18Jun 2019

BuckleyAccomplished Fort Myers attorney Stephen W. Buckley in June celebrates 50 years with Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A.

Buckley joined the firm in 1969 after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 and Florida State University with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1969. The firm was established in 1962.

He assists clients with wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, real estate and real property law cases. Buckley is a top-rated lawyer under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating system.

Buckley has seen tremendous change in the law through the years. “I think today there are more judges than attorneys,” he said. “When I started there were two circuit judges and one county judge.”

The firm’s offices have been in the same building at the corner of Main Street and Broadway in downtown Fort Myers since he started but have expanded into other parts of the building and adjacent buildings as the firm has grown.

He remembers one of his first cases was to get a woman in real estate the right to sell property she owned without consent of her husband, which was the rule at the time. Shortly after he was able to make her a “free dealer,” the rule was abolished. He also remembers a case where he worked with the Coast Guard to have a man declared dead who disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle on a flight to Bimini. Without a body, it would have taken five years for his spouse to get a death certificate. He said the investigation determined how much fuel the plane had and every place the plane could have landed. The plane, the man and his passenger were never found.

Buckley grew up in Connecticut, and his grandparents moved to the west coast in the 1950s. When Edison College, now Florida SouthWestern State College, was opening, they offered to help him with expenses if he would go to college in Florida.

He enjoys spending time at his home in Maine, but Buckley says he has no intention of retiring. “I enjoy what I’m doing,” he said. “I don’t play golf. I don’t play tennis. I don’t fish. I’ll just keep doing it while I can, and the clients want to work with me. My wife would have a long honey-do list if I did retire.”

He and his wife, Bonnie, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in August.

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, attorneys can be reached by calling 239-334-1146 or visiting JusticeStartsNow.com.

30May 2019

J-RICEAccomplished Fort Myers attorney J. Jeffrey Rice has been named to Florida’s prestigious Super Lawyers list for the 14th consecutive year.

Rice, a former managing partner of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., was first named to the list in 2006. To earn the annual honor, candidates are measured against 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, a rigorous and methodical process to determine Super Lawyers that represent the top 5 percent of legal professionals in each state.

Super Lawyers magazine will feature Rice in his primary practice area, business litigation, in its June issue, which will be distributed to more than 62,000 attorneys and posted in an online directory. Rice emphasizes his practice on commercial law, construction law and real estate.

Rice was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1975 after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the Lee County Bar Association and Florida Bar, and licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He previously has been honored by Martindale-Hubbell as a top-rated lawyer in business and corporate law, and has been included in the peer-reviewed legal publication Best Lawyers.

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, attorneys can be reached by calling 239-334-1146 or visiting JusticeStartsNow.com.

25Oct 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.”
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01Aug 2017
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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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