Career Spotlight: Gregory C. Harrell (JD 99), Partner, Mateer & Harbert, Ocala
Just over seven years after graduating from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, Gregory Harrell was made partner at Mateer & Harbert, an Orlando-based law firm that focuses primarily on commercial littigation work for clients in high-end real estate and health care.
Harrell works in the firm’s Ocala office as one of two resident partners, along with fellow UF Law grad J. Theodore “Ted” Schatt. As a general civil litigator, Harrell has been doing more work representing health care facilities since joining the firm. “I have been given the opportunity to really spread my wings and start my own practice and be a general practitioner here in Ocala, and it’s been great,” he said.
With a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia, Harrell served on the executive board of Florida Law Review while in law school as the senior writing competition editor. The experience served him well. “Obviously, that type of exercise is very important for practicing law,” he said. “It teaches you good traits.”
Immediately following law school, he worked for an insurance defense firm in Tallahassee. “It gave me a lot of good experience right out of the gate doing civil litigation,” said Harrell, who also met his wife Stephanie, a Florida State grad, during this time. After two years there, the couple moved to Miami, where Harrell worked with Ferrell Law and Stephanie attended medical school at the University of Miami. While gaining experience directly representing clients, Harrell worked on some major civil cases and developed an interest in probate litigation.
Today, Harrell commutes to work from Gainesville, where Stephanie is a pediatric resident at Shands. They plan to settle in Ocala, where both of them are from originally.
“When you graduate from UF, if you want to practice here, there is such a vast network of UF law grads throughout the country, particularly in Florida, and you are immediately made part of that network and sort of taken into the fold.”