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Stephen Watrel

Coker Law
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Stephen Watrel
Coker Law

Mr. Steve Watrel is a tenacious and passionate lawyer, practicing law in the Jacksonville area for over 30 years after graduating with his J.D. from Syracuse University. After graduating law school in 1992, Mr. Watrel became a member of the Florida Bar and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In 1993, after one year in practice with a large litigation firm, Mr. Watrel founded his own law firm, Steve Watrel, P.A.

Mr. Watrel’s primary areas of practice are Nursing Home and Assisted Living abuse and neglect. He is a Martindale-Hubbell A.V. rated civil trial lawyer, a “legal expert” designation marking the highest level of competence and expertise. Mr. Watrel is passionate about helping victims and families of abuse and neglect and works tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for them. Recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in the field of nursing home and assisted living facility litigation, Mr. Watrel has achieved numerous 6- and 7-figure results for clients throughout the past 25 years.

Throughout his career, Mr. Watrel has been actively involved in numerous professional, fraternal, and civic organizations, serving in leadership positions for many of them. He is a long-time EAGLE member of the Florida Justice Association and currently serves on the FJA Board of Directors and as Chair of the FJA Nursing Home Task Force, as well as Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Watrel previously served as the President of the Jacksonville Justice Association and continues to serve on their Board of Directors.

Along with his dedication to practicing law, Mr. Watrel is committed to our community and donates a significant amount of time and resources to various charitable organizations, including Home Instead Senior Care, Seniors on a Mission, and other various senior advocate organizations. When he’s not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, French Bulldog puppy Savannah, hiking, exercising, and traveling.

Steve can be reached at his email address:

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Areas of Practice

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Abuse

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Neglect

Motor Vehicle Crashes

Motorcycle Crashes

Bicycle Crashes

Trucking Crashes

Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Animal Bites


 Born in New Jersey in 1967


B.S.M. in Finance, Tulane University- A.B. Freeman School of Business, 1989

J.D., Syracuse University, 1992

Jerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2003

University Honors and Activities

Sigma Chi Fraternity

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1992

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1992

Professional Honors, Activities, and Affiliations

Best Lawyers in America, 2022

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Florida Super Lawyer, 2018,2019,2021,2022

Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Jerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College

Melvin E. Belli Society

Florida Justice Association

Board Member

Chair of Nursing Home Litigation Task Force

Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee

Eagle Member

Jacksonville Justice Association

President, 2016-2017

Board Member

Seminars and Presentations

 “Nursing Home Issues,” Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Seminar

Civic Activities

Home Instead Senior Care

Seniors On A Mission

Various Senior Advocate Organizations

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