DANIEL J. McDERMOTT, ESQ.
Dan was appointed Executive Director by the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc Board of Directors, effective June 15, 2020.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Dan graduated from Yale University in 1976 and The University of Iowa College of Law in 1979. Following a two-year clerkship with the Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Dan practiced law in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 5 years before moving to Washington, DC. There Dan began what is now a more than three decades-long stint as a lawyer in recovery. In Washington, he engaged in a government relations career where he headed up the US Government Relations departments of a number of companies in the financial services and technology sectors before moving full-time to South Florida in 2017.
Beyond his professional pursuits Dan enjoys music, both listening and
performing, and plays drums and sings in rock ‘n’ roll bands. Dan also enjoys books and movies, and has been involved in two film projects. Dan and his wife have three adult children, all of whom live in the New York City area.
At FLA, Dan is responsible for overseeing its day-to-day operations. At the foundation of his work is assuring that members of Florida’s legal community with whom we work receive compassionate interaction and appropriate counseling.
SCOTT M. WEINSTEIN, Ph. D.
Dr. Scott Weinstein has been the Clinical Director of FLA since 2004. He brings over twenty years of experience to FLA. Dr. Weinstein received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from North Texas State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida.
Dr. Weinstein provides psychological oversight, state-wide mental health coordination, and clinical services to FLA clients. He has a strong background in clinical psychology and addiction treatment. He has made several presentations and written articles about the psychological challenges facing the legal profession.
Dr. Weinstein was appointed to The Florida Bar task force on mental health, supporting its efforts to increase awareness of wellness and
psychological hygiene for lawyers. He is a member of the Communications Committee of the national Commission on Lawyers Assistance Program’s (CoLap) Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. The Task Force’s Communication Committee is charged with developing and implementing a national media campaign to reduce stigma, developing and implementing a strategy to reach the younger generation of lawyers, addressing inclusion, diversity, and its implicit bias, and developing recommendations for model rules on lawyer well-being.
Dr. Weinstein enjoys plant-based cooking and spending time with his family, and if the Doc is around you can bet his beloved dog Maia is somewhere close by.
John Lesko joined the FLA team in April, 2019, and brings a unique perspective due to his experience as a former attorney and a credentialed treatment provider specializing in addictions. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law (1994), John practiced litigation in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury, and Social Security law. In 2008, he initiated a new career working with lawyers suffering from substance use and mental health disorders. As a trusted clinician and advocate, John has helped scores of attorneys, in Florida and nationally, to achieve personal recovery and re-establish successful careers.
Finance & Testing Manager
Dawn has been a member of the FLA family for nearly 15 years. Her FLA role is nicknamed “Drugs and Money” since she is the contact for all drug testing and billing issues.
An educator in Massachusetts and then Montreal for 30 years, Dawn feels happiest in a job of service, making FLA a great fit.
Born in Sudbury Mass., Bachelors of Education at Wheelock College in Boston and a citizen of both the US and Canada, Dawn finds joy in spending quality time with her children and grandchildren as well as keeping healthy as an avid cyclist, gardener and kayaker.
Dawn is just a phone call away, always ready to help and happy to chat with clients.
LAUREN MORRIS, LMHC
Lauren Morris, case manager and monitor, has worked in the arenas of mental health and substance use since 1990, and thus brings a depth of professional experience that greatly benefits all FLA participants.
Indeed, Ms. Morris was well-prepared for her current role, since prior to joining the FLA team in 2020, Lauren spent 20 years consulting with FLA as a participants’ monitor and group facilitator. In addition to her extensive experience helping lawyers overcome difficulties and achieve recovery, Lauren has worked with the Intervention Project for Nurses, South Miami Hospital and Fellowship House, and has even assisted early release inmates with societal re-entry and successful transition to living independently.
Finally, Lauren M’s bio would not be complete without noting that she is a grateful member of AA enjoying a period of recovery that is now counted in decades.
Leisure time includes family, friends, pets and wildlife, travel and photography.
Lauren can be reached by email at Lauren@fla-lap.org