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About Schackow & Mercadante 

Gainesville Personal Injury Firm, Serving All of North Central Florida

Based in Gainesville, Florida, Schackow & Mercadante, P.A. comprises a team of dedicated personal injury lawyers. From our office located in the heart of North Central Florida, we represent clients in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Hawthorne, Williston, and all of the surrounding areas.

Throughout our decades in practice, we have earned a reputation for taking on challenging cases—and obtaining favorable results for our clients. Our attorneys are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help their clients recover fair compensation for their damages, and with over 126 years of combined experience, they understand what it takes to win. 

Continue reading to learn more about us and our team, or contact us directly at (352) 261-6767 to request a free initial consultation with one of our Gainesville personal injury lawyers.

Our History 

Schackow & Mercadante was founded in 1965 with one goal: to help injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed fight to hold the responsible parties accountable. Through this mission, our firm has not only helped countless individuals and families obtain justice in the wake of serious and even life-changing incidents but has also made our community and all of North Central Florida a better, safer place for all. 

We have been practicing in the Gainesville area for more than 55 years. Our firm has become known for its aggressive approach to negotiating, litigating, and trying cases. Whenever necessary, we are fully prepared to represent our clients at trial—and we have a long history of successfully securing favorable settlements and verdicts for those we serve. 

Client Testimonials

“I met with Marie Banks to go over Car Accident Preparedness. She was awesome and so full of knowledge. Patient with all my questions and I left her office feeling good about the insurance I had and felt prepared if an accident were to happen. She treated me like family. Thank you! 10 out of 10 would definitely recommend.”

Our Experience

Schackow & Mercadante is a client-focused personal injury law firm, focusing on car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and other types of traumatic events that occur because of someone else’s negligence. We counsel and advocate for people who have been injured or lost loved ones due to the wrongful conduct of others. Our proximity to I-75, the University of Florida, and Santa Fe College has provided us with a tremendous amount of experience in handling all types of accident and injury cases.

Our firm is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® in the field of personal injury, so when you contact one of our lawyers, you will be represented by an experienced professional who focuses only on personal injury and wrongful death cases. 

Our full list of practice areas includes: 

We also assist clients with workers’ compensation claims arising from on-the-job injuries and employment-related medical conditions. 

No matter the complexity of your situation, our Gainesville personal injury lawyers have the experience, resources, and skills to effectively advocate for your recovery. We are here to guide you through the legal process with compassion, personal attention, and dedicated legal representation. 

Our Commitment to Our Clients

Our firm takes pride in our success and professional integrity. Our attorneys have significant litigation experience and are assisted by a support staff of knowledgeable legal assistants. We take an individualized approach to each case. Some cases can be settled out of court, while other cases need to be litigated. At Schackow & Mercadante, we always strive to do what is best for our clients.

As your legal team, we will be there to guide you throughout the entire legal process. Our team is always available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. When you hire Schackow & Mercadante, you will receive direct attention from your attorney and access to our friendly and professional support staff. Our goal is to ensure that you feel like more than just a client; we want you to feel like a member of the Schackow & Mercadante family.

Call our office at (352) 261-6767 or contact us online today to request a complimentary case evaluation with one of our Gainesville personal injury attorneys.

Our Team 

Our legal team is led by Gerald Schackow, who has been practicing in the Gainesville area for more than 55 years. Joining Mr. Schackow in this practice is his long-time law partner, Stephen Mercadante. Gerald’s son, Brian Schackow, is also a partner in the firm. Marie Banks is a member of the firm as an associate attorney, and Lynn Schackow is of counsel.

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Each member of our team provides highly personalized and compassionate client service. We truly care about the people we serve and want to ensure that your experience with our firm is a positive one, from the moment you call until the moment your case is resolved. 

  • Personalized Advice & Concierge Level Experience
  • Direct Communication With Your Attorney
  • Over 125 Years of Combined Experience
  • Practicing in The Gainesville Area 55+ Years

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