Stephen G. Mercadante
Stephen G. Mercadante was born in Mt. Vernon, New York. He moved to Gainesville, Florida during high school and upon graduation, attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson College of Law in 1980. After graduation from law school, Steve returned to Gainesville and became a member of the firm of Schackow & Mercadante in 1981. For the past 37 years, Steve has represented numerous personal injury victims.
Steve was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1980 and is a member of the United States Northern District, Middle District, and Southern District. During his legal career, Steve has been a member of the James C. Adkins American Inns of Court and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association. Steve has been very active in his community and has been a volunteer at the Gainesville Recreation Department, the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, American Legion Post 16, PK Yonge High School, and has mentored married couples and youth through his church and other organizations. For the past 20 years, Steve has worked as an adjunct professor at Santa Fe College, where he teaches courses in Injury and Litigation.
Steve is married to Lynne and has 2 sons as well as 2 grandsons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and a variety of sports and recreational activities, including running, weight training, snow skiing, and cycling.
Forget the name on the buses, the radio and television ads featuring lawyers who say they care. Schackow and Mercadante are the real thing and they do care. I have never used the services of a law firm before but after an accident in which the driver who hit me was uninsured and I was injured and left with debt from the accident I decided to seek legal advice. When searching for a firm I felt could help me, Schackow and Mercadante stood out and I could not have made a better choice. Gerald Schackow and his associates were kind, caring and worked for me. I could not be happier with what they did for me and will always recommend them!
— Debbie Richards