SCOTT E. GWARTNEY

Partner Attorney

Scott E. Gwartney is a magna cum laude graduate of Liberty University and a 1991 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law. He joined the firm in 2002 and became a partner in 2003 after working with renowned trial lawyer, Ken Connor, the first attorney to successfully submit a nursing home case in the state of Florida. The Connor & Gwartney firm eventually joined the Tampa-based nursing home litigation firm of Wilkes & McHugh and started their Tallahassee office where Mr. Gwartney practiced until he joined Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett & Foster.

Mr. Gwartney passionately believes that our senior citizens deserve no less respect and level of dignity than that which is afforded to any other segment of our society. The results of Mr. Gwartney’s experience and efforts on behalf of the elderly speaks volumes about his expertise and dedication. His work on behalf of his clients has led to numerous verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more across three states.

Along with other colleagues at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, he has been recognized in Florida as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, a Super Lawyer in the top 5%, and a Legal Elite in the top 2%. He is frequently called upon by his peers to share his knowledge about nursing home litigation and medical malpractice and is very active in all courts in Florida and Georgia. He is also licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Mr. Gwartney is active in his church and community and serves on boards of directors for several charitable organizations in the Tallahassee area includingCourage Through CancerLighthouse Children’s Home, and A Doctor’s Heart. He is a strong believer in faith, family, and community and enjoys spending time with his wife, Cathy, and their three children. He is also an avid fan of FSU athletics.

EDUCATION

  • Liberty University, Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Human Resource Management Magna Cum Laude (1985)
  • Florida State University College of Law, Juris Doctor (1991)

LICENSURE

  • Florida Bar (all courts), 1991
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1991
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1992
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1992
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1992
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1993
  • Court of Appeals, State of Georgia 1993
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1993
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1995
  • State Bar of Tennessee, 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • United States District Court, Nothern District of Georgia, 2002
  • Virginia State Bar, 2016

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Law & Politics
  • “AV” Peer review rated, Martindale-Hubble
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend
  • Best Attorneys in America, Rue Ratings
  • Premier 100 trial attorney, National Academy of Juris Prudence
  • Rated 10.0 by AVVO – the highest possible rating

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • NTL Nursing Home Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Justice Association
    • Florida Justice Association
    • Eagle Member
    • Nursing Home Task Force
    • Medical Malpractice Task Force
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Florida Bar
    • Elder Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Health Law Section
    • Capital City Justice Association – founding member
  • Christian Legal Society
    • The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS

  • Board of Directors, Caring Through Cancer Ministries, 2014 – 2018
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Advisory Panel, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
  • Board of Directors, IIM (International Impact Missions), 2010 – 2016
  • Board of Directors, Northshire Homeowners’ Association
    • Board of Directors, PHI (Pregnancy Help & Information) Center, 2009 – 2015
    • Board of Directors, Lighthouse Children’s Home
    • Board of Directors, A Doctor’s Heart, Inc.

PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

  • Guest Lecturer, University of South Florida School of Nursing, June 2017 – “Florida Medical Negligence Claims”
  • Guest Lecturer, Florida State University College of Law, February 2017 – “Anatomy of Medical Malpractice Case”
  • Essentials of Elder Law and Annual Update – The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, January 2017 (Orlando, FL) – “Nursing Home and Elder-Related Torts”
  • Guest Lecturer, Florida State University College of Law, October 2016 – “Elder Law Torts in Florida”
  • Guest Lecturer, Florida State University College of Law, October 2015 – “Elder Law Torts in Florida”
  • Character of Leadership Conference, November 2014 (Jinja, Uganda) – “Christian Leadership in a Secular World” – “The Importance of Character in God’s Economy”
  • Guest Lecturer, Florida State University College of Law, October 2014 – “Elder Law Torts in Florida”
  • Elder Law Annual Update and Hot Topics – The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, January 2014 (Orlando, FL) – “Elder-Related Torts”
  • Elder Law Annual Update and Review Course – The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, January 2012 (Orlando, FL) – “Litigation for the Elder Law Attorney”
  • Big Bend Chapter – Paralegal Association of Florida, March 2011 (Tallahassee, FL) – “Nursing Home Claims In Florida”
  • Florida Statewide Guardianship Association, November 2009 (Tallahassee, FL) – “Nursing Home Litigation In Florida”
  • Big Bend Chapter – Florida State Guardianship Association, August 2009 (Tallahassee, FL) – “Nursing Home & Long Term Care Litigation In Florida”
  • Big Bend Paralegal Association, August 2007 (Tallahassee, FL) – “Nursing Home Litigation In Florida”
  • Big Bend Elder Advocates, April 2006 (Tallahassee, FL) – “Nursing Home Neglect & Medical Malpractice”
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, November 2004 (Tallahassee, FL) – “Referral Fees and How They Will Be Affected By Amendment 3” (with Dean LeBoeuf)
  • Professional Education Systems Institute (PESI), Nursing Home