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About F. Scott Westheimer

Scott Westheimer is the 2023-2024 President of The Florida Bar. He joined Syprett Meshad as an associate in 1996 and became a partner in 2000.

Westheimer has an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, which means that he has been deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. In 2021, he was selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list; in 2010 and 2011, he was selected to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. For 2012 through 2014, 2017, and 2020, he was recognized among Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.

In 2019, Westheimer was re-elected to a fourth two-year term on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, 12th Circuit Representative, seat one, representing over 1,800 attorneys in Sarasota, DeSoto and Manatee counties.  Westheimer has served as the chairman of the Disciplinary Review Committee (2020-2021), serves on the executive committee (for the fifth straight year), served as chairman of the Communications Committee (2017-2018 and 2018-2019), served as chairman of the Program Evaluation Committee (2019-2020), and has served on the Special Committee on Technologies Affecting the Practice of Law and Strategic Planning Committee. Westheimer has been honored twice with the President’s Award of Merit, by Past President William J. Schifino at the June 2017 Annual Convention and by Past President Michelle Suskauer at the June 2019 Annual Convention.

Westheimer’s practice involves primarily the representation of plaintiffs in personal injury matters and various aspects of commercial litigation.  He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the U.S.; U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and Florida state Courts.

He is a past president of the Sarasota County Bar Association (2010-2011), a past president of the Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, a member (co-founder and former chair) of the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee, and served on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors from 2004 to 2013.

Westheimer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with high honors, from the University of Florida in 1993, and in 1996, received his Juris Doctorate, with high honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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Scott Westheimer being sworn in

Scott Westheimer sworn in as 75th president of The Florida Bar; emphasizes getting back to basics

Saying the core mission of The Florida Bar is to regulate the practice of law; ensure the highest standards of legal professionalism; support the court system as a co-equal and independent branch of government; and protect the public, F. Scott Westheimer pledged to focus on those elements as he was sworn in as president June…

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Westheimer to be sworn in as Bar president tomorrow

Sarasota attorney F. Scott Westheimer will be sworn in as The Florida Bar’s 75th president and Miami attorney Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., will become president-elect during the 2023 Annual Florida Bar Convention Friday. The installation of the two top officers will be featured during the General Assembly on June 23 beginning at 9 a.m. The assembly…

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Westheimer pledges to support the sections and work to assist the membership

The core mission of The Florida Bar is to regulate the practice of law and plans are in the works to analyze and enhance that system, which is already one of the best in the nation. That’s the massage President-elect Scott Westheimer had for those attending the Section Leadership Conference Wednesday at the Annual Convention…

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