F. Scott Westheimer

Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A.
1900 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-7171
www.smrl.com


Scott Westheimer joined Syprett Meshad, 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 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 2020, Mr. Westheimer was honored in SRQ Magazine’s peer review program as an Elite Top Attorney (Personal Injury category) of Florida’s Gulf Coast.  In 2017 and 2019, Mr. Westheimer was named to the 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.  In 2017, 2018, and 2020, 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 2019 and 2020, Mr. Westheimer was selected as one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators and in 2020 as one of America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® (less than 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor).  In 2020, Mr. Westheimer was voted to the SRQ Elite Top Attorneys Legal Resource by Sarasota Magazine.  In 2013, Mr. Westheimer received the C.L. McKaig Award from the Sarasota County Bar Association for his extraordinary service in support of the formation of the South County Division, his endeavors to promote diversity within the legal profession, and his numerous leadership roles in the SCBA and The Florida Bar.  In 2012, he was named one of the Top Lawyers of Sarasota and Manatee Counties by Sarasota Magazine.  In 2012, he was named one of the Top Lawyers of Sarasota and Manatee Counties by Sarasota Magazine.  In 2002, Mr. Westheimer was named as of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Gulf Coast Business Review.

In 2019, Mr. Westheimer was re-elected to a fourth 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 on the Legislation Committee (2021-2022), served on the Executive Committee (for five straight years 2016-2021), served as Chairman of the Disciplinary Review Committee (for 2020-2021) Program Evaluation Committee (2019-2020), and has served on the Special Committee on Technologies Affecting the Practice of Law , and Strategic Planning Committee.  Mr. Westheimer was  honored twice with the President’s Award of Merit, by Past President William J. Schifino at the June 2017 Annual Convention and by Immediate Past President Michelle Suskauer at the June 2019 Annual Convention, and received another President’s Award this year.

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, 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 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. 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 swestheimer@smrl.com.

Practice Areas:

Civil Trial Practice; Commercial Law; Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law

Admitted:

Supreme Court of the U.S.; U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and Florida state Courts

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, Past Chair, and co-founder, Diversity Committee); The Florida Bar (Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, 2004-2013; Manatee County Bar Association; Broward County Bar Association; Clearwater Bar Association; Miami Dade County Bar Association; Cuban American Bar Association; Hillsborough County Bar Association; Jacksonville Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association; Palm Beach County Bar Association; Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association; St. Pete Bar Association; Florida Justice Association; The American Association for Justice; Florida Association of Women Lawyers Central Florida, Hillsborough, Jacksonville, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach County, Pinellas and Sarasota County Chapters; 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, 2017, & 2019-2020; Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2010, 2011; National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys 2017, 2018 & 2020; America’s Best 100 Personal Injury Attorneys 2020; Order of the Coif; The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit Winner 2017 & 2019.