Fla. Bar No. 373974
Fla. Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Fla. Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
Mediator Certification No. 35299 R


I have been a civil litigator in Southwest Florida and the surrounding areas for over 37 years, having been involved in approximately 75 jury trials.  In 2017, I began turning my attention to alternative dispute resolution, having participated in hundreds of mediations throughout my career, as well as numerous arbitrations.  Having witnessed for decades in my own practice, the invaluable tool of mediation.

I felt as though I could use my extensive litigation experience to help in resolving even more cases through the mediation and/or arbitration process. The goal is to enthusiastically be involved in this process and to assist in resolving all matters of disputes. Over the last few years, I had experienced that the 80% settlement rate in mediations was slipping.

Our home base, with our offices being located in Fort Myers, Florida, has primarily been in the 20th Judicial Circuit, though I have handled many cases and matters in surrounding counties such as Highlands, Okeechobee, Sarasota, Hardee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Desoto . Increasingly, judges are ordering non-binding arbitrations, especially in cases that are estimated to take longer than usual to try, and I am well equipped to handle this procedure.

While our focus is helping to resolve matters out of court, we do handle a variety of legal matters on selected issues.

To schedule a mediation or arbitration with us, please follow this link:


Professional Experience:

  • 37+ years practicing civil ligation in southwest and central Florida

  • 75+ jury trials

  • Countless mediations and non-binding arbitrations

    Academic Qualifications and Certifications:

  • Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, 1976 – 1978

  • B.B.A., Baylor University, Waco, TX, 1980

  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL, 1983

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, 1990 – 2020

  • Fla. Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Fla. Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator


  • Lee County Bar Association

  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Particular Interests:

  • Dispute Resolution – Mediation and Arbitration

  • Complex liability and medical cases, including general litigation

  • Agricultural matters


  • “Stuart v. Hertz: What Have You Done?”
    Trial Advocate Quarterly, Volume 33, No. 1

  • “The Emerging Trend of Strict Liability in Premises Cases”
    Trial Advocate Quarterly, Volume 12, No. 1

  • “Accounts Receivable Financing: Protection of the Assignee’s Secure Status”
    Florida Bar Journal, April, 1985, Volume LIX, 4

  • “Florida’s No-Fault Thresholds and Exemptions: What Do They Really Mean?”
    Florida Bar Journal, December, 1993, Volume LXVII, No. 11

  • “The Rising Cost of Discovery from Expert Witnesses: Problems and Solutions”
    Florida Bar Journal, March, 2000, Volume LXXIV, No.

My administrator, Leah Edmonds and I look forward to working with you. Thank you for choosing Truitt Legal.

12711 World Plaza Lane, Building 81

Fort Myers, Florida 33907

Phone: (239) 277-5225

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