- Dennis Plews
- Specialized Professional
- Sarasota, Florida
- Research Interests:
Astrophysics, Newtonian and Quantum Mechanics
- PROFESSIONAL: (Current and Past) The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, Sarasota County Bar Association, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Florida Association for Women Lawyers - Past Secretary of Manatee County Chapter 1992-1993, American Trial Lawyers Association, American Inns of Court - Master AVOCATIONAL: Amnesty International, Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, Viet Nam Veterans of Sarasota-Manatee , Common Cause, Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Astronomy & Physics B Sections), The Planetary Society, The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers ( Founding Member), Florida Veteran’s For Common Sense (Founding Member), Florida Democratic Veterans Caucus( Founding Member)
- About dplews:
- Since my pre-adolescent days I have been an avid fan of science, astronomy and science fiction stories and have maintained a high level of interest and study of all matters scientific ever since. I have been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1985, as well as being a successful trial lawyer.
The secret of the StarDrive Propulsion System was found by answering a casual question from a friend who knew about my science background: “How did my clothes washer walk across the floor during a spin cycle?” This seemingly simple question led to the discovery of how to adapt Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws Of Motion to propel cars, boats, planes, trains, and space craft. Finding the answers to the issues involved in that question took many hours of mathematical analysis and computer assisted design and testing which led to the successful, patent pending, design that uses the inertial moment of freely movable masses to generate linear thrust from the input of any motor. The answer to that simple question about a clothes washer led to the next great advance in transportation technology and has opened the door to practical space travel.
- ENERGY IN FLORIDA - Contributing author - A publication of the Florida Energy Committee, a join House/Senate committee of the Florida Legislature
WHERE IS ALL THIS WATER FROM? - A report on the mini-comet hypothesis as an explanation for the abundance of terrestrial water. Summer 1990 issue of NEW HORIZONS, the official newsletter of the Southeast Region of the Astronomical League.
MAUNA KEA - A report on the world's premier astronomical observing site. Volume one, issue two of AMATEUR ASTRONOMER magazine.
- History of Education and Employment
St. Petersburg Junior College - A.A. 1970
University of West Florida (Pensacola) - B.A. 1972 (Pol. Science Major, History minor)
The Florida State University College of Law - Juris Doctorate, 1974, with Honors
Northwestern University College of Law - 1975 Advanced Criminal Defender Course
Continuing Legal Education - Over 200 hours in Trial Practice, Family Law Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Products Liability, Medicine and Premises Liability
U.S. Army, 1967 -1969, Artillery Fire Direction Control Specialist and Forward Observer
The Florida Energy Committee -Staff Counsel - December 1973 June 1974:
The Florida Energy Committee was a joint House-Senate legislative committee whose mandate was to investigate and make legislative recommendations on the regulation, use and distribution of energy in Florida. Major legislation including the Power Plant Siting Act and the statewide electrification grid resulted.
Public Defender's Office, Tallahassee, Florida - March 1974 to December 1974: Special Assistant Public Defender - Trials in all courts. Murder appeals.
Public Defender's Office, Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida - January 1975 to June 1977:
Trials in all courts, appeals to the District Court of Appeals and the Florida Supreme Court, Baker Act Proceedings and extraordinary writ practice in state and federal courts. Supervising attorney for the legal internship program.
Law Office of Robert H. Schultz, Bradenton, Florida - June 1977 to February 1980:
Private civil practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical negligence, domestic relations, commercial litigation and worker's compensation. I supervised and trained two law clerks while they awaited admission to the bar.
Law Office of Dennis J. Plews, - Bradenton, Florida - February 1980 to My 1, 2001, Sarasota, Florida - 2001 - Present:
Civil practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical negligence, premises liability, patent, copyright and commercial litigation, family law and general civil trial practice.