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Vernis & Bowling of Southwest Florida, P.A.
2369 West First Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901-3309Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 239-334-3035
Fax: 239-334-7702
E-Mail: vbinfo@florida-law.com
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Established: 1970

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Environmental Liability
  • Personal and Commercial Vehicle
  • Appellate Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law
  • Elder Law
  • Liability Defense
  • SIU/Fraud Litigation
  • Education Law (ESE/IDEA)
  • Property and Casualty (Commercial and Personal Lines)
  • Long-Haul Trucking Liability
  • Government Law
  • Public Law
  • Criminal
  • White Collar
  • Business Litigation
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About Us
VERNIS & BOWLING has proudly served the needs of its clients since 1970. At that time, Frank C. Vernis, Jr. and James W. Bowling devoted themselves to creating a full service law firm dedicated to meeting the needs, requirements and expectations of their clients. To accomplish this end, they adopted a fundamental philosophy of providing exceptional, cost-effective, personal representation to their clients by experienced, highly qualified personnel.

This philosophy continues into a new generation. G. Jeffrey Vernis, Esquire, and Robert C. Bowling, Esquire, the sons of the firm's original founders, comprise the firm's management team. Together they oversee the firm's direction and ensure that the firm's mission and goals are achieved.

VERNIS & BOWLING is proud to have received an "AV" rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, evidencing the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Personal service and attention have always been trademarks of VERNIS & BOWLING. Our legal representation and advice are unsurpassed in the industry. Our attorneys and staff are viewed as an extension of the firm; therefore, each provides the highest level of personal service to the firm's clients. In providing this level of service, we consistently exceed the expectations of our clients.

Our litigation philosophy has been a key component to our firm's success, growth and on-going client relationships. While many of our clients retain V&B for our exceptional trial experience and skills, we recognize that not all cases go to trial. We are keenly aware that smart, innovative resolution strategies effectively save our clients' money, both in indemnity and expenses. These resolution strategies include early evaluation and ADR (mediation), analyze to determine what is needed to effectively resolve a matter and creating an early exit plan for litigation. Identifying and implementing an agreed exit path with our client partners, with an eye on the bottom line, sets our firm apart.

Moreover, our litigation philosophy starts with our firm's primary mission: to providing exceptional, cost-effective legal representation. In order to help support our mission, we are smart about our firm overhead. We maintain reasonable, yet professional offices located in business locations that offer reduced overhead costs. To further benefit our clients, we utilize cost-saving technology that offers efficient file management and document creation. We have created and utilized many different types of Fee arrangements, including fixed fee, tiered volume reduction, annual retainers and success bonuses.
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Personnel Information
Managing Attorney
Steve B. Sundook
Fort Myers, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 1982
Memberships:
  • American, Dade County and Lee County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • University of Massachusetts, B.S., 1978
  • University of Miami, J.D., 1982
Born:1956
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Attorneys
Cassius R. Borel
Fort Myers, FL
Practice Areas
  • Automobile Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Florida, 2004
  • Alabama, 2005
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A. Political Science, 1999
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., 2003
Born:1976
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Kristin L. Stocks
Fort Myers, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2007
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina, B.A. Political Science, 2003
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2007
Born:1981
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William O. Kratochvil
Fort Myers, FL
Admitted
  • Florida, 2000
Education:
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D., 2000
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Terrence Lavy
Fort Myers, FL
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Service Areas
Cape Coral, Florida221 miles
La Belle, Florida31 miles
Naples, Florida37 miles
Port Charlotte, Florida249 miles
Punta Gorda, Florida23 miles
Sebring, Florida84 miles
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