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  • Chris Codling is the best personal injury attorney in Tampa and he and the group at Givens, Givens, Sparks get serious results. Chris was straight forward, honest and clear when discussing my case and what to expect. Real answers to real questions. Cheryl Goldthwait, his paralegal was such a huge help to me throughout the process. She is forever on my favorites list. She is very efficient, experienced and she related to me as a caring human being at the same time. It’s sad but the insurance companies are not on the side of injured party and the tricks they pull are shocking. Chris Codling’s name means business to these insurance companies. Chris was 100 percent ready to take my case to trial and would not settle for anything less than what he felt I deserved. He is not there to accept ridiculously low settlement offers that only pay the lawyers and do not provide for you or your future care. Givens, Givens, Sparks is like a big family that also happens to a prestigious law firm. I never had the “McClient” feel like I got from the other commercial law firms I considered before choosing Givens, Givens, Sparks. Chris and Cheryl always took/returned my calls and emails promptly and kept me in the loop. Chris, Cheryl and team Givens, Givens, Sparks are fantastic. You could not do better in a time of need.


  • Cheryl was helpful in everything. Nice person. Chris Codling was my attorney and he was also very nice and got me more then I was originally going to get. Thanks for everything.


  • From start to finish Robert Sparks, Paula Bland, and Cheryl Goldthwait took care of me. They truly cared. I felt at ease knowing it was in their hands. Please give Givens Givens Sparks the chance to represent you. I am glad I did!


  • Mr. Givens performed 1000 percent beyond expectation, and I received excellent results. Stann is a true Rain Maker.

  • I was very happy with the service provided by the team at Givens Givens Sparks! Rob and Ivan were extremely helpful and responsive throughout the process. They were always happy to provide updates on the status of the case and walked me through things step by step. I couldn’t have asked for a better overall experience with a less than ideal situation.

  • Chris Givens provided excellent advice and went to great effort to meet my unique scheduling needs.

  • After retaining GG & S to get opposing in gear, things proceeded in a timely manner. I have to say that I "tried out" quite a few attorneys during my long drawn out divorce for 2 years. I would have saved myself a lot of stress if I would have just bit the bullet and retained them sooner. I was trying to find a firm that didn't know opposing counsel but alas, she had been around too long. However, GG & S and Kelly got it to the finish line. I've been divorced for over a year now, and time helps calm things a bit. Thanks for your assistance.

  • Rob Sparks is a great attorney, and even better person. Paula Bland is as good as it gets.

  • Victoria Cruz-Garcia has been the best throughout both of my cases.

  • My divorce case was almost done but Givens Givens Sparks was needed and retained to get it into final motion and encourage opposing counsel to cease the stalling. I was assigned to Kelly Candela. I do wish I would have retained earlier so as to avoid a lot of unnecessary stress.

  • I have endured a very complex and exhausting legal experience. If not for the help of the Givens, Givens, Sparks family I do not know that I would have been able to overcome such a nightmare; most importantly, the life of my minor child has been protected. I am forever humbly grateful for their honesty, integrity, and diligence.

  • Very professional, polite and always respectful. I felt your team had my best interests at heart and that you tried wherever possible to keep costs to a minimum .I always felt this was more about my well-being and a positive outcome than it was about your company trying to bill me at every opportunity. This really does set you apart from other legal firms. I would also like to acknowledge Miss Lindsay Moczynski. She was my attorney and I would highly recommend her.

  • Communication was a strong point. When I had a question, an answer was provided in a timely manner.

  • Did exactly what they said. Period.

  • We really like Kelly. She's really quick on her feet and able to think outside the box, in terms of getting favorable solutions to our unorthodox situation. Tiffany is very helpful too, working with us as a team. My husband and I appreciate them both.

  • Stann Givens, Lindsay A. Moczynski and Arely Quiles, Paralegal/ Client Care Manager all were very helpful and professional. Great team, great job. Thanks, Stann!

  • Frequent contact, never left in the dark and wondering what was next. Thanks to Paula.

  • Kept in touch, always available, quick turnaround and very professional and courteous.

  • The entire firm extended a personal interest in my case from the beginning to the end. My attorney, Chris Givens, created not only this interest but a personal relationship as a genuine friend not only during the course of my case but still continues presently. This creates a total degree of trust from both the client and the attorney.

  • I have worked with attorneys my entire professional career. My experience with Givens Givens Sparks was the best, by far, of any previous experience! Stann did a great job of guiding me thru the process, and more importantly, helping me keep my emotions in check during a very emotional period of time.

  • My Givens Givens Sparks attorney stayed with me and fought for me.

  • Mrs. Garcia Is very professional and extremely helpful and organized.

  • The team at Givens Givens Sparks was very caring and kept us up to date on the claim.

  • Mr. Codling made my legal process easy.

  • All communication has always been timely and in a professional manner. Very thankful for the Givens Givens Sparks legal team in a stressful situation.

  • The personal attention given to the needs of our family's case has always been timely, professional, and accurate. I have gratitude for each person in the firm, but especially Mr. Sparks and Paula Bland.

  • Robert Sparks and his personal injury team fought with great effort to get the most out of my case. I appreciate all of your hard work guys, keep it up!

  • The legal team demonstrated experience explaining every step of my case. I was very satisfied with my settlement and will I seek their services for all my legal needs in the future.

  • Although I have been very active with the legal community over my career, I have never been through anything like a divorce. In business, logic and reason normally prevail. In a divorce, there is no room for either. Stann and the team helped me understand this. This kept me calm (for the most part) and focused on what needed to happen. I'm not sure I could have made it through the past 18 months without you guys. Thanks for everything!

  • You guys are all great. So professional and caring!

  • I read your article on never badmouth your child's parent. Kudos!!!!!! Thanks for putting this information out there. Regards from the father of a young boy in this spot.

  • I was very happy with the attention given to me by Chris Givens and his paralegal Peggy. They were very professional and at the same time made me feel comfortable and welcome. I will definitely refer.

  • Givens Givens Sparks will be my first thought if anyone ever asks about a referral to an attorney. Chris Givens and Peggy were not only very professional, but also friendly and helpful, and I truly believe they cared about my case.

  • Our family cannot begin to express appreciation for the legal expertise provided by attorney Robert Sparks and his team at Givens Givens Sparks! They have always been accessible and courteous in meeting our needs.

  • Kelly and Tiffany, thank you both so much for all of the wonderful work you did for me in handling my divorce. I had feared it was going to be a stressful experience despite the overall situation and it was far from it. You both made it so simple for me and responded so quickly to my concerns and eased my mind throughout the entire process. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience.

  • I am most impressed with my attorney’s skillful, swift and smooth handling of my petition, and your diligent communications and follow-ups.

  • Thank you for everything! You all have been beyond thorough and true to your original timeline.

  • Stann, Esther and staff, thank you so much for handling my divorce. I really appreciate your hard work and dedication.

  • Robert, I would not have expected anyone less, of your expertise, from my chosen lawyer! You have been both extremely competent and personable throughout your part of these proceedings, and I don’t believe anyone could have done a better job!

  • I truly appreciate the GREAT communication that Givens Givens Sparks has already implemented on my behalf.

  • I just want you to know that I could not have been more pleased with the work that Chris did for me. You could not have handed this case off to a better person and I truly appreciate it. I really don't know how to adequately express my gratitude.

  • Thank you for your professionalism and keeping our team in the loop. You stepped up to serve the interest of our client seamlessly.

  • Rob, thank you again for your counsel and care over the past few months. It has been a pleasure working with you. Please extend my appreciation to Paula and Arely as well for their work and process expedition.

  • The Givens Givens Sparks staff is always very friendly and down to earth – they are real people.

  • Your firm has been great and has helped me out in a very special way. I have never experienced as great service as your team has provided me. I recommend Givens Givens Sparks to all I speak to who need legal assistance. I want to say a special thank you to Christopher and Blair. Without you guys this wouldn't be possible.

  • Chris Codling, You are a great lawyer. What makes you great in the legal arena to us is your clear vision. You were able to reassure, to pressure, to insist and to state the path you believed in. Only you made the difference in our situation.

  • Ellen, I want to take a moment and thank you for providing topnotch representation for us. You have done a great job of managing the case - you are of the highest caliber. Kudos to your support team as well.

  • Thank you for all the help. I will look to your firm in the future for any other assistance (heaven forbid).

  • I am thankful for your abilities and expertise in completing the legal work on my behalf. All you have accomplished has been done so with the greatest possible expertise and efficiency. I am truly grateful for your efforts.

  • Rob, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the time, effort and hard work you put into my case! Without your assistance and support, I would not be where I am now.

  • I just want to take a minute to tell you how amazing you are at your job! I've worked with hundreds of professionals, many of them attorneys, and very few are as skilled, down to earth, and dedicated to their clients as you are.

  • I wanted to say thank you for representing my case, which you handled in a very professional manner. I could not have done this without you. Thank you for taking the time and spending long days and nights dealing with my case. I appreciate all you have done for me.

  • Chris, Thank you again for your expertise in this matter. I feel very comfortable how everything turned out and I appreciate very much your assistance in making that happen. If ever in the future I need any legal advice I will not hesitate to contact you.

  • Rob, Chris and Paula, just a note to personally thank each of you for your time, expertise, knowledge and guidance through this long, and at times grueling process. We truly appreciate your due diligence through this process and your experts were a pleasure to work with.

  • Your team is amazing! Thank you very much!!

  • Good job today, Rob – thanks for the help!

  • Thank you for your services during this event. You have wonderful people skills and really helped keep me calm and understand the legal side of matters.

  • I am very appreciative of the work Rob and his team put out for my case. And as I already said, he knows his stuff for sure. Please extend my thanks again to the whole firm for all of their help no matter how small it may have been.

  • Stann, I just wanted to say thanks. I was very impressed by the entire Givens Givens Sparks team and process.

  • Givens Givens Sparks, I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work, generosity and care you have given me throughout this process. You showed me such care and understanding throughout this entire process, and we were able to leave with big smiles - all because of you! You made these last months bearable and gave me a sense of peace. I hope your clients realize what an amazing attorney they have, because it is very few that are as caring as you.

  • Stann, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I appreciate the hard work by the attorneys in your firm. They really worked well as a team and always had my best interests at heart. I will gladly offer positive recommendations and accolades for your firm.

  • I am proud to be in partnership with Given Givens Sparks. I will give my highest recommendation to any sincere person seeking solid, tenacious, thorough, and reputable counsel.

  • Dear Ellen, Rhonda and staff, the court hearing went as well as we hoped for, primarily because of your help. Understanding the short notice you had for preparation, I very much appreciate your efforts. We are glad that you were with us during this process.

  • Stann, thank you doesn’t seem like enough. You are truly a master negotiator. I am so thankful that you helped me through this very difficult time. I think I appreciate and thank you most for your trust and loyalty. It has been an honor and pleasure working with you.

  • Rob, thank you so much for helping with all of this and know that I hold you and your staff in the highest professional esteem. No matter what was thrown at us, you had an answer that countered. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and more importantly, your patience at all times.

  • Dear Rob, Kelly and Anita, I cannot express my gratitude enough to all of you for your hard work in reaching a successful outcome in my case. You made every step of this difficult process much more bearable through your attentiveness, timely communication and professionalism. I could not have asked for a better team!

  • My attorney and Givens Givens Sparks has been really amazing during this difficult time.

  • Rob, thanks for the great, very professional job.

  • I so appreciate all of the help I received from those who work at Givens Givens Sparks. Please convey my personal and sincere thanks to all who assisted in this matter from start to finish. Glad we reached the intended conclusion with your assistance and advice.

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