Glenn Klausman, Esquire

“My father and mother taught me to treat people the way you would want them to treat you. To put yourself in the other person’s shoes to understand the way they see things. To try to do your best at everything you do. To make as many friends as you can, because you never have too many.”

My Journey to becoming a Personal Injury Attorney

After law school, my first job was with the Public Defender’s office in Sanford and Orlando. I was in court every week for the five years I was an Assistant Public Defender. Some of the best trial lawyers get their start as Assistant Public Defenders. You learn trial skills, effective communicating, and you develop your reputation in the legal community.
As a Public Defender, I was in the courthouse with an hour break between hearings. I went into a courtroom across the hall where a trial was taking place. When I walked in, I saw a young woman walking with a limp and a cane to the witness box. I learned she had been injured in a car crash. I watched the insurance company’s lawyer cross-examining her. In criminal court, I had never seen a victim being treated so poorly by a lawyer. I watched as long as I could until I had to return to the courtroom across the hall for my scheduled hearing. When that was finished, I went back to watch more of the injured woman’s trial.
I watched as the insurance lawyer called a doctor hired by the insurance company to testify that, in his opinion, the injured woman was exaggerating her symptoms. I then watched the injured woman’s attorney cross-examine that doctor and expose him as a hired gun who made his living testifying for insurance companies. I knew then I wanted to spend my legal career representing injured accident victims.

My Experience as a Chief Trial Attorney

A month or so later, I started with the Jacobs & Goodman law firm in January 1982. At that time, I was the only attorney in the firm other than Harry Jacobs and Lauren Goodman. The firm focused on injury law and was the first to advertise in Central Florida, offering free consultations and no attorney fees unless the client obtained a recovery. The firm soon grew to be the largest law firm in the county, and I was the Chief Trial Attorney.
At Jacobs & Goodman, I learned injury law and insurance law. I learned more about anatomy and medicine related to injuries than I ever imagined I would know. For every client, I needed to know everything I could about the client, as well as his or her injuries. I read medical texts and journals to become adept on the nature of my client’s injuries and how those injuries would affect their everyday lives and their future. I studied what happens to our bodies when we are in a car collision—what experts call “the mechanism of the injury.”

Insurance Company Claims

As I began representing clients with injury claims, I also needed to become well-versed on Florida insurance law. Almost all injury claims are brought against the insurance company for whoever caused my client’s injuries. I learned how insurance companies deny claims and their arguments to minimize an accident victim’s claim. I made it my goal to become proficient in this law area to best represent my clients against insurance companies. I have now been successfully handling injury claims and wrongful death claims for more than 30 years.
I believe I have an excellent reputation in the legal community. Many of my cases are referrals from other attorneys, from doctors, and I have even had local judges refer clients to me. Word of mouth is the best advertising. Clients who are thrilled with the results in their cases are every attorney’s best advertising. My goal has been to represent every client the way I would want to be treated. I put myself in my client’s shoes and do the best I can for each client.

Klausman Law

After three decades with Jacobs & Goodman, I started my own law firm in 2015. I wanted to provide service that is more personal to each client. Each client has my cell phone number. I want each client to call me whenever they have a problem or a question, even if it is after hours or on the weekend. My goal is to help. I am fortunate to have former clients as friends who still call me after their cases are over whenever they need legal advice. As my parents taught me, you can never have too many friends.

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell states their AV Peer Review rating “identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability and is a reflection of the lawyer’s expertise, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence.” The AV rating is the highest possible rating.

Super Lawyers recognition every year from 2009 through 2020

Attorneys voted for him in Florida for recognition in Super Lawyers magazine in Plaintiff Personal Injury Law and Insurance Coverage Law. Less than 5% of Florida attorneys are chosen for this recognition by their peers.

Florida Trend magazine "Legal Elite" recognition in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018

Florida attorneys voted and recognized him as a “Legal Elite” attorney in Civil Trial Law and Insurance Law. Only a very small percentage of attorneys receive this recognition from their peers.

"Best of the Bar" recognition

Peers voted for him as “Best of the Bar” in Insurance Law (the only plaintiff’s attorney to receive the recognition in Insurance Law), Orlando Business Journal, November 2005 and November 2006.

Invitation to join:

  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • • The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys “10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys”
  • Madison’s Who’s Who of Professionals
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who Honors member

Litigation Counsel of America Fellow 2009

The Litigation Counsel of America is the trial bar honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of attorneys in the United States.
Membership is by invitation only from existing Fellows and through a vetting process by the Litigation Counsel of America. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, for superior and ethical reputation.

Member, American Association for Justice

Education:

  • The University of Georgia, 1969-1973, graduated with Honors, ABJ degree
  • College of Stetson College of Law, Sept. 1973-Jan.1976, graduated with Juris Doctor degree; Journalism

Post-law school courses/training:

  • College of Advocacy at Hastings College of Law/University of California (1979)
  • Trial Practice Institute of National College for Criminal Defense, Houston, Texas (1981)
  • The University of Alabama in Birmingham, Special Studies (1981)

Career Employment:

  • Office of the Public Defender of the 18th Judicial Circuit, June 1976-December 1976
  • Office of the Public Defender of the 9th Judicial Circuit, January 1977-January 1982
  • Juvenile Court Division Chief 1978
  • Felony Division Chief 1979-1982
  • Jacobs & Goodman, P.A., January 1982-May, 2015
  • Glenn Klausman, P.A., May, 2015-present

Professional:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar, June 1976
  • Admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, July 1979
  • Admitted to the Bar of the Federal Eleventh Circuit of the United States, 1981
  • Admitted to the Bar of the Federal Middle District of Florida
  • Certified County Court Mediator 1993-2003

Professional Leadership Positions:

  • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association: Judicial Liaison 2014-present, Past-President 2014, President 2013, President-Elect 2012, Treasurer 2011, Secretary 2010, Board of Directors 2004- 2009
  • Seminole County Bar Association: President 1994-1995, Secretary 1993, Board of Directors 1991-1993
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee: Chairman 1997, Committee Member 1994-1997,
  • Central Florida Legal Services Board of Directors: 1996-1997

Auto Insurance Law Panel Member selected by:

September 15, 2011:

  • Attorney Klausman was the only attorney representing consumers in Florida selected by the Consumer Advocate of the State of Florida to participate as a panel member. Insurance industry representatives joined him in Florida’s Consumer Advocate’s round table workshop on auto insurance reform.

November 3, 2011:

  • Attorney Klausman participated with four citizens in a roundtable discussion with Governor Scott, Florida CFO Atwater, and Florida Consumer Advocate Westcott concerning auto insurance fraud and reform.

Auto Insurance Law Panel Member selected by:

  • Florida Justice Association Journal, January/February 2013, “PIP Misinterpreted”
  • Florida Justice Association Journal, May 2012, “Auto Insurance – Highlights of the 2012 No-Fault Law Changes”
  • Florida Justice Association Journal, November/December 2007, “The Current State of the Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law”

Florida Justice Association (previously Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyer and Florida Justice Association Awards:

  • Attorney Klausman was voted by the Florida Justice Association Board of Directors and past presidents to be the 2008 recipient of the S. Victor Tipton Award. He was recognized for superior achievement in legal writing to protect Florida consumers’ rights and injured accident victims.

AFTL/Florida Justice Association member since 2002

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyer and Florida Justice Association Leadership Positions:

  • Elected to five-person Executive Board of Florida Justice Association by Board of Directors and past presidents 2007-2008
  • Elected to five-person Executive Board of AFTL by the Board of Directors and past presidents 2006-2007
  • Florida Justice Association Board of Directors 2011-2012. Elected by members to the Board of Directors for two-year terms in 2007-2009, 2005-2007, and 2003-2005
  • AFTL/JFA Insurance Committee, 2001-present, with a focus on motor vehicle insurance legislation. Drafted proposed motor vehicle insurance legislation in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and currently.
  • Co-Chairman AFTL Motor Vehicle Insurance Committee
  • Vice-Chair AFTL Motor Vehicle Insurance Committee
  • AFTL/JFA Membership Committee
  • AFTL/JFA CLE Committee, Chairman

Florida Legislative Appearances:

  • Spoke before House Health & Human Services Healthcare Access Committee on proposed changes to Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law, April 2011
  • Spoke before Senate Banking & Insurance Committee on proposed changes to Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law, April 2011
  • Spoke before House Banking & Insurance Committee on proposed changes to Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law, March 2011
  • Spoke before Florida Senate committee on the issue of the Medicare fee schedule for No-Fault benefits during the 2008 legislative session
  • Appeared and spoke before Florida Senate Banking & Insurance Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Florida House Insurance Committee during the legislative session in 2006
  • Appeared and spoke before Florida House Insurance Committee as a panel member on the issue of No-Fault Insurance, at the request of Committee Chairman Representative Dennis Ross, in 2005
  • Appeared before the Florida Senate Banking & Insurance Committee in 2003 and Florida House Insurance Committee in 2004.
  • Member of the Legislative Coalition of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and health care provider organizations on Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law.
  • Drafted and provided analysis to legislators on multiple statutory changes in Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law

Memberships

  • Assn. of Trial Lawyers of America, now American Association for Justice 2001-2013
  • Central Florida Trial Attorneys Assn 1998-present, Board of Directors 1999-present
  • Seminole County Civil Trial Lawyers Association, 1997-present
  • 2002-2004 Chairperson, Orange County No-Fault Insurance Law Committee appointed by Judge Jeffery Arnold, chief county civil judge

Legal Presentations:

  • Moderator, “Raising the Bar Seminar,” Central Florida Trial Lawyers, September 2013.
  • Moderator/Speaker, “Raising the Bar Seminar,” Central Florida Trial Lawyers, September 2012.
  • Moderator/Panel Member, “The 2012 New PIP Law Changes,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, March 23, 2012.
  • Speaker, “Medical Payments Coverage and Subrogation Issues,” Central Florida Trial Lawyers seminar, September 8, 2010
  • Speaker, “Dealing With the Insurance Medical Examiner Physician in Low Impact Motor Vehicle Accident Cases,” Florida Justice Assoc. Workhorse Seminar, Feb.19, 2010
  • Speaker, “New Issues Related To Motor Vehicle Medical Payments Coverage,” Florida Justice Association Motor Vehicle Law Seminar, October 21, 2009
  • Speaker, “Update on Collateral Source Set-Off in Motor Vehicle Cases,” 2008 Collateral Sources Seminar, Florida Justice Association, March 13, 2008.
  • Speaker, Seminole County Inns of Court, “Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law – Today and in the future,” January 23, 2008
  • Speaker, International Whiplash Trauma Conference, “The Status of the No-Fault System in Florida and the Impact on Healthcare and Legal Systems,” October 26-27, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Moderator/Presenter, “2007 No-Fault Legislation Analysis,” Florida Justice Association, October 10, 2007 Jacksonville, October 10, 2007 Orlando
  • Presenter, “The Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law Sunset-What Next?” August 16, 2007, Florida Chiropractic Assn. National Convention
  • “Steps in Minimizing the Impact of the Insurance Medical Examiner Expert Testimony on the Issue of Permanency,” February 23, 2007, Florida Justice Assoc. Workhorse Seminar
  • Co-Chairman, AFTL Auto Negligence Seminar, July 2006
  • Moderator/Presenter AFTL annual convention 2006, “Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law caselaw and Legislative Update”
  • Chairman, “The Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law Wars-2006, AFTL No-Fault Seminar May 2006
  • Moderator, AFTL Workhorse Seminar, February 2006
  • Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law, Florida Chiropractic Association, Annual Convention, August 2005
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual Convention: “2005 Insurance and Case Law Update”
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, “2005 Collateral Sources Seminar,” January 14, 2005
  • Current Issues in Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law, Florida Chiropractic Assn. Annual Convention, August 2004
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 2004 Annual Convention: “2004 Legislative & Insurance Case Law Update Seminar,” June 2004
  • Moderator/presenter at The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers seminar: “Current Challenges in Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law,” March 25, 2004 in Tampa and March 26, 2004 in Ft. Lauderdale
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 2003 Annual Convention: “2003 Legislative Changes & Update in Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law”
  • “2003 Legislative Changes to the Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law,” Florida Chiropractic Assn, Annual Convention, August 2003

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