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Congratulations and Thanks to Frank C. Wesighan of Dean Ringers

I am honored this week to recognize the community dedication and focus of one of our own.

The Florida Bar recently recognized 21 lawyers for their work on behalf of poor and indigent clients. There was a ceremony at the Supreme Court in late January. In 1981, The Florida Bar created the President's Pro Bono Service Awards. The purpose is to encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor by recognizing those who make public service commitments and to raise public awareness of the substantial volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers to those who cannot afford legal fees.

The awards recognize pro bono service in each of Florida's 20 judicial circuits. This year, the award in the Ninth Circuit recognizes workers’ compensation attorney Frank C. Wesighan of Dean Ringers in Orlando. Mr. Wesighan has practiced worker’s compensation law for almost 30 years. He was admitted to the bar in 1983. He has been Board Certified in workers’ compensation since 1991. He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section.

He has also been providing legal services to children for 30 years and has been appointed Guardian ad Litem for more than 150 children. He currently serves as Guardian ad Litem for 11. But success can take time. Look at the 20 years that Wesighan has been involved with one special family. At any time, he has been a Guardian ad Litem for one or more of the seven children, and he has played a role in keeping the children together – even when they were separated by placement in different foster homes and a group facility, adoptions and even a failed adoption. Wesighan coordinated outings and transportation for the children, and today all seven – now in their 20s and 30s – are doing well and remain in contact with each other, and with Wesighan. Mr. Wesighan has found success because he gets to know the children, parents and caregivers, sometimes visiting them on nights and weekends or attending graduations and birthday parties.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In addition to his workers’ compensation practice, Mr. Wesighan has helped the firm become active with its Community Service Committee. The Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association recognized Wesighan with the Judge J.C. “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award in 2013.

This post is not an original work, it was substantially copied from a Florida Bar press release.

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