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Atty. James L. O’Leary

Personal injury attorney James L. O’Leary has provided dedicated, client-committed, experienced representation for victims of accidents in Bonita Springs, Naples, Estero, Fort Myers and surrounding areas for decades.

Professional Leadership

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association, Eagle Member
  • American Association for Justice
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
  • South West Florida Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Middle District Court of Florida
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Lee & Collier County Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association, Tort & Insurance Practice Section
  • Florida Bar Justice Teaching Volunteer
  • Florida Bar Speakers Bureau Member
  • South West Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors 2015 to present
  • Constitution Week Chairman, Lee County Bar Association, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • The Florida Bar, Law Related Education Committee, 2017-2020
  • The Florida Bar, Protect Florida Democracy Speakers Bureau, 2017-2018
  • Vice Chair, The Florida Bar Law Related Education Committee, 2018-2019

My Practice

Personal Injury

If you or your loved ones have been the victim of an unfortunate accident, we want to help.

Auto Accidents

If you’re injured in a car accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation
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Wrongful Death

We help survivors pursue fair compensation for the loss of their loved one to a wrongful death incident.

Product Liability

When you are harmed by dangerous and defective products, the responsible parties should be held accountable.
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Pharmacy Negligence

If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury after a medication error, contact James L. O’Leary immediately.

Drowning Deaths

If you have lost a family member in a drowning accident, our lawyers can help you get answers and compensation.

Continuing Legal Education,
Qualifications & Experience

2017 — 2019

  • The Art of Ethical &Effective Mediation, 2019
  • Southwest Florida Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors
  • Collier County Bar Ethics Seminar
  • The Florida Bar Board Certification Civil Trial Law Review Course
  • Florida Justice Association, Collateral Sources Seminar
  • Continuing Mediation Training Advanced Workshop
  • Protect Florida Democracy Speakers Bureau Training
  • American Association for Justice U.S. Supreme Court Decisions that Impact Plaintiff Attorneys

2015 — 2016

  • Florida Justice Association, Trucking Seminar
  • Florida Justice Association, Auto Negligence Seminar
  • Florida Justice Association, Insurance Bad Faith Seminar
  • Florida Justice Association, Jury Selection Seminar
  • Collier County Women’s Bar Association, Practicing With Civility
  • Second District Court of Appeal & Lee County Bar Association, Professionalism in Florida Courts
  • Ethical Issues in Social Media, Lee County Bar Association
  • Collier County Bar Ethics Seminar
  • Lee County Bar Association Seminar “Do I Appeal? Should I?”
  • The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, “The Perfect Proffer”
  • The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, “Improving Oral Argument: Tentative Opinions and Focus Orders”
  • Lee County Bar Association Ethics & Professionalism in Mediation & Arbitration
  • Cultivating Dialogue, A Continuing Mediation Education Seminar

2010 — 2014

  • “As Judges See It” Civil Litigation Seminar, Fort Myers, FL 11/10/14
  • 20th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Program, 9/17/14
  • American Board of Trial Advocates , Southwest Florida Chapter, Mediation & Alternative Dispute
  • Resolution, Insights from Mediators, Bar & Bench
  • Florida Justice Association 2014 Workhorse Seminar
  • The Florida Bar 2014 Annual Civil Trial Update & Board Certification Review Seminar
  • American Board of Trial Advocates & Collier County Bar Trial Lawyers Section Daubert Expert Witness Seminar, 7/31/13
  • Cultivating Dialogue, 1/25/13
  • The Florida Bar New Rule 2.526: Digital Accessibility of Documents Electronically Transmitted to Florida Courts, 6/12/12
  • As Judges See It, 4/27/12
  • Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 3/23/12
  • Civil Court Judicial Forum, 10/1/12
  • Creating Connections Mediation Seminar, 8/6/10
  • Creative Use of Evidence, 7/23/10
  • Productive Planning & Scheduling, 4/17/10
  • Managing Interruptions Smarter, 4/17/10
  • How & When to Say No, 4/17/10
  • Atticus Practice Builder, 4/16/10
  • The Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Review, 4/5/10

2007 — 2009

  • What Civil Court Judges Want You To Know, 11/24/09
  • The American Association for Justice Advanced Trial Advocacy College, Litigating Truck Collisions, 10/9/09 – 10/12/09
  • The Art & Ethics of Effective Mediation, 3/13/09
  • The American Association for Justice, “Preparing for Absolute Medicare Compliance,” 6/30/2009
  • The Florida Bar Topics in Evidence, 8/15/08
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Preparing Your Case to Win From Day One, 8/14/08
  • The Florida Bar Basic Trial Practice, 4/22/08
  • The American Association for Justice Litigating Truck Collision Cases Seminar, 2008
  • Intro to Fast Case Research System, 6/19/07
  • The Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Review, 4/10/07
  • Justice Teaching Certification Course, 3/26/07
  • Refreshing Mediation Skills, 3/2/07
  • Handling Economic Damages in Injury & Wrongful Death Cases, 2/15/07

2000 — 2006

  • The Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Review, 6/22/06
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America Litigating Assisted Living Facility Cases, 6/8/06
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America Nursing Home Cases: Advanced Discovery Issues, 9/19/06
  • Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 7/10/05
  • Personal Injury Seminar, 3/31/05
  • The Florida Bar Proving & Defending Damages, 3/22/05
  • Collier County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Anatomy of a Trial, 3/18/05
  • County Mediation Summit, 2/8/05
  • Mediators & Arbitrators, 2/8/05
  • The Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Review, 2004
  • Personal Injury Protection Law, 11/9/04
  • Florida Practice and Procedure, 10/1/04
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute, 8/22/04
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Collateral Sources, 8/11/04
  • Basic Personal Injury Practice, 2004
  • Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 7/30/04
  • Florida Practice and Procedure, 2/13/04
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Collateral Sources Seminar, 3/4/03
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar, 2003
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, 2003
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2002
  • The Florida Bar Basic Personal Injury Seminar, 2002
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2001
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Trial Advocacy Series, 2001
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, 2001
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 2001
  • Collateral Source Seminar
    Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice Seminar, 5/3/00
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Legislative & Caselaw Update, 5/22/00
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Auto Negligence Seminar, 2000
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers “Getting to the Courthouse Steps: Strategies for Success,” 7/26/00
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, “The Impact of Pegram v. Herdrich,” 7/11/00
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, “Litigating Infant Cases,” 3/23/2001
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Ethics & Professionalism, 2/22/00
  • Collier County Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section Seminar on Non-Binding Arbitration, 3/31/00
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Preparing for the Challenges of 2000
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Nursing Home Litigation, 2/11/00

1997 — 1999

  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Jury Selection Seminar, 1999
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Collateral Sources Seminary, 1998
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar, 1998
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, 1997
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Auto Negligence Seminar, 1997

Formal Education & Credentials

College

Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, May, 1995

  • Stetson Trial Team, Ranked #1 in the nation in Trial Advocacy skills by U.S. News & World Report
  • State Champion, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Statewide Civil Trial Competition 1995.
  • Book Award for Highest Grade, Florida Civil Practice & Procedure taught by Judge David Patterson, Second District Court of Appeals
  • Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute Graduate: Formal hands on trial education & experience.
  • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking College Graduate, 2009, Atlanta, GA
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, December, 1991
  • Member, Florida Blue Key, President, Alpha Eta Chapter, Pi Kappa Alpha, Member: Order of Omega & Mortar Board
  • Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL, 1987
Community Service

2013 — 2019

  • 2019, Treasurer, Southwest Florida Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018, Secretary, Southwest Florida Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016 Lee County Bar Association Constitution Week Chairman
  • 2015 Lee County Bar Association Constitution Week Co-Chairman
  • Board of Directors, Bonita Springs YMCA 1996-2002
  • Chairman, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Program 1998 – 2000
  • Recipient, Fort Myers News Press “Person To Watch in 1998.”
  • President, Bonita Springs Youth Council (1998-1999)
  • Board of Directors, Bonita Springs Main Street Old 41 Redevelopment Committee, 1997-1998
  • Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Bonita Springs (2000-2013)
  • President, Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, 2011-2012
  • Rotary District 6960 District Governor Nominating Committee, 2013-2016
  • Lee County School Board Continuous Systematic Improvement Committee Member, 2013
Public Speaking

1997 — 2018

  • Guest Speaker, 2018 Career Day Presentation on The Legal Profession, The Alva School, May 17, 2018
  • Guest Speaker, 2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, Shell Point Democratic Club, April 28, 2018
  • Guest Speaker, 2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, Rotary Club of Fort Myers Downtown, February 27, 2018
  • Guest Speaker, 2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, Lee County League of Women Voters, January 6, 2018
  • Guest Speaker, Ethical Governance, Miami Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, October 19, 2017
  • Guest Speaker, Ave Maria School of Law, “Becoming Practice Ready, The Importance & Value of Experiential Education,” March 14, 2017
  • Guest Speaker, Gulf Coast Paralegal Assoc. for Lee & Collier County, “Education, Ethics & Accountability: The Florida Bar As An Instrument of Ensuring The Integrity of Government” 9/13/2016
  • Guest Speaker, Bonita Springs Middle School, Constitution Day, 9/12/2016
  • Guest Speaker, Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. 2014 Legislative Update
  • Guest Speaker, League of Women Voter’s 2013 Annual Meeting
  • Guest Speaker, Lehigh High School J.R.O.T.C. on Goal Setting, Motivation & Personal Development
  • Guest Speaker, Lehigh High School Law Program, 1997 – 1999
  • Guest Speaker, Estero High School Leadership Lock In on Goal Setting, Motivation & Personal Development
  • Guest Speaker, Estero High School Motivational Assembly 1998
  • Guest Speaker, Estero High School Law Program, 1998

  • Presenter of Internet Liability Presentation, The People’s Law School, Ft. Myers, FL, 1999
  • Presenter of Internet Liability Presentation, The People’s Law School, Ft. Myers, FL, 2000
  • Presenter of Tort Liability Presentation, The People’s Law School, Naples, FL 2006
  • Presenter of “The Truth About Medical Malpractice” to Encore Club of Bonita Springs, FL
  • Guest Speaker, Southwest Florida Chapter of the Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. on Managed Care
  • Guest Speaker, Gateway Rotary Club, on Internet Liability
  • Guest Speaker, Collier County Women’s Bar Association, Using Technology to Resolve Disputes February, 28, 2001, this course was approved for CLE credit by The Florida Bar
  • Guest Speaker, Collier County PC Business Users Group on Internet Privacy and Cyber-Torts
  • Guest Speaker, The People’s Law School at Florida Gulf Coast University, 1998, 1999, 2006
  • Guest Speaker, Covenant Church, on The Right To Choose Your Doctor & HMO Abuse
  • Florida Bar Justice Teaching Volunteer Attorney, Bonita Springs Middle School
  • Lee County Bar Association Law Week, Guest Attorney School Teacher
  • Guest Speaker, Florida Gulf Coast University 2006 “The Entrepreneur’s Law School” on FGCU Personal Injury Law
  • “Lawyer Giving Back” recognition, Lee County Bar Association, July 2010

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