Syprett Meshad is proud to announce that our Managing Partner, Scott Westheimer, was featured on the July 28 edition of the Florida Bar Podcast. This podcast is put on by the Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute, and it provides insight from lawyers regarding the best ways to run your law firm
F. Scott Westheimer joined Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P. A., as an associate in 1996. He became a partner in 2000, and has been a managing partner since 2002.
Mr. Westheimer has an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, which means that he has been deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. In 2010 and 2011, he was named a Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” For 2012 through 2014 and again in 2017, he was recognized as among Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine. Only 1,080 lawyers in Florida were named to the 2017 list, which represents just 1.5 percent of the more than 67,000 Florida Bar Members actively practicing law in the state. Those named to the “Legal Elite” list are selected by their peers who are invited to name those attorneys for whom they have the highest regard or whom they would recommend to others.
In 2017, Mr. Westheimer was named to the Lawyers of Distinction, recognizing the top 10% of attorneys in the United States and to the 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. In 2017, he was also named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff attorneys, which recognizes the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications.
In 2017, Mr. Westheimer was re-elected to a third two-year term on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Twelfth Circuit Representative, Seat One, representing over 1,800 attorneys in Sarasota, DeSoto and Manatee counties. Mr. Westheimer currently serves as the Chairman of the Communications Committee (for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019) and serves on the Executive Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, Technology Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Westheimer was just honored by Immediate Past President William J. Schifino with the President’s Award of Merit at the June 2017 Annual Convention.
Mr. Westheimer’s practice involves primarily the representation of plaintiffs in personal injury matters and various aspects of commercial litigation. He has handled cases involving complex personal injury matters, including:
- Motorcycle and automobile accidents with severe injuries
- Premises liability matters
- Product liability litigation
- Medical malpractice litigation
He is admitted to practice in the U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, and Florida state Courts.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Westheimer was raised primarily in Sarasota and graduated from Riverview High School in 1989. He took a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with high honors, from the University of Florida in 1993, and in 1996, received his Juris Doctorate, with high honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While at the College of Law, he had the distinction of graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a Teaching Assistant in Appellate Advocacy and Legal Research and Writing, and participated in the International Law Program at Leiden University in the Netherlands in the spring of 1996.
Mr. Westheimer is a member of:
- The Florida Bar
- The Sarasota County Bar Association
- The Florida Justice Association
- The American Association for Justice
He is a Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association (2010-2011), a Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, a member (and former chair) of the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee, and served on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors from 2004 to 2013.
Mr. Westheimer is an active volunteer in his community, working with various charitable organizations over the years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Sarasota County, a volunteer position, from 2009 through 2016; he also currently serves on the University of Florida Levin College of Law Alumni Council Board of Directors and the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Board of Trustees.
Mr. Westheimer has the published appellate decisions of In Re: Estate of Angelica Gabrielle Salathe v. Salathe, 703 So.2d 1167 (Fla. 2dDCA 1997); Mezroub v. Capella, 702 So.2d 562 (Fla. 2dDCA 1997); Wanner v. State, 746 So.2d 478 (Fla. 2dDCA 1999); and, Barrington v. Gryphon Investments, Inc. d/b/a RE/Max Excellence, 32 So.2d 668 (Fla. 2dDCA 2010).
Mr. Westheimer’s e-mail address is [email protected].