Attorney Richard D. DeBoest, II | Florida Attorneys Goede, DeBoest & Cross



Address: 2030 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Fax: 239.333.2999

My priority is to identify practical, common sense solutions to problems before they escalate into costly litigation, and to provide unparalleled prompt personal service as a cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship.

Mr. DeBoest is responsible for managing the Firm’s Fort Myers office where his practice is concentrated exclusively in community association law. He supports colleagues by providing applicable, up-to-date advice and follows all legislation related to community association law. Mr. DeBoest is a sought-after expert on community association law, with regular speaking engagements and a column featured weekly in multiple news publications covering topics such as assessment collection, conduction of board meetings, community association law updates, covenant enforcement and financial aspects of association operation. Mr. DeBoest is the co-author of the chapter on drafting condominium declarations in the 4th addition of Florida Condominium and Community Association Law published by The Florida Bar. Mr. DeBoest is Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law by The Florida Bar.

His clients continue to benefit from his experience originating, and helping to successfully change the law, including a provision that allows electronic voting in community association matters.


Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 1993

  • Law Review, Executive Editor

University of Southern California, B.A., 1986

Professional Memberships

The Florida Bar, 1993
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. 1993
Community Associations Institute South Gulf Coast Chapter, 1994 – Present
Condominium and Planned Unit Development Committee, 1994 – Present

  • Covid-19 Legislative Task Force Sub-Committee, 2020

Honors, Awards, Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist Condominium and Planned Development Law
Super Lawyer Designation by 2019, 2020

Community Involvement

Fort Myers Charter Review Committee, 1999
Active attendee at various local community fund-raisers and events


Naples Daily News, Weekly Columnist
The Stuart News, Weekly Columnist
The St. Lucie News Tribune, Weekly Columnist
Indian River Press Journal, Weekly Columnist
Chapter 4: Creating the Fee Simple Condominium, Florida Condominium and Community Association Law, Fourth and Fifth Editions