On September 28, 2022, the Florida landscape was changed forever by the calamitous Hurricane Ian and even Meteorologist Jim Cantore * was less prepared then Attorney Candice Colucci. Managing partner at Colucci Law Group and self-professed storm chaser, Candice wasted no time to assemble her mobile disaster unit, Team Rogue, to drive straight into the belly of the beast. Armed with generators, gasoline, food, clothing, and hygiene kits, Candice and her team of eight first responders made daily trips into the hardest hit areas of Lee, Charlotte, and Collier Counties.
With severely compromised communication avenues and unprecedented damage and loss of life, Attorney Colucci set up a tactical command center at her firm in Clearwater. Utilizing social media outlets including Reddit and Facebook, Candice and her team got the word out that they were ready and able to help with an RV of supplies to bring to those in need.
This effort grew so broad in scope that Candice partnered with the Homeless Coalition of Florida and the Salvation Army to garner more provisions to assist those in Ian’s wake. Attorney Colucci is a moderator on The Hurricane Ian Update & Recovery Facebook group with over 17,000 vetted members where she has facilitated workshops and continues to offer free policy reviews to assist property owners in navigating the murky waters of insurance law. Particularly now, when unlicensed contractors and public adjustors are traveling from out of state to capitalize on vulnerable Ian claimants.
Undefeated in the courtroom, Candice Rojas-Colucci is committed to litigating for customers caught in the web of dubious property insurance coverage issues. Candice and her team are highly skilled at fighting back against insurance companies when they wrongfully deny, delay, or underpay their insurance claims while leaving the innocent property owner in deplorable circumstances and without recourse.
With the vulnerabilities of homeowner’s insurance on the forefront of today’s news, particularly in Ian-ravaged Florida, Candice stands ready to be a steady port in a storm for her clients. As an impressionable undergraduate volunteering in the catastrophic French quarter of Hurricane Katrina, Candice discovered her calling. Experiencing the exploitation of many homes and commercial property owners by insurance companies after the devastation, Candice shockingly found first-hand that it is common practice for an insurance company to deny, delay, or underpay their insurance claims while leaving the innocent property owner in appalling circumstances and without recourse. Her calling was cemented, and she never looked back.
With offices in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and a mobile emergency disaster unit ready to rally in the event of a catastrophe in any state, Candice exemplifies the phrase “boots on the ground.” She may be an aggressive litigator, but Candice emphasizes that her principal accomplishment this year is her mounting ability to advocate for her clients. She aims to give citizens their voices back to fight against powerful insurance company players and recover the full scope of damages entitled to them by law. Silence may be golden, but at Colucci Law Group, the voices of victorious clients get the gold.
Candice is a storm unto herself, a vast hurricane of knowledge with a calm core to keep cool in the disastrous situations she is surprisingly comfortable in. She is equally at home on a client’s roof for an inspection of wind damage as she is in the courtroom as a fierce advocate for fairness. She exudes warmth and enthusiasm, and her clients will gladly attest to the ethical and humble demeanor beneath her confident, rock-star exterior.
Hurricane Season 2022 was no different for Candice and her team, who are continually at the forefront of rebuilding efforts. Post-Ian, Candice has provided essential food, water, supplies, and “boots on the ground” efforts to those directly affected. She leads workshops at St. Petersburg College’s Legal Fair and teaches continuing education courses to public adjusters and contractors to further educate and represent the insured. She volunteers extended pro bono hours of free legal advice and policy review to victims of insurance company failures. Candice firmly believes that knowledge is power and continues to give free legal information to the public on her growing YouTube podcast “Legal Warrior.”
Most recently, Candice was awarded the Association of America’s Top Lawyers, “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and National Trial Attorneys, and the elite “Top 40 under 40 Trial Lawyer” distinctions. Notably, she attended the renowned Stetson University School of Law, where she served as an advocacy board member and a member of Stetson’s highly competitive and world-renowned Trial Team, ranked first in the Nation for Trial Advocacy for over 22 years. Consistently championing the underdog, The National Alliance of Women in Law honored Candice as a “Top Attorney,” and Candice is also recognized as a “Lawyer of Distinction” in Insurance Law. Candice is selfless in her endeavors to prevent the revictimization of others and to give back to the community.
Attorney Candice Colucci, Esq. can be reached at Colucci Law Group or in South Florida where Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts are Going Strong.