Get to KnowSCOTT WESTHEIMER

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Innovation. Leadership. Experience.

VOTE FOR SCOTT WESTHEIMER
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About Scott

Managing Partner at Syprett Meshad, PA of Sarasota & University of Florida College of Law Graduate

I have been a member of The Florida Bar since 1996. For my entire career, I have been a small firm lawyer in Sarasota, practicing at the same firm. I am a working lawyers’ lawyer; I know what Florida lawyers experience, as I have been the managing partner at my firm since 2002. I understand the daily challenges of generating business, paying the bills, keeping overhead down, and keeping the lights on. Like many of you, I have a family with young kids, and understand the pressures and stresses of our profession. But there is always time for the most important part of my life – my wife, Tia, my daughter Ayla, and my son Arie.

Florida Bar Board of Governors Representative Since 2013

Past President of Sarasota County Bar Association

2 Time Florida Bar President's Award of Merit Recipient

J.D. with High Honors from University of Florida College of Law

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Each of us have our own reasons for becoming lawyers. The life and practice of a lawyer looks very different now than it did a couple of years ago. Our businesses and communities are still facing the impacts of the pandemic. It will be a long haul as we recover, and the practice of law will not look the same. The Florida Bar’s resources are best invested in making sure every member can meet these new challenges, protect their livelihoods and preserve justice for Floridians.

Scott Westheimer, Candidate, President-Elect for The Florida Bar

BiographyScott's Education, Experience & Involvement

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SARASOTA COUNTY BAR INVOLVEMENT

  • President (2010-11)
  • Board of Directors – Secretary, Treasurer, and President-Elect (2003-12)
  • President, Young Lawyers Division (2003-04)
  • Diversity Committee (Co-Founder and Chair); Member (2006-present)
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FLORIDA BAR INVOLVEMENT

  • Florida Bar Board of Governors, 12th Circuit Representative (2013-present)
  • Executive Committee (2016-21)
  • Disciplinary Review Committee Chair (2020-21); Vice-Chair (2019-20); Clients’ Security Fund Subcommittee Chair (2015-17)
  • Program Evaluation Committee Chair (2019-20), Vice-Chair (2018-19); Member (2014-present) – PEC Subcommittee Chair for: Subcommittee to Review a Proposal for a New Diversity & Inclusion Committee Program (Path to Unity) (2020-21); Implementation Subcommittee (2018-19); Evaluation of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2017-18); Evaluation of the Leadership Academy and Evaluation of the Leadership Academy Committee (2016-17); Evaluation of the Lawyers Advising Lawyers Program & Rebrand (2015-16); Evaluation of the Administrative Law Section (2014-15)
  • Communications Committee Chair (2017-18; 2018-19); Vice-Chair (2017-18); Member (2016-19)
  • Strategic Planning Committee (2016-present)
  • Technology Committee (2019-present)
  • Legislative Committee (2021-present)
  • Disciplinary Procedure Committee (2013-14)
  • Second DCA Judicial Nominating Committee, Screening Committee: 6th, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 20th Circuits (2013-present)
  • Special Committee on Technologies Affecting the Practice of Law (2018-20)
  • Board of Governors Liaison to the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section (2021-22), Committee on Rules of Judicial Administration (2020-21); Council of Sections (2020-21, 2021-22); Animal Law Section (2016-20); Student Education & Admissions to the Bar Committee (2017-18); Traffic Rules Committee (2013-14)
  • Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services (2014-20), Board of Governors Liaison (2019-20)
  • Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors (2004-13); Executive Committee (2006-07, 2012-13); Diversity Committee – Chair (2006-07), Co-Chair (2012-13)
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COMMUNITY & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Trustee, University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees (2019-present)
  • Board of Directors, University of Florida College of Law Alumni Council (2012-19)
  • Board of Directors, Humane Society of Sarasota County (2009-16)
  • Board of Trustees for Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (2013-19)
  • Florida Justice Association Member (1999-present); Eagle Member
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers Annual Sponsor (2020, 2021)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Florida College of Law, Lawyer Regulation & Discipline Course (Spring 2021)
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EXPERIENCE

  • Managing Partner, Syprett Meshad, P.A., Sarasota, FL
  • Practice focused on Complex & Catastrophic Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law, Civil Trial Practice & Commercial Litigation
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RECOGNITION & HONORS

  • Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit (2017, 2019)
  • Florida Bar President’s Award, Technology Committee (2021)
  • “AV” rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2021)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2021); Rising Stars (2010, 2011)
  • 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (2017, 2019)
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys (2017, 2018, 2020)
  • America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators (2019)
  • America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® (2020)
  • SRQ Elite Top Attorneys Legal Resource by Sarasota Magazine (2020, 2021)
  • Gulf Coast Business Review, Sarasota Top 40 Under 40 (2002)
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, C.L. McKaig Award (2012)
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EDUCATION

  • B.A. with High Honors, University of Florida (1993)
  • J.D. with High Honors, University of Florida College of Law (1996); Order of the Coif