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Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz Welcomes New Attorney
Attorney Andrea Pleimling has joined the Southwest Florida law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. Ms. Pleimling will focus her practice on Personal Injury Law, Personal Injury Protection, and Civil Litigation. She will work primarily out of the Fort Myers office.
Ms. Pleimling was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree from Edgewood College (summa cum laude) and graduated from Marquette University Law School, where she was a Merit Scholar. While in law school, Ms. Pleimling served as the president of the Business Law Society, and interned at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. While in college, Ms. Pleimling studied Central European History at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She also lived and worked in Koblenz, Germany, prior to attending law school. Ms. Pleimling is proficient in German.
Ms. Pleimling is admitted to practice in all state courts in Wisconsin and Florida, as well as the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ms. Pleimling is a member of the Calusa Inn of Court, Lee County Association for Women Lawyers, Lee County Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association
Richard Purtz speaks to students at local elementary school on Constitution Day
Richard Purtz was the guest speaker at Gateway Elementary School in Fort Myers as part of U.S. Constitution Week to educate 4th grade students on the meaning of the Constitution.
The purpose of “Constitution Week” is to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens, while commemorating the creation and signing of the supreme law of our land.
Purtz discussed the Preamble with the students to ensure the fundamental purpose of the Constitution was understood by all. He reviewed the Bill of Rights and explained how each Amendment applied to them. To illustrate how the three branches of government works, the students divided into groups and created proposals which would become a bill. The proposals were voted on by the students. Attorney Purtz acted as President and signed the bill into law and the teacher, Mrs. Zalewski, acted as Judge ruling the bill as “Constitutional.” The message to the students for the day was that every part of the Constitution was put in place to ensure Fairness for All.
GBCR&P’s “Olympic Hopeful” PSA
Meet Brooke Youngquist Sweat (right) and her sister, Holly Youngquist Herbers (left). Brooke is an Olympic Hopeful who starred in a Public Service Announcement television promotion, produced by GBCR&P through Flame Productions/Internet, to build awareness and support of student athletes who aspire to compete in the Olympics. This is one of a few similar PSA’s produced by the firm recently that will appear over most of the local television outlets leading up to and through the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Brooke is a local athlete, born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. She currently plays professional volleyball and hopes to be competing in the 2016 Beach Volleyball Olympics.
Charlotte County Fall Extravaganza
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz participated in the Charlotte County Non- Profit Fall Extravaganza on October 24th. The festival, arranged by Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, was an event geared towards providing information on businesses and services provided in Charlotte County. The Fall Extravaganza took place at the Charlotte County Fair Grounds.
The event had food, activities for children (rock climbing wall, bounce house, games, etc.), performances by local dance schools, business vendors, non-profit vendors and family hayrides
Supporting Local Youth Sports
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. recently purchased barbecue lunches for its employees to support the Cape Coral Soccer Association’s Cyclones. The proceeds from the purchased meals help support the boys and girls Cyclones soccer program. The firm has participated in the fundraiser to help support local youth sports since 2009.
2015 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program
Attorneys Andrea Pleimling and John Agnew (Henderson-Franklin) co-facilitated State and Federal Day on October 7th on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Chamber members who are in the Leadership Program visited both the State and Federal Courthouse to speak with Judges and officials regarding the state and federal court system.
The Leadership Program is a way for chamber members to learn more about the community. This is accomplished by going out into the community and interacting with first responders, government offices, educators, etc.
BOO-Tacular Music Walk
Valerie Skeen, Legal Assistant, working the table for Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz on Friday, October 16th Boo-tacular Music Walk in downtown Fort Myers.
Thank you to the following companies who donated to our 2015 Halloween Bake Sale & Raffle benefitng the American Heart Association. As in the past, this year’s event was a success!
•ProFiles •Wise Guys Deli•The Imaginarium•Winn Dixie (Palm Beach Blvd) •Estero Family Chiropractic•City Tavern•Trendz Salon•Starbucks (Downtown) •The Deli•The Veranda•Hotel Indigo•Ms. Christine Austin •Downtown House of Pizza•The Standard Restaurant•Weather Control Air Conditioning •Dr. Jason B. Kaster •The Connection •Cigar Bar •Gulf Coast Chiropractic Center •Florida Repertory Theatre •Prime de Leon •Tim & Loretta Smith •Ms. Anna Racicot •The Butterfly Estates •Market Earth •Specific Care Chiropractic •Marisa Pucher •Lauren Rose—La Vie en Rose Salon (239-900-6980)
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman Rice & Purtz sponsors this event each Halloween to benefit the American Heart Association. With the generosity of the businesses/individuals above and the support of our community, we’ve been able to surpass our goal EVERY YEAR! Please join GBCR&P in supporting those who help support our community.
J. Jeffrey Rice speaks to local organizations
Recently J. Jeffrey Rice, Managing Partner of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz spoke at the Downtown Rotary Club and the Punta Gorda Kiwanis Club.
For over 50 years, the attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz has been actively involved in the communities where we live and work. Our Speaker’s Bureau is one of the many ways our firm participates within the community.
The more you know about your rights, the more prepared you’ll be to deal with any situation. That’s why at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, we think it’s important to educate the entire community on all types of legal matters. Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to speak at events, dinners, ceremonies and public gatherings. In the past, we’ve spoken on such diverse issues as personal injury law, insurance law, premises liability law and civil and construction law. Call our office at 239-334-1146 or toll free at 800-332-9404 to schedule an attorney to speak at your event.
What’s next for Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz…
Toys for Tots Collection Site
For the nineth consecutive year, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. offices throughout Southwest Florida are serving as collection points for the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributes toys to less fortunate children in the community.
We invite the public to participate by bringing new, unwrapped toys to any of the six Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz offices throughout Southwest Florida. Toys will be collected and distributed during the Christmas holidays with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups and other organizations.
On December 9th, Ray Livosi (Lehigh Acres PICA) will travel to New York to sing at the 2nd Annual 21 Gun Salute at the “21” Club in New York City. The event will raise toys and money for the Toys for Tots programs in New York and Naples, Florida.
2015 American Heart Association Heart Walk
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association. Team GBCR&P raised over $1,200 for the American Heart Association’s Lee County Heart Walk last year and had 19 walkers participate in the Walk to show their support.
The 2015 AHA Lee County Heart Walk is scheduled for December 12th from 8 am—11 am at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. The route for the Walk is 5K (3.1 miles); however, there is a 1 mile alternative route. If interested in joining Team GBCR&P, please contact Denise Kovalick at 239-334-1146.
Vietnam Veterans Association Donation Drive
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. will begin collecting clothing and household items for donation to the Vietnam Veterans of America this month. The donation drive is led by the firm’s partner, Christopher Smith. With employees and family members having served in the military, the Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz team is proud to support the VVA.
The Vietnam Veterans of America is a respected charity that gives aid to all of America’s veterans, not just those of a particular age group or war. By donating used clothes, shoes, appliances, or other household items, funds are generated to help take care of soldiers and service men and women who help keep America safe from harm.
Contact our office at 239-334-1146 to see how you can help.
Adopt a Family for the Holidays
Once again, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz will be ‘adopting’ a family for Christmas. Last year GBCR&P stepped in to help provide a memorable Christmas to a local family who had a difficult year because of an automobile accident. If you would like to help make a family’s Christmas special, please contact our office.
Blankets for the Homeless…
Once again, GBCR&P is collecting blankets and warm clothing for Blankets for the Homeless. Our office will collect new and gently used warm clothing and blankets to help the homeless and disadvantaged families in our local community. To help, call our office at 239-334-1146.