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1715 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 239-344-1100
Fax: 239-344-1200
E-Mail: info@henlaw.com
www.henlaw.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 280, Fort Myers, FL 33902-0280
Established: 1924

Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Tort Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
Founded in 1924, Henderson Franklin is the largest, locally-based law firm with 55 attorneys, 38 of whom hold the highest AV rating by Martindale Hubbell and over one-third are Florida Bar Board Certified experts in many areas of law (civil trial, divorce, immigration, labor & employment, real estate, taxation and wills, trusts & estates).

We are proud of our role in the history of Southwest Florida, and in the formation of many of its communities and businesses. As one of the oldest and largest law firms between Tampa and Miami, we continue to provide our clients with highly personalized service in many areas of law, including: Business Organizations & Planning, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning & Trust Administration, Divorce, Martial & Family Law, Immigration, Land Use & Environmental Law, Real Estate, Tax Law, Tort & Insurance Defense Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and more.

The Firm’s main office is a modern five-story building in the heart of downtown Fort Myers, across the street from the Lee County Justice Center and two blocks from the Federal Courthouse. Our office on Sanibel Island concentrates in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning, and serves the Firm’s clients on Sanibel and Captiva islands. Our Bonita Springs office provides a wide variety of services including Family Law, Real Estate, Litigation and Estate Planning to our clients in southern Lee County and the Naples area.

Whether in the courtroom or the boardroom, the depth of our experience sets our firm apart so our clients can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with professional, experienced representation and exceptional client service.
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Additional Locations
Sanibel, Florida
1648 Periwinkle Way, Suite B
Sanibel, Florida 33957
Telephone: 239-472-6700
Fax: 239-472-5129
Bonita Springs, Florida
3451 Bonita Bay Boulevard, Suite 206
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Telephone: 239-498-6222
Fax: 239-498-6225
Naples, Florida
999 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 200
Fifth Third Bank Building
Naples, Florida 34108
Telephone: 239-325-5010
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Client Information
Corporate Clients
AIM Engineering & Surveying, Inc.Deloitte, LLP
Goodwill Industries of Southwest FloridaHess Corporation
Johnson Engineering, Inc.Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A.
Michelin North America, Inc.Philip Morris USA, Inc.
Publix Super Markets, Inc.Stantec, Inc. (f/k/a WilsonMiller, Inc.)
TKW Consulting Engineers, Inc.TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.
21st Century OncologyWal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Insurance Clients
ACE/ACE WestchesterAIG
Allied World Assurance CompanyAmerisure Companies
Amica Mutual Insurance CompanyAttorney Protective
Beazley GroupBerkley Risk Administrators Company, LLC
Brown & Brown/Lawyer's Protector PlanCAMICO Mutual Insurance Company
Cincinnati Financial CorporationCNA Insurance Companies
Crawford & CompanyFCCI Insurance Company
FD InsuranceFlorida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.GEICO
HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.Hudson Insurance Group
Hunt Insurance GroupITT Specialty Risk Services, Inc.
Johns Eastern Company, Inc.Liberty Mutual Insurance
Markel CorporationMedMarc Insurance Group/ProAssurance Group
Nautilus Insurance CompanyOneBeacon Insurance
Philadelphia Insurance CompanyPMA Insurance Group
Public Risk Management of FloridaSummit Claims Management
Travelers21st Century Insurance Group
United States Liability Insurance CompanyXL Capital Group/Catlin Insurance
York Claims Service, Inc.
Non-Insurance Clients
Intex Recreation CorpSegway
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Personnel Information
Department Chairs
Michael J. Corso, Tort & Insurance Litigation Department Chair
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:michael.corso@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability (Non-Medical) Defense
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1974
  • Florida, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Collier and Lee County (President, 1984-1985) Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (Past President)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Certifications:
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy Certified Civil Trial Advocate
  • Board Certified Civil Trial and Business Litigation Lawyer, The Florida Bar
Education:
  • Purdue University, B.S.A.E., 1971
  • Villanova University, J.D., 1974
Military:
Captain, JAG, U.S. Air Force, active duty, 1974-1978
Born:1949
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David H. Roos, Workers' Compensation Department Chair
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:david.roos@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1991
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D. (cum laude), 1999
Born:1968
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Insurance Litigation Partners
J. Matthew Belcastro
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:matthew.belcastro@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Contracts
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Florida, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Haverford College, B.A., 1994
  • University of Florida, J.D. (with honors), 1997
Born:1972
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William O. Kratochvil
Fort Myers, FL
Telephone:william.kratochvil@henlaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Tort Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • Florida, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2001
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A. (with honors), 1977
  • University of Florida, J.D. (with honors), 2000
Military:
United States Marine Corps
Born:1971
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Traci T. McKee
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:traci.mckee@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability (Non-Medical) Defense
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (Co-Chair, Young Lawyer's Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of North Florida, B.B.A. (summa cum laude), 2000
  • Stetson University, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2007
Born:1978
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John M. Miller
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:john.miller@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Tort Litigation
  • Municipal Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2004
  • Stetson University, J.D. (cum laude), 2008
Born:1980
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Mark Schultz
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:mark.schultz@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Design Professionals
  • Construction Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • James Madison University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1989
  • University of Florida, J.D., 2002
Language:
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
Born:1966
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Robert C. Shearman
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:robert.shearman@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Litigation
  • Real Estate Errors and Omissions
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Lee County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Certifications:
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 1983
  • Florida State University, J.D. (cum laude), 1986
Born:1961
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Of Counsel
Bruce M. Stanley, Sr.
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:bruce.stanley@henlaw.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Aviation
  • Administrative Law
  • Tort Claims Defense
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
Certifications:
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, A.B. (with high honors), 1970
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1974
Born:1948
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Insurance Litigation Associates
Richard B. Akin
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:richard.akin@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • School Law
  • Education Law
  • Employment
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2014
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.S., 2006
  • Florida State University, J.D. (with high honors), 2009
Born:1985
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William Boltrek III
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:william.boltrek@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2012
  • New York, 2000
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University at Buffalo, B.A., 1977
  • Quinnipiac University, J.D., 2000
Born:1975
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Workers' Compensation
Michael E. McCabe
Fort Myers, FL
E-Mail:michael.mccabe@henlaw.com
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Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Florida, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and First Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:
Former Russian Linguist
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar (Workers' Compensation Section)
Education:
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2000
  • University of Florida, J.D. (cum laude), 2004
Military:
United States Navy
Born:1970
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Articles
SB286: A Bill Limiting the Individual Liability of Design Professionals by J. Matthew Belcastro, Esquire
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Additional Links
Southwest Florida Business and IP Bulletin
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Service Areas
Naples, Florida37 miles
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