Jennifer C. Lester

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Jennifer C. Lester

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Ms. Lester is Of Counsel in Dean Mead’s Litigation department in the Gainesville office. She is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Just one percent of Florida’s 95,000 lawyers are board-certified in civil trial law. With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Lester’s practice involves commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and fiduciary proceedings.

Ms. Lester’s background in civil litigation and insurance gives her special insight into insurance fraud cases, including the defense of white collar crime and False Claims Act cases. She also assists clients before professional licensing agencies, and other cases where professional reputation is at risk.

Additionally, she is the immediate past president of the North Florida Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. Prior to joining Dean Mead, Ms. Lester practiced at Dell Graham P.A. in Gainesville for 11 years.

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Professional and Civic Activities

  • North Florida Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates – Immediate Past President, 2012
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
    • Past President, 2001-2002
    • Young Lawyers Division – President, 1996-1997
  • Bench and Bar Committee – Member, 1999-2002
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

Ms. Lester is a certified Guardian Ad Litem. She has performed pro bono services for the Eighth Circuit Court Guardian Ad Litem program in Alachua County.

Education

Juris Doctor: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, with honors, 1992

  • Teaching Assistant in Legal Research and Writing
  • Book Awards: Property and Civil Procedure

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: University of Florida, Gainesville, 1989

  • Minor in Criminology and Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Prior Legal Experience

  • Dell Graham P.A., Gainesville, Florida, 2002-2013
  • McEwen, Martinez & Dukes, Gainesville, Florida, 2000-2002
  • Monaco, Monaco, Birder & Lester, Gainesville, Florida, 1994-2000
  • Messer, Vickers, Caparello, Madsen, Lewis, Goldman & Self, Tallahassee, Florida, 1992-1994

Recognition & Awards

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Martindale Hubbell: AV® Rating

Speaking Engagements

  • Ms. Lester has served as moderator of a seminar entitled, As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation, 2012 and 2013
  •  Ms. Lester presented the ABOTA Masters in Trial Series offered by the Northern District of Florida, Judge Hinkle and the Tallahassee Chapter of ABOTA, 2013

Publications

  • Florida Department of Financial Services
    • Approved Instructor for Insurance Adjuster Continuing Education Credits, Current
  •  University of Florida College of Law
    • Adjunct Professor, Mediation Course, 2002
  •  The City of Tallahassee Builds Following Legal Victory
    • Quality Cities, Co-author, September 1994