Born in Miami, Florida, Lori was raised by a single mother who instilled a work ethic, and gave

her the drive to succeed in life and business.  She worked full time while in high school, and

went on to support herself through college in New Jersey, where she initially worked in the

insurance industry after graduation. She returned to South Florida in 1996, where she continued to work in the insurance industry culminating in her promotion to Director of Claims for a national managed care organization. In 1999, she decided to continue

her education and pursue her dream of becoming an attorney. She attended law school at

night, while working full time during the day, completing the 4 year evening program in 3.5 years, and subsequently passing the Florida Bar on her first attempt. Lori has created a distinguished career for herself, due to her strong work ethic, a quality that was developed early in her childhood, and which continues through today. She is only the second person in her family to have received a College Degree, and the first to earn a Professional Degree

Lori attended Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, New Jersey, graduating in 1988. Following that she achieved a BA in English from The College of New Jersey, in Ewing Township, NJ in 1992. After working for several years, returning to South Florida and attaining many of her goals, she decided to return to graduate school to pursue her law degree, which was a long held goal of hers since she was in high school. Lori completed the 4-year evening program at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 3.5 years, receiving her Juris Doctor degree in December 2002. During this time period, Lori went to law school 4 evenings per week, while working full time during the day as a paralegal at a law firm. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in April 2003, and subsequently, she was admitted to practice in Federal Court, including the US District Court Southern District of Florida, US District Court Northern District of Florida, as well as US 11th Circuit Court of Appeal, in July 2003.

 Prior to her law career, Lori worked in the insurance claims industry, including auto, worker's compensation, and health insurance industry, and was Director of Claims for Magellan Specialty Health from 1997 to 1999. She was responsible for management of 3 departments key to the operation and growth of the company, and nearly 100 employees.

Lori’s legal career has included a variety of areas in civil litigation. Her current position is with Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford, PA, in Fort Lauderdale, a large firm with 12 offices and nearly 250 attorneys. She currently specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury defense, which has been her primary focus for most of her career. In the past, she has also worked in admiralty and maritime litigation, administrative law, as well as nursing home and premises liability.

Personally, Lori shares her life, and ambitions, with her husband Joe White, to whom she has been married for 12 years. They have three dogs, Millie, an English Mastiff, and two French Bulldogs, Bandit and Lucy.  They moved into their home in Dania Beach, Florida in 2005. Lori has many community interests, including programs for seniors and the elderly, animal rights and the environment. On a personal note, she is also an avid sports fan, and is an enduring fan of the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat.

Her lifelong determination to succeed also includes public service. She is currently serving as Chair of the Dania Beach Planning & Zoning Board, and as a Member of the Dania Beach Parks, Recreation and Community Affairs Board. Moving forward, she will continue to play a part in directing the growth of Dania Beach in a responsible way.

Throughout her career, Lori has also been involved in volunteerism. While in college, she worked with a local outreach program for battered women in Trenton, NJ, and during law school, she worked with the homeless, as an intern through Legal Aid.  Lori was the Founder of PULSE (Health Law Student's Society) in Law School. This is still a thriving organization that promotes wellness programs, works with the NSU medical school, and assists future attorneys with resources to become successful in the field of Health Law. She is still actively involved in mentoring programs independently, through work, and through her law school and the alumni program.


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BIOGRAPHY

​Lori Lewellen