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Stephen Cheeseman

Steve Cheeseman has been a Florida Supreme Court certified civil mediator for over 22 years and was a civil trial lawyer for 28 years in the areas of construction, real estate, personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He was a Special Agent with the FBI following graduation from FSU Law School. He received his bachelors degree in business from the University of Florida with emphasis on real estate and has likewise been a private real estate investor and developer for the past 32 years.

Bar and Legal Activities (Current and Former)

Florida Bar 40 years +
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
Hillsborough Bar Association:

  • Trial and Litigation Section
  • Real Estate Wills & Probate Section
  • Employment and Labor Law Section
  • Eminent Domain Section
  • Construction Law Section

Statewide Free Arbitration Committee
Chairman Hillsborough County Fee Arbitration Committee
Chairman Hillsborough County Bar Grievance Committee (D)
Member Federal Judicial Qualifications Commission, Middle District of Florida

Community Activities

Board of Directors, Florida Orchestra
Board of Directors, Florida Tampa Ballet
Board of Directors, Florida Bayshore Little League
Board of Directors, Epilepsy Foundation
Board of Directors, Epilepsy Foundation of West Central Florida
Big Brothers of Tampa
President, Board of Trustees St John’s Episcopal Day School

Other Awards and Activities

Florida Blue Key (UF)
Who’s Who in America Universities & Colleges (UF)
Treasurer of Student Body (UF)
Clerk of the Honor Court (UF)
AV Preeminent Attorney
Martindale-Hubbell; Top Rated Lawyer in Tampa
Martindale-Hubbell; 10th Anniversary with AV Preeminent Peer Review rating
Martindale-hubbell (2012)