For the past ten years, serving as a Mediatior has become Mr. Fegert’s primary professional focus. He has mediated numerous personal injury and death, medical malpractice and healthcare, Maritime and Admiralty, mortgage foreclosures, business and real estate disputes. Mr. Fegert brings a breadth of education and wealth of experiences to each of the mediations which he facilitates.
Undergraduate education included concentrated studies in Naval Architecture, as well as Kinesiology, at the University of Michigan. Mr. Fegert elected to study law at Tulane University in order to take advantage of its extensive course offerings in Admiralty and Maritime Law. During law school, he worked for two years as a law clerk with the maritime law firm of Normann & Normann, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following his legal studies, he became a member of the Louisiana Bar, with an emphasis on maritime personal injury. Thereafter, Mr. Fegert moved to San Francisco, California where he worked as an associate for the prestigious maritime law firm of Meadows, Smith & Brown. He is a member of the State Bar of California where he practiced in State Courts, United States District Courts and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Mr. Fegert has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1990; concentrating in the areas of medical malpractice and healthcare, personal injury and death, and maritime law and admiralty. From 1990 until 2004, Mr. Fegert was of counsel to the law firm of Moss, Henderson, Blanton, Lanier, Kretschmer & Murphy, P.A., and its predecessors. Mr. Fegert was a founding partner of Garris & Fegert LLP in 2004 and presently practices at Ford J Fegert, PA.
In admiralty and maritime, he has represented ship owners, seamen, charterers, and underwriters in matters concerning marine insurance, charter parties, vessel transfers, maritime liens and foreclosures, collisions, towage, salvage and maritime personal injury matters. Mr. Fegert has also represented Attorneys in matters of professional liability. Mr. Fegert has been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor in admiralty and maritime law at the University of San Francisco Law School, where he also was instrumental in the creation of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal and in expanding the maritime curriculum beyond offering Admiralty I. He served as a member of the Board of Advisors of that Journal for the first ten years of its existence.
Mr. Fegert became a Proctor in Admiralty Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States in 1991 and served and on its Recreational Boating Committee. In addition to being a member of the state bar associations of Louisiana, California and Florida, he is a member of the Indian River County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has served as Chairman of the Admiralty Substantive Law Committee of the Florida Bar, Chairman of the Florida Bar Admiralty Certification Committee and Vice-chairman of the American Bar Association, Torts Insurance Practice Section Admiralty Law Committee. Mr. Fegert has published two continuing legal education articles on admiralty and maritime law for the Florida Bar.
Medical malpractice work has been primarily on behalf of individual physicians and physician groups; however, personal family experiences have made him sensitive to the perspective of Plaintiffs, as well. Cases usually involve multiple defendants, including institutional co-defendants such as hospitals, multi-specialty groups and/or out-patient facilities. Representation also includes physician practice groups, surgical hardware, and prosthetic device manufacturers and other health care industry participants.
Mr. Fegert has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice of the Treasure Coast for the past twenty years and is a past Chairman of the Board. Additionally, he has served that healthcare organization as Interim CEO. Mr. Fegert is a founding board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of the Space Coast.
Mr. Fegert joined the Florida Bar in 1990, after having practiced in Louisiana and California since 1984. He concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, maritime law and admiralty, transportation and personal injury and death with the law firm of Moss, Henderson, Blanton, Lanier, Kretschmer & Murphy, P.A., and its predecessors, as well as GARRIS & FEGERT LLP. He is presently the founding member in FORD J FEGERT PA.
Mr. Fegert was certified in Civil Mediation by the Supreme Court of Florida in 2005. Previously, he had been court appointed on an ad hoc basis as mediator in maritime litigation. Additionally, Mr. Fegert was an approved maritime arbitrator by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Healthcare law and medical malpractice work has been in service of a variety of interests. Cases often involve multiple defendants, including institutional parties such as hospitals, multi-specialty groups and/or out-patient facilities, physician practice groups, surgical hardware and prosthetic device manufacturers, and other health care industry participants.
In admiralty and maritime, cases have involved ship owners, pilots, charterers, underwriters, passenger ships, cargo and seamen in matters concerning marine insurance, contracts, vessel transfers, maritime liens, collisions, damage to cargo, towage, salvage, personal injury and death.
Mr. Fegert has been a guest lecturer in admiralty and maritime law at the University of San Francisco Law School. He was a founding advisor of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, and served as a member of the Board of Advisors for ten years. Mr. Fegert became a Proctor in Admiralty Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States in 1991 and serve on its Recreational Boating Committee for several years. He has served as Chairman of the Admiralty Substantive Law Committee of the Florida Bar, Chairman to the Admiralty and Maritime Certification Committee of the Florida Bar, and Vice-chairman of the American Bar Association, Torts Insurance Practice section Admiralty Law Committee. Mr. Fegert has published two continuing legal education articles on admiralty and maritime law for the Florida Bar.