Roger N. Messer

Roger N. Messer

Senior Partner since 1987
Location:
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Phone:
772-204-0904
866-789-9936 (Toll Free)
Fax:
772-879-3098
Email:

Roger N. Messer is a fourth generation Floridian. He is married with two children, including Steven Messer, his law partner. Roger Messer has argued cases before the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee; the Second District Court of Appeals (Lakeland); Third DCA (Miami); and the Fourth DCA (West Palm Beach). He has handled over a hundred jury trials with the emphasis of trial practice and office practice in recent years being personal injury, wrongful death and insurance law.

Roger is very involved in the community and has participated in the following organizations:

LIONS

Past District Governor 2007-2008 Lions District 35-D Florida and the Bahamas

Member St. Lucie West Lions Club 1995 Present, Charter

President 1995-1996, President 2003-2004

Member Ft. Pierce Lions Club 1979 1995, President 1984 - 1985

President, Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 2005-2006

Member Executive Committee, Florida Lions Foundation for the

Blind, Inc. 1983Present, General Legal Counsel 1983 Present

Led successful Foundation lobbying effort before Fla. Legislature to restore funding for Eye Medical Program of Fla. Div. of Blind Services - 2004

Melvin Jones Fellow, 1994

YOUTH SPORTS

Manager Port St. Lucie Little League 1990 1992 All-Star Manager, 1990

Manager Ft. Pierce American Little League 1988 1989,

League Champs 1989, All-Star Manager 1989, Coach 1998-2002, All-Star Coach 2001, Former League V.P. and Umpire in Chief

Team Sponsor PSL National Little League 1990 Present

Coach & Sponsor American Legion Post 358 Baseball 1993-1995

District 17 Staff Umpire 1987-2002, 1991 State Tourney Umpire

Former Manager and Sponsor, YMCA Tee Ball

Sponsor Mako Girls Soccer Team 2004-Present

POLITICAL

Member Inaugural Sub-Committee for Gov. Reubin Askew 1970

Alternate Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1980

State Democratic Committeeman 1990 1995

St. Lucie County DEC Chairman 1981-1985

Vice Chairman, 16th Cong. Dist., Fla. Dem. Party, 1992-1995

OTHER

Former Member Salvation Army Advisory Board

Member Florida State University Alumni Assn.

Member: Nature Conservancy

Member: Sierra Club

Member: Treasure Coast Seminole Boosters

PRO-BONO

In addition to his community involvement, Roger and the firm of Messer & Messer have a high level of pro bono work. In 2007 Messer & Messer received the Chief Justice's Law Firm Commendation for delivery of pro bono services to the poor and charitable associations - from the Florida Supreme Court - the smallest firm ever to receive the award. Their pro bono activities and awards include:

1992 Fla. Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award

Gen. Counsel, Fla. Lions Foundation for the Blind, 1983-Present.

2000 Port St. Lucie Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.

Messer & Messer was the Port of St. Lucie and 19th Circuit Pro Bono Law Firm of the year for 2005

APPELLATE EXPERIENCE:

Has argued cases before the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee; the Second District Court of Appeals (Lakeland); Third DCA (Miami); and the Fourth DCA (West Palm Beach).

APPELLATE CASES OF INTEREST:

The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that Florida Attorneys are not allowed to list their verdicts and settlements on their web sites. This information is available by request only. If you'd like to receive a narrative outlining various results including jury verdicts and out-of-court settlements obtained by this office, please submit a request using the Email Me link found in this profile.

TRIAL AND PERSONAL INJURY CASE EXPERIENCE:

Has handled over a hundred jury trials. The emphasis of trial practice and office practice in recent years has been personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance law.

TRIAL CASES OF INTEREST:

The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that Florida Attorneys are not allowed to list their verdicts and settlements on their web sites. This information is available by request only. If you'd like to receive a narrative outlining various results including jury verdicts and out-of-court settlements obtained by this office, please submit a request using the Email Me link.

INVITED LECTURER:

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers: Cost Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence. Personal Injury Seminar Boca Raton and Tampa, Florida, May, 1994.

Florida Justice Assn,, Workhorse Seminar, Orlando, Florida, February, 2010. Subject: Handling the Driving Under the Influence Uninsured Motorist Claim and Using the Defense Compulsory Medical Examiner to Your Client's Advantage.

OFFERS FREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONS

For personal injuries there is never a fee unless we win for you. In addition, in personal injury cases all costs are advanced by our law office and if we do not win you will not have to repay the fees. We also offer a competitive fee schedule. For probate cases there is a free consultation and we will quote you a fee at the time of your consultation depending on your case.

FRATERNITIES

Phi Delta Phi (International Legal Fraternity)

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Wrongful Death
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Estate Planning / Wills and Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1979

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Major: Government

Classes/Seminars

  • Invited Lecturer, "Cost Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Personal Injury Seminar - Boca Raton and Tampa, Florida, May, 1994
  • Invited Lecturer "Handling the Driving Under the Influence - Uninsured motorist Claim and Using the Defense Compulsory Medical Examiner to Your Client's Advantage, Florida Justice Association, Workhorse Seminar, Orlando, Florida, February 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Lions International President's Appreciation Award, Recipient, 1995
  • Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, Recipient, 1992
  • Melvin Jones Fellowship, Recipient
  • Chief Justice's Law Firm Commendation, Florida Supreme Court, 2007
  • Lions District 35-D Crusader Award, 2004 - 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Port St. Lucie Bar Association, Charter Member and President, 1999-2000, 1999 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Eagle Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section Member
  • St. Lucie West Lions Club, Charter President, 1995 - Present
  • Ft. Pierce Lions Club, 1979 - 1995
  • Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind, Executive Committee, 1983 - Present
  • Little League Manager, Coach, Umpire or Team Sponsor, 1988 - Present
  • Florida State University Alumni Association, Member
  • Sailfish Seminole Booster Club, Charter President
  • M.A.D.D., Supporter
  • Sierra Club, Member
  • District Governor, Lions District 35-D, Florida & Bahamas, 2007 - 2008
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, 1977 - Present
  • American Justice Association (Formerly American Trial Lawyer's Association), Member
  • Florida Justice Association (Formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Member, 1981 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Messer & Ray, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Senior Partner, 1987 - Present
  • Sneed & Messer, Fort Pierce, Florida, Partner, 1978 - 1987
  • Office of the Secretary of the Air Force , Former Legislative Research Assistant, The Pentagon, 1972 - 1974

Pro Bono Activities

  • General Counsel, Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind, 1983 - Present