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Denise Wheeler Wright, Mediator, Fort Myers, Florida.

Denise Wheeler Wright

Wright Mediation, Inc.
4600 Summerlin Road, Suite C-2517
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Tel: (239) 312-3258
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding
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  • Practice Commenced2014
  • # of MEDS (as of 21/6/24)350
  • # of ARBS (as of 21/6/24)10
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Denise Wright began practicing law in 1994 in Tampa, Florida.  Initially she litigated cases on behalf of the Resolution Trust Corporation (“RTC’) to recover assets for failed saving and loans along with representing businesses in commercial and contract disputes.  Eventually, she focused more of her practice on representing employers in all types of employment litigation.  She moved to Fort Myers in 2005 and continued to represent employers and litigate commercial and business disputes.  In addition to employment and commercial litigation trials Denise has successfully tried land use cases on behalf of a public entity. 

In 2014 Denise was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator.  Since then and each year thereafter she spent more time mediating civil litigation matters.  She believes that most cases can be resolved through the mediation process and is willing to commit the necessary time, effort, and patience to reach compromises necessary to resolve disputes.   

There is no shortage of Certified Circuit Civil Mediators in Florida, but like every profession there are differences in experience, training and philosophy. Denise approaches mediation with the experience of a litigator, the impartiality of a neutral, and the determination of an active problem solver. 

In addition to mediation services, Denise is available to conduct neutral party objective workplace investigations with the same goal of solving difficult problems for employers. 

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Unions
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Stetson University College of Law J.D., 1994
  • University of South Florida B.A., 1991

Memberships & Affiliations


U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southerrn District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


  • National Academy of Distrinquished Neutrals
  • Lee County Association for Women Lawyers, Vice President (2005-2006) President (2006-2008) Mentor Director (2019-2020)
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District, Grievance Committee
  • American Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, Board of Directors (2009-present)
  • Horizon Council, Member-at-Large (2007-2009)
  • Ave Maria School of Law, Member, Leadership Council (2008)
  • United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades County, Board of Directors (2010-2012)
  • Players Circle Board of Directors (2019)

Honors and Certifications

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review rated from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified by Florida Supreme Court as Circuit Civil Certified Mediator 2014
  • Selected as one of the "Nations Most Powerful Employment Attorneys 40 Up-and-Comers" by Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon (2013 - 2019)
  • Named to the "Florida Legal Elite" by Florida Trend Magazine which represents approximately 2% of active Florida Bar members practicing in Florida (2006 & 2009)
  • Selected as a "Florida Super Lawyer" (2006-2019)
  • Selected as one of the "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Florida" by Law & Politics magazine (2007, 2010-2012)
  • Named in Gulf Coast Business Review "40 Under 40" (2006)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Management (2010 & 2011); Civil Rights Law (2012-2017); and Commercial Litigation (2013-2019)

Rates Information

$230 per hour per party with 2 separately represented parties

$170 per hour per party with 3 seperately represented parties

$150 per hour per party with 4 seperately represented parties

$610 per hour divided equally by the number of partes for 5 or more seperately represented parties

No charge for travel time within the State of Florida.  Travel expenses will apply.

Minimum fees and cancellation fees apply.   

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