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Highly Recognized Attorney Steve Watrel Brings Expertise in Nursing Home Abuse to Coker Law

Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Coker Law proudly announces that well-known and highly respected attorney in the fight against nursing home abuse, Steve Watrel, P.A., is joining the powerful legal team at Coker Law. Watrel is the only accident and injury law attorney who has battled nursing home abuse for 25 years in Jacksonville. Watrel’s integrity in court and proven approach to elder law is heralded nationwide, designating him as one of the leading trial lawyers in the field of nursing home and assisted living facility litigation.

“He is a valuable asset in helping clients in nursing home and assisted living litigation,” said Howard Coker, Coker Law founder and shareholder.

Watrel’s primary areas of practice are nursing home abuse and neglect. He is a Martindale-Hubbell A.V.-rated civil trial lawyer, a “legal expert” designation marking the highest level of competence and expertise. Watrel is passionate about helping victims and families of abuse and neglect and works tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for them, including numerous six- and seven-figure results throughout the past 25 years.

“I am honored and excited to join the Coker Law team, combining my years of nursing home litigation expertise with a team of outstanding lawyers and powerful financial resources. Together, we will bring significant and necessary justice to more nursing home victims and family members,” said Watrel.

“Steve Watrel is one of a handful of trial lawyers recognized as an expert in the field of nursing home and assisted living abuse and neglect litigation in the state of Florida,” said Coker Law Shareholder Dan Iracki. “For years, he has served as legislative chair on all proposed nursing home and assisted living abuse litigation. His expertise and commitment will benefit not just our clients, but our community as well.”

Throughout his career, Watrel has been actively involved in numerous professional, fraternal and civic organizations, serving in many leadership positions. He is a longtime EAGLE member of the Florida Justice Association, currently serves on the FJA board of directors, chairs the FJA Nursing Home Task Force, and is co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee. Watrel previously served as president of the Jacksonville Justice Association and continues to serve on its board of directors.

Prior to attending law school, Watrel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in management, focusing in finance, from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He went on to receive his juris doctor from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, in 1992. After graduating law school, Watrel became a member of the Florida Bar and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In 1993, after one year in practice with a large litigation firm, Mr. Watrel founded his own law firm, Steve Watrel, P.A.

Along with his dedication to practicing law, Watrel is committed to the Jacksonville community and donates a significant amount of time and resources to various charitable organizations, including Home Instead Senior Care, Seniors on a Mission, and other various senior advocate organizations.

About Coker Law

Coker Law is a personal injury trial law firm in Jacksonville, Florida. Its skilled, 21-attorney team contains nine Florida Bar Board-Certified Lawyers. The firm has tried more than 1,000 cases to verdict since 1976 and has received many honors in the pursuit of justice for their clients. Coker Law celebrates more than 40 years as a Jacksonville trial firm and is committed to continuing to provide extensive volunteer and financial support to a range of charitable initiatives including literacy, cancer research, economic growth, home ownership and child development. For more information on Coker Law, its attorneys, awards and community involvement, please visit