F. Scott Westheimer

SMRL Law Firm serving Sarasota County, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Venice, & throughout the state of Florida

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.  For three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014, he was recognized as among Florida’s "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine.  Only 1,165 lawyers in Florida were named to the 2014 list, which represents just 2 percent of the more than 67,000 Florida Bar members active in Florida.  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 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 serves on the Executive Committee and is the incoming Communications Chair.  In 2010 and 2011, he was named a Florida Super Lawyers "Rising Star."

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, motorcycle and automobile accidents with severe injuries, premises liability matters, product liability litigation, medical malpractice litigation, and commercial 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.

He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and 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.  Scott currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

Mr. Westheimer has the published appellate decisions of In Re: Estate of Angelica Gabrielle Salathe v. Salathe, 703 So.2d 1167 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997); Mezroub v. Capella, 702 So.2d 562 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997); Wanner v. State, 746 So.2d 478 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999); and, Barrington v. Gryphon Investments, Inc. d/b/a RE/Max Excellence, 32 So.2d 668 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010).

Mr. Westheimer’s e-mail address is [email protected].

Practice Areas:

- Civil Trial Practice

- Commercial Law

- Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law

Practice Areas: 
Civil Trial Practice; Commercial Law; Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law
Admitted: 
University of Florida, J.D., with high honors, 1996
Law School: 
University of Florida, J.D., with high honors, 1996
University: 
University of Florida, B.A., History, with high honors, 1993
Memberships: 
Sarasota County Bar Association (President, 2010-2011; President, Young Lawyers Division, 2003-2004; Current Member and Past Chair, Diversity Committee); The Florida Bar (Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, 2004-2013; Florida Justice Association; The American Association for Justice; The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 2013-present)
ISLN: 
911262115
Biography: 
Florida Bar Board of Governors, Twelfth Circuit Representative, Seat One (2013-present); Florida Trend Legal Elite: 2012-2014; Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2010, 2011; Florida Lawyers of Distinction 2017; Order of the Coif.
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Practice Areas:

- Civil Trial Practice

- Commercial Law

- Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law