Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I have been a Florida Trial Lawyer since 1971 when I had my first jury trial in Gainesville, and I have been in and out of the courtroom ever since. As a Trial Lawyer I enjoy helping people get their lives back together after a serious accident or an arrest. I consider myself an expert in negotiating settlements as well as trying cases in the courtroom. I have the determination and experience to go head to head with the big and powerful insurance companies that try to take advantage of people who were injured through no fault of their own. I always fight hard to get every one of my clients the justice they deserve.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, came to Gainesville in 1970 after graduating law school at Case-Western Reserve University, passed the Florida Bar, and opened my practice in downtown Gainesville in 1971. After 40 years, every work day I still enjoy going to work, getting to know and help my clients that come to my office from all over North Florida, working with my amazing staff, and fighting for the rights of individuals and for the justice they are entitled to.
Throughout my years in Gainesville I have enjoyed giving back to the community through numerous community service activities. My recent public service contributions are my three Consumer Guide Books. I am very proud of these books which are a culmination of my 40 years of legal experience and insights. It is my intention that these books help the people of Florida from making mistakes that can negatively affect their lives for many years.
As an attorney, I concentrate in personal injury accident and wrongful death cases as well as DUI/ Criminal Defense. I regularly attend seminars to stay up to date on emerging trends and technology in these fields of law. In addition, over the past 20 years I have lectured and been chairman of many legal seminars in Florida. I get deep satisfaction in teaching and raising the level of professionalism for both young and experienced attorneys.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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I endorse this lawyer. Jeffrey is a tremendous lawyer who has been a leader in Gainesville's legal community for over 40 years. He always puts the client's interest first and will go to trial when necessary to get full recovery.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1971||01/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Founding Attorney||Meldon Law||1971 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Civil Procedure Rules Committee||N/A||2002 - 2007|
|Florida Bar, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee||Member||1999 - 2000|
|Florida Bar DUI Seminars||Chairman and Lecture||1997 - 2008|
|Florida Bar Traffic Court Rules Committee||Chairman and Member||1992 - 2002|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section||Member||N/A|
|NORML Legal Committee||N/A||N/A|
|Florida Justice Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Fifth Judicial Circuit Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Assocation||N/A||N/A|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter of FACDL||Chairman of DUI||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)||N/A||N/A|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Lorman Seminars||Chairman and Lecturer||N/A|
|Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee||Former Committee Member||N/A|
|The Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Attorney Member||N/A|
|A 3-Step Approach to Purchasing Adequate Auto Insurance at Competative Pricing||Buying Florida Auto Insurance||2010|
|A DUI Guide for Alachua County Florida||Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction in Alachua County||2010|
|Consumer Protection Guide for Accident Cases in Florida||Seven Mistakes That Can Wreck Yout Florida Accident Case||2009|
|Case Western Reserve University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1969|
|Ohio State University||Business Administration||Other - Bachelors||1966|
|Basic Criminal Law 2014||Defending DUI Cases||2014|