Jay A. Brett (retired)

JAY A. BRETT began his practice with the firm in 1973.  Mr. Brett is a partner/shareholder in the law firm of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A.

Born in Altoona Pennsylvania, he attended Pennsylvania State University, received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida (1970) and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida (1973).

His practice consisted of real property law, including commercial and residential transactions, title insurance, and mortgage law; estate planning, including wills, trusts, probate and trust administration; and most areas of business and banking law including business entities. Mr. Brett also actively engaged in preparing Marital Agreements, both Pre-Marital and Post-Marital.

Mr. Brett served on the 20th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, serving as its Chair in 1992-1993.  He also served on the 20th Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Committee, serving as its Chair in 1984.  He has also served as a Hearing Examiner for the Lee County School Board.  He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Inc. following 14 years as a Board Trustee and as Chairman from 2009-2011.

Mr. Brett was a founding Director of Florida Gulf Bank, which was purchased by IberiaBank in 2012.  He has also served as an Area Advisory Director for the former First Union National Bank of Florida; as a Director of YMCA of Lee County; and as a Director of the City of Palms annual high school basketball tournament.

Mr. Brett held an “A-V” rating from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 25 years, and had also been named a “Super-Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters rating service, a recognition given to no more than 5% of Florida attorneys.

Mr. Brett retired in 2018. He is married to his wife, Kimby and has 3 children, 2 step children, and 3 grandchildren.  He enjoys golf, fitness training, reading, and Florida Gator sports.

See Jay Brett in the January 2010 issue of Florida Gulf Bank POPS POST