Steve Watrel

(904) 356-6071

Experience, Commitment & Integrity in the Pursuit of Justice

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  • B.S.M. in Finance, Tulane University- A.B. Freeman School of Business, 1989
  • J.D., Syracuse University, 1992
  • Jerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2003
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Professional Associations
  • Florida, 1992
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1992
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • Florida Super Lawyer, 2018,2019,2021,2022
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
  • Jerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
  • Melvin E. Belli Society
  • Florida Justice Association
    • Board Member
    • Chair of Nursing Home Litigation Task Force
    • Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee
    • Eagle Member
  • Jacksonville Justice Association
    • President, 2016-2017
    • Board Member
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Community Associations
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Seniors On A Mission
  • Various Senior Advocate Organizations
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Mr. Steve Watrel is a tenacious and passionate lawyer, practicing law in the Jacksonville area for 25 years after graduating with his J.D. from Syracuse University. After graduating law school in 1992, Mr. 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.


Mr. Watrel’s primary areas of practice are Nursing Home and Assisted Living 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. Mr. Watrel is passionate about helping victims and families of abuse and neglect and works tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for them. Recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in the field of nursing home and assisted living facility litigation, Mr. Watrel has achieved numerous 6- and 7-figure results for clients throughout the past 25 years.


Throughout his career, Mr. Watrel has been actively involved in numerous professional, fraternal, and civic organizations, serving in leadership positions for many of them. He is a long-time EAGLE member of the Florida Justice Association and currently serves on the FJA Board of Directors and as Chair of the FJA Nursing Home Task Force, as well as Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Watrel previously served as the President of the Jacksonville Justice Association and continues to serve on their Board of Directors.


Along with his dedication to practicing law, Mr. Watrel is committed to our 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. When he’s not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, French Bulldog puppy Savannah, hiking, exercising, and traveling.

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