Antoine Pecko

Attorney

 

Antoine Pecko serves as the Managing Attorney for the Jacksonville office at the Law Offices of Anidjar and Levine.

Mr. Pecko combines trial experience with his knowledge of insurance companies to successfully represent his clients in a variety of cases ranging from soft tissue injury to loss of limb to wrongful death. He has successfully obtained multiple seven-figure settlements for his clients.

Observing his grandfather’s success as a trial attorney in New Orleans inspired Mr. Pecko to pursue a career in law. He attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville and began his legal career in 2013 as an Assistant State Attorney for the 1st Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

After trying 25 jury and bench trials, Mr. Pecko established himself as a strong trial attorney and was promoted to the felony division after his first year. Two years later, Mr. Pecko began working for Allstate Insurance Company. He focused primarily on personal injury, premises liability, and first-party cases.

After practicing for three years and learning how insurance adjusters and insurance defense attorneys strategize for pre-suit cases, litigation cases, and trials, he began representing injured people in insurance claims and lawsuits. He is authorized to litigate in state and federal court, and he has litigated cases from North Florida to South Florida and into the Florida Panhandle.

He and his wife, Chelsea, have three beautiful daughters. When he is not in the courtroom fighting for his client’s rights, he is spending time with family and enjoying Florida’s natural beauty whether by boating, fishing, snorkeling, or cooking freshly caught seafood.

Questions & Answers

What was your most memorable legal case and why?

I represented a family whose daughter was sexually molested by a counselor at an after-school program. The after-school program failed to care for the child by implementing a negligent supervision policy as well as having knowledge of prior inappropriate conduct by the abusing counselor.

The facts of this case were egregious and almost as egregious is the fact that the insurance company for the after-school program initially tried to pass the responsibility off by claiming they had no knowledge of the counselor’s prior inappropriate behavior. Our investigation revealed that the after-school program was more than aware and had they implemented a different supervision policy, this likely would have never happened.

Ultimately, we won and obtained a strong settlement for the family.

What is your favorite legal quote?

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

– Potter Stewart

What is something that every Florida driver should know? 

Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Insurance (commonly referred to as “UM”) is not required and is an add-on for your auto policy. It is extremely important and gives you additional coverage to pursue if the driver who causes the crash is underinsured or has no insurance at all. Additionally, if you have “full-coverage”, more than likely you still do not have UM insurance. Check with your insurance agent to get this coverage.

What is your favorite TV show or movie? 

“The Wire.” It’s a crime series that provides a realistic look into the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcement as well as drug dealers. As a former prosecutor, I feel that this series does a fantastic job of portraying a genuine story versus the shows typically seen on the major networks.

What is a book that you think every person should read? 

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee