Steven M. Meyers
For more than twenty-six years, Steven M. Meyers has represented more than three thousand people who have suffered personal injuries. Steve’s vast personal injury experience spans the gamut from workers’ compensation claims to plane crash fatalities, including the 1996 Boeing 707 disaster in Manta, Ecuador.
Mr. Meyers has been lead counsel in jury trials involving medical malpractice, auto accidents, and train crash fatalities. He has handled over seventy appeals, and has orally argued in four of the five Florida District Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Meyers represents injured people throughout Florida – from the upper Keys to the Florida Panhandle. He obtained seven-figure recoveries for the Orlando parents of a premature and profoundly brain-damaged infant girl who received insufficient oxygen while in pediatric intensive care; for horrifically burned children of Immokalee farm workers whose crowded trailer was fire-bombed by an arsonist; and for a recently married Orlando truck driver whose truck was struck by a snow plow in Texas, rendering him quadriplegic. Mr. Meyers has represented the largest family-owned business in Nicaragua in a commercial liability lawsuit, and some of the poorest tomato pickers in Florida.
Mr. Meyers has also tried several hundred cases before judges of compensation claims. These cases have ranged from complex medical cases where he’s proven that his clients suffered brain damage from manganese poisoning and blindness from a tuberculosis injection, to cases in which he has defeated baseless and cruel fraud allegations against impoverished farm workers. Additionally, while many lawyers have never even tried a case involving permanent total disability benefits, Mr. Meyers has won more thirty.
Steve Meyers has always been an advocate for the underdog, which has been due in large part to the influence of his father, Irvin Meyers, who has been practicing law for fifty years. Since 1964, Steve’s father has always represented injured people and those disadvantaged by corporations, insurance companies, or circumstances of life. At age eighty Steve’s father still practices law and continues to inspire Steve every day.
Through hard knocks and trials, Steve knows the difficulties people face when they’ve been injured, and then bullied by corporations and insurance companies. He is a voracious student of advocacy and researches and utilizes the most cutting edge and successful trial techniques. He believes very strongly in Gerry Spence’s philosophy that a lawyer must do everything possible to understand and care about the client. Steve has read every book authored by Gerry Spence, and utilizes the most current trial advocacy theories of lawyers and trial consultants such as David Ball, Don Keenan, Richard Friedman, and Herbert Stern.
Since 1987, Steve Meyers has also immersed himself in learning the medical aspects of injuries, disabilities, treatments and future outcomes for his clients. He has spent many late nights pouring over medical texts and orthopedic, neurological and obstetrical journals. To learn more about medicine, Steve hired a local physician and spent more than one hundred hours training with him one-on-one; additionally, he has observed more than thirty surgeries.
Steve was born and raised in Central Florida and attended public schools through high school. As a life-long athlete, Steve played high school football and ran track. After graduating high school he attended Mars Hill College in Asheville, North Carolina, where he “walked on” and started for the football team. He subsequently transferred to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and competed on the track team while he earned degrees in English and Political Science. Steve has competed in several marathons and qualified for the Boston Marathon. After graduating from Furman in 1984, Steve was accepted to the University of Florida School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1987.
Mr. Meyers is currently on the Board of Directors of the Florida Workers’ Advocates(FWA), the FWA Appellate Committee, and the FWA Amicus Committee. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association and the Orange County Bar Association. For the last three consecutive years, Steve has been selected by peers as a Florida Super Lawyer.
When not practicing law, Steve enjoys snow-skiing and learning to kite-board, but most loves traveling to Central and South America in search of new and exciting surfing locations. He is highly functional in Spanish, and tries to immerse himself in and learn from these cultures as often as he can.