Joel P. Yanchuck

Joel Yanchuck is a native of St. Petersburg and has served the legal needs of the Tampa Bay community for almost 40 years. Joel began his career as an assistant prosecutor in 1968 and then moved into private practice where he defended criminal cases and represented victims of injury claims.

In 1978, he became the senior partner in the firm, establishing Yanchuck and Thompson in downtown St. Petersburg.

Since then he has established a reputation for successful negotiation of injury claims through the mediation process. This accomplishment was honed by years of courtroom experience, a thorough knowledge of the adjusters in the insurance community, and careful preparation.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Joel Yanchuck, call him at Call 727-493-5513 or contact him online.

Professional memberships

The Florida Bar
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Justice Association

Ira E. Berman

Mr. Berman is a native of Staten Island, New York. He moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami where he graduated in 1973. After graduating law school he went to work for the Pinellas State Attorney’s Office where he became one of the lead prosecutors in major felonies with more than 200 jury trials.

Ira joined the firm in 1980 and developed an extensive criminal defense practice, accumulating 25 years of jury trial experience in all types of criminal charges. He is chief of the pre-litigation department in the firm and regularly meets with clients, advising them on strategy and monitoring the progress of their cases.

He maintains continuous contact with insurance adjusters in an effort to achieve a swift and fair resolution of every client’s injury claim.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Ira E. Berman, call him at 727-822-6313 or contact him online.

Professional memberships

The Florida Bar


Office Address
7690 49th street north Pinellas Park FL



Mai Vu

Ms. Vu graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Science from The Ohio State University. Prior to law school, she worked as a biologist performing reproductive toxicology research. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. She received a Pro Bono Honors Award for her extensive time and efforts in helping the low-income community with various legal issues, including immigration law. Ms. Vu is fluent in Vietnamese and has worked previously as a court interpreter.

Prior to establishing Vu Legal, P.A., she practiced real estate law and title curative work for a mid-size firm in Tampa. Since then, she expanded her area of practice to general civil litigation, family law, personal injury law and business law. Ms. Vu represents business owners in incorporating their businesses, preventing potential liability and mitigating damages by using effective tools, such as risk consultations and pre-trial negotiations. When not in Court, a large part of her time is spent on drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial lease agreements and contracts for goods or services. In addition, she actively represents injured claimants on auto accidents and slip & fall cases to preserve their rights to compensation for bodily injuries and property damages.

One of her strongest beliefs in the best way to deliver exceptional legal services to her clients is by listening to and understanding her clients’ ultimate needs and goals.

Professional associations and memberships
American Bar Association
Young Lawyer Division
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay
Board of Director for the Lealman Asian Family Neighborhood Center

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