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EDWARD K. CHEFFY is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation Law. In 2009, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and in 2013 he was inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He has been voted by his peers as one of “The Top 100 Super Lawyers” in Florida, and he is included in “Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame.” He is also included in Best Lawyers in America, and that publication has named him as Lawyer of the Year for the Naples/Ft. Myers area on three occasions: in 2011 for “Bet-The-Company Litigation”; in 2012 for Construction Litigation, and in 2013 for Real Estate Litigation. He received the “Lion of the Law” Award for Professionalism from the Collier County Judiciary in 2000.
Mr. Cheffy served two terms as Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 20th Judicial Circuit, and he has served on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section. He has chaired the Collier County Bar Association’s Trial Lawyers Section and the Thomas S. Biggs Chapter of the Inns of Court.
He has also chaired The Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee 20B and the Grievance Committee for the Fort Myers Division of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In 2011, he served as Co-chair of The Florida Bar’s Hawkins Commission, which reviewed The Florida Bar’s disciplinary system.
Since 1996, Mr. Cheffy has served on the Faculty and Steering Committee for The Florida Bar’s annual Board Certification Review Course for Civil Trial Law, and he began serving as Chair of that committee in 2005. At the Board Certification Review Course, he lectures on “Ethical Issues Facing the Civil Trial Lawyer.”
Mr. Cheffy’s community service has included serving as Chair of the Board of Hospice of Naples (n/k/a Avow Hospice) and serving on the Board of The Community School of Naples. From 2000 to 2002, he, along with Andrew Reiss, coached Community School’s mock trial team, which won three county championships, three regional championships and two state championships. In 2003, he and John Passidomo were selected as laureates in the Jr. Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Leadership Hall of Fame.
Mr. Cheffy graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature, and he received his law degree, also with honors, from the Ohio State University College of Law. The cases Mr. Cheffy handles include commercial, business, construction and real estate disputes, as well as probate, product liability, and personal injury litigation.