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Jeffrey R. Garvin

Personal injury Attorney at Fort Myers, FL

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 50 years
    North Carolina - NC 32 years
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1973
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1992
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jeffrey

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Jeffrey R. Garvin is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who haslitigated catastrophic injury and death cases throughout the countryfor over 30 years. During that time period he has tried before juries:cases involving aviation, automobile and boat accidents, medical andlegal malpractice and defective products and has achieved multipleverdicts in excess of $1 Million. Mr. Garvin has been a member of theMillion Dollar Advocates Forum® since 2004.


Beginning in law school Mr. Garvindemonstrated excellence in advocacy by receiving the Best Trial LawyerAward. That tradition has continued throughout his career and in 2005he was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers inAmerica ® in which he has been listed in each successive year. He isalso listed in Law and Leading Attorneys and selected for inclusion inFlorida Super Lawyers ® continuously since 2006. Additionally, Mr.Garvin has achieved an AV® peer review rating from theMartindale-Hubbell group; this is their highest possible rating.

Mr. Garvin is the President-Elect of the Florida Chapter of theAmerican Board of Trial Advocates, a past president of the Calusa Innsof Court, Past President of the Edison Community College EndowmentCorporation, and Past President of the Sanibel-Captive Rotary TrustFund. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of FloridaTrial lawyers for 14 years chairing virtually all of their . Garvin has lectured extensively to numerous legal associationsincluding the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Association ofTrial Lawyers of America, the Georgia and South Carolina and MaineTrial Lawyers Associations. He has published numerous articles and wasa co-author of Trial Advocacy: The Official Handbook of the Academy ofFlorida Trial Lawyer.

A 1973 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Law, Mr.Garvin is licensed to practice law in Florida, and North Carolina, andhas been admitted to numerous Federal Courts and various state courtsthroughout the country.

Mr. Garvin has been a pilot since 1975 and holds both single engine,multi-engine, and instrument ratings and his hobbies include flying,fishing and skiing. He has been married to his wife, Susan since 1975and they have two children, Leland with whom he practices law and Darylwho teaches school in Fort Myers.

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Posted by Al | September 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I am an attorney who has been in practice in Florida for 52 years including being a senior partner in a 70 attorney law firm as well as becoming a private mediator after my retirement from the firm. I always wondered who I would retain if I ever needed an attorney. Almost two years ago, my wife was seriously injured in an automobile accident. My choice was easy, I retained Jeff Garvin. I had known Jeff personally for many decades and had complete confidence in his abilities and trust in his professionalism. Jeff skillfully negotiated a very favorable settlement for my wife. I know that his reputation as a skilled trial lawyer made a big difference in securing top dollar for our case. I've always thought that the most difficult client a lawyer can have is another lawyer. Jeff has demonstrated great patience in dealing with me throughout and gave me good advice all the way. If you need a lawyer in a serious personal injury case or any complicated type of civil litigation, Jeff Garvin is your man. I give him my highest recommendation. Al Frierson
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Posted by Steve | June 9, 2015
Great injury lawyer
Mr. Garvin handled my complex personal injury case and obtained a very good result. He has a strong knowledge of the law and the practical aspects of this type of litigation. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Alyssa | April 12, 2013
Personal Injury Case
Jeff Garvin went above and beyond to ensure that my case was given the validation and attention it deserved. In a not so ideal situation, he made every effort to make sure the outcome was favorable. I would reccomend his lawfirm to anyone needing legal advice.
Posted by Stephen | September 8, 2010
EXCELLENT attorney; Highly recommend
EXCELLENT attorney, very knowledgeable, does intense and in depth background research and investigation. Well prepared for depositions, arbitrations, hearings. Very personable and approachable. Takes necessary time with clients and provides thoughtful answers to inquiries. Always kept me informed. Completely trustworthy. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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Posted by Patrick | August 12, 2010
Jeffrey Garvin Is An Exemplary Attorney Who I Highly Recommend!
Jeff Garvin is an amazing attorney; a lawyer of highest integerity, great experience, tremendous talent, and mighty work ethic. He was very positively interactive with my wife and me throughout our case. We really like and appreciate him, both personally, and professionally. I had tongue cancer which was misdiagnosed, for several months, by my first ENT. The ENT reassured me repeatedly that since I was suffering from severe pain (tongue, ear, and throat) that I didn't have cancer, and I believed him--he was the "specialist." I was shocked, beyond belief, to find out from another ENT, to whom I went for a second opinion, that I, in fact, had a five centimeter milignant tumor growing in the base of my tongue! By the time that I was diagnosed, my cancer was at stage four; not good. The surgery that I had resulted in the removal of a significant portion of my tongue, and then I had radiation treatment, the combination of which has left me significantly speech impaired, and unable to swallow. The speech impairment is a a cruel joke since I am a licensed clinical social worker who used to have a private practice doing individual and family therapy. I believed that if my cancer had been diagnosed when I first sought treatment from the first ENT, that the portion of my tongue which was removed would have been much smaller, and I wouldn't have had to have as much radiation treatment. When I contacted Jeff and we discussed my situation, he was open and honest with me about his experience in handling cases like mine, and our chances of winning a favorable verdict. I was impressed with his candidness, as well as his knowledge, regarding the medical information, and diagnostic process related to my medical condition. He clearly explained what the litigation process would be like, and that it would take time. Jeff, early on, asked to bring on as co-counsel, Wilton Strickland, with whom Jeff had successfuly worked with in the past. We readily agreed to add him to the team (at no aditional cost to us, I believe is important to add). To make a long story short, they worked very long and hard to build a very solid case, which with their impressive trial presentation, over a period of two weeks, had the happy result of our prevailing with the jury deciding in our favor. This outcome is all the more impressive in that they were up against a team of three very tough defense attorneys. It took approximately 7 years from beginning to end, largely due to the stalling tactics employed by the defense, including their appeal, which they also lost. Words cannot adequately express the depth of my, and my wife's heartfelt appreciation for the tremendous effort that Jeff, and Wil put into our case; they really brought on their "A" game! Thanks to the substantial monetary award that Jeff and Wil won for us, we are financially secure, and don't have to worry about whether or not we will be able to make ends meet, which was a serious future concern for us; there's not much of a market for speech impaired therapists. Not a day goes by that I don't think fondly and appreciatively about Jeff, and Wil, as I am ever so mindful, and thankful for the good fortune, and security which they have, through their extraordinary talent, skill, and hard work, provided for me, and more importantly, my family.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Garvin Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Garvin & Tripp, P.A.
  • 1976 - 2008


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • Western Carolina University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jury verdict of $6.4M after man loses tounge to cancer
  • $ 6.4 Million Jury Verdict
  • Jury verdict of $8.25M in malpractice suit against Naples doctor.
  • $8.25M Jury Verdict


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Member
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  • Twentieth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Sustaining Member
  • N/A
  • Calusa Inn of Court
  • Officer
  • N/A
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Constitution and By-laws Committee
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Ethics Committee
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • FLABOTA (Florida's American Board of Trial Advocates) chapter (State)
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1976 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers In America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Included in Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2004
  • Law and Leading Attorneys In Florida
  • Law and Leading Attorneys In Florida
  • N/A
  • AV rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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  • Trial Advocacy: The Official Handbook of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
  • Trial Advocacy
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • FLABOTA Annual Convention
  • Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
Endorse Jeffrey
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Jeff Garvin and highly recommend him in the field of personal injury. We were on opposing sides on a case several years ago. He provided zealous representation for his client and was a professional from start to finish."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeff Garvin as an excellent lawyer in medical malpractice and any personal injury case. Jeff is a true professional with a reputation for being a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Garvin. From his credentials Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and striving for more and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeff Garven. I have had the opportunity to review several of Mr. Garven's answers to questions posed on AVVO. His insight and knowledge of the law is apparent in each response he has shared with the AVVO community. If you are in need of a skilled accident attorney, who understands injury law, I recommend that you contact Mr. Garven."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jeff for over 35 years and have always admired his commitment to his profession. He handles his cases with precision and gives each client his very best. Just look at his results!"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jeff is a legendary attorney in his field. He has worked his whole career advocating for his clients. His ability to deal with complex issues is only paralelled by his ethical standards. I would highly recomend him as a trial attonrey!"
Wrongful death Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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