Mr. Martin L. Leibowitz

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Biography

Mr. Leibowitz is an AV Rated, Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (since 1996), Workers’ Compensation Attorney with over 36 years of experience. His focus is primarily in the area of Workers’ Compensation law. He was nominated by the Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission to the Governor for selection as a Florida Judge of Compensation Claims in 2006. Mr. Leibowitz represents insurance carriers, self-insured employers and injured workers. Mr. Leibowitz has been honored since 1988 as one of the legal profession’s elite with his inclusion in the nationally recognized Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Jacksonville Magazine’s “904” has named Mr. Leibowitz as one of Jacksonville’s Top Lawyers.

Mr. Leibowitz is the creator of the Workers’ Compensation present value calculation software program, Projected Indemnity Exposure. He has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator, and has been certified as a Workers’ Compensation Mediator since 1996. In 2004, he was a member of the Division of Administrative Hearings 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.

Professional Experience

Martin L. Leibowitz, P.A., 1996- Present

• Mr. Leibowitz’s practice is focused on complex workers’ compensation disputes including compensability of claims; Occupational Diseases including the Heart/Lung Statute (Section 112.18, Florida Statutes); Mental and Nervous injuries; Liability for Medical Benefits; Average Weekly Wage disputes; Violations of Florida’s “Fraud” Statute (Section 440.105, Florida Statutes); Compensation for Injuries where third persons are liable; Compensation for Death; Trials and Settlements.

Coker, Myers, Schickel & Sorenson, P.A., Partner, 1983-1996;

• Mr. Leibowitz’s practice as an equity partner afforded him the opportunity to counsel clients regarding complex workers’ compensation disputes.

Assistant State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1981-1983

• Mr. Leibowitz represented the State of Florida as a Prosecutor in Criminal Court proceedings.

Awards & Honors

Top Lawyers of 2012, Jacksonville Magazine’s “904″, 2012

Best of Jacksonville Profile Series, Folio Magazine, August 7, 2012

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

“AV” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1985

University of Florida Hall of Fame, 1977

Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, elected 1977

Florida Blue Key, elected 1976

Omicron Delta Kappa, elected 1976

Author and Lecturer

“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, News & 440 Report, The Florida Bar, Volume XXX, No. 3, Fall 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, Volume XXII, No. 2, Summer 2000

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

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

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

Community Involvement

North Florida Council, BSA Executive Board 2005 – present

Committee Chairman Troop 12, BSA, 2001 – 2005

North Florida Council, River Bend District Chairman, BSA, 2002 – 2004

Committee Chairman Pack 12, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 1996 – 2001

Sample Case Outcomes

Ferguson v. Department of Corrections and Division of Risk Management, Amended Final Order, filed December 16, 2011, OJCC Case No.: 11-008840

Bradley v. State of Florida, Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, and Division of Risk Management, Joint Stipulation on Resolution of Issues, filed November 10, 2010, OJCC Case No. 10-019606LAR (Consolidated)

Baldwin v. Department of Corrections and Division of Risk Management, Joint Stipulations on Resolution of Issues filed March 9, 2010, May 19, 2010, and November 19, 2010, OJCC Case No. 07-006161MRH

Stanley v. Department of Corrections and Division of Risk Management, Order Establishing Compensability, filed November 9, 2007, OJCC Case No. 07-008077JPT

Lancaster v. State of Florida-Department of Children and Family Services and Division of Risk Management, Non-Final Order Concluding Claimant is a Correctional Officer for Purposes of §112.18, Florida Statutes, filed July 8, 2008, OJCC Case No. 06-027849JPT and 07-007094JPT

Legal Affiliations

American Inns of Court, 2012 to present

Executive Council of the Workers' Compensation Section of The Florida Bar

• Chair 2002-2003

• Treasurer 1996 to 2001

• Voting Member 1992 to 2008; 2012 to approximately 2014

• Designated Emeritus Member 2008 to present

• Developer and administrator of the Section’s website presence; inception to 2014.

Jacksonville Bar Association

American Bar Association

Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) Rules Committee (Member 2004 to 2006)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Workers Compensation Defense
  • Social Security Disability
  • Workers Compensation Private Mediation
  • Workers' Compensation Heart/Lung Statute
  • Workers' Compensation Injured Employees
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Workers Compensation Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
904-420-4956  Phone
904-384-8878  Phone
904-384-8588  Fax
www.leibowitzlawfirm.com
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., 1977
Law School Attended:
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1982
Admission:
1982, Florida; 1983, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1990, United States Supreme Court; 2009, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships:
The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bar Association; American Bar Association.
ISLN:
905535126
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    Peer Reviews

    • 4.8/5.0 (15 reviews)
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    • Judgment

      4.6/5.0
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      4.6/5.0
    • Legal Experience

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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 06/20/12 in General Practice

      One of the most talented and ethical lawyer I have encountered.

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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 05/11/12 in Workers Compensation

      Martin is a preeminent lawyer in the field of workers' compensation. He deserves M-H's highest rating.

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