Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. has six offices in Southwest Florida. The offices are located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Call us first at 800-332-9404 or fill out a simple case form today.

25Oct 2017

GBCR&P’s Fall 2017 Newsletter

Firm News

“We Are Handling Hurricane Irma Property Damage Claims”

Insurance Claims after Hurricane Irma

Dealing with insurance companies after a natural disaster can be as stressful as the hurricane itself. If you have homeowner’s insurance , flood insurance or other insurance policies for which you are filing claims , we can help you understand your policy and make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Tips for Filing Property Damage Claims

  • Call your Insurance Company & File Quickly – Call your insurance company as soon as possible and document all conversations. Most insurance policies require that you file your claims immediately after the damage occurs. If you delay filing your claim, insurance companies might try to minimize, delay or even deny your claim.
  • Take Pictures – Taking lots of pictures is very important. Pictures and documentation are important when showing the damages incurred and will help when seeking adequate compensation.
  • Choosing a Repair Company – You have the right to choose your own repair company. Make sure you hire a qualified, reputable company and appropriately licensed and insured, and not just choose one based on cost. . Many insurance companies will guide you into choosing their preferred companies. These preferred companies may save the insurance company money but may not be the best suited to repair your property. Get several estimates and compare before choosing.
  • Save All Receipts and Document Everything – When filing a claim, you will often have to sign a “Proof of Loss” document prior to settling any claim. Make sure you obtain receipts for all repairs and transactions and document all calls.

Gulf Coast Humane Society

GBCR&P is a proud supporter of the Gulf Coast Humane Society and wants to thank them for their service to our community. The Humane Society is a group that aims to stop human or animal suffering due to cruelty or other reasons. Their mission is to provide humane care for surrendered animals by offering refuge, providing medical care and facilitating an adopting home. Each year GCHS takes in more than 1,000 animals in need of compassionate care. The work this facility does on a daily basis is evident by the love and care they provide to abandoned and neglected animals.

If you or someone you know is interested in supporting the mission of the Humane Society there are several ways in which you can do so which are listed here on their website .

In light of showing our appreciation for the Humane Society, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz has started a new trend on our social media pages. This new trend is entitled “Pet of the Week”. Every week we will shine light on a pet and give a small story about this pet in honor of the Humane Society. If you are interested in having your pet featured on our social media pages, please submit a photo and a brief story of your pet via email: tsheffield@, mail, or direct message us via twitter,

Verdicts/ Settlements

  • MVA in Lee County, multiple fractures, ruptured spleen and traumatic brain injury- $990,000 settlement
  • Collier County motorcycle accident with exacerbation of prior knee problems requiring knee replacement -$350,000
  • Charlotte County, motor vehicle accident with microdiscectomy of the low back- $250,000 settlement
  • Charlotte County, foot sprain and surgery due to car running over foot- $200,000 settlement
  • Collier County, fall on broken step, microdiscectomy of the low back, $100,000 settlement
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Shoulder arthroscopic surgery- $150,000
20Jul 2016

GBCR&P’s Summer 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

Attorney Zachary M. Gill of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. Appointed as Lee County Judge

Goldstein Buckley Cechman Rice & Purtz Attorney

Zachary M. Gill

Governor Rick Scott announced on Friday, June 24th, 2016 , the appointment of local attorney, Zachary M. Gill to the Lee County Court. Until his appointment, Gill was a partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz. P.A., where he practiced for 6 years. Gill is 36 years of age.

Prior to joining the law firm Gill served as an assistant state attorney in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in 2005 and then served as an assistant state attorney in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit from 2007-2009. Gill has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for the past four years as a Rising Star in the field of Personal Injury Litigation. Only 2.5 percent of Florida attorneys receive this recognition.

A graduate of Florida State University, he attained his law degree from Barry University School of Law. Zach Gill fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Leigh Frizzell Hayes to the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court.

Jeffrey Rice, Managing Attorney for Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, commented: “Zach has represented his clients with compassion, respect and integrity. We are confident he will carry these traits with him to the Bench in serving the citizens of Lee County as our newest Judge. The entire firm congratulates him on his appointment and wishes him the best.”

Cases he is handling are being reassigned to other attorneys in the firm and clients have been notified so that a seamless transition in caring for clients is ensured.


Christopher J. Smith Inducted into FLABOTA

Goldstein Buckley Cechman Rice & Purtz Attorney

Christopher J. Smith

Christopher J. Smith, partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been selected by the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA) as a Member in their Southwest Chapter.

FLABOTA is an association whose purpose is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefitted by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation. As an invitation-only association, members must exhibit the principles of courtroom civility, integrity and professionalism over the course of their legal profession. It is widely accepted that to be invited to join ABOTA is a prestigious honor for individuals of stellar character and in-depth experience within the legal profession.

Christopher Smith is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. He is admitted to practice in front of all of the state courts of Florida and also the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He previously served as a mentor for Take Stock in Children, where he mentored at- risk high school students to help them earn college scholarships. Smith is a trial attorney for personal injury cases.

GBCR&P Community OutreachGoldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz helped sponsor the 8th Annual Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Tournament-Four Person Scramble to benefit Junior Leadership Charlotte. The event took place on May 21 at Kingsway Counrty Club.

Junior Leadership Charlotte is a program sponsored by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and by the adult leaders involved in the county’s Leadership Charlotte Program.

BoysAndGirlsGoldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz was in part a sponsor of the 2016 Realtor® Golf Benefit Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girl’s Clubs of Lee County. The event held by the Royal Palm Coast Realtor® Association took place on June 2 at The Forest Golf & Country Club.

The mission of the Boys and Girl’s Clubs of Lee County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Red, White & Boom 2016

Red_White_Boom_NL_EditedOn Monday, July 4th, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz participated in the City of Cape Coral’s Red, White & Boom event held on Cape Coral Parkway. Employees of the firm were on hand to celebrate Independence Day by offering free promotional items and speaking to those in need of legal assistance.

FireworksA special thanks to those who volunteered for the event: Anna Wilsker, Stacy Rodriguez, Deena Allen, Anne McRae, Richard Purtz, Ray Liviosi, Andrea Smith and Christopher Smith. Also, thank you to all who stopped by our booth. It’s always nice to talk to current and previous clients and vendors.


Summer 2016 Newsletter Image

Pictured above is Deena Allen, Zach Allen, Ray Liviosi and Anne McRae.

Pictured above is Attorney Andrea Smith, Attorney Christopher Smith, and Ray Liviosi

Pictured above is Attorney Andrea Smith, Attorney Christopher Smith, and Ray Liviosi

2016 Summer Olympics

Congratulations Brooke Sweat! Brooke is an Olympic qualifier who starred in a Public Service Announcement television promotion, produced though Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz., to build awareness and support of student athletes who aspire to compete in the Olympics. Brooke starred in one of a few similar PSA’s produced by the firm recently that will appear over most of the local television outlets leading up to and through the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brooke is a local athlete, born and raised in Fort Myers. She will be playing beach volleyball on Copacabana Beach in Rio. Beach volleyball games will be played August 5– August 21. Join GBCR&P in wishing Brooke good luck!

Why Justice Starts Now

Justice Starts Now is a publication produced and managed by Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz. The purpose of this publication is to keep the public informed of firm news, what we are doing in the community, as well as information about dangerous consumer products and medical recalls. Clients, email correspondents and those who requested to receive firm information receive this publication on a quarterly basis. This newsletter is available via postal service or email. If you wish to change the delivery of this newsletter, please contact Denise Kovalick at 239-334-1146 or dkovalick@


Attorney Jeffrey Rice

For over 50 years, the attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz has been actively involved in the communities where we live and work. Our Speaker’s Bureau is one of the many ways our firm participates within the community.

The more you know about your rights, the more prepared you’ll be to deal with any situation. That’s why at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, we think it’s important to educate the entire community on all types of legal matters. Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to speak at events, dinners, ceremonies and public gatherings. In the past, we’ve spoken on such diverse issues as personal injury law, insurance law, premises liability law and civil and construction law. Call our office at 239-334-1146 or toll free at 800-332-9404 to schedule an attorney to speak at your event.

27May 2016

GBCR&P’s Spring 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

Texting and Driving PSA Contest Winner Announced

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz sponsored a TEXTING AND DRIVING Public Safety Announcement (PSA) CONTEST for local high school students. The contest was part of the law firm’s Put the Phone Down (http:// campaign that began in 2013.

The winning entry was submitted by Stefan Hustrulid, a freshman at Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School. Hustrulid’s winning video outlined the dangers of texting while driving and earned both him and his high school $250.

Put the Phone Down is a campaign to help educate motorists on the dangers of texting and driving. This year Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz enlisted the help of high school students to bring awareness to young drivers regarding the alarming statistics of distracted driving caused traffic crashes. Lee, Collier and Charlotte County high school students were invited to submit a video PSA bring awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.


Gulf Coast Symphony

GulfCoast SymphonyIn partnership with Florida Repertory Theatre, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz sponsored in part the Gulf Coast Symphony’s presentation of Carousel in Concert at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th.



Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz is a proud sponsor of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyer’s 2016 Judicial Appreciation Reception Honoring Circuit Judge Lauren L. Brodie on Thursday, May 5th at The Marina at Edison Ford.



Pantyhose-Free Zone Women’s Expo

On Saturday, February 6th, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends had the opportunity to reconnect during a day of shopping, demonstrations, pampering, makeovers, and giveaways. Admission was free to the Pantyhose-Free Zone Women’s Expo where over 100 professionals specializing in the areas of fashion and beauty, health and fitness, finance, travel, education and art offered ladies a day to remember.

Lee County Christian Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

On February 25, an attorney represented Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz at the Lee County Christian Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. The LCCCC Business Expo is an annual event that provides area businesses with the opportunity to network with other businesses within the community.

Historical Day at Classical Christian Academy in Fort Myers

Each year for History Day, the Classical Christian Academy in Fort Myers turns their gymnasium into a wonderland of the time period they are studying. This year the gym was transformed into the Medieval Times era. The students are History_Day_NL_Editedassigned a section of the gym to create a booth depicting the era. A GBCR&P attorney participated, along with parents and students, by dressing the part. A castle was created with a mote, rocks, and a drawbridge. Students participated in jousting by using stick horses to ride and struck a target with their swords—instead of one another. Also included in this ‘medieval’ wonderland was a marketplace, tannery, apothecary, church, dancing, arts and crafts, a photo booth and so much more.

The cafeteria was transformed into a medieval dining hall with its very own King and Queen coronation. Students played the violin. Smoked chicken drumsticks and corn on the cob was the lunch for the day.


Employee Appreciation Luncheon

On April 27th, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz celebrated its employees at an Employee Luncheon at the Edison. During this luncheon, employees were recognized for their hard work and dedication. A few notable employees celebrating milestone anniversaries included Linda Mintz (40 years), Elaine Festa (40 years), Jeff Rice (40 years), Laura Graham (25 years), Debbie Chapman (25 years) and Jackie Moore (10 years). Congratulations on your work anniversary and THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication to helping make our law firm a success.

Debbie Chapman, Laura Graham

Debbie Chapman, Laura Graham

Maria Rincon, Denise Kovalick, Lanna Servick, Tina Helton, Laura Graham

Maria Rincon, Denise Kovalick, Lanna Servick, Tina Helton, Laura Graham

Laura Graham, Jeff Rice

Laura Graham, Jeff Rice

Angelique Pilcher, Anna Wilsker

Angelique Pilcher, Anna Wilsker

Colleen Duffy, Linda Mintz

Colleen Duffy, Linda Mintz

On Wednesday, April 27, around 7 pm, a power line fell on our downtown office building causing a small structure fire. Due to the prompt response of the Fort Myers Fire Department, the fire was quickly

Photo Credit - NBC-2

Photo Credit – NBC-2

contained and no one was injured. No files or client records were damaged and the office was up and running by noon on Thursday. The downtown office will remain open as repairs are made to fix the fire and water damage. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz has five other locations in Southwest Florida for your convenience.

The firm would like to thank the Fort Myers Fire Department for their fast and efficient efforts in responding to this emergency.

Radiology Regional Privacy Beach

As you may be aware, Radiology Regional Center is responsible for the release of patients’ private information exposing patients to the threat of identity theft. Radiology Regional patients were notified of the breach of their private and confidential medical data on February 12, 2016. It is reported over 480,000 patients are affected by this privacy breach.

Our firm has been retained by multiple individuals who have had issues of identity theft relating to the Radiology Regional Center privacy breach that occurred on or about December 19, 2015. Whether you have encountered such a theft or not, you are eligible for compensation due to the risk created by the release of these records. Radiology Regional’s offer to provide credit monitoring for one year falls far short of what is recommended in the security industry.

If you have received a notice from Radiology Regional or have been affected by the Radiology Regional privacy breach, contact our office at 239-334-1146. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

City of Cape Coral – Red White & Boom!

Red_White_Boom_NL_EditedIt’s almost summer and everyone is starting to make their plans for the 4th of July. Be sure to join the GBCR&P team at Red, White & Boom on Cape Coral Parkway. This is a family friendly event with tons of food, music and entertainment for people of all ages. The event starts at 5:00 pm with fireworks starting around 9:30 pm. Watch for announcements regarding road closures and be sure to come see us under the blue GBCR&P tent!!!