Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


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
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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


About Us

Established in 1924, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is one of the largest and most experienced full-service law firms between Tampa and Miami with offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sarasota (by appointment only). With over 60 attorneys who live, work and have deep roots in Southwest Florida, Henderson Franklin provides high quality, personalized legal services to a roster of corporate and individual clients in matters of: Business Organizations & Planning; Business, Probate and Insurance Litigation; Construction; Divorce, Marital & Family Law; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment Law; Land Use & Environmental Law; Real Estate, Tax Law; Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning & Administration; and, Workers' Compensation.

Founded on a culture of adhering to the highest ethical standards, integrity, and good citizenship, Henderson Franklin upholds these principles while remaining deeply invested in the Southwest Florida community. We serve as trusted advisors and partners to our clients throughout every stage of their business. 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.


Awards

  • Named "2021 Best Litigation Law Firm" by Gulfshore Business Magazine

Additional Locations

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

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.
  • Stantec, Inc. (f/k/a WilsonMiller, Inc.)
  • TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Whetstone Holdings, LLC

Insurance Clients


Personnel Information

Department Chairs


Robert C. Shearman

Tort & Insurance Litigation Department Chair

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

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

Insurance Litigation Partners


Richard B. Akin

Fort Myers, FL

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

Scott E. Atwood

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Mediation
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

J. Matthew Belcastro

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
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

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

Michael J. Corso

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

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

Insurance Litigation Associates


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

Steven C. Gendreau

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Tort Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2020
Education:
  • University of South Florida, B.S., 2017
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2020

John M. Marra

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Premises Liability
  • Tort Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2020
Education:
  • Florida State University, 2016
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2020

Geraldo F. Olivo

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Employment
  • Mediation
  • Tort Claims Defense
  • Tort Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2008
  • Wisconsin
Certifications:
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified County Civil, Circuit Civil, and Family Law Mediator
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S., 2005
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2008

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

Monica Schmucker

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • Florida, 2016
Certifications:
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator
Education:
  • Florida International University, B.A., 2002
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2012

Madison A. Tanner

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

Robert V. White

Fort Myers, FL

Practice Areas
  • Construction
  • Premises Liability
  • Tort Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2011
  • Alabama, 2013
Education:
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., 2007
  • Mississippi College School of Law, 2010

Workers' Compensation


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

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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