
- November 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In the November Cycling Newsletter Jim talks about the Oscar-winning comedian Robin Williams and his devotion to cycling and his amazing bike collection... who knew? He also shares a story of a cycling friend and client he just lost at a young age and how it was so moving to see the cycling members of the club she was in showed up en masse for her service.
- November 2016 Newsletter
In the November Newsletter Jim shares the wise words of his five year old granddaughter and how it can inspire us today... "if you believe in yourself you can do whatever you want to do." You'll also want to read the article on how important UM insurance is to have on your policy when considering 40% of Florida drivers don't have insurance! We have also included another yummy recipe for the holidays... Pumpkin Bran Muffins.
- October 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In the October Cycling Newsletter Jim shares an exciting way you can "ride the stage" of the Tour de France where you can enjoy finishes from a triple decker bus supported by first class cuisine, local wine and beers. And, we just announced our 8th Annual Bikes for Kids for Christmas and we are calling on you to help us nominate five lucky kids between the ages of 5-12 who are deserving of a brand new bike but whose parent or guardian lacks the resources to make it happen. If you know someone email Kati at [email protected]
- September 2016 Newsletter
In the September Newsletter Jim gives advice on "how you know if you need a lawyer after a car crash." And, we also announce our college scholarship for brain injury victims. So far, we've received unbelievably moving applications. If you know someone who should apply tell them to go to www.jimdodsonlawscholarship.com. Deadline is November 30th.
- August 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In the August 2016 Cycling Newsletter Jim shares the inspiring story about Matt Long who overcame a tremendous tragedy and who created the I Will Foundation. There's also a great article on "how you know if you need a lawyer after a bicycle crash." And, you won't want to miss the Guiltless French Toast recipe... it's a great way to start your day before your ride.
- July 2016 Newsletter
In the July 2016 Newsletter Jim talks about the moral dilemma of self-driving cars which brings up a lot of questions about how the manufacturers will build their logic systems. He also shares more information on his associate Michele and how she is fluent in Spanish which has opened up more possibilities for our firm to handle more cases. If you know someone who is in need of a Spanish speaking attorney, we can help.
- July 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In the July 2016 Cycling Newsletter Jim talks about carbon bike manufacturing and shares things about it that you probably never knew. Like, did you know that the carbon used in every single bike comes from just five different manufacturers? And, you won't want to miss our FREE giveaway... a cardholder you can put on the back of your cellphone. It makes carrying your license and credit cards so convenient.
- June 2016 Newsletter
In June's 2016 newsletter Jim shares the reasons why we shouldn't be using the word "accident" when someone is involved in a vehicle crash, pedestrian collision or another situation where someone is injured because of someone else's negligence. He also talks about how the Fitbit could be a lawyer's tool to prove a case. And, we are also excited to announce our May 2016 Scholarship Winner... Congratulations Alexis!
- June 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In June 2016 Jim talks about Bill Walton, former NBA star and his love for cycling even though he is really slow on the bike. There is also a great piece on high intensity short duration interval workouts... not having enough time is no longer an excuse for not working out. And you'll want to checkout the CAAMEvents.com website. It's a great site for cyclists wanting to know where the next rides are and all the details about them.
- April 2016 Newsletter
In April 2016 Jim talks about how we need to start now to make our dreams a reality. If you are looking for a new doctor, you will definitely want to check out the list of five things you should look for when choosing a doctor because it has been found that a small percentage of the same doctors have been responsible for most of the malpractice claims and complaints. And, we are very excited to announce that Michele Ross passed the bar this month and is the newest member of the Jim Dodson Law team... Congrats Michele!
- March 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In March 2016 Cycling Newsletter Jim shares the story of Bill White and his creation of Bike Week in Twin Bridges, MT. You'll also want to check out the section on what to do if you're ever in a bicycle accident. Be sure to read this list of things to do because it could save you a lot of headaches if the worst was to happen.
- March 2016 Newsletter
In March's Newsletter Jim talks about attitude and the importance this plays in our every day lives because it not only affects are thoughts and feelings it affects all of our actions as well. You will also want to read the article on why you should carry rental car reimbursement on your auto policy. And, if you've eaten at The Columbia Restaurant then you have probably had their famous 1905 Salad... we included the "secret" recipe in this month's newsletter so you can now make it and enjoy it at home!
- February 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In February's Cycling Newsletter Jim shares Patty Huff's story, a retired cyclist he met at a Florida Bicycle Association meeting... you will be amazed and inspired to find out how many miles and where she has cycled. And if you are a renter, you will definitely want to check out the article on why you should have renter's insurance because if you don't already have it, it could cost you a bundle!
- February 2016 Newsletter
In February's Newsletter Jim talks about "our amazing imaginations" and how we all have this same intellectual gift that we all should use. Jim also shares some very good information on how having surgery at a smaller hospital may not be a good idea even if there are better payment incentives. And you won't wan to miss the Dodson family recipe... Baked Spaghetti Pie!
- January 2016 Cycling Newsletter
In January's Cycling Newsletter Jim tells the story of Dianne Franz, a retired school teacher who cycled in all fifty of our beautiful states. She was 71 years young when she finished. And you'll definitely want to pay attention to the bicycle quick release recall that is for several brand name bikes. There is a serious potential safety hazard if your bicycle has one of these, so be sure to check it out.
- January 2016 Newsletter
In January's Newsletter Jim talks about the "Amazing Power of Gratitude" and how thinking about the things you are grateful for each day can have an immense positive impact on your life. You will also get to see the big smiles on all the kids that received a brand new bicycle this year from our annual Bikes for Kids for Christmas program... this is one of our favorite times of the year!
- December 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In December's Cycling Newsletter Jim discusses bicycle racks covering your license plate and whether or not you can get a ticket for it... you might be surprised to find out what the law is. He also shares a great article on raised bike lanes and how Florida should really consider them.
- November 2015 Newsletter
In November's Newsletter Jim talks about "success", what it means to everyone and shares Earl Nightingales definition. You'll also want to read the article about Mackie Shilstone, who has been the trainer of some amazing athletes like Serena Williams and Payton Manning. And, on behalf of Jim Dodson Law we want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving... don't miss Jim's Mom's Cranberry Salad recipe because it's delicious!
- October 2015 Newsletter
In October's Newsletter Jim shares a consumer report about how auto insurance companies calculate their premiums. We think you might be very surprised to find out how. You'll also find an interesting article about how decisions don't mean anything without true commitment. And, this month it is Halloween! If you are taking your little ones out for trick-or-treating be sure to read over our "Pedestrian Tips for a Safe Halloween".
- October 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In September's Cycling Newsletter Jim shares an article from Bicycle magazine that warns cyclists to make sure they are not buying imitation bicycle components that could be a hazard when riding. We also are proud to announce our 7th Annual Bikes for Kids for Christmas where we will be giving away five brand new bicycles. If you have a child you would like to nominate, you have until November 30th. Click here for more details.
- September 2015 Newsletter
In Septembers's Newsletter Jim shares a story of what can happen if you "dream big". And, you might be surprised to find out that you can now get a second opinion from a medical doctor online. And you won't want to miss the tomato, avocado and corn salad recipe that had the whole family coming back for seconds.
- September 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In September's Cycling Newsletter Jim shares an informative piece on what SPF means and why as Floridians we should know the different types of rays and how we can best protect ourselves with the proper sunscreen. And you won't want to miss our special offer for our new Florida Bike Magazine that literally just came off the press... get your FREE copy today!
- August 2015 Newsletter
In August's Newsletter Jim shares he and Pam's childhood summer memories. He also talks about how the world is drastically changing with the use of cellphones and online businesses. You might be surprised about how many people will actually be self-employed in the future. And, you don't want to miss the yummy blueberry crisp recipe.
- August 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In August's Cycling Newsletter Jim shares an interesting article from The Wiggle that tells the story of how cyclists in San Francisco protested on how stopping at stop signs and stop lights would frustrate drivers even more. And find out what one "raving fan" has to say about Jim Dodson Law setting her cycling case.
- July 2015 Newsletter
In July's Newsletter Jim shares an interesting article in Time Magazine that suggests ways to live longer. He also discusses the out of pocket expenses for medical bills if you are in a bicycle accident. And if you love breakfast food, you won't want to miss Jim's Challah French Toast Recipe with raspberry preserves.
- July 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In July's Cycling Newsletter Jim talks about his first trip he took to Italy this summer and how his visit to the 400-year-old Santuario Madonna del Ghisallo church will be something he will never forget. He also shares some "poor and dangerous" choices cyclists have been making on Gulf Blvd. according to a concerned citizen who emailed him. And, you won't want to miss the Mango Date & Oat Energy Bar recipe... instead of buying them, now you can make them yourself!
- June 2015 Newsletter
In June's Newsletter Jim shares the story of Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts delivering the commencement address about his observations on courage. You will also learn that jury misconduct is more common than you probably think. And if you are a lover of avocados, you will definitely want to check out the Grilled Provolone & Veggie Basil Sandwich recipe.
- June 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In June's Cycling Newsletter Jim talks about the idea of changing the conversation of "people riding bikes". As a cyclist, you also might want to hear Jim's thoughts on the "3 foot rule" and how it may apply to other riders passing other cyclists on the road. And, you won't want to miss the exciting news the Dodson family received over the last month!
- May 2015 Newsletter
In May's Newsletter Jim shares his thoughts on the trait of persistence. You will also find out why your No Fault Insurance company has the right to make you go to a doctor of their choice after an accident but why you should contact a lawyer before you do so. And, you won't want to miss the Crunchy Peanut Asian Slaw recipe which is a tasty dish you can take to your next summer BBQ.
- May 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In May's Florida Cycling Newsletter Jim tells the story about Nancy Janus, a professor at Eckerd College who was in a tragic bicycle accident in 2012. Jim is excited to announce that he has joined the Florida Bicycle Association Board of Directors where he will get to share his ideas and vision for safe cycling in our Florida communities.
- April 2015 Newsletter
In April's Newsletter Jim shares the story about John Goddard who is hailed as the World's Greatest Goal Achiever. You will also learn why the jury can't be told about the police report. And, you won't want to miss the Yummy Roasted Green Bean recipe that is another Dodson family favorite.
- March 2015 Newsletter
In March's Newsletter you will learn about a hit and run accident that one of our very own staff members was in and what she had to go through with the insurance companies. You will also find out why the other lawyer was so impressed with my client. And, you won't want to miss Frenchy's Grouper Reuben Sandwich recipe... it's one you'll want to add to your menu at home!
- March 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In March's Florida Cycling Newsletter find out why lying costs Lance Armstrong $10 million. Jim also shares the reasons why he likes representing cyclists. And, if you're looking for some upcoming local rides and cycling events, we have included six that are coming up this month and next month.
- February 2015 Newsletter
In February's newsletter Jim shares three stories of three very inspirational people. You'll also find out how we surprised two unsung heroes on February 6th which was Florida Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. And, you won't want to miss the Maryetta's Oatmeal Bread recipe that has been a Dodson household favorite for many years.
- February 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In February's Florida Cycling Newsletter Jim tells the inspiring story about Keane West, the hand cyclist who holds the Guinness Record for the longest distance ridden. You'll also want to read the article and get behind the safety bill that will go in front of the Florida House of Representatives this term. And, if you're looking for some upcoming local rides and cycling events, we have included three important ones we will be participating in next month.
- January 2015 Newsletter
In January's newsletter Jim shares a story about how honesty and integrity still matter even in the small things. You'll also want to read the Bikes for Kids story. It was another bright Christmas where six children each received a brand new shiny bicycle. And you won't want to miss the delicious New Year's soup recipe.
- January 2015 Cycling Newsletter
In January's Florida Cycling Newsletter Jim tells the story of Kim Campanella, a bicycle shop owner that refused to give up. You'll also want to read the amazing story of Jens Voigt who shattered the record for riding the longest distance in one hour. Jim also shares his sixth annual Bikes for Kids story. It was another bright Christmas where six children each received a brand new shiny bicycle.
- December 2014 Newsletter
In December's newsletter Jim shares stories of his family's Christmas traditions. He also talks about a decision to fire a lawyer and when it may or may not be in your best interest to do so. And you won't want to miss the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe that makes a great dish for the holiday season. On behalf of Jim Dodson Law we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!
- December 2014 Florida Cycling Newsletter
In December's Florida Cycling Newsletter Jim shares the story of Ray Putnam, The Hammer... an 87 year-old cyclist! He also discusses why every cyclist should have Uninsured Motorist Insurance on their auto policy. And you won't want to the miss the special offer inside for our new Florida Bike Magazine.
- November 2014 Newsletter
In November's newsletter Jim talks about how his son Mark had "sage advice" even as a high school sophomore. He also shares his gratification to our printers, West Coast Graphics, who print our newsletter every month. They do such a great job, are always very timely and even deliver them straight to our door! On behalf of Jim Dodson Law we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
- October 2014 Newsletter
In October's newsletter Jim talks about the three weddings he attended in the month of September and how each of them were different yet the same. You can also find out how to keep your estate private after you die so your nosy neighbors and friends don't know what all is in it. And, we are getting closer to the holidays which means we are looking for you to nominate your child or a child you feel is deserving of a new bike from Jim Dodson Law's Bikes for Kids for Christmas giveaway.
- September 2014 Newsletter
In September's newsletter Jim shares "timeless advice from a father"... reading samples of what Dr. William Rice, senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, had to say to his son on his high school graduation. You will also find out why Jim doesn't think the 3-Foot Rule is enough for the safety of cyclists. And, you won't want to miss Jim's Mom's Everyday Meatloaf recipe.
- August 2014 Newsletter
In August's newsletter Jim talks about "how to make something happen" and the steps to getting it done. You will also find out why doctors in the 19th century warned of a threatening medical condition they called "bicycle face" as the main reason women should refrain from pedaling. And, you won't want to miss the crispy oven fried pork chops recipe which is a Dodson family favorite.
- July 2014 Newsletter
In July's newsletter Jim shares the definition of the 80/20 Rule and how you can apply it to your life in positive ways. You will also find out why a recent client decided to hire Jim Dodson Law over a much larger law firm. And, you won't want to miss the Menor's Ferry ginger cookie recipe that is sure to put a smile on any kid's face.
- June 2014 Newsletter
In June's newsletter Jim shares the best commencement address he heard this year by Parker Mantell. We are also pleased to announce that Jim has been recognized as a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer... way to go Jim! And, you won't want to miss the jicama slaw recipe that is a favorite in the Dodson household especially during these hot summer months.
- May 2014 Newsletter
In May's newsletter Jim announces his new School Crossing Guard Program. You will also learn how to avoid five costly mistakes that people make after they've been in a car accident. And, you won't want to miss Jim's "all-time favorite" cookie recipe. It's quite delicious and very easy to make!
- April 2014 Newsletter
In April's newsletter Jim talks about how your mindset can limit your life. You will also get to meet Kati, the sweet southern voice on the other end of the phone when you call our office. And, you won't want to miss Pam's Cheesy Spinach Quiche recipe that is to die for.
- March 2014 Newsletter
In March's newsletter Jim follows up on the discussion of Goals and the Power of Belief. He also talks about the Google Dashboard and how it tracks every click you make. And, you don't want to miss our Watch 4 Cyclists contest where you can win a $25 Gift Card to Bonefish.
- February 2014 Newsletter
In February's newsletter Jim talks about Goals and the Power of Belief. He also discusses his involvement with MADD and his new guide, Florida DUI Crash Victim Guide. And, you won't want to miss the easy to make recipe that you can give to someone special this Valentine's Day.
- January 2014 Newsletter
In January's newsletter we share the inspiring story of Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope. Jim also talks about Spice, Moon Rocks, Scooby Snax and other synthetic marijuana and how it can impair someone's driving. We also have another contest this month where the winner will receive the best-selling book, The Go-Giver.
December 2013 Newsletter
In December's newsletter Jim talks about the humble beginnings of the Rockefeller Christmas tree. Jim also talks about using a designated driver over the holidays and how Tow-And-Go might be a better option. We also share very easy to make recipe for the holidays that you can enjoy with your friends and family.
- November 2013 Newsletter
In November's newsletter Jim talks about Sara Blakely, a local success story and celebrity. Jim also discusses how Pinellas County has reinstated DUI checkpoints. He also shares one of his favorite Thanksgiving recipes his Mother used to make.
- October 2013 Newsletter
In October's newsletter we announce our Drunk Driving Campaign. Jim also discusses how important it is for your child to wear a bicycle helmet and how it can literally save their life. Jim Dodson Law is giving away ten helmets to the first ten people who call our office.
- September 2013 Newsletter
In September's newsletter we tell the story of a family's devastating loss because of a drunk driving accident. Jim also discusses what is considered an "open and obvious" condition in a fall accident and who is responsible for a student's safety on the way to school.
- August 2013 Newsletter
In August's newsletter we talk about self-driving cars and states that have passed laws to allow them. Jim also discusses the civil claim against George Zimmerman that awarded Trayvon Martin's family an amount close to one million. There is also a free giveaway for Morgan Murphy's cookbook, Off the Eaten Pat - Second Helpings.
- July 2013 Newsletter
In July's newsletter we announce Jim Dodson Law's new program Cars for Moms. Jim also discusses the importance of writing down all the details of an accident right after it happens because you may not be able to recall it when it's most important for your case.
- June 2013 Newsletter
In June's newsletter we tell a Father's Day story about Dick Hoyt and his endearing love for his handicapped son. You can also win a $50 gift card by submitting ideas for our new Jim Dodson Law Bicycle Magazine.
- May 2013 Newsletter
In May's newsletter Jim talks about whether or not you need to immediately call an attorney after an accident. We also discuss the importance of carrying uninsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy and if you need more information you can request a free copy of Jim's book, Uninsured Motorist Coverage - Don't Leave Home Without It.
- April 2013 Newsletter
In April's newsletter we tell the story of young and promising cyclist, Taylor Phinney. Jim also discusses what it means to have a lawsuit and when someone's case might involve one. We are having a contest for a $50 gift card for sharing the best memory of your Mom for Mother's Day.
- March 2013 Newsletter
In March's newsletter we share ideas on how to make your day the most productive. Jim also discusses accidents involving a phantom vehicle and why it is important to carry UM on your auto insurance policy. And, have you ever wondered what to do if you drop your cell phone in water? We have answers that could save your phone from dying.
- February 2013 Newsletter
In February's newsletter we share six tips on how to stop procrastinating. Jim also discusses what driver's are suppose to do when passing cyclists. We also proud to announce that we will be a sponsor for the Pedaling for Pink cycling event.
- January 2013 Newsletter
In January's newsletter we share our success of our 4th Annual Bikes for Kids for Christmas event. Five wonderful kids received a brand new bicycles. Jim also discusses the new change to PIP and how it is negatively going to effect us.