Stephen Watrel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Jacksonville, FL

Coker Law
136 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-575-3837
Fax: 904-353-2425
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Health Care (80%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Stephen Watrel is a shareholder at Coker Law, where he focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firm's office in Jacksonville, Florida, he represents clients in the greater metropolitan area and throughout the state. Admitted to practice before all Florida state courts since 1992, Mr. Watrel is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Watrel's client base comprises people who have been harmed as a result of the negligence of other parties. A significant part of his workload is devoted to his representation of family members whose loved ones have been abused in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Other types of cases that Mr. Watrel has handled have arisen out of incidents involving truck and other motor vehicle crashes, auto-pedestrian accidents, premises liability, and dog bites. He has been able to obtain millions of dollars in compensation for his plaintiff clients through both jury awards and settlements that he has been able to negotiate out of court with defendants and their insurance companies, and his successful track record has led to a great deal of recognition from his fellow attorneys. The holder of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Watrel has also received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Watrel attended the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Science in 1989. He then pursued his legal education at Syracuse University College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1992. Mr. Watrel is a member of the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association and other professional groups.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Health Care
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Nursing Home, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

About Stephen Watrel

Admitted: 1992, Florida

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Florida Justice Association, Chair of Nursing Home Litigation Task Force
  • Committee Member, Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee
  • Board Member, Jacksonville Justice Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1992
  • Member, Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 2014
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Florida Justice Association
  • Florida, 1992
  • Legislative Chair, Florida Justice Association Nursing Home Taskforce
  • EAGLE Member, Florida Justice Association
  • President, Jacksonville Justice Association, 2016-2017
  • Board of Directors, Florida Justice Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  •  “Nursing Home Issues,” Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Seminar


  • Florida Super Lawyer, 2018-present
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2018 and 2019
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • A.V. Rated Civil Trial Lawyer

Educational Background

  • Jerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2003
  • B.S.M. in Finance, Tulane University- A.B. Freeman School of Business, 1989

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Various Senior Advocate Organizations 
  • Melvin E. Belli Society
  • Seniors on a Mission
  • Volunteer, Boselli Foundation
  • Volunteer, Special Olympics
  • Volunteer, Nourishment Network
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Office Location for Stephen Watrel

136 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: 904-575-3837

Fax: 904-353-2425

Last Updated: 2/9/2021

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