Munch & Munch


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.  


- Selected for the Super Lawyers top maritime lawyers in Florida for 15 consecutive years.  


- 5/5 star peer rating.  


- Over 35 years of experience working in admiralty and   maritime law.

"Working with Jacob Munch relieved the apprehension of having to file a lawsuit. His kind demeanor and straight talk made a difficult time much less stressful. His dedication to my case and extra time he put in to resolve a favorable outcome was exceptional."

Areas of Practice

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Insurance Claims


Bar Admissions

Florida, 1983

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



J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1983



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

Contact Jake

Location: Tampa, Florida

Phone: (813) 254-1557

Fax: (813) 254-5172

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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 four grandchildren, Casey's daughters, Quinn and Palmer, and Jay's sons, Jacob John III and Noah.