Fort Myers Attorneys Named As Super Lawyers in 2020

The law firmGoldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz was proud to have J. Jeffrey Rice, John B. Cechman and Richard L. Purtz, their Fort Myers attorneys named as Super Lawyers on the prestigious 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. They are named as Super Lawyers and receive accolades each year. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of legal professionals in each state.

Three Attorneys Named As Super Lawyers

Rice was first named to the list in 2006. Cechman was named to the list in 2007, 2009 and 2020. Purtz was first named in 2009, and each year since 2017.

Rice emphasizes his practice on commercial law, construction law and real estate. Cechman and Purtz are personal injury attorneys for the firm. All three, as well as managing partner Christopher J. Smith, are Florida Board Certified in Civil Trial, an honor approximately only 1% of trial lawyers achieve by trying a certain number of civil trials to verdict and passing a written exam. Rice is also Board Certified in business litigation and construction law.

In addition, Cechman, Rice and Purtz, as well as partner Stephen Buckley, Chris and Smith are also AV Preeminent rated, the highest rating attorneys can receive by Martindale Hubbell’s peer attorney and judges review. Smith, Rice, Cechman and Purtz are also members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious national invitation-only group of trial attorneys that has stringent requirements attorneys must meet in order to qualify.

Super Lawyers magazine features Cechman, Rice and Purtz in its June issue, which will be distributed to more than 62,000 attorneys and posted in an online directory. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

About Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has offered a full complement of professional legal services to Southwest Florida clients since 1962. The firm’s experienced attorneys are board certified by the Florida Bar, and their areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, fall and premises liability, wrongful death, motorcycle and truck accidents, medical malpractice, real estate, commercial litigation, construction law, wills, estate planning and administration, social security law and criminal law. With offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte, these attorneys named as Super Lawyers can be reached by calling 239-334-1146 or visiting our contact us page.