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 in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
Voted by attorneys 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 based upon voting by Florida attorneys for recognition in Super Lawyers magazine.
Florida Trend magazine “Legal Elite” recognition in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018
Voted by attorneys in Florida for recognition as a “Legal Elite” attorney in Civil Trial Law and in Insurance Law. Only a very small percentage of attorneys receive this recognition from peer review voting by attorneys in Florida.
“Best of the Bar” recognition
Voted by peers 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 in November, 2006.
Invitation to join “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers
Invitation to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Invitation to join 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, and superior ethical reputation.
Member American Association for Justice
Post-law school courses/training:
Professional Leadership Positions:
Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association: Past-President 2014, President 2013, President-Elect 2012, Treasurer 2011, Secretary 2010, Board of Directors 2004- 2009, Judicial Liaison 2014-present.
Seminole County Bar Association: Board of Directors 1991-1993, Secretary 1993, President 1994-1995
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 1994-1997, Chairman 1997
Central Florida Legal Services Board of Directors 1996-1997
Auto Insurance Law Panel Member selected by:
September 15, 2011:
Only attorney representing consumers in Florida who was selected by the Consumer Advocate of the State of Florida to participate as a panel member with insurance industry representatives in the State of Florida’s Consumer Advocate’s round table workshop on auto insurance reform.
November 3, 2011:
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.
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:
Voted by the Florida Justice Association Board of Directors and past presidents to be the 2008 recipient of the S. Victor Tipton Award, for superior achievement in legal writing in recognition of legal writing for the protection of the rights of Florida consumers 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/FJA Insurance Committee, 2001-present, with 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/FJA Membership Committee
AFTL/FJA 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
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
Certified County Court Mediator 1993-2003
2002-2004 Chairperson, Orange County No-Fault Insurance Law Committee appointed by Judge Jeffery Arnold, chief county civil judge
Moderator, “Raising the Bar Seminar,” Central Florida Trial Lawyers, September, 2013.
Moderator/Speaker, “Raising the Bar Seminar,” Central Florida Trial Lawyers, Sept., 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, 10/10/07 Jacksonville, 10/11/07 Orlando
Presenter, “The Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Insurance Law Sunset-What Next?” 8/16/2007, Florida Chiropractic Assn. National Convention
“Steps in Minimizing the Impact of the Insurance Medical Examiner Expert Testimony on the Issue of Permanency,” 2/23/07, 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 Assn., 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,” Jan. 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,” 3/25/04 in Tampa and 3/26/04 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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My father and mother taught me to always treat people the way you would want them you 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 first job after law school was with the Public Defender’s office in Sanford and then in Orlando. I was in court every week 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. The downside is as you become better and better as a Public Defender, you are called upon to represent those accused of more serious and heinous crimes…
Voted by peers as “Best of the Bar” in Insurance Law (Orlando Business Journal)
Voted by attorneys in Florida for recognition as a “Legal Elite” attorney in Civil Trial Law and Insurance Law (from Florida Trend Magazine).