Jacqueline Blanton Steele

Partner

Jacque Steele's practice area covers workers' compensation and insurance defense matters. Her clients are employers and carriers including governmental bodies, large national insurance companies, third party administrators, employee leasing companies and self-insureds. She has been given the rating of "AV Preeminent," the highest rating possible by her peers through Martindale-Hubbell. Jacque is approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services as an instructor in the field of workers' compensation and frequently lectures at seminars that provide continuing education credits on a wide variety of topics including ethics, case law and medicare set-aside arrangements.

In 2009, Jacque was selected for the Florida Rising Stars list in the Florida Super Lawyers Magazine for her work in the field of workers' compensation.  Jacque has also been included on the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers since 2011 and named a Top Lawyer in Sarasota and Manatee Counties by Sarasota Magazine in conjunction with Martindale-Hubbell.

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Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition, Chair (2001-present)
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Sarasota & Manatee Chapters
  • Director at Large, Florida Association of Women Lawyers
    • Sarasota Chapter (2006-2008)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Florida Bar - Workers' Compensation Section
    • Executive Council (2001-2012)
    • Treasurer (2007-2008)
    • Secretary (2008-2012)
  • News & 440 Report Editorial Board (2006-2007)
  • Sarasota-Bradenton Claims Association, President (2000)
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2005-2008)

Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator

Education

  • Florida State University, J.D., with honors, 1994
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1991