Kenneth B. Schwartz, P.A., is the law and mediation practice of attorney Ken Schwartz, Board Certified Specialist (B.C.S.) in Workers' Compensation Law. Mr. Schwartz handles litigation, trials, and appeals of contested, adversarial matters, as well as mediation conferences as a neutral to help the parties in a legal dispute resolve their matters without the cost, delay, and uncertainty of further litigation.
Who needs a Workers' Compensation Attorney?
If you have been injured while at work -- or because of work -- then you will find yourself in "the system" of Florida Workers' Compensation. It is supposed to be a "self-executing" system, meaning that the injured workers can navigate through it without assistance or resistance. The reality is that it is complex and complicated. You have to know what benefits are available, when to file a claim, how to file a claim, how to build a case for proving entitlement to those benefits, how to avoid the "affirmative defenses" that the insurance company will raise to avoid payment, and how to present your evidence at trial.
If you are one of the many unfortunate hard-working Floridians who finds yourself not knowing how to answer any of the questions above, then you should look for an experienced attorney who practices Workers' Compensation Law. Your best bet is to find one that is Board Certified by the Florida Bar, like me.
Why does Board Certification Specialist (BCS) 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. Mr. Schwartz has been Board Certified in Workers' Compensation Law since 2014.
What does it mean to be certified?
- Board certified lawyers have a minimum of five years in law practice.
- Certified lawyers must show substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought.
- They must receive a passing grade on the examination required of all applicants or meet strict criteria to exempt the exam before officially earning board certification; each specialty has a different exam.
- Certified lawyers must satisfy a peer review assessment of their competence in the specialty field plus character, ethics, and professionalism in the practice of law.
- Certified lawyers must satisfy the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements.
- Board certified lawyers must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses to be recertified, much like those lawyers who must meet initial certification requirements.
- Watch a short video (0:51) from The Florida Bar called "The Board Certification Advantage."
- Download a 1-page .pdf pamphlet from The Florida Bar titled "Why Retain a Board-Certified Lawyer?"
Mr. Schwartz handles litigation, trials, and appeals of business and employment matters, including the following:
In his capacity as an appellate attorney, Mr. Schwartz has been solely or primarily responsible for more than 100 appeals and petitions for extraordinary writs (e.g., certiorari, mandamus), several of which involved presenting oral argument to an appellate court. Many of his cases have generated written opinions, and several continue to be cited by the appellate courts for their precedential value. Mr. Schwartz also provides trial support to attorneys throughout the state, including researching complex issues, drafting motions (e.g., rehearing, in anticipation of appeal) and memoranda, and advising on issues of "preservation of error" for appeal. In April 2014, Mr. Schwartz was selected as one of Florida's "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine, which was published in July 2014. The publication recognizes "the top attorneys in the state as chosen by their peers."
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The mediation process can be described as an interactive process where a neutral third party (i.e., the mediator) assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to participate in the process. Mediation is a "party-centered" process, in that it is focused primarily upon the needs, rights, and interests of the parties. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. A mediator manages the interaction between parties and facilitates open, but confidential, communication about the facts, the legal issues, and the practical realities that led to and arise out of the underlying disputes. A mediator does not, however, decide matters for the parties or provide either side with legal advice or opinion.
For more information about the process generally or for information about obtaining Mr. Schwartz's services as a mediator in a pending dispute, please visit the Mediation page on this site.
Kenneth B. Schwartz, P.A., serves clients primarily in Boca Raton, in Palm Beach County, as well as in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, Atlantis, Manalapan, Hypoluxo, Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Wellington, Highland Beach, Pahokee, Belle Glade, North Palm Beach, Lake Park, Palm Springs, Lake Clarke Shores, Royal Palm Beach. The firm also serves: Broward County, including Deerfield Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Davie, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro Beach, Tamarac, Wilton Manors, Lauderhill, Sunrise, Plantation, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Miramar, and Hallandale Beach; Martin County, including Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, and Palm City; and St. Lucie County, including Port St. Lucie and Ft. Pierce. Depending on circumstances, Mr. Schwartz will accept cases from other areas in the state.
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