25Oct 2017


Attorney Stephen W. Dommerich has joined the law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. where he will specialize in Personal Injury Law, General Law, Civil litigation and Criminal law.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dommerich worked for 3 years as an Assistant State Attorney for the State Attorney’s Office (20th Circuit) in Fort Myers. He was assigned to misdemeanor, domestic violence and felony dockets where he prosecuted 45 trials. Stephen had interned at the SAO for two summers
assigned to the Misdemeanor and Economic Crimes Units, before graduating law school.

Stephen is a member of the Florida Bar and the Lee County Bar where he is currently in the Criminal Practice Section. He graduated from Fort Myers High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing at Florida State University, where he was a member of their Habitat for Humanity chapter. He
attained his Juris Doctorate degree at Nova Southeastern University- Shepard Broad Law Center. While at Nova he acted as the Director of Development of the school’s Criminal Law Society.

Stephen is also a member of The Calusa American Inn of Court and is on the Board of the Southwest Florida Seminole Club, a non-profit organization which raises money to provide college scholarships for deserving students While attending law school at Nova Southwestern, he acted as the host of the local weekly radio show on WLAW -FM.

His outside interests include: playing golf, basketball, tennis, and especially fishing. When asked why he decided to enter the law, he said, “ I was inspired by my father who is now a retired circuit court judge.”

01Aug 2017
Our managing partners LOVE the Gulf Coast Humane Society!

Adopted dog Bruiser owned by attorneys Andrea Pleimling and Chris SmithBoo and BruiserBoo driving the car

Dogs Boo and Bruiser are the rescue pets of Andrea and Chris Smith, local attorneys with the law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, who are strong supporters of the Gulf Coast Humane Society whose mission is to provide humane care for surrendered animals by offering refuge, providing medical care, and facilitating an adoptive home.  This is all  made possible due to the financial support of caring neighbors in our community.

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Gulf Coast Humane Society

27Apr 2017

A Fire Kindles our Gratitude

In 1962, what is now known as Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, opened its law offices in downtown Fort Myers. It took over the northeast corner of Main and Broadway in what was prior to that a jewelry store. In 1979, the firm expanded north on Broadway by acquiring a two-story multi-office building that was then known as the Belmar Building. The firm remodeled the building and consolidated it with the existing building.  The law firm has continuously done business at the expanded location since then.

Last year on April 27, 2016, a power line fell on the building after a downtown transformer blew causing a fire to start on the roof, within the walls, and the ceiling of the law office building. Though the fire was quickly contained and extinguished, more than half of the north end of the building was damaged; including all of what was once the Belmar Building. Thankfully no one was injured although there were people in the building when the fire started.

Restoration crews were out in full force the next day and now, almost a year later, construction is just about 100% complete. So now we want to say THANK YOU to those who have been on this journey with us.

First and foremost, thank you to the Fort Myers Fire Department and the three other fire departments that assisted us on that fateful evening. Without your quick and efficient response to our emergency we could have suffered a much larger loss.

Thank you to all our downtown neighbors who have been surrounded by the construction debris and the inconveniences this might have caused you. Working in and around construction is not an easy task, but our downtown neighbors have shown us the spirit we have come to cherish in the River District.

Next, we would like to thank our employees. Due to the location of the fire, the entire north end of our building was damaged—both upstairs and downstairs. Many of our staff temporarily moved to different locations or shared small spaces with co-workers in the interest of continuing to serve our clients. We will forever be thankful no one was injured and continue to be grateful for the hard work and support of our attorneys and staff.

Last, but not least—we would like to thank you, our clients.  Your unfailing support for our firm has not gone unnoticed and remains one of the reasons we strive to continue to provide you with the best representation in our legal community.

One year ago—a fire changed our building; however, it did not change our business. Our commitment to our community has remained the same as it has been for over 50 years and will remain that way.

Downtown Fort Myers office before and after renovation

19Apr 2017

The employees of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz spent Saturday, April 8th working on a job site for a home built by Habitat for Humanity® Lee and Hendry Counties in Lehigh Acres. The Mission of Habitat for Humanity is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. This is done through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials.

“The attorneys and staff at our firm all live locally in Southwest Florida and we have been a local firm since our inception over 50 years ago. During that time, our firm has always had a passion and felt a duty to help our neighbors in need.  Following that tradition, we had several attorneys and staff members volunteer for another Habitat for Humanity home building project,” said Partner Christopher Smith. “We are very thankful to Habitat for Humanity for allowing us to participate in their noble cause.”

If you are interested in attending a future Habitat for Humanity event with GBCR&P employees, visit our website at www.JusticeStartsNow.com  or contact us at 239-334-1146.  For news on other community events we participate in, you can subscribe to our newsletter.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., continues to provide a full complement of legal services to clients for over 50 years in its Fort Myers (two locations to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships, social security disability, commercial and construction law, and bankruptcy. For more information, visit www.JusticeStartsNow.com or call 239-334-1146.

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity