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Heath E. Gelman
Stockholder - Fort Myers Office

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Direct Dial: 239.344.1273
Direct Fax: 239.344.1589

Heath is a well-respected and zealous advocate for his clients in and outside of the courtroom. For 20 years, he has been passionately representing individuals and companies in matters of automobile negligence, premises liability, professional liability, first party insurance, and wrongful death.

Heath takes the time to truly listen to his clients’ needs and concerns and offers solutions to meet their goals. While he has the proficiency, skill and experience to try the most complex cases before a jury, Heath takes great pride in negotiating beneficial settlements on behalf of his clients in mediation and alternative dispute resolution to avoid costly litigation.

Heath brings a very unique perspective in evaluating matters, having initially served as defense counsel for a well-known insurance defense firm for the first thirteen years of his career, and then handling plaintiff personal injury matters and first party insurance claims for nearly seven years with one of the largest personal injury firms in the United States.

Heath also lectures to diverse audiences on various topics, including the use of store-captured surveillance video in litigation and the best practices to handle multiple competing claims with minimal policy limits.

Heath is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida. He served as a school senator at both the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University.

Originally from New York, Heath has called Southwest Florida home since 2004. He currently resides in North Fort Myers with his wife Lisa, who is an elder law, wills and trust attorney, and their four active children. When not working, he enjoys time with his family, traveling, reading, enjoying the beach and the great Florida outdoors, and attending their children's athletic events.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Heath has enjoyed participating in charitable activities such as being part of a group of lawyers donating Christmas gifts for families in our community and joining efforts to donate food for those in need. Over the years, he has also volunteered his time coaching some of his children’s athletic teams.

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Education

  • Undergraduate Degree: Florida Atlantic University
  • Law Degree: St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar

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