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Steven A. Messer

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Practice Areas:

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Contracts
  • Estate Planning
  • Insurance Law
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Products Liability Law
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Biography

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS:

Steven is married and has 3 children, and enjoys hiking, reading, and training for and running half marathons and marathons (albeit very slowly).  He is active in the autism and special needs commiunity as an activist, as well as adopting and fostering senior dogs.  He also enjoys rehabbing old furniture and spending time with his family.

 

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.

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • J.D. - 2001
  • Florida State University
    • Political Science - 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2001

Professional Associations

  • Florida Bar, 2001
  • Port St. Lucie Bar Association, 2001
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American Association for Justice , Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Port St. Lucie Downtown Lions Club, Charter Member, 2001 to 2003
  • St. Lucie County Budget Committee, 2002
  • Ft. Pierce American Little League Coach and Umpire, 1998 to 2003
  • St. Lucie West Lions Club, 2003
  • President, St. Lucie West Lions Club, 2007 to 2008
  • President, Port St. Lucie Bar Association, 2005 to 2006
  • Salvation Army of St. Lucie County/Martin County, Board Member, 2009 to 2019
  • Children's Home Society, Board Member, 2016 to Present
  • Florida Rural Legal Services Ask-A-Lawyer Pro Bono Clinic, Member
  • Lions Fort Pierce Half Marathon & 5K, Chairperson and Race Director, 2017 to 2019

Honors

  • Port St. Lucie Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2008
  • Port St. Lucie Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2007
  • Port St. Lucie Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2003
  • Port St. Lucie Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2002
  • Chief Justice's Law Firm Commendation Award, Florida Supreme Court, 2007
  • Lions Club International President's Certificate of Appreciation, 2007
  • Lion of the Year, St. Lucie West Lions Club, 2005 - 2006
  • Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions Club
  • Mel Carver Fellow, Florida Lions Camp
  • Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Services Award, 2015
  • St. Lucie West Lion of the Year, 2015 - 2016
  • International Lions President Certificate of Appreciation, 2017
  • Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind, Grand Lion, 2016
  • Florida Rural Legal Services Pro Bono Publico Award, 2009 - 2019
  • Special Recognition from the Florida Supreme Court for pro bono service, 2013 - 2014

Representative Cases

  • Buckner vs. Wood, Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for St. Lucie County, Florida, Case No. 2017-CA-000045. March, 2019 - $267,608.50 jury trial verdict for a 38-year old male injured in an automobile collision. His injuries result in a single level disc replacement surgery in his neck.
  • Harrison v. Hochfeld, August 2017, $100,000 settlement with limited coverage for an individual injured when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his motorized scooter.
  • Angelone v. First Community Insurance, April, 2016, confidential settlement after trial sufficient for the full and complete repair of the Angelone home in the wake of Hurricane Wilma. Mr. and Mrs. Angelone suffered a catastrophic loss when Hurricane Wilma caused their home to “rack”, or twist, on its foundation, causing structural instability and interior and exterior damage to the entirety of the home. First Community Insurance initially denied the claim entirely, stating that the damages were due to wear and tear and an improper construction of the home.

Current Employment Position

  • Partner, 2006

Past Positions

  • Messer & Ray, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Associate Attorney, 2001 to 2002