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General Defense


Professional Association

1715 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 280, Fort Myers, FL 33902-0280

Established: 1924

Qualified Member Since: 1936

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Municipal Law
  • Police Liability Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Religious Institutions
  • School Law
  • Tort Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Workers' Compensation

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About Us

Founded in 1924, Henderson Franklin is the largest, locally-based law firm with over 50 attorneys. Over one-third are Florida Bar Board Certified experts in many areas of law (civil trial, construction, divorce, 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, Business Litigation, Construction Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning & Trust Administration, Divorce, Marital & Family Law, Land Use & Environmental Law, Real Estate, Tax Law, Tort & Insurance Defense Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and more.

The Firm’s Fort Myers office is a modern five-story building in the heart of downtown, designed to create an efficient, yet comfortable environment for our attorneys, staff, and clients.

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

  • Bonita Springs, Florida
  • 3451 Bonita Bay Boulevard, Suite 206
  • Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
    • Telephone: 239-344-1100
    • Fax: 239-344-1200
  • Naples, Florida
  • 8889 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Suite 400
  • Pelican Bay Financial Center
  • Naples, Florida 34108
    • Telephone: 239-344-1100

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Client Information

Corporate Clients

  • City of Cape Coral, Florida
  • Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
  • Hendry County School District
  • Johnson Engineering, Inc.
  • Lee County School Board
  • Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A.
  • Philip Morris USA, Inc.
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Segway
  • Stantec, Inc. (f/k/a WilsonMiller, Inc.)
  • TKW Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Whetstone Holdings, LLC

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Department Chairs


Michael J. Corso, Tort & Insurance Litigation Department Chair

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability (Non-Medical) Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Trademark Infringement
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1974
  • Florida, 1977
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

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David H. Roos, Workers' Compensation Department Chair

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
Education:
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1991
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D. (cum laude), 1999

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Insurance Litigation Partners



Richard B. Akin

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Education Law
  • Employment
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • School Law
Admitted
  • Florida, 2009
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.S., 2006
  • Florida State University, J.D. (with high honors), 2009

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Scott E. Atwood

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law (Management Side)
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
Admitted
  • Florida, 1995
  • Georgia, 1996
Certifications:
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, B.A. (with honors), 1990
  • College of William & Mary, M.A., 1991
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1995

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J. Matthew Belcastro

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Contracts
Admitted
  • Florida, 1998
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Certifications:
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Expert
Education:
  • Haverford College, B.A., 1994
  • University of Florida, J.D. (with honors), 1997

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William Boltrek III

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Police Liability Defense
  • Religious Institutions
  • Trucking Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 2000
  • Florida, 2012
Education:
  • University at Buffalo, B.A., 1977
  • Quinnipiac University, J.D., 2000

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Heath E. Gelman

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Automobile Litigation
  • First Party Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Wrongful Death
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
Education:
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.S., 1994
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., 1998

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John M. Miller

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Governmental Liability
  • Municipal Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Tort Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2008
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2004
  • Stetson University, J.D. (cum laude), 2008

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Mark Schultz

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Design Professionals
  • Construction Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2002
Education:
  • James Madison University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1989
  • University of Florida, J.D., 2002
Language:
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

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Robert C. Shearman

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Liability
  • Real Estate Errors and Omissions
Admitted
  • Florida, 1986
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

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Of Counsel



Bruce M. Stanley, Sr.

Fort Myers, FL

Admitted
  • Florida, 1974
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, A.B. (with high honors), 1970
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1974

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Insurance Litigation Associates



Madison P. Allen

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2018
Education:
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, B.S. (cum laude), 2015
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2018

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Kyle C. Dudek

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2010
  • New York, 2013
  • Florida, 2016
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 2007
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2010

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Dillon L. McColgan

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2017
Education:
  • University of Central Florida, B.A., 2013
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2017

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Amanda J. Ross

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2002
Education:
  • Stetson University, B.A., 1999
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2002
Language:
  • Spanish

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Workers' Compensation



Russell S. Whittle

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1989
Education:
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1989

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Spencer M. Shaw

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2016
Education:
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, B.S., 2012
  • Ave Maria School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2016

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