Fort Myers attorneys J. Jeffrey Rice, John B. Cechman and Richard L. Purtz named to the 2021 Florida ‘Super Lawyers’ list

J. Jeffrey Rice was also named to the ‘Best Lawyers’ list and 2022 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ list for construction law

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Accomplished Fort Myers attorneys J. Jeffrey Rice, John B. Cechman and Richard L. Purtz, all partners at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, have been named to the prestigious 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of legal professionals in each state.

Rice has been named to the list each year since 2006. Cechman was named to the list in 2007, 2009, 2020 and 2021. Purtz was first named in 2009, and each year since 2017.

Additionally, Rice was named to 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and construction law as well as 2022 “Lawyers of the Year” recipient for construction law. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with “Lawyers of the Year” Award. The Best Lawyers list on average recognizes six of every 100 lawyers in public practice.

Rice emphasizes his practice on commercial law, construction law and real estate. Cechman and Purtz are personal injury attorneys for the firm. All three and Managing Partner Christopher J. Smith are Florida Board Certified in Civil Trial, an honor approximately only 1% of trial lawyers achieve by trying a certain number of civil trials to verdict and passing a written exam. Rice is also Board Certified in business litigation and construction law.

In addition, Cechman, Smith, Rice and Purtz, as well as partners Stephen Buckley and Michael Versnik are also AV Preeminent rated, the highest rating attorneys can receive by Martindale Hubbell’s peer attorney and judges’ review. Smith and Cechman are also members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious national invitation-only group of trial attorneys that has stringent requirements attorneys must meet to qualify.

Super Lawyers magazine featured Cechman, Rice and Purtz in its June issue, which was distributed to more than 62,000 attorneys and posted in an online directory. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

About Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has offered a full complement of professional legal services to Southwest Florida clients since 1962. The firm’s experienced attorneys are board certified by the Florida Bar, and their areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, fall and premises liability, wrongful death, motorcycle and truck accidents, medical malpractice, real estate, commercial litigation, construction law, wills, estate planning and administration, social security law and criminal law. With offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte, attorneys can be reached by calling 239-334-1146 or visiting

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