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Mr. Westheimer has an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, which means that he has been deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. For three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014, he has been recognized as among Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine. Only 1,165 lawyers in Florida were named to the 2014 list, which represents just 2 percent of the more than 67,000 Florida Bar members active in Florida. Those named to the “Legal Elite” list are selected by their peers who are invited to name those attorneys for whom they have the highest regard or whom they would recommend to others.
In 2013, Mr. Westheimer was elected to a two-year term on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Twelfth Circuit Representative, Seat One, representing over 1,800 attorneys in Sarasota, DeSoto and Manatee counties. In 2010 and 2011, he was named a Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”
Mr. Westheimer’s practice involves primarily the representation of plaintiffs in personal injury matters and various aspects of commercial litigation. He has handled cases involving complex personal injury, motorcycle and automobile accidents with severe injuries, premises liability matters, product liabilities’ litigation, medical malpractice litigation, and commercial litigation. He is admitted to practice in the U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and Florida state Courts.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Westheimer was raised primarily in Sarasota and graduated from Riverview High School in 1989. He took a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with high honors, from the University of Florida in 1993, and in 1996, received his Juris Doctorate, with high honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While at the College of Law, he had the distinction of graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a Teaching Assistant in Appellate Advocacy and Legal Research and Writing, and participated in the International Law Program at Leiden University in the Netherlands in the Spring of 1996.
He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice. He is a Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association (2010 – 2011), a Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, a member (and former chair) of the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee, and served on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors from 2004 to 2013.
Mr. Westheimer is an active volunteer in his community, working with various charitable organizations over the years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Sarasota County, a volunteer position he’s held since 2009; he also currently serves on the University of Florida Levin College of Law Alumni Council Board of Directors.
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I endorse Scott Westheimer. Scott is an excellent personal injury lawyer, and is a strong and effective advocate for his clients. Scott has an excellent reputation in the legal community, and I would not hesitate to refer a potential client to him.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1996||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2014|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2013|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Florida Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Florida Super Lawyers||2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The Florida Bar||Board of Governors, 12th Circuit Representative||2013 - Present|
|Sarasota County Bar Association||President||2010 - 2011|
|The Florida Bar||Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors||2004 - 2013|
|Sarasota County Bar Association||Young Lawyers Division President||2003 - 2004|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|