Anita Pryor

Jacksonville Mesothelioma and Asbestos Attorney

Compassionate and aggressive lawyer focused exclusively on asbestos cases

I’m Anita Pryor. As a dedicated, experienced and very knowledgeable mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis attorney I believe each client I represent and their families are special and should be treated with the utmost care, respect and individual attention. Their plight is particularly compelling, not just because of the terrible price each victim pays, but because the companies that peddled asbestos containing products knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure and said nothing to those using its products.  Now, many years later when symptoms of the asbestos related illness start to appear and become life threatening, those companies are nowhere to be found.  Many companies selling the asbestos poison have sought federal protection by filing for bankruptcy and reorganization, while others have just dissolved. Many of America’s finest who have served our country in the various military branches have been exposed to these asbestos products as well. Though the United States Government cannot be pursued, veterans do have the right to file for compensation with The United States Department of Veterans Affairs.  I have assisted many veterans in seeking assistance from the VA.

For over 25 years, I have made it my livelihood, my mission, as a lawyer, to help asbestos victims and their families get compensation for their injuries.  However, starting my career as a nurse, some 40 years ago, I never stop being a nurse. I understand what they are going through medically and emotionally and I do my very best to help them as a trusted legal advisor and friend. My partner, Alan Pickert and I work hard in keeping abreast of the latest developments in asbestos research and treatment options and any changes in the law. We have developed this website specifically to offer information and guidance for lung cancer, mesothelioma victims and their families and we will continue to update it as new information becomes available.

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Anita's Experience

Anita Pryor is a partner with Terrell Hogan and has been one of the asbestos trial attorneys since 1990. Before becoming a lawyer, Anita practiced nursing for several years, specializing in critical care nursing. She served as Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in a large teaching hospital in California, participating in research and supervision of education for critical care nurses. This experience resulted in two publications of her own research in a very prestigious medical journal. Anita was also an Assistant Professor of Nursing at two universities and voted teacher of the year by graduate students at the Medical University of South Carolina. She maintains her Florida and Texas nursing licenses and has been a featured speaker at many nursing programs. Anita is also an accomplished trial attorney. She has published in legal journals and argued before the Florida appellate court. She is a recognized leader in legal organizations. Anita’s trial work has led to numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts. Outside the courtroom, she has also been instrumental in successfully negotiating multi-million dollar settlements for her clients.

With her degrees in law and nursing, Anita serves as a powerful advocate for those who have been wrongfully injured. She has represented victims of asbestos exposure diagnosed with mesothelioma and lung cancer for over 25 years and has also handled other complex products-related litigation.

Education

Member Of

  • Texas Christian University (B.S.N., 1976)
  • University of Alabama in Birmingham (M.S.N., 1979)
  • Florida State University (J.D. with Honors, 1988)
  • The Florida Bar, admitted 1989
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • The Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association – President 2008-09, President-Elect 2007-08, Treasurer 2006-07
  • Florida Justice Association (Board Member/Women’s Caucus)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Board of Trustees, Lakewood UMC
  • Missions Committee, Chair, Lakewood UMC
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Awards/Recognition

Publications

  • 2011 Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • “AV” Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Associate Editor, FSU Journal of Law Use & Environmental Law, 1987-89
  • President (1988), FSU Moot Court, 1987-1989
  • The Order of Barristers, 1989
  • Book Award, Oil & Gas Law, 1988
  • Book Award, Criminal Procedure, 1988
  • Featured in Newsweek Magazine 2012 as one of the Leaders in Asbestos Law
  • Guest lecturer/presenter at Florida State University College of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, National Asbestos Litigation Conference, Del Mar Community College, American Heart Association, Arizona Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Pryor, A. (2009). Asbestos Victims Are My Business. In R. Sax (Ed.), Reaching The Bar: Stories of Women At All Stages Of Their Law Careers, (pp.157-160). New York: Kaplan Publishing.
  • Pryor A. & Bailey, G. (1989) Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association, 108 S. Ct. 1319 (1988):An Indian Site Specific Religious Claim Again Trips Over Judeo-Christian Stumbling Blocks 5 J. Land Use & Envtl.Law 1, 293 (1989)
  • Pryor, A. (1984) A Comparison of Blood Cultures Withdrawn from the Arterial Line and by Venipuncture Heart and Lung, 13 (4), 411-415
  • Pryor, A. (1983) The Intra-Arterial Line: A Site for Obtaining Coagulation StudiesHeart and Lung, 12 (6), 586-590.
  • Leary, P., Pryor, A., & Sweers, K. (1987). Questions and Answers Pertaining to the Use of Deadly For Lawful Self-Defense, Florida Department of State, Division of Licensing, Firearms (pamphlet)
  • Pryor, A. (1984) Blood Cultures Withdrawn from Arterial Lines. Heart and Lung, 13 (3), 311-312 (Abstract from Poster Presentation).
  • Green, M, Lintz, C., and Pryor, A. (1980). A Study of CPR Knowledge and Skills. In Moore, T., Ramirez, A., and Slayton, P. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Conference on Citizen CPR. p. 226, Houston, Texas

Academic Appointments

Reported Cases

  • Texas A&M, Corpus Christi – Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Graduate Program – Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler Corp. v. Fuller, 705 So.2d 121, (1st DCA 1998).
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. v. Parsons and McAllister, 644 So.2d 340 (1st DCA 1994).