Legal Honors

A roundup of recent achievements and recognitions in the local legal field.

By staff February 1, 2017

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The law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi was recently named to the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. The firm was ranked in Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates Law and Tier 2 for Tax Law in the Sarasota area. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on national and metropolitan scales. Receiving a tier designation is based on an evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

David Gurley—founder and president of Gurley Vitale, a Sarasota law firm specializing in construction law—was recently selected by Super Lawyers as a Top Florida Attorney. This marks the eighth consecutive year Gurley has achieved the recognition, having first received the honor in 2009.

Plaintiff’s personal injury and commercial litigation attorney F. Scott Westheimer was recently recognized for 20 years of service with the Sarasota law firm of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A. Westheimer is a managing partner for the firm, and last year was elected by The Florida Bar Board of Governors to serve as one of only three board elected representatives to its 2016-2017 Executive Committee. He was also named chair-elect of the board’s Communications Committee.

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