27Apr 2017

A Fire Kindles our Gratitude

In 1962, what is now known as Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, opened its law offices in downtown Fort Myers. It took over the northeast corner of Main and Broadway in what was prior to that a jewelry store. In 1979, the firm expanded north on Broadway by acquiring a two-story multi-office building that was then known as the Belmar Building. The firm remodeled the building and consolidated it with the existing building.  The law firm has continuously done business at the expanded location since then.

Last year on April 27, 2016, a power line fell on the building after a downtown transformer blew causing a fire to start on the roof, within the walls, and the ceiling of the law office building. Though the fire was quickly contained and extinguished, more than half of the north end of the building was damaged; including all of what was once the Belmar Building. Thankfully no one was injured although there were people in the building when the fire started.

Restoration crews were out in full force the next day and now, almost a year later, construction is just about 100% complete. So now we want to say “THANK YOU” to those who have been on this journey with us.

First and foremost, thank you to the Fort Myers Fire Department and the three other fire departments that assisted us on that fateful evening. Without your quick and efficient response to our emergency we could have suffered a much larger loss.

Thank you to all our downtown neighbors who have been surrounded by the construction debris and the inconveniences this might have caused you. Working in and around construction is not an easy task, but our downtown neighbors have shown us the spirit we have come to cherish in the River District.

Next, we would like to thank our employees. Due to the location of the fire, the entire north end of our building was damaged—both upstairs and downstairs. Many of our staff temporarily moved to different locations or shared small spaces with co-workers in the interest of continuing to serve our clients. We will forever be thankful no one was injured and continue to be grateful for the hard work and support of our attorneys and staff.

Last, but not least—we would like to thank you, our clients.  Your unfailing support for our firm has not gone unnoticed and remains one of the reasons we strive to continue to provide you with the best representation in our legal community.

One year ago—a fire changed our building; however, it did not change our business. Our commitment to our community has remained the same as it has been for over 50 years and will remain that way.

19Apr 2017

The employees of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz spent Saturday, April 8th working on a job site for a home built by Habitat for Humanity® Lee and Hendry Counties in Lehigh Acres. The Mission of Habitat for Humanity is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. This is done through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials.

“The attorneys and staff at our firm all live locally in Southwest Florida and we have been a local firm since our inception over 50 years ago. During that time, our firm has always had a passion and felt a duty to help our neighbors in need.  Following that tradition, we had several attorneys and staff members volunteer for another Habitat for Humanity home building project,” said Partner Christopher Smith. “We are very thankful to Habitat for Humanity for allowing us to participate in their noble cause.”

If you are interested in attending a future Habitat for Humanity event with GBCR&P employees, visit our website at www.JusticeStartsNow.com  or contact us at 239-334-1146.  For news on other community events we participate in, you can subscribe to our newsletter, by sending your email address to dkovalick@gbclaw.com.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., continues to provide a full complement of legal services to clients for over 50 years in its Fort Myers (two locations to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships, social security disability, commercial and construction law, and bankruptcy. For more information, visit www.JusticeStartsNow.com or call 239-334-1146.

24Mar 2017

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that John B. Cechman of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney John Cechmanadvocate. Cechman has been a NBTA member in good standing for 25 years.

The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance to continuing legal education courses and proof of good standing. Board certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. The NBTA as well as all board certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public’s ability to choose a good attorney.

Cechman is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Certification.  He is licensed to practice in Federal, Southern and Middle District Courts of Florida; has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1992; and was admitted to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 1993. Cechman has an AV Preeminent Rating through Martindale-Hubbell™ Peer Review.

Cechman assists clients who have legal problems concerning Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, and Product Liability cases.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., continues to provide a full complement of legal services to clients for over 50 years in its Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships, commercial and construction law, criminal law and bankruptcy. For more information on John Cechman or any other legal matter, visit www.JusticeStartsNow.com or call 239-334-1146.

23Mar 2017

Martindale-Hubbell™ has again awarded managing partner, J. Jeffrey Rice and partners Richard Purtz,   John Cechman and Christopher Smith the AV Preeminent Rating for 2017. This is the highest possible rating available for legal ability and ethical standards.

The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers, members of the bar and the judiciary. The Peer Review reflects a combination of achieving a very high general ethical standards rating, and a legal ability numerical rating.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., continues to provide a full complement of legal services to clients for over 50 years in its Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships and family law, commercial and construction law and bankruptcy. For more information on the AV Preeminent Rating of our attorneys or any other legal matter, visit www.JusticeStartsNow.com or call 239-334-1146.