Jacob J. Munch
Expert in Florida Admiralty and Maritime Law, and Civil Trial Law. Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
Consistently named in the Best Lawyers in America for admiralty and maritime law. Consistently selected for the Super Lawyers top maritime lawyers list. 5/5 star peer rating. Over 30 years individual experience working in admiralty and maritime law.
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
TULANE LAW SCHOOL; New Orleans, LA
J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1983
U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY; Kings Point, NY
B.S. with Honors - 1979
Memberships & Other Affiliations
American Board of Trial Advocates
Hillsborough County and American Bar Association
Florida Bar admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Florida Justice Association
American Association for Justice
Other Certifications and Positions Held
Certified Florida Mediator
U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Mate and Engineer
Former Maritime Officer
Vice Chairperson; FL Bar Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee 1986-87
Port Director, Tampa, FL; Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute 2013-14
At Munch and Munch, P.A., our practice is led by attorney Jacob J. Munch, a Florida Bar board certified specialist in admiralty and maritime law and in civil trial law, who has been widely recognized by his peers for his advocacy on behalf of accident victims and their families. Jacob is a native of Long Island, New York, and the son of two teachers. Jacob grew up fishing and boating with his family, and became highly familiar with boating and navigational rules at a young age.
Jake attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where he earned his bachelor's degree in marine engineering and nautical science, and graduated with honors. Upon graduating from Kings Point, Jake worked at sea for a living as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed 3rd mate and 3rd assistant engineer. After working at sea as a licensed seaman, Jake attended Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. With his passion for all things maritime related, Jake knew Tulane's extensive list of courses involving maritime law would help develop his unique expertise.
It was not long after Jake began his time at Tulane when he met Kim, who would later become his wife and founding partner of Munch and Munch, P.A. But before beginning their own firm, Jake worked at Fowler, White, Boggs, Villareal and Banker, P.A. and also at Wagner, Cunningham, Vaughan and McLaughlin, P.A. A frequent lecturer and speaker on admiralty law, Jake has spoken at Maritime Law Seminars as well as other legal seminars.
Jake and Kim have been blessed with four children: Jay – also a USMMA Kings Point grad. who is working as a marine engineer in Washington D.C., Casey – an attorney at Munch and Munch, click here to read more about Casey, Will – a mechanical engineer working for James Hardee in Fontana, California, and Josh – a dentist working at Temple University Dental School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jake is also the proud grandfather to three grandchildren, Casey's daughters, Quinn and Palmer, and Jay's son, Jacob John III.