Pavese Law Firm named among 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers® and “Best Law Firms”

Pavese Law Firm is being recognized as one of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” for 2022, acknowledging professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking in Best Law Firms, a practice must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, which recognizes the top 6% of lawyers practicing in the United States.  Pavese has three lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America – Christopher J. ShieldsSteven C. Hartsell and Neale Montgomery.  Additionally, Hartsell was recognized as the 2022 Fort Myers Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year.”  Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award.

“We are honored to be named among the ‘Best Law Firms.’ The rankings represent a real distinction in the field of law and we appreciate the recognition of our zealous commitment to our clients and the Florida communities we have been serving for over 70 years,” said Steve Hartsell. “Our talented, experienced team of attorneys is actively engaged in the community and focused on serving a variety of individuals, small business owners and established corporations with a high rate of success that has been recognized through the rigorous U.S. News & World Report awards ranking process.”

Achieving a tiered ranking in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are recognized on a national and regional-based scale. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas. Pavese Law Firm has been distinguished as Metropolitan Tier 1, specifically in the areas of Land Use and Zoning Law (Steven C. Hartsell and Neale Montgomery) and Real Estate Law (Christopher J. Shields).

The 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” publication can be viewed online here and rankings can be viewed in their entirety by visiting

Pavese Law Firm is well known for having a hand in the substantial growth of Southwest Florida. Since opening its doors over 70 years ago as a general practice firm, Pavese Law has grown into a diverse firm of experienced attorneys across three offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach, Florida. For more information about the firm, please visit

About Pavese Law Firm

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, business and corporate, civil litigation, condominium and homeowners’ association law, construction, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trusts, marital and family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit

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