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Attorney ProfileMartin L. Leibowitz has over 30 years of legal experience in the Representation of Injured Employees and Employers under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act, including Florida's Heart and Lung Statute. Throughout this time, Mr. Leibowitz has held an “AV rating,” the highest possible peer-based rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®, a company which facilitates peer evaluation of United States lawyers. Mr. Leibowitz has been further honored since 1988 with his inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell’s® prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mr. Leibowitz is also the creator of the Workers’ Compensation present value calculation software program, Projected Indemnity Exposure (PIE). He has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator, has been certified as a Workers’ Compensation Mediator since 1996 and, in 2004, was a member of the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) Rules Committee. Mr. Leibowitz has served as a guest lecturer at numerous continuing legal education seminars, where he has given presentations on a variety of issues related to Workers’ Compensation, and has taught review courses for other attorneys seeking certification in the area of Workers’ Compensation. He was also nominated by the Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission to the Governor for selection as a Florida Judge of Compensation Claims.

 

Practice Areas

Insurance Defense – Representation of Employers/Carriers/Servicing Agents (Third Party Administrators);

Representation of Injured Employees including Heart and Lung Statute cases (Representing Correctional Officers, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters);

Social Security Disability; and

Workers’ Compensation Private Mediations.

 

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Education

Juris Doctor, University of Miami, 1981
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Florida, 1977

 

Court Admissions

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009
Middle District of Florida, 2006
United States Supreme Court, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1983
Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1982

 

Accolades

Best of Jacksonville Profile Series, Folio Magazine, August 7, 2012 Issue
Legal Eagles Part II, Jacksonville Magazine’s “904″, 2011
Top Lawyers of 2010, Jacksonville Magazine’s “904″, 2010
Emeritus Member, Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar 2008
The Chair’s Award, Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar 2007
Admitted to Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers 1998 to present
Member, Executive Council of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar; 1992 to present
“av” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
University of Florida Hall of Fame, elected 1978
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, elected 1977
Florida Blue Key, elected 1976
Omicron Delta Kappa, elected 1976

 

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Inns of Court, 2012
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009
Executive Council of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar (Member 1992 to present; Treasurer 1996 to 2001; Chair 2002-2003; Designated Emeritus Member 2008)
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1983
United States Supreme Court, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1983
The Florida Bar, admitted 1982;

 

Honor Societies & Fraternities

Florida Blue Key
Omicron Delta Kappa
Tau Epsilon Phi

 

Work Experience

Partner at Coker, Myers, Schickel & Sorenson, P.A. 1983 – 1996
Assistant State Attorney at State Attorney’s Offfice in Duval & Clay Counties, FL 1981 – 1983

 

Community Activities

North Florida Council, BSA Executive Board 2005 – present
Committee Chairman Troop 12, BSA, 2001 – 2005
North Florida Council, Riverbend District Chairman, BSA, 2002 – 2004
Committee Chairman Pack 12, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 1996 – 2001

 

Publications & Presentations

The Truth About Florida’s Heart / Lung Statute" by Martin L. Leibowitz, Esquire;

“Enforcement of the Compensation Judge’s Order; Certification of Contempt and Rule Nisi – A Practitioner’s Roadmap”, co-authored with the Honorable David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims, 2009;

“What Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Correctional Officers Should Know About Workers’ Compensation Benefits & Florida’s Heart & Lung (PRESUMPTION) Statute (High Blood Pressure & Heart Disease)”, 2007;

“New World Order: Surviving 2003 Changes”, Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee (CLE) and the Workers’ Compensation Section, 2003;

Attorney’s Fees, Indemnity Benefits, Present Value of Future Benefits Calculations, Online Medical and Legal Research, 2000;

“Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Section, Ask What Your Section Can Do For You“, News and 440 Report, The Florida Bar, 2000;

Guest Editor of the News and 440 Report, The Florida Bar, 2000 and 1996;

Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education “Hot Summer Topics”, 2000;

“Arising out of and in the Course of Employment Cases including ‘Going and Coming Rule’, Traveling Employee Doctrine, Deviation from Employment and Lunch Time Accidents”; Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Certification Review Course Faculty, 1991, 1992.

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