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Year founded: 1980
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Firm partners David Fonvielle, Halley B. Lewis, III, John Foote, Jim Messer, Allen McConnaughhay and Andrei Antohi only represent injured victims in personal injury cases. David Fonvielle, Hal Lewis, John Foote and Jim Messer are board certified civil trial lawyers representing seriously injured persons. According to The Florida Bar: "Board certified attorneys possess special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in their areas of practice. Certification is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar concerning the competency and learning of attorneys.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the largest and most comprehensive ratings document of lawyers in the world, awarded Fonvielle Lewis Foote & Messer the highest possible marks, an "AV" rating. The "A" portion indicates a "very high" rating for legal ability, while the "V" is a general recommendation rating and indicates faithful adherence to ethical standards, professional reliability and diligence and other relevant factors. The ratings are based on confidential recommendations to the publisher from Leon County lawyers and judges.

David Fonvielle and Hal Lewis are also featured in Law & Leading Attorneys. This publisher randomly surveys attorneys and asked to whom they would refer a close friend or family member in need of specialized legal advice. Tallahassee personal injury lawyers David Fonvielle and Hal Lewis were each identified in the area of personal injury law. Firm Partners John Foote and Jim Messer are licensed to practice in Florida as well as Georgia.

Today, Fonvielle Lewis Foote & Messer serves a state-wide and regional referral base. From Middle Georgia to the Florida Keys, from Jacksonville to Pensacola, we are North Florida and South Georgia's largest personal injury law firm. We have the experience and expertise necessary to handle major personal injury cases and complex litigation. Don't be rolled over by the insurance companies. When you need competent, aggressive counsel, call Fonvielle Lewis Foote & Messer.


Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer & McConnaughhay is metro ranked in 1 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


Regional Rankings

Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Practice Areas

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  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer & McConnaughhay has 2 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer & McConnaughhay eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Main Location

Tallahassee, FL
3375 Capital Circle, Northeast, Suite A
Tallahassee, FL 32308
United States
850-422-7773 Call our Tallahassee, FL location at 850-422-7773 Get Directions Get directions to our Tallahassee, FL location

Management and Personnel

Managing Partner
Halley B. Lewis, III
Managing Partner
C. David Fonvielle

Significant Matters

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Firm Partner David Fonvielle was one of ten lawyers selected by Florida's governor to a "Legal Dream Team" that represented the state against Big Tobacco in the landmark lawsuit that became the first victory ever against the tobacco industry.

Firm Partner Hal Lewis obtained a $75 million verdict that was recognized as the 7th highest in the United States that year.

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