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.

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