Upon graduation from West Virginia University Law School in 1971, Mr. Lancaster entered private practice in West Virginia. He then entered the United States Air Force as a Captain and Judge Advocate. There he received the Air Force Commendation Medal and served in the European Command where he was the area defense counsel for all Navy, Army, and Air Force personnel assigned to Greece. Mr. Lancaster was admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court in 1971, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in 1972 and The Florida Bar and the Supreme Court in 1973. He is also admitted before the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida and both the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Lancaster is an active member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Sarasota and Manatee County Bar Associations and the American Bar Association. He is also an active member of the Florida Workers' Advocates, spending many hours helping to insure that claimants are represented in pending legislation before the Florida legislature.
From 1975 through 1980, Mr. Lancaster was a member of a large law firm in Sarasota, Florida, representing major employers and insurance companies in civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and workers' compensation. In 1980, Mr. Lancaster started the present firm of Lancaster & Eure, P.A., which has grown into the premier law firm of Southwest Florida representing clients involved in workers’ compensation, personal injury, social security disability claims, on the job injuries and work-related diseases, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, and nursing home abuse cases.
In addition to his career activities, Mr. Lancaster is a long-standing member of the Downtown Sarasota Kiwanis Club and the Greater Sarasota Sertoma Club, volunteering countless hours each year in community events.
Mr. Lancaster constantly stays abreast of changing law relating to injuries and disabilities. He attends numerous Florida Bar-sponsored seminars in these areas and is a frequent lecturer at many of the seminars.