Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. has six offices in Southwest Florida. The offices are located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Call us first at 800-332-9404 or fill out a simple case form today.

20Dec 2016

GBCR&P’s Summer 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

Attorney Derrick Gregory Isaac Joins Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz

Derrick G. Isaac

Derrick G. Isaac

The law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. announces the addition to their staff of Attorney Derrick Gregory Isaac who will focus his practice on General Law, Civil Litigation, and Personal Injury Law.

Mr. Isaac, a member of the Florida Bar, graduated from Florida State University College of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree. He is a member of the U.S. District Court,

Middle District of Florida, and Florida Middle District Bankruptcy Court.
Mr. Isaac is presently the Chair of the City of Fort Myers Planning Board, is a member of the Lee County Bar Association, and has previously worked as a Staff

Attorney for 6 years with Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc.


The new expanded Port Charlotte office is now located at 3380 Tamiami Trail, Suite A-1, on the corner of US 41 and Harbor Boulevard.

The new expanded Port Charlotte office is now located at 3380 Tamiami Trail, Suite A-1, on the corner of US 41 and Harbor Boulevard.


Attorney Richard L. Purtz Recertified in Civil Trial Law by Florida Bar

Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney Richard Purtz

Richard L. Purtz

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education has recertified Richard L. Purtz of the Southwest Florida law offices of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Purtz was first certified in 1996 and has successfully been recertified every 5 years by continuing to meet Florida Bar standards which require heightened experience and advanced skills as a trial attorney.

Florida Bar Board Certification is a voluntary designation program for Florida attorneys. Initial certification is valid for a period of five years. To remain certified, an attorney must apply for recertification

every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty area. Board certification identifies Purtz as a lawyer with special knowledge, skills and proficiency, as well as distinguishes him as a specialist and expert in his practice area.


J. Jeffrey Rice Selected for Inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney Jeffrey Rice

J. Jeffrey Rice

J. Jeffrey Rice, managing partner of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been selected by his peers to be included in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers© in America, published by Woodward/White for his work in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Rice has received this distinction for seven years, and is recognized as one of the top attorneys in his field.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 5 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

 


  •  Motor vehicle accident with shoulder and elbow arthroscopic surgery— $210K Settlement
  •  Motor vehicle acccident with sternum fracture—$225K Settlement
  •  Motor vehicle accident with arthroscopic knee surgery—$218 Settlement
  •  Motor vehicle accident with exacerbation of pre-existing low-back problem requiring low-back fusion—$200K

    Settlement

  •  Two motor vehicle accidents with soft tissue neck and back injuries overlapping from both accidents—$185K

    Settlement

  •  Slip and fall with broken nose—$175K Settlement
  •  Motor vehicle accident with cervical discetomy—$350K Settlement
  •  Motor vehicle accident requiring ankle surgery—$300K Settlement

* All results are different and case specific


Alcohol Impaired Driving

drive_soberThe holidays are officially upon us. The Thanksgiving turkey has been roasted and Christmas decorations are hanging. This is the time of year when family and friends come together to share goodwill. With people off work and college students home, the volume of traffic on the roads increases significantly during the holidays. With an increase in family gatherings and holiday parties, undeniably the consumption of alcohol will also increase.

Consuming alcohol prior to driving drastically increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle skills become impaired when alcohol is consumed. The skills that require safe driving such as concentration, coordination, reaction time, visual acuteness, and judgment become faulty after the consumption of alcohol. Statistically, Florida has the third highest rate of alcohol impaired driving fatalities in the United States (right behind Texas and California).

All 50 states have laws that prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers are considered impaired by alcohol when their BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is .08 or higher. The more alcohol consumed, the higher the BAC, the more likely a person is to be involved in an accident. Driving alcohol-impaired comes at a price. Lives are forever changed through serious injuries and fatalities. In 2014, there were almost 10,000 deaths involving an alcohol- impaired driver—this was 31% of the total traffic fatalities for the year. According to the NHTSA, an average of one person dies in an alcohol-impaired driving accident every 53 minutes and costs the U.S. over $44 billion.

In addition to injury and death, there are also legal consequences to drinking and driving and these legal consequences are punishable by law. DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) is one of the most widespread criminal offenses in the United States. Once convicted of either a DUI or DWI, an individual’s punishment will depend on state law.

In Florida, a first time offender may be punished with the following: 6-9 months in jail

$500 – $2,000 fines and penalties 180 days – 1 year license suspension Interlock ignition device

These punishments increase for each subsequent offense. And once a person has fulfilled their legal consequences and paid the fines—the effects continue for years. The criminal conviction will stay on your record forever (with very few exceptions). The decision not to drive will not only save you time, money, and aggravation, but more importantly, may save someone’s life or your own. If you have been drinking, DON’T DRIVE!


 

Common Holiday Accidents

Clark Griswald, a character played by Chevy Chase, epitomized the idea of holiday accidents. The 1989 slapstick comedy was based on Griswald trying to engineer a picture-perfect Christmas for his family. This comedy was a compilation of the misadventures of the entire family. Falling off holiday_accidentsladders, high speed downhill sledding, electrocution, house fires and high speed projectiles were just a few of the mishaps that helped to propel this movie to fame. Interestingly enough, no one was seriously injured in the movie.

That’s what happens in movies… In real life, these ‘accidents’ are not funny. People often suffer serious injuries and even death when these accidents occur outside the realm of Hollywood.

While we all get wrapped up in our own seasonal activities, it’s important to know what dangers surround us this time of the year. Being extra cautious in going about certain activities could possibly save you from serious injuries and ruining your holiday.

Here are just a few holiday dangers to be aware of: food-borne illness, falling while putting up decorations, tripping over extension cords, candle and tree fires, scalding accidents, and injuries to back, neck and shoulders due to carrying luggage. These are some of the most common accidents that occur during the holiday season that leave people injured and sitting in an emergency room. All of these injuries can be easily avoided with just a little forethought and a lot of caution.


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For the tenth consecutive year, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. offices throughout Southwest Florida served as collection points for the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributes toys to less fortunate children in the community.


 

Constitution Week

The attorneys at GBCR&P participated in the Lee County School district’s Constitution Week by visiting 4 different high schools and middle schools during the week of September 12th-16th.

The purpose of “Constitution Week” is to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and help students understand and learn about the supreme law of our land.


 

20Jul 2016

GBCR&P’s Summer 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

Attorney Zachary M. Gill of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. Appointed as Lee County Judge

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Zachary M. Gill

Governor Rick Scott announced on Friday, June 24th, 2016 , the appointment of local attorney, Zachary M. Gill to the Lee County Court. Until his appointment, Gill was a partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz. P.A., where he practiced for 6 years. Gill is 36 years of age.

Prior to joining the law firm Gill served as an assistant state attorney in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in 2005 and then served as an assistant state attorney in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit from 2007-2009. Gill has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for the past four years as a Rising Star in the field of Personal Injury Litigation. Only 2.5 percent of Florida attorneys receive this recognition.

A graduate of Florida State University, he attained his law degree from Barry University School of Law. Zach Gill fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Leigh Frizzell Hayes to the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court.

Jeffrey Rice, Managing Attorney for Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, commented: “Zach has represented his clients with compassion, respect and integrity. We are confident he will carry these traits with him to the Bench in serving the citizens of Lee County as our newest Judge. The entire firm congratulates him on his appointment and wishes him the best.”

Cases he is handling are being reassigned to other attorneys in the firm and clients have been notified so that a seamless transition in caring for clients is ensured.


 

Christopher J. Smith Inducted into FLABOTA

Goldstein Buckley Cechman Rice & Purtz Attorney

Christopher J. Smith

Christopher J. Smith, partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been selected by the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA) as a Member in their Southwest Chapter.

FLABOTA is an association whose purpose is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefitted by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation. As an invitation-only association, members must exhibit the principles of courtroom civility, integrity and professionalism over the course of their legal profession. It is widely accepted that to be invited to join ABOTA is a prestigious honor for individuals of stellar character and in-depth experience within the legal profession.

Christopher Smith is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. He is admitted to practice in front of all of the state courts of Florida and also the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He previously served as a mentor for Take Stock in Children, where he mentored at- risk high school students to help them earn college scholarships. Smith is a trial attorney for personal injury cases.


GBCR&P Community OutreachGoldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz helped sponsor the 8th Annual Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Tournament-Four Person Scramble to benefit Junior Leadership Charlotte. The event took place on May 21 at Kingsway Counrty Club.

Junior Leadership Charlotte is a program sponsored by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and by the adult leaders involved in the county’s Leadership Charlotte Program.


BoysAndGirlsGoldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz was in part a sponsor of the 2016 Realtor® Golf Benefit Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girl’s Clubs of Lee County. The event held by the Royal Palm Coast Realtor® Association took place on June 2 at The Forest Golf & Country Club.

The mission of the Boys and Girl’s Clubs of Lee County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


Red, White & Boom 2016

Red_White_Boom_NL_EditedOn Monday, July 4th, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz participated in the City of Cape Coral’s Red, White & Boom event held on Cape Coral Parkway. Employees of the firm were on hand to celebrate Independence Day by offering free promotional items and speaking to those in need of legal assistance.

FireworksA special thanks to those who volunteered for the event: Anna Wilsker, Stacy Rodriguez, Deena Allen, Anne McRae, Richard Purtz, Ray Liviosi, Andrea Smith and Christopher Smith. Also, thank you to all who stopped by our booth. It’s always nice to talk to current and previous clients and vendors.

 

Pictured above is Deena Allen, Zach Allen, Ray Liviosi and Anne McRae.

Pictured above is Deena Allen, Zach Allen, Ray Liviosi and Anne McRae.

Pictured above is Attorney Andrea Smith, Attorney Christopher Smith, and Ray Liviosi

Pictured above is Attorney Andrea Smith, Attorney Christopher Smith, and Ray Liviosi


2016 Summer Olympics

Congratulations Brooke Sweat! Brooke is an Olympic qualifier who starred in a Public Service Announcement television promotion, produced though Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz., to build awareness and support of student athletes who aspire to compete in the Olympics. Brooke starred in 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, Brazil.

Brooke is a local athlete, born and raised in Fort Myers. She will be playing beach volleyball on Copacabana Beach in Rio. Beach volleyball games will be played August 5– August 21. Join GBCR&P in wishing Brooke good luck!


Why Justice Starts Now

Justice Starts Now is a publication produced and managed by Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz. The purpose of this publication is to keep the public informed of firm news, what we are doing in the community, as well as information about dangerous consumer products and medical recalls. Clients, email correspondents and those who requested to receive firm information receive this publication on a quarterly basis. This newsletter is available via postal service or email. If you wish to change the delivery of this newsletter, please contact Denise Kovalick at 239-334-1146 or dkovalick@gbclaw.com.


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Attorney Jeffrey Rice

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.

27May 2016

GBCR&P’s Spring 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

Texting and Driving PSA Contest Winner Announced

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz sponsored a TEXTING AND DRIVING Public Safety Announcement (PSA) CONTEST for local high school students. The contest was part of the law firm’s Put the Phone Down (http:// www.putthephonedown.org/) campaign that began in 2013.

The winning entry was submitted by Stefan Hustrulid, a freshman at Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School. Hustrulid’s winning video outlined the dangers of texting while driving and earned both him and his high school $250.

Put the Phone Down is a campaign to help educate motorists on the dangers of texting and driving. This year Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz enlisted the help of high school students to bring awareness to young drivers regarding the alarming statistics of distracted driving caused traffic crashes. Lee, Collier and Charlotte County high school students were invited to submit a video PSA bring awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

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Gulf Coast Symphony

GulfCoast_Symphony_NL_EditedIn partnership with Florida Repertory Theatre, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz sponsored in part the Gulf Coast Symphony’s presentation of Carousel in Concert at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th.

 


 

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz is a proud sponsor of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyer’s 2016 Judicial Appreciation Reception Honoring Circuit Judge Lauren L. Brodie on Thursday, May 5th at The Marina at Edison Ford.

 


 

Pantyhose-Free Zone Women’s Expo

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Denise D’Aprile (left) Alecia Franklin (right)

On Saturday, February 6th, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends had the opportunity to reconnect during a day of shopping, demonstrations, pampering, makeovers, and giveaways. Admission was free to the Pantyhose-Free Zone Women’s Expo where over 100 professionals specializing in the areas of fashion and beauty, health and fitness, finance, travel, education and art offered ladies a day to remember.

Lee County Christian Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

On February 25, Attorney Denise D’Aprile represented Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz at the Lee County Christian Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. The LCCCC Business Expo is an annual event that provides area businesses with the opportunity to network with other businesses within the community.

Historical Day at Classical Christian Academy in Fort Myers

Each year for History Day, the Classical Christian Academy in Fort Myers turns their gymnasium into a wonderland of the time period they are studying. This year the gym was transformed into the Medieval Times era. The students are History_Day_NL_Editedassigned a section of the gym to create a booth depicting the era. Attorney Denise D’Aprile (pictured below with students) participated, along with parents and students, by dressing the part. A castle was created with a mote, rocks, and a drawbridge. Students participated in jousting by using stick horses to ride and struck a target with their swords—instead of one another. Also included in this ‘medieval’ wonderland was a marketplace, tannery, apothecary, church, dancing, arts and crafts, a photo booth and so much more.

The cafeteria was transformed into a medieval dining hall with its very own King and Queen coronation. Students played the violin. Smoked chicken drumsticks and corn on the cob was the lunch for the day.


 

Employee Appreciation Luncheon

On April 27th, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz celebrated its employees at an Employee Luncheon at the Edison. During this luncheon, employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication. A few notable employees celebrating milestone anniversaries included Linda Mintz (40 years), Elaine Festa (40 years), Jeff Rice (40 years), Laura Graham (25 years), Debbie Chapman (25 years) and Jackie Moore (10 years). Congratulations on your work anniversary and THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication to helping make our law firm a success.

Debbie Chapman, Laura Graham

Debbie Chapman, Laura Graham

Maria Rincon, Denise Kovalick, Lanna Servick, Tina Helton, Laura Graham

Maria Rincon, Denise Kovalick, Lanna Servick, Tina Helton, Laura Graham

Laura Graham, Jeff Rice

Laura Graham, Jeff Rice

Angelique Pilcher, Anna Wilsker

Angelique Pilcher, Anna Wilsker

Colleen Duffy, Linda Mintz

Colleen Duffy, Linda Mintz


On Wednesday, April 27, around 7 pm, a power line fell on our downtown office building causing a small structure fire. Due to the prompt response of the Fort Myers Fire Department, the fire was quickly

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Photo Credit – NBC-2

contained and no one was injured. No files or client records were damaged and the office was up and running by noon on Thursday. The downtown office will remain open as repairs are made to fix the fire and water damage. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz has five other locations in Southwest Florida for your convenience.

The firm would like to thank the Fort Myers Fire Department for their fast and efficient efforts in responding to this emergency.


Radiology Regional Privacy Beach

As you may be aware, Radiology Regional Center is responsible for the release of patients’ private information exposing patients to the threat of identity theft. Radiology Regional patients were notified of the breach of their private and confidential medical data on February 12, 2016. It is reported over 480,000 patients are affected by this privacy breach.

Our firm has been retained by multiple individuals who have had issues of identity theft relating to the Radiology Regional Center privacy breach that occurred on or about December 19, 2015. Whether you have encountered such a theft or not, you are eligible for compensation due to the risk created by the release of these records. Radiology Regional’s offer to provide credit monitoring for one year falls far short of what is recommended in the security industry.

If you have received a notice from Radiology Regional or have been affected by the Radiology Regional privacy breach, contact our office at 239-334-1146. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

City of Cape Coral – Red White & Boom!

Red_White_Boom_NL_EditedIt’s almost summer and everyone is starting to make their plans for the 4th of July. Be sure to join the GBCR&P team at Red, White & Boom on Cape Coral Parkway. This is a family friendly event with tons of food, music and entertainment for people of all ages. The event starts at 5:00 pm with fireworks starting around 9:30 pm. Watch for announcements regarding road closures and be sure to come see us under the blue GBCR&P tent!!!

 

17Feb 2016

GBCR&P’s Winter 2016 Newsletter(PDF)

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Texting and Driving Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest

Text_Drive_PSA_1_NL_EditedGoldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz is sponsoring a Texting and Driving Public Service Annoucement (PSA) Contest for local high school students. This contest is part of the law firm’s Put the Phone Down (www.putthephonedown.org) campaign that began in 2013.

Put the Phone Down is a campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting and driving. This year Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz seeks to enlist the assistance of high school students to bring awareness to young drivers on the alarming statistics of distracted driving caused by traffic crashes. If you are a high school student in Lee, Collier or Charlotte County, you are invited to submit a video PSA to help make people aware of the dangers of texting and driving. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz will award $250 to the winner AND $250 to the winner’s high school.

Entering is easy—create a short video (suggested length 2 minutes or less) in the form of a Public Service Announcement. The video should make viewers aware of the dangers of texting and driving by using graphics, pictures, storytelling, statistics or your other creative talents. The winner will be chosen based on content of video, impact, and creativity. You do not need to be a professional videographer to enter—enter a submission as a group, individual or a class.

To apply, create a short video on texting and driving, upload it to YouTube, complete the entry form found on www.gbclaw.com and include the link to your YouTube video, then simply submit. Entries must be submitted and received by the law firm by April 4th, 2016. Please read all terms and conditions prior to submitting videos. If you have any questions, please call Denise Kovalick (239) 334-1146.

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Attorneys Richard L. Purtz and Matt Raulerson Judge Lee County Mock Trial Competition

Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney Richard Purtz

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Richard L. Purtz and Matt Raulerson, attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., were guest judges at the 2016 Lee County Mock Trial Competition for high school students on Friday, January 29, 2016.

The Florida High School Mock Trial Competition is an academic competition, held by The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. The competition is a two day event, in which a team of 6-8 students simulate the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictional trial situation. Students have approximately five months to prepare for their roles. Local judges and attorneys are asked to volunteer as judges to preside over each competition.

Matt Raulerson

Matt Raulerson

“The students exhibited a good understanding of the facts and issued presented by the case. Each student exhibited a genuine interest in learning about the law and how it applied to our justice system. Several competitors showed much promise and I am hopeful they will continue to pursue a career in the legal field,” according to Mr. Purtz.

Mr. Raulerson found the student attorneys and witnesses to be well prepared and persuasive. The mock case was taken from today’s headlines involving online threats and stalking. “The competition was hard fought and the contestants were professional,” said Mr. Raulerson.


Gulf Coast Symphony presents Carousel in Concert at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th. Presented in partnership with Florida Repertory Threatre and sponsored in part by Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz.


Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz Sponsors Honorary Grand Marshal

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz is once again proud to be a program sponsor of the 2016 Edison Festival of Light. The Edison Festival of Light Committee and Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz are proud to distinguish Deputy Mike Zazwirsky as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade of Light set to take place on February 20th.

Nominated by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers, Deputy Zazwirsky is a 12 year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office who is currently assigned in the North District of Lee County. As a service to the community, Deputy Zazwirsky has done wonderful things to feed the hungry in our community. He has also developed a juvenile arrest monitor system that is being modeled throughout the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Mike Scott.

As Honorary Grand Marshal, Deputy Zazwirsky will be spotlighted in the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade. In addition, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz will make a contribution to a charity of Zazwirsky’s choice.

Recent Verdicts and Settlements:

 Burn case— $195K Settlement
 Slip and Fall w/ knee injury which aggravated a pre-existing chronic knee condition— $125K Settlement
 Motor vehicle accident w/ shoulder injury— $175K Settlement
 Motor vehicle accident w/ neck and low back sprain and strain injuries— $85K Settlement
 Motor vehicle accident w/ knee injury which aggravated pre-existing chronic knee condition— $150K Settlement
Motor vehicle accident chiropractic treatment only for neck— $29K Settlement
Motor vehicle accident w/ soft tissue injuries— $30K Settlement
Bicycle accident w/ soft tissue injuries— $100K Settlement
Violations of the Fair Credit and Reporting Act and Breach of Contract by for a Loan Modification Settlement
Resulted in Satisfaction of Mortgage ($114K) and $75K Settlement

*All results are different and case specific

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23Nov 2015

Download the Fall 2015 Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz Newsletter

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz Welcomes New Attorney

Andrea Pleimling

Andrea Pleimling

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 Gateway_Elementary_NL_editedland.

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

Olympic_Hopeful_NL_EditedMeet 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

Extravaganza_1_NL_editedExtravaganza_2_NL_Edited 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

Cyclones_NL_EditedGoldstein, 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

Bootacular_NL_EditedValerie 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!!

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.

Rice_Speaks_NL_EditedFor 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.

ToysForTots_NL_EditedWe 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.

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The law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz Receives 2015 Excellence Award

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been recognized as a recipient of the 2015 Florida Excellence Award by the US Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI).
Every year, a survey on various categories to determine which businesses meet and exceed industry benchmarks is commissioned by the USCTRI. A panel of industry executives and consultants oversees the annual survey. The USCTRI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practice.


Zachary Gill Named 2015 Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Goldstein Buckley Cechman Rice & Purtz Attorney

Zachary Gill, Partner

Zachary M. Gill, Partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A.., has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for the fourth consecutive year as a Rising Star in the field of Personal Injury Litigation. Only 2.5 percent of Florida attorneys receive this recognition.

The Rising Star list is a professional listing of attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have been selected for their personal and professional achievements in the legal profession by their peers and independent evaluation.


J. Jeffrey Rice Named Super Lawyer Ten Consecutive Years

Goldstein Buckley Cechman Rice & Purtz Attorney

J. Jeffrey Rice, Managing Partner

J. Jeffrey Rice, Managing Partner of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has once again been named “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine. This is the 10th consecutive time he has been chosen for this honor. Only five percent of Florida attorneys are named by Super Lawyers.

The Florida Super Lawyers list is a professional listing of attorneys from numerous areas of litigation who have been selected for their personal and professional achievements in the legal profession by their peers and independent evaluation.

Red, White & BOOM—4th of July • City of Cape Coral

Anna & Gillian Wilsker

Anna & Gillian Wilsker

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Valerie Skeen, Rick Phillips & Miriam Mikkelsen

TinaAllred

Tina Allred

LCBA Charity Golf Tournament • Pelican Preserve

Photos courtesy of Jim Jett Photography

Judge Rad Sturgis, Atty Lee Viacava, Judge James Adams & Atty Jeff Rice

Judge Rad Sturgis, Atty Lee Viacava, Judge James Adams & Atty Jeff Rice

 

MDA Ride for Life • Six Bends Harley-Davidson

Atty Richard Purtz & Tina Allred

Atty Richard Purtz & Tina Allred

On television, slips, trips, and falls are part of a comedy routine meant for our entertainment. In real life, slips, trips and falls are no laughing matter. They can cause serious injuries including severe ligament tears, permanent back damage, traumatic brain damage, spinal cord damage and even death. Based on premise liability laws, Florida law states it is the responsibility of the property owner (and/or tenant) to maintain safe conditions for people coming on their property. If an injury occurs on another person’s property, the property owner can be held liable if negligence is determined.

In order to successfully prove negligence in a premises liability case, the injured person must prove the following:

  •  the property owner or tenant knew or should have known of the danger or hazard that caused the injury
  • the property owner or tenant did not give adequate warning or failed to warn of the dangerous condition or hazard that caused the injury
  • the injured person was injured by the danger or hazardous condition

The duty of care by the property owner depends on the relationship of the injured person to the property. Visitors to a property fall into three general categories :

  • Invitees (business)
  • Licensees (social)
  • Trespassers

Property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees. These are individuals who come onto a property for business purposes, for example– entering a store to buy something, or a repairman who enters a home to work on something, etc. Property owners are strictly liable for maintaining a safe environment for visitors. These owners must regularly inspect and repair all hazardous conditions or give clear warnings in order to protect those on their property from accidents. Because of this duty to inspect, property owners can be held liable for dangerous conditions on the property they should have known about should an injury occur.

Property owners owe the second highest duty of care to licensees. These are considered social guests—family, friends and neighbors. These may also include someone who shows up uninvited, like an unexpected friend or neighbor. Property owners must keep property in a safe condition and warn visitors of any known dangers.

Property owners owe a limited duty of care to trespassers. This duty of care is limited to prevent intentional or reckless injury. For example, a property owner cannot set off harmful traps on their property against a trespasser. Once a trespasser is discovered on their property, a property owner has a duty to warn him/her of any known dangers.

In Florida, property owners owe a special duty of care to children. Under what is known as the “attractive nuisance doctrine,” property owners must take precautions to keep children away from dangerous conditions that are likely to entice a child. Pools, trampolines and old appliances are all items likely to entice a child (invited or trespassing) onto a property. The property owner must remove the dangerous condition or take reasonable steps to remove the danger. For example, most homes in Florida have a screened in lanai surrounding their pools. This is a reasonable step to protect children from a dangerous condition.

The most common type of premise liability injuries are: slips and falls, dog bites, and assaults on property. However, property owners can be held liable for most injuries if the property owner is determined to have caused or contributed to the injury.

Contact one of our skilled premises liability law attorneys to explore your legal options if you have been injured on someone else’s property.

 

Denise D’Aprile Appointed to Florida Bar Committee

Southwest Florida Personal Injury Attorney Denise B. D'AprileDenise B. D’Aprile, Partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been appointed to serve for three years on the Leadership Academy Committee for The Florida Bar.
The Leadership Academy Committee helps to identify, nurture and inspire effective leadership within the Bar and the legal community. The Committee also works to enhance the diversity of leaders within the Bar and build relationships among Bar leaders across disciplines within the profession. The Committee also raises the level of awareness and engagement among lawyers regarding issues facing the legal profession through the study of ethical, professional and public service issues.

Recent Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Motor vehicle accident with exacerbation of back problems—$100k settlement
  • Motor vehicle accident with exacerbation of pre-existing neck and back problems—$385k settlement
  • Trip and fall on uneven sidewalk against government entity with arthroscopic shoulder surgery—$75k settlement
  • Medical malpractice wrongful death—$300k settlement

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If you have been harmed by taking the following medications, please call our office and ask about mass tort actions

Actos
Benicar
Boniva
Fosamax
Cymbalta
Lipitor
Zofran
Propecia
Proscar
Risperdal
Paxil
Celexa
Effexor
Lexapro
Pristiq
Prozac
Zoloft
Viagara
Xarelto
Yaz
Yasmin
Beyaz
Gianvi
Ocella
Invokana

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