STEVEN WISOTSKY is Of Counsel to the Reyes Law Firm. His practice concentrates on appeals in state and federal courts in both civil and criminal cases. His expertise in appellate matters was recognized by his fellow attorneys, who selected him for four consecutive years as a Florida SuperLawyer in Appellate Practice. Over the years, he has briefed and argued numerous cases on a wide variety of legal issues, including health care law, commercial law, condominium law, civil rights class actions, constitutional law, personal injury, and federal and state criminal law cases. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum, a group of trial attorneys who have won million-dollar-plus verdicts and/or settlements for their clients.
In addition to the Florida Supreme Court, where he has briefed and argued cases since the 1990s, he is admitted to practice in the Bars of the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, where he has filed both petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits.
Until 2014 he was a tenured professor of law at Nova Law Center, where for many years he taught white collar crimes, criminal procedure and civil appellate practice, continued litigating civil and criminal cases, and wrote a treatise on appellate practice, Professional Judgment On Appeal (2d ed. 2009), which was praised by the ABA Appellate Practice Journal as “authoritative, erudite and often sparkling.”
He was co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Appellate and Habeas Committee, as well as co-chair of its White Collar Crimes Subcommittee on Money Laundering. He has been active in The Florida Bar and has served on its Appellate Court Rules Committee and its Standing Committee on Professionalism. He has lectured on appellate practice to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Bar, and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (now the Florida Justice Institute), where he chaired the Appellate Practice Section.
He has also written numerous books and articles on legal practice including Speaking With Power and Style (NITA 2013); Sounds and Images of Persuasion: A Primer, 84 Fla. Bar J. 40 (Feb. 2010); Speak with Style and Authority, 37 No. 1 Litigation 16 (Fall 2010); How to Interpret Statutes—or Not: Plain Meaning and Other Phantoms, 10 J. App. Prac. & Process 321 (2009); Extraordinary Writs: “Appeal” by Other Means, 26 Am. J. Tr. Advoc. 577 (2003); Miscarriages of Justice: Their Causes and Cures, 9 St. Thomas L. Rev. 547 (1997).