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. He also handles construction defect litigation and represents non-medical professionals, including architects, engineers and other design professionals in various aspects of their practice including, risk management, claims and litigation.
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. In 2021, Naples Illustrated magazine named Heath a “Top Lawyer” for his work in insurance law and personal injury 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. He 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. Additionally, Heath is a blogger on the Southwest Florida Business and IP Blog. His recent posts include:
- Trend or Outlier: North Carolina Restaurants, the First to Get Physical Loss COVID-19 Coverage
- Recent COVID-19 Business Interruption Decision is a Win for Insurers
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Business Interruption Insurance Coverage
- Florida Drivers Be Aware: Texting and Driving is a “Primary” Concern
Heath is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and the Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida. He served as 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 great Florida outdoors, and attending their children’s athletic events.
Professional and Civic Affiliation
Heath is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, Southwest Florida Federal Court Bar Association, and the Lee County Bar Association.
Heath enjoys participating in charitable activities. He’s part of a group of lawyers that donates Christmas gifts for families in our community and joins efforts to donate food for those in need. Over the years, he’s also volunteered his time coaching some of his children’s athletic teams.
- Insurance and Case Law Updates, 2020 Claims Defense Update, June 16, 2020
- The Latest Strategies and Tactics Plaintiff Attorneys are Utilizing to Increase Settlements and Verdicts, 2019 Fall Litigation Forum, November 7, 2019