Attorney Charles M. (CJ) Laycock Jr.

Charles left high school as a sophomore and went directly to college. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of California Berkeley in 1996 in Psychology and his law degree from Tulane School of Law in New Orleans Louisiana in 2000 with a certificate in Admiralty Law.

During his time at Tulane, Mr. Laycock participated in a study abroad program in Greece studying Admiralty Law, worked in Tulane’s Civil Litigation Clinic handling general civil litigation issues and later clerked for the Offices of Administrative Law Judges in Metairie Louisiana, handling Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act claims.

Background: Move to Tampa

After graduation, Charles moved to Florida and began his career working as a contract attorney for a large Admiralty Defense Firm in Miami. Disappointed with the lack of trial work that a junior associate in a large firm is usually exposed to and generally dissatisfied with insurance defense in general, Charles decided that he rather spend his life helping people and accepted a job with the Public Defender’s Office in Tampa.

At the Tampa Public Defenders Office, Mr. Laycock tried over 100 cases and specialized in handling juvenile’s issues, drug charges and representing mentally handicapped individuals.

Charles as an Attorney

Mr. Laycock started with the Brooks Law Group in 2006. Since then he has been committed to helping people in need and now applies his trial experience solving “people” problems, such as:

  • Serious personal injury cases;
  • Wrongful death cases;
  • Trucking collisions; and
  • Cases where people were harmed by criminal behavior of others, such as:
    • Drunk drivers who injure our clients;
    • Drivers that leave the scene of a collision that serious injured our clients; or
    • Other criminals that harm our clients.

His “pull no punches, drag them to court,” style quickly got the attention of the defense industry, earning him the reputation of an extremely aggressive, highly competent litigator that truly cares about his client’s needs and has resulted in multiple settlements and verdicts in excess of a million dollars, including one of the top fifty verdicts of 2016 as reported by TopVerdict.