Levins, Jess W.
Jess W. Levins
  • Associate

Dr. Levins is a member of the Florida Bar and Lee County Bar Association. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is Certified in Financial Management (CFM). He has taught a variety of courses at Florida universities including Investments, International Finance, Managerial Accounting, Managerial Finance, Statistics, and Advanced Economics. Dr. Levins is licensed as a Professional Engineering (PE) in Ohio and Florida.

Res Gestae
The Official Publication of The Lee County Bar Association.
February 2013
Page 29

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Corporate
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Guardianships
  • Special Needs
  • Asset Protection
  • Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Property Deeds


  • Florida International University College of Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Graduated 18th in Class
  • Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • Doctorate in Business Administration
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Finance
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • M.S.
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Xavier University
    • M.B.A.
  • University of South Florida
    • B.S.
    • Honors: Member of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Past Positions

  • NAPW Inc., Chairman & CEO, 1991 to 2001
  • FAI, CFO & Director, 1985 to 1991


  • Sigma Beta Delta (National Honors Society in Business, Management and Administration)
  • Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honors Society)

Classes & Seminars

  • IT Outsourcing, National Conference ISFMA
  • Alternative Financing, AWDA Finance Committee Conference
  • Program Discussant, Annual Meeting of Midwest Finance Association
  • Financing Alternatives, Annual Meeting of APA
  • Program Participant, Southern Finance Association Annual Conference
  • Investments, International Finance, Risk Management of Derivatives, Florida Atlantic University
  • Derivatives, Managerial Accounting, Managerial Finance, Statistics, Nova Southeastern University
  • Advanced Economics, International Management & Marketing, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Published Works

  • The Effect of Smaller Firm Size and Change in Firm Size on Altman's Revised Bankruptcy Prediction Model, Doctoral Dissertation, 1997
  • Co-Authors, "Small Firm Bankruptcy Prediction Using Discriminate Analysis", with Sherbo, Soenen, and Chun, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, V4N2, (pp. 98-106) - January, 1999
  • "Converting Distribution Centers to a Frame Relay Based WAN", Project Management Journal, V29N1, (pp. 44 - 52) - March, 1998
  • "Are Price and Quality Obsolete? Financial Survival Using Adaptive Marketing", Journal of Customer Service in Marketing and Management, V4N2, (pp. 65 - 76), 1998
  • "A Review of Bankruptcy Prediction", Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, V3N2, (pp. 171-184) - June, 1997
  • "IT Outsourcing: Heaven, Hell or Purgatory", Journal of Bank Cost & Management Accounting, V9N3, (pp. 27-47), 1996

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA), 2002
  • Certified in Financial Management (CFM), 2002
  • Professional Engineering License (PE), Florida, 1993
  • Professional Engineering License (PE), Ohio, 1977

Professional Associations

  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Lee County
  • Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professional Association