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Thank you for visiting my Avvo profile. I invite you to also visit our website at to find more information on my biography page and in our section on verdicts and settlements. I have practiced law for over 30 years in Orlando, Florida with an emphasis in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. If you or a loved one have been affected by an injury or death, do not hesitate to call (866) FLA-FIRM for a free consultation. 


My practice areas include motor vehicle, motorcycle, and trucking negligence, premises liability, product liability, nursing home neglect and abuse, medical malpractice, False Claims Act/Qui Tam/Whistleblower cases, insurance disputes, and general civil litigation.



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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 30%
    3 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    3 years
  3. Defective Products: 25%
    3 years
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 15%
    3 years
  5. Medical Malpractice: 5%
    3 years



Hourly ($450-550/hour), contingent (30-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Roy Jacob Smith IV

    Mel Wright is a watermark upon which all attorneys I know measure themselves. A professional. An advocate. A cornucopia of legal procedure. If I send a referral to Mel I always know that it will reflect well on me. He is a lion in the guise of a southern gentleman.


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Contact info

Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter
801 N Orange Ave Ste 830
Orlando, Florida, 328015203


FLMember in Good Standing198606/21/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial Master Life MemberTrial Masters2015
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend2015
SuperlawyerLaw & Politics2015
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In FloridaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Nominee - Judicial Nominating Commission for 5th DCAFlorida Bar2014
Advertising Committee - ChairFlorida Bar2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In FloridaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
MemberAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2013
Top Attorneys In FloridaWall Street Journal & Miami Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Advertising Committee - Vice ChairFlorida Bar2013
Nominee - Judicial Nominating Commission for the 9th CircuitFlorida Bar2013
Top Lawyers In FloridaMiami Magazine and Wall Street Journal2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Board Certified Civil Pretrial AdvocateNational Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Orlando's Top LawyersOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2012
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In FloridaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2012
Top Lawyers in OrlandoWall Street Journal2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 100 LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Top Lawyers In OrlandoOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2011
Nominee - Judicial Nominating Commission 5th DCA of FloridaFlorida Bar Board of Governors2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Top Lawyers In OrlandoOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaThe National Trial Lawyers2010
Member: Advertising CommitteeThe Florida Bar2010
Blue Ribbon Panel Member - SuperlaywersLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Florida Legall EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
AV RatedMartindale Hubbell Law Directory2009
Super LawyerLaw and Politics Magazine2009
Nominee - Judicial Nominating Commission for 9th CircuitFlorida Bar2009
Bar Registry Of Preeminent LawyersLexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell2009
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaThe National Trial Lawyers2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2007
AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2006
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Board Certified Civil Trial LawFlorida Bar2006
AV RatedMartindale Hubbell2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
Board Certified Civil Trial LawFlorida Bar2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Top Lawyers In AmericaMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1999
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocateAmerican Bar Association accredited National Board of Legal Specialty Certification,National Board of Trial Advocacy1999
Board Certified Civil Trial LawyerThe Florida Bar1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderColling Gilbert Wright & Carter2005 - Present
AttorneyMorgan Colling & Gilbert1993 - 2005
AttorneyGurney & Handley1987 - 1992
AttorneyWalker Miller & Ketcham1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Trial MastersMember2015 - Present
ABOTA FoundationFellow2015 - Present
Product Liability Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2013 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)Member1986 - Present
Florida BarMember - Board Certified in Civil Trial Law1986 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1985 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMember - Board Certified in Civil Trial LawN/A
Central Florida Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Florida Justice AssociationNursing Home Committee Chairperson2009 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kathleen Hutt v. Union Park MemorialSettled After Appeal To Supreme Court
Estate Of George Dellinger v. Quality Health Care CenterConfidential Settlement
Estate of Eric Titus v. West Orange YMCAOne Million Dollar Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Briefs - Orange County Bar AssociationNo Immunity For Car Rental Companies2007
American Journal of NursingBorn Into A Diaper2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of GeorgiaAgricultural and Applied EconomicsOther - Bachelors1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Handling Meningitis Claims TeleseminarBuilding Your Meningitis Case2013
Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues And AnswersInsurance Subrogation2008
Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and AnswersIdentifying Automotive Defect Cases2008
Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and AnswersRetaining Experts2008
Adult Abuse, Neglect And ExploitationWhat The Court Considers2008
Jury Selection In FloridaThe Law of Jury Selection2007
Jury Selection In FloridaVoir Dire Examination2007
Long Term Care LitigationFraud And Abuse Claims2006
Mass Torts Made PerfectKeys To Winning Nursing Home Cases2003