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Your Advocates:
A Fort Myers Law Firm

Family Law, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, Business Law & Civil Litigation Attorneys Serving Lee County

When you need legal assistance, you want a firm you can rely on. We aren't intimidated by roadblocks. We are focused on each client's happiness. We understand the unique demographics of West Florida and can best serve individuals here. If you choose to work with us, we will do all that we can to get you the outcome you are seeking. We don't just want to meet your expectations, we want to exceed them. We focus on serving our clients with honor and integrity. We don't just want to skim the surface of your case. You deserve an attorney who will dive in and become your personal adviser and partner throughout the duration of your legal endeavor.

  • 63 Years of Combined Legal Experience
  • Rated A+ by The Better Business Bureau
  • Dedicated & Caring Service
  • One-On-One Attention

Combining Our Efforts to Produce the Best Results

At Your Advocates, we provide the skilled leadership, commitment, and dedication you deserve in order to work toward a satisfactory result to your case. We will put in the hours and effort it takes to arrive at your desired destination. Our team has developed a unique strategy to accomplish this goal. Each attorney at our firm has a niche area of law upon which we place our focus. When you call our firm, we will set you up with an experienced attorney who is well-learned in the area of law with which you need assistance. This way, you can rest assured that you are working with an educated attorney who truly understands the nature of your case.

Our team won't rest until you are satisfied with the results of your case.

Customized Attention for Each Client

We want you to feel valued and appreciated at Your Advocates. You will work directly with an assigned attorney at the firm if undefinedwe take on your case. All of our lawyers are easily accessible. We put an extreme emphasis on satisfactory client experience. We want you to know that we're here to address your specific needs. We won't push you into a one-size-fits-all case solution. We'll talk with you and develop a course of action that works best for your situation.


Call us at (239) 970-6844 today to set up a free phone or in-person consultation!


Read What Our Past Clients
have to Say About Us:

  • ... he listens to your concerns and fears and fights for them as they are his own.

    “This has truly been a long ride for me as a simple divorce turned into an unnecessary stressful event. I truly wish I would've known about this practice when I decided to proceed with this divorce back in 2014. Jorge Santana actually cares for his clients,”

    Mandy

  • She was polite, professional and easy to talk to.

    “I needed some quick legal advice and shopped around online in my area. I randomly stumbled upon the law offices of Jackson, Stevens and Ricciardi in Fort Myers, FL. I am glad I did, as it was a pleasure talking to Rita Jackson about my problem. She was pol”

    Joseph

  • I have had experiences with many lawyers in my life in a multiple areas. Mr. Ricciardi was very skillful in the real estate matters for me.

    “Mr. Rich Ricciardi handled my case promptly and professionally which produced the desired results at least possible cost. I have had experiences with many lawyers in my life in a multiple areas. Mr. Ricciardi was very skillful in the real estate matters fo”

    Vijay

  • Honesty, integrity, determination, and comfort through such hard times...

    “Rita Jackman is an extremely credible advocate! She and her law firm were very compassionate and caring to advise and represent me through some very difficult cases. She was there anytime I needed her! I always felt I was one phone call away from an answer”

    Mary Lust

  • The sellers are comfortable, the family in New York are calm and happy, and we have a successful closing. Thank you Rich!

    “I'm selling a riverfront home for an older couple, and the closing is scheduled for Monday at 1 pm. The daughter calls me from NY on Sunday at 5 pm and they are freaking out because there isn't an attorney present to protect the family's interests, and tha”

    James Sommers

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

Won't Stop Working Until We Reach
a Successful Result

  • $53,000,000 Structured Settlement Child Severe Brain Damage - Medical Malpractice

    Anesthesiology and pediatric gastroenterology, brain damage. A very concerned mother scheduled her 9 year old daughter for a gastroenterology endoscopic exam. This is where the child is placed under anesthesia and the pediatric Gastroenterology slides a tube down into the stomach with a camera to explore the area. During this procedure, the nurse anesthetist failed to properly monitor the child’s decline in heart rate and oxygen and the child’s heart stopped. After being revived by an emergency room physician the child suffered permanent paralysis and extensive brain damage, resulting in a quadriplegic condition with lost brain activity.

  • $3,000,000 Settlement Child Brain Injury - Medical Malpractice

    Nursing care, child brain injury. A young child suffering from numerous medical problems including neurological and physical injuries with partial paralysis received home nursing care assistance. The nurse failed to monitor the child correctly and improperly performed CPR when his breathing had ceased. The child suffered additional brain injury. The nursing care company was a conduit for independent contractors (nurses) with no assets except its insurance policy of $3 million. The insurance company paid the policy limits approximately 1½ years into litigation.

  • $1,900,000 Death of Leg from Over-Radiation
    An active gentleman in his late 40’s was discovered to have a cancerous tumor in his thigh. The tumor was removed successfully and he started radiation therapy to bombard the area where the tumor was located to ensure no cancer cells were left behind. The radiation oncologist and physicist did not adequately evaluate the dose and its distribution, which resulted in massive over-radiation and the death of his entire leg from radiation necrosis.
  • $750,000 Default & Summary Judgment Urology Negligence
    A young woman whose urologist advised her that she had bladder cancer after removing a small tissue sample from her bladder. He then treated her with multiple infusions of modified tuberculosis bacteria that had been modified and injected into her bladder. After receiving all of the treatment a new doctor advised her that she never had cancer and that the treatment could have given her TB. She suffered from severe emotional distress.
  • $500,000 Settlement Urology Bladder Damage - Failure to Diagnose
    A retired gentleman was experiencing bladder problems because kidney stones were located in his bladder. A urologist performed a procedure to break up the stones in his bladder and in so doing cut through the bladder into the peritoneal cavity. The urologist did not diagnose his mistake and a massive infection occurred. He was diagnosed approximately 10 days later and repaired but it was too late to stop the massive infection. He was hospitalized for approximately 6 months and underwent additional surgical procedures.
  • $400,000 Settlement Wrongful Death - Neglected by Nursing Staff
    An elderly patient was admitted to the hospital because she had fainted. She was a dialysis patient and a diabetic, suffering from symptoms of dementia and some disabilities from a prior stroke. She was neglected by the nursing staff and developed bedsores. They became infected, and she died of sepsis about 5 weeks later.
  • $350,000 Settlement Nerve Damage and Dropped Foot Caused by the Failure to Diagnose a Hematoma by an Emergency Room and Internal Medicine Physicians
    An elderly gentleman had hip surgery and experienced severe pain and was brought to the emergency room by ambulance. The emergency room physician knew of the hematoma at the surgery site but failed to relieve the pressure on the nerve. His pain persisted and his toes became numb and he could not move his toes. A physician admitted him to the hospital but also failed to take any action. This resulted in permanent nerve damage and he no longer had control of his foot from the ankle down.
  • $275,000 Settlement Wrongful Death - Over-Prescribed Pain Medications
    A young adult visited a neurologist claiming the need for pain medication. The neurologist never ordered prior medical records and prescribed numerous prescriptions for pain medication. The patient refilled pain medication within a month after first visit and shortly thereafter died of an overdose of the pain medication.
  • $250,000 Settlement Surgeon Cuts Nerve Causing Loss of Movement and Trapezius
    A young man underwent a surgical procedure to remove a swollen gland at the base of his neck and shoulder. The surgeon cut the accessory nerve causing permanent paralysis to the trapezius muscle, which caused it to atrophy resulting in substantial arm weakness and disfigurement.
  • $250,000 Settlement Nursing Home Abuse - Refused to Call 911 for Resident Having Heart Attack
    An elderly woman in a nursing home was experiencing chest pain and difficulty breathing, and although she told the nursing home staff of her symptoms and complaints, they refused to call 911. She was found in the room next door trying to call 911 because she did not have a phone in her room. They then placed her back in the wheelchair and put her back into her room. She again went to the room next door and called 911. The ambulance brought her to the emergency room and she was diagnosed as having a heart attack which resulted in significant heart damage. She died a few months later.

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