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PRESTON J. SCHEINER
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4020 Evans Avenue
PO Box 60049
Fort Myers, FL 33906
Preston (PJ) Scheiner practices as a personal injury trial attorney
in Southwest Florida with Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner,
Attorneys for the Injured. Mr. Scheiner focuses his practice on
general negligence claims, with an emphasis on litigating and
trying a broad array of personal injury cases. In addition to
being licensed to practice law in all state courts in Florida and
the federal court for the Middle District of Florida, Mr. Scheiner
also holds a multi-engine commercial pilot license with single
and multi-engine instrument privileges and a type rating to fly
turbojet aircraft. Mr. Scheiner graduated from Amherst College
before attending the University of Miami School of Law, where
he graduated cum laude.
PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF
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13555 Automobile Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33762
Ms. Schultz prides herself on her ability to develop a
strategy with her clients to reach her clients’ goals whether
through litigation or settlement. Although early settlement
is an attractive resolution in many cases, such may not be
ascertainable without aggressive litigation. Ms. Schultz has
practiced civil and commercial litigation for almost ten years.
Large firms and parties do not intimidate her. She is confident
that her knowledge, commitment, and attention to detail
equips her with all the tools necessary to defend against, and
litigate against any size party or firm. Ms. Schultz is available for
defense representation and co-counsel representation.
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KATHERINE C. SCOTT
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100 South Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Katherine C. Scott is a partner at Harris & Hunt, P.A. practicing
exclusively Marital and Family Law, litigating high-end divorce
cases with complex financial and parenting issues. Ms. Scott
also focuses on collaborative divorce for settlement-oriented
clients who want to resolve their disputes respectfully and
privately, without going to court. Ms. Scott was chosen for the
leadership academy and holds leadership positions within the
Florida Bar and Hillsborough County Bar Association, earned an
AV rating, lectures at CLE seminars and she is a member of the
Junior League of Tampa. Ms. Scott earned her undergraduate
degree from Emory University and graduated cum laude from
Stetson University College of Law.
MICHAEL B. STEVENS
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2005 Vista Parkway
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Michael, born in Miami Beach, Florida is a life-long Floridian.
Michael joined the firm in 2008 as an Associate and was
made Partner in 2013. With the mindset that the practice
of law mimics a marathon rather than sprinting, Michael’s
main focus is the client, and he has expanded his practice
to include complex civil litigation, insurance subrogation,
construction defects, family law, products liability, commercial
and residential landlord tenant disputes, and premises liability.
A multifaceted high achiever, Michael manages the Insurance
Subrogation and Real Estate Divisions of the firm. Presently,
Michael is the Managing Partner of the firm’s ne w satellite office
in Boston, Massachusetts while also continuing to practice in
Vermont and Florida.
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JEREMY F. TYLER
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490 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway
Sunrise, FL 33325
Mr. Tyler started his legal career after working nearly ten
years in information technology as a computer programmer.
He graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University
with a degree in business, and summa cum laude from Nova
Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center. After
representing policyholders in insurance disputes at larger firms,
he and his partners left to form Geyer Fuxa Tyler in 2013.
There he continues his practice representing policyholders in
disputes with their insurance companies, and serves as the
firm’s managing partner. He is licensed to practice in six states,
including Florida, California, and New York.
W. ASHBY UNDERHILL
24 Cathedral Place
St. Augustine, FL 32084
W. Ashby Underhill is an experienced trial attorney in
St. Augustine, Florida and handles legal matters throughout
the state. Ashby primarily practices aviation litigation, FAA
enforcement defense, personal injury wrongful death defense,
product liability defense, professional liability defense, and real
estate litigation. Ashby routinely represents defendants in cases
ranging from whiplash claims to traumatic brain injury and
death cases arising out of automobile and aircraft accidents.
Ashby has successfully represented owners and operators in
jury trials against liability claims across the east coast of Florida.
He is a member of Florida Bar Aviation Law Committee, Aircraft
Owners & Pilots Association, International Air and Transportation
Safety Bar Association, and Lawyer Pilots Bar Association.
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1720 West Fairfield Drive
Pensacola, FL 32501
Aaron Watson has been named a national champion in trial
advocacy by the American Association For Justice (AAJ) Student
Trial Advocacy Competition. He is recognized nationally by
The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, The Million
Dollar Advocates Forum, JET Magazine, The National Black
Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, The Order of Barristers, and
Martindale-Hubbell (Rated AV Preeminent). His cases have
been featured on CNN, USA Today, The Tampa Tribune and
local media outlets. He is a past board member of The Florida
Justice Association (FJA), and The American Association for
Justice (AAJ). Mr. Watson credits his award-winning style of
advocacy to his church background and his experience listening
to his father’s impassioned sermons.
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9990 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Benjamin H. Yormak, Esq. founded Yormak Employment &
Disability Law to help protect the rights of employees and people
with disabilities in the United States. He routinely prosecutes
cases involving wrongful terminations, discrimination,
harassment, wage and hour disputes, denial of disability benefits
and class/collective actions. He never represents employers, the
insurance company or government. Mr. Yormak has devoted a
significant part of his practice to whistleblower cases and cases
involving fraud against the government. In United States v.
21st Century Oncology et. al (2015), Mr. Yormak successfully
represented a whistleblower regarding Medicare fraud, which
resulted in a $20.7 million recovery. Mr. Yormak is a frequent
lecturer on a variety of labor and employment law topics.
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