Criminal Defense Attorney Samara L. Ballard2024-04-25T17:43:23-04:00
Criminal Defense-Attorney Samara Ballard

Samara L. Ballard

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney

Samara Ballard is an Attorney with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus, and McQuaid, P.A., a nationally ranked Tier 1 law firm by US News & World Reports, specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation. 

Ms. Ballard grew up in New York and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Sociology, from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She left New York to begin her first-career as a Juvenile Probation Officer in St. Petersburg.

As a Juvenile Probation Officer, she worked tirelessly to support young offenders in rehabilitation and reintegration into society. She developed a deep empathy for the challenges faced by youth entangled in the criminal justice system. Her dedication and innovative approaches garnered recognition within the field, earning her the respect of colleagues and the trust of the youth she served.

Driven by her desire to effect broader change within the legal system, Samara made the pivotal decision to pursue a law degree at Stetson University College of Law. 

Ms. Ballard’s background allows her to bring a unique perspective to her practice, understanding the complexities of the legal system and the human stories behind each case. She brings a blend of compassion and tenacity to every case she handles. Whether defending the accused in criminal proceedings or advocating for individuals in civil matters, she approaches each client’s situation with a deep understanding of the legal intricacies and a steadfast commitment to achieving the best possible outcome.

Sean K. McQuaid

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney

You have found the law firm that gets the results that no one else can. Criminal Defense Attorney Sean K. McQuaid is President of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, PA. The firm is a powerhouse in Pinellas County and is the oldest law firm in St. Petersburg. The firm and its lawyers have deep connections to the justice system and a reputation for being the best.

Sean was the Past President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association for 2020-21. The St. Petersburg Bar Association is a professional organization of 1,100 judges and lawyers in the Tampa Bay Area. Sean served on the Executive Committee of the Association for six years and gained many insights into our legal system during that time.

There are few, if any, attorneys in the area that can compare to Sean’s awards and accolades:

Sean’s Awards

  • Martindale Hubbel AV-rated attorney-receiving the highest ranking possible from his peers, the judges he practices in front of, and his clients.
  • Florida Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Perfect Ranking and Client Choice Award by
  • Three Best Rated in St. Petersburg
  • Top 40 under 40 by American Society of Legal Advocates

Sean’s Law Firm Awards

  • Voted Best of the Best by The Tampa Bay Times from 2019-2022
  • Voted Best of the Bay by Creative Loafing for 2022
  • Tier 1 Law Firm by US News & World Reports

About Sean

Mr. McQuaid has been a resident of Pinellas County since August 1997 when he began his legal studies at Stetson University College of Law, eventually graduating with Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration degrees. During law school he was a member of the Moot Court Board from 1998 through 2000, arguing in competitions across the country.

While at Princeton University from 1993-97, Mr. McQuaid was a 4-year varsity letterman and the captain of the Princeton University Baseball Team.

Sean now lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and children. Since 2019, he has volunteered as a coach for his son’s baseball teams at Fossil Park.

Community Involvement

In addition to his impressive legal practice and accolades, Mr. McQuaid has also been recognized for his service to the community. In August 2010, Governor Charlie Crist appointed him to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial Circuit covering Pinellas and Pasco counties. The Commission is responsible for nominating both county and circuit court judges to the Governor for appointment. The term of his appointment ran from August 20, 2010 through March 2015.

Mr. McQuaid also was appointed by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and City Council in October 2011 to serve on the City of St. Petersburg Nuisance Abatement Board where he served as Chairman of the Board in 2014 and 2016. Mr. McQuaid has also been on the Board of the Harbor Isle Homeowners’ Association in St. Petersburg from 2006-2020, where he served for 9 of those years as President. He remains extremely active in the community.

Practice Areas


  • Florida Bar


  • State University of New York at Oneonta
    Bachelor’s Degree – Sociology

  • Stetson University College of Law
    Juris Doctor, Law

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