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Associates & Bruce L. Scheiner

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, is a team of more than 60 individuals including personal injury lawyers, registered nurses, former insurance executives, paralegals, and investigators.

Today, Bruce L. Scheiner, works alongside his wife Cheryl, his son, Preston J. Scheiner, and a team of veteran personal injury attorneys who have more than a century of experience in fighting for justice on behalf of accident victims and their families.

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Preston J. Scheiner

Trial Attorney

T. 239-939-2900
http://www.blslaw.com

Preston J. Scheiner (PJ) joined Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured in 2007 upon graduating from law school. He is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Florida, as well as the federal court for the Middle District of Florida. After PJ graduated from Amherst College, he went on to attend the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude, and was awarded the John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship for the most outstanding student in litigation skills; the Thomas Ewald Memorial Award Recipient, as the top student in litigation skills who most exemplifies devotion to high standards and ethical conduct; the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Litigation Skills; and the Dean's Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Academic Performance in Litigation Skills.

PJ also worked as a certified legal intern at the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, where he was responsible for prosecuting numerous bench trials.

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) awarded the NITA Advocate designation to Mr. Scheiner in 2009.

MEMBERSHIPS

American Association for Justice American Bar Association American Trial Lawyers Association APITLA (Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America) Florida Bar Florida Justice Association Lee County Bar Association LPBA (Lawyers Pilots Bar Association)

PERSONAL

When not in the office, PJ enjoys flying. He is a licensed multi-engine commercial pilot with single and multi-engine instrument privileges and is trained and licensed to fly the Citation Jet series of aircraft.

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Daniel S. Dalesandro

Civil Trial Attorney

T. 239-939-2900
http://www.blslaw.com

Memberships: The Florida Bar since 2002; United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Lee County Bar Association; Florida Justice Association; Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society; Barrister, Calusa Inn of Court

Education

Florida State University

College of Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.), Graduated Cum Laude - 2001

--Activities and Societies:

  • Member of the FSU Law Moot Court Team
  • Member of the Order of Barristers, recognizing excellence in oral advocacy on the FSU Moot Court Team
  • Member of the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law
  • Member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
  • Member of Law Partners

--Awards and Honors:

  • Book Award Recipient in Legal Writing & Research I, 1999
  • Book Award Recipient in Legal Writing & Research II, 2000
  • Finalist in the FSU Moot Court Team “Final Four” Competition, 2000
  • Won 1st Place and Best Brief at the Florida Bar Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition, 2001
  • Semi-Finalist (top 4 out of 44 teams) and 4th Best Brief at the New York Law School Robert F. Wagner, Sr. National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, 2001
  • Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law Outstanding Article and Notes Editor Award, 2001

University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications

Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.), Major in Advertising / Minor in History of Art - 1993

--Awards and Honors:

  • Graduated with Highest Honors
  • UF Outstanding Graduate in Advertising (Respess Award), 1994
  • UF Presidential Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University of Florida, 1993
  • College of Journalism and Communication Dean's List, 1993
  • Direct Marketing Collegiate Institute, Chicago, IL, 1993
  • UF President's Honor Roll for Perfect 4.0 GPA, 1992
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's List, 1989
  • Florida Academic Scholar, 1989
  • Took courses on writing for mass communication, media planning, copywriting and visualization, advertising strategy, advertising research, advertising campaigns, and law of mass communication
  • Took Intro to Statistics 1, Intro to Statistics 2, and Statistics for the Social Sciences

--Activities and Societies:

  • Graphic Designer of the Communigator, a newsmagazine published by the UF College of Journalism and Communications
  • American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition, 2nd Place District Level, 1993
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Benjamin A. Russell

Trial Attorney

T. 239-939-2900
http://www.blslaw.com

EDUCATION Benjamin graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering Emphasis from the University of Mississippi in 2003 where he was initiated a member of Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. In addition, Benjamin was the President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Secretary of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and inducted into the Order of the Engineer. He then attended law school at the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude and was awarded the Kurt Marmar Award, which is presented to the most well-rounded and sportsman-like advanced moot court competitorAlso while in law school, Benjamin did an internship with the late United States Magistrate Judge Theodore Klein of the Southern District of Florida and was a Summer Associate at Phelps Dunbar, LLP.

EXPERIENCE Benjamin A. Russell joined the Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, as a trial attorney in March 2011. Prior, Benjamin was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County where he prosecuted numerous cases in both jury and bench trials and was a Division Chief in Juvenile Circuit Court where he trained other Assistant State Attorneys for felony jury trials and represented the State of Florida in Juvenile Drug Court. Benjamin and his wife later moved to Tupelo, Mississippi where he practiced civil, criminal, and family law with his father Rhett Russell. Benjamin is admitted to practice law in all the state courts of Florida, Massachusetts, and Mississippi; the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida; and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. Benjamin is also a member of the Florida Lee County Bar Association, Mississippi Lee County Bar Association, Florida Justice Association, and American Association for Justice.

AWARDS/RECOGNITION 

Member of The National Trial Lawyer's "Top 40 Under 40"

Graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law 

Kurt Marmar Award - Voted by peers as the most well-rounded Moot court competitor 

Winner of the 1L Moot Court Competition 

Finalist in the Advanced Moot Court Competition 

Member of the Florida Justice Association 

Member of the Lee County Bar Association 

Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association 

Admitted to practice in the State courts of Mississippi, Massachusetts and Florida 

Admitted to practice in the Federal courts of Mississippi and Florida

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Mark A. Miller

Trial Attorney

T. 239-939-2900
http://www.blslaw.com

EDUCATION: Northwestern University School of Law: J.D. University of Michigan: B.A. in political science and economics (with honors)

EXPERIENCE: Mark Miller has taken more than 60 cases to trial and has more than two decades of personal injury trial experience. He specializes in the areas of professional malpractice, product and premise liability, and motor vehicle accidents.

Attorney Miller’s specialized experience in medical negligence cases includes traumatic birth injury, forceps and vacuum extraction, neurology, cardiology/cardio-thoracic surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, oncology, nephrology and orthopedic surgery.

Prior to moving to Florida in 1993, Mark spent 18 years as a defense attorney in Chicago representing hospitals and large corporations. Later, he turned his attention to the exclusive representation of injured individuals and their families and their fight against doctors, hospitals, product manufacturers, negligent drivers and insurance companies.

Today, Attorney Mark Miller has litigated cases in 10 states and is a dedicated and passionate advocate, both in the negotiating room and in the courtroom. Combined with twenty-five years of courtroom experience, skills honed through more than 60 jury trials, and nearly two decades of insider knowledge and experience as a defense attorney, he is a huge asset as he fights for justice on behalf of the firm's clients and their families.

ADMISSIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Florida Bar
  • Illinois Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

- Member of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association - Member of the Florida Justice Association - Member of the American Association for Justice

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

Mr. Miller is an A.V. peer review rated trial attorney, the highest ratings for skills and ethical standards recognized by other lawyers. He was selected by American Lawyer for inclusion in its Directory of Products Liability Attorneys. Miller also was invited to join the Society of Trial Lawyers, a distinction limited to 250 Illinois lawyers.

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Diana Dawn Jezik

Trial Attorney

T. 239-939-2900
http://www.blslaw.com

EDUCATION: Diana Dawn graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies Magna Cum Laude in 2009. Throughout her four years at FGCU, she was listed on the Dean’s and President’s List for seven semesters. Diana Dawn was an active member of Phi Eta Sigma, which recognizes high scholastic achievement, from 2005-2009, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity from 2007-2009, and Golden Key International Honor Society, which recognizes leadership, service, and academics. Additionally, she was the president and captain of the competitive and performing FGCU dance team.

In 2012, Diana Dawn graduated from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. She was an active member from 2009- 2012 in the Women’s Law Association and held an officer’s position within the Association from 2011-2012. She was also involved in the Southern Lawyer’s Association and found a vast interest in human trafficking awareness.

EXPERIENCE

Diana Dawn joined Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured while attending FGCU in 2007 and continued working through law school. In addition to engaging in trial advocacy during law school, Diana Dawn has prepared for and attended multiple trials under the supervision of Bruce L. Scheiner and Preston Scheiner.

RECOGNITIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

Graduated law school Juris Doctor Admitted to practice in Florida in 2012 Member of the Florida Justice Association Member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.)

CLUB INVOLVEMENT

  • Lee County Association of Women Lawyers
  • The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Southwest Florida
  • Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Lee County Bar Association
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Bruce L. Scheiner

Founder and Senior Attorney

T. 239-939-2900
http://www.blslaw.com

Bruce L. Scheiner was born in 1945, the same year his father, a New York City fire fighter, responded to the tragic Empire State Building fire after a B-25 Mitchell bomber crashed into its 79th Floor in heavy fog. Mr. Scheiner developed a passion for protecting the rights of others through a strong working-class ethic and a desire to be of help to all around him. He decided, upon graduation from high school in Queens, New York, to pursue a career in law to seek tangible and compassionate justice for those who otherwise would have no voice.

Mr. Scheiner enrolled as an under graduate student at the University of Miami in 1963. To help pay for his studies, Bruce was a parking valet at the Hialeah Tropical Gulfstream horse racing tracks. Upon graduation from the University of Miami's Law School in 1970, Mr. Scheiner began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida.

Soon after, he and his young wife Cheryl moved to Southwest Florida in search of a better place to start a career and raise a family. As they began to settle down in Fort Myers, Mr. Scheiner and his wife opened a small office in downtown Fort Myers (now known as the River District). Initially, Mr. Scheiner handled a variety of cases, but saw a need for strong representation for people who were injured in various types of vehicle accidents, including automobile, motorcycle, truck, uninsured motorists and injuries to pedestrians.

Bruce is involved with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving); the Eden Foundation, a foundation that assists autistic children and adults; Make A Difference scholarship program, an initiative that supports local students; and the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition.