also known as Jim O'Leary
I have learned it's not about me, it's about you. When in trial, it's about the jurors, what they think of you and your case. I am a lifelong student of trial advocacy, the art of persuasion, and continued learning how to most effectively represent victims of negligence. Since this IS an "About Me" section, on a personal note, I am married and have three school age daughters along. I enjoy family life, including bike rides, swimming, and just ordinary special times raising my girls. One of my main personal goals in life is to provide a warm and loving home environment for my family.
Some of my personal interests and hobbies include reading, writing, and reflecting on the ongoing meaning of life and my unique opportunity to try to improve the lives of others and the world we live in. Most of the reading I do involves non-fiction books especially a good biography. I am also a music lover.
I am a guest professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in the legal studies department. I am also involved with our local schools as a guest law professor during law week and a volunteer in the Florida Justice Teaching Program. I am a certified mentor with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.
As a native Floridian, I have an inborn love of the beach, the smell of the salty air near the beach, and our unique environment living on the edge of the Florida Everglades. I love my home State of Florida and will never leave it. Although Miami and south east Florida was my home for the first 18 years of life, my permanent home is south west Florida and I love our natural environment as well as the way the area is developing. In between these two "homes" I was fortunate to enjoy the beautiful areas on Gainesville for college, Jacksonville for legal clerkships, and the St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater region for law school and my first two years of law practice.
Last, outside of the law, I have a strong love for technology, the Internet, computers and managing information. I am interested in computer programming, databases, and cellular technology. As a member of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs for the past 12 years and onward, I am able to fulfill my desire to help humanity, particularly third world countries in need of clean water, food, and medicine. I currently serve as the Rotary club Secretary and will be President-Elect followed by President in 20011-2012. I intend to continue my commitment to Rotary for the rest of my life to help advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1995||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|State Champion, 1995 Mock Trial Competition||Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||1995|
|Attorney at Law- Personal Injury||Law Office of James L. O'Leary II||1997 - Present|
|Attorney at Law - Personal Injury Attorney||Perenich, Carroll, Perenich, Caulfield, Avril, Noyes & Perenich, P.A.||1995 - 1996|
|Law Clerk||Margol & Pennington, P.A.||1994 - 1994|
|Law Clerk||Margol & Pennington, P.A.||1993 - 1993|
|Law Clerk||Margol & Pennington, P.A.||1992 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)||Member||1992 - Present|
|Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Collier County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Lee County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Sierra vs. Associated Marine Institutes, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and Big Cypress Wilderness Institute||Seven figure settlement at mediation.|
|Bobby Knight, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Vashawn L. Brinson vs. Richard D. King & Landstar Ranger, Inc.||Results: Verdict $2,007,500.00, January 28, 2010|
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|Stetson University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|