Attorney Profile

Ken Schwartz, Esq.

Kenneth B. Schwartz is an AV Preeminent Rated attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing businesses, insurance carriers, and aggrieved individuals in litigation, trials, and appeals of business and employment matters, including workers' compensation claims, employment disputes, and insurance coverage actions.  He also acts as a neutral mediator in these types of cases to help parties in litigation resolve their disputes.

Ken is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Florida Workers' Compensation Law.  He primarily represents the seriously injured in all types of cases that arise out of their injuries, including trials and appeals, as a partner with the highly-regarded firm, Gordon & Partners, with offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, Boca Raton, and Plantation. 

Due to his expertise and experience at the trial and appellate levels, Ken is frequently brought in by other attorneys to act as co-counsel in their complex cases or to handle either appeal or enforcement of their trial orders.  Ken has handled more than 100 appeals of adverse orders to the First, Second, and Fourth District Courts of Appeal, and he's been successful before both the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.

Admitted to Practice:
  • State of Florida (2001)
  • State of Hawaii (2000)
  • United States District Court: Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court: District of Hawaii
  • United States Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit
Ken is also called upon to go to Circuit Court for his own cases and for those of others, to file Petitions for Writ of Rule Nisi Enforcement, seeking to have circuit court put the 'teeth' behind the administrative orders from the quasi-judicial executive offices of JCCs that are in default.  Ken has obtained 'rule nisi' 
enforcement after trials on the merits for claimant cases (injured workers) and also for employers, making him possibly the only attorney in the state who can make that boast.  

Honors and Achievements:
  • Board-Certified Specialist (B.C.S.) status in Workers' Compensation Law from The Florida Bar (2014-19; recertified for 2019-24)
  • AV-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating™ (their highest) by Martindale-Hubbell® (2021 to present)
  • Florida Legal Elite™ in Appellate Practice by Florida Trend magazine (2014)
  • Superb rating by Avvo.com (perfect 10.0 out of 10.0)
  • "Best Workers Compensation Attorneys in Boca Raton" by Expertise.com (2021 to present)

Representative Cases
:
  • Andrews v. McKim & Creed, 355 So.3d 957 (Fla. 1st DCA 2023)   
  • Cristin v. Everglades Correctional Institute310 So.3d 951 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020)
  • Stanley Steemer Int’l, Inc. v. Smith, 139 So.3d 507 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014)
  • Covell v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., 118 So.3d 991 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013) 
  • Taylor v. TGI Friday’s, 108 So.3d 698 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
  • Engler v. American Friends of the Hebrew University, 18 So.3d 613 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009)
  • JBD Brother's v. Miranda, 25 So.3d 1271 (Fla. 1st DCA 2010) 
  • Scanlon v. TG Investments, LLC, 17 So.3d 910 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009) 
  • Celeste v. Kerns, 32 So.3d 611 (Fla. 2009) 

Lectures and Presentations:
  • Locking Down a Workers' Compensation Settlement Agreement, on 6/8/23, with M. Franco, Esq., and D. Smejkal, Esq. (at the 2023 FWA Educational Seminar in Orlando, FL);
  • Setting Up a Workers' Compensation Case for a Successful Appeal,” on 6/3/22, with A. DeGuzman (at the 2022 FWA Educational Seminar (Course #2203710N)  in Orlando, FL);   
  • Medical and Legal Perspectives of Headache Complaints in Workers’ Compensation Cases, with Dr. S. Siddiqui (for the Palm Beach County Bar Association; 4/27/21);
  • March 2021 Quarterly Review of Recently Issued Appellate Opinions Appellate Case Law Update (for the Palm Beach County Bar Association; 3/4/21);
  • Settlement of the W/C Case: Pitfalls and Red Flags (at the 2015 FWA Educational Conference, 6/5/15);
  • Election of Remedies and Third-Party Liens (for the Palm Beach County Bar Association's 2015 Winter W/C Seminar, 1/30/15)

Publications
:
  • "Applying 'Arising Out Of' After Silberberg and Soya,News & 440 Report, Spring 2022 edition, published by the W/C Section of The Florida Bar

Education:
  • B.A., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  (1990)
  • J.D.,  with Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Certificate, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Manoa, HI (2000)

Why does Board-Certified Specialist (B.C.S.) Status Matter?
Board certification recognizes attorneys' special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.  Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification.  Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law, including Workers' Compensation Law, where there are fewer than 200 certified practitioners (out of more than 100,000 lawyers in the state).  Board Certified Lawyers are the only ones permitted by the Florida Bar to say that they are: "Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise" and call themselves experts in their fields. 

Ken Schwartz has been Board Certified in Workers' Compensation Law since 2014.  He was re-certified in 2019 through 2024, and he already has enough trial experience to qualify for recertification again in 2024, through 2029.


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