Kenneth Padowitz

Kenneth Padowits, P.A.
12 SE 7TH ST STE 700
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33301
954-761-3888
www.lauderdalecriminaldefense.com


Ken is a former Homicide Prosecutor with the Broward County State Attorneys Office for 16 years and a practicing Trial Lawyer for 32 years. Ken is an “AV” rated lawyer, known as Preeminent, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell. He in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and recognized by Super lawyers as a  – Super Lawyer only 5% of Lawyers in the State. Broward criminal lawyer, Kenneth Padowitz, is rated 10.0 out of 10 on Avvo.com and was honored in , Who’s Who in America, Florida Trend Magazines “Legal Elite” and is South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers“Lead Counsel” rated.

Kenneth Padowitz Does Not Delegate Important Duties

With a 34 to 1 win/loss record in First Degree Murder Trials, 300 plus trials, hundreds of National Television appearances and law lectures, over 50 Grand Jury presentations and thousands of depositions in 32 years, Kenneth Padowitz retains superior qualifications which can not and will not be delegated on important matters. Ken Padowitz has intentionally limited the size of his firm so that less qualified and less experienced attorney’s will never attempt to duplicate skills that can not be duplicated. From pre-indictment, pre-trial, trial and post conviction appeals, Kenneth Padowitz has the skills to confront and aggressively defend you for the best resolution to your case.

A veteran 16-year former Prosecutor, Ken Padowitz retains the knowledge, experience and relationships to be there for you in your time of adversity – when you can’t afford to lose. A criminal charge carries with it a threat to your reputation, career and your freedom. The pressure on families of the criminally accused is stressful enough. Ken Padowitz protects you and your loved ones with time proven, multi-faceted skills, to negotiate the legal maze you find yourself in. From the expertise to maneuver high profile media cases, to misdemeanor charges, Ken Padowitz retains the legal strategy and laser focus, unmatched by most other lawyers. When what you have built in your life is placed in jeopardy, the caliber of your Criminal Defense Trial Attorney is crucial.

Ken is frequently called upon by the media for opinions and discussion on various legal issues being debated in the country and our community. He has appeared on:

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ACHIEVEMENTS

       
  • Litigated over Three Hundred Jury Trials including Thirty-Five First Degree Murder Trials
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  • Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern Law School, 17 years
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  • AV – Highest Rating (Very High to Preeminent)10 years in a row Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Peer Review Rating
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  •  Top 100 Trial Lawyers  – The National Trial Lawyers award
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  • Super Lawyers – Super Lawyers award and inclusion. Top 5% of Lawyers in the State
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  • Google Reviews – Top Rating – 5 Stars
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  • Avvo.com – rated 10.0 out of 10
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  • Expertise.com – Top Rated
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  • Who’s Who in America – Distinguished as one of the leading achievers from around the country
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  • South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers – The definitive Guide to Legal Representation in South Florida
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  • Legal Elite – Florida Trend Magazine
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  • Lead Counsel Rated
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  • Found Qualified – Broward Judicial Nominating Committee for appointment as Circuit Judge, 2001
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  • Faculty Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy and Fl. Prosecuting Atty. Assoc.
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  • Faculty Instructor, University Of Florida Law School, Prosecutor/Public Defender course
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  • Faculty Instructor, University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management
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  • Director, American Heritage High School, Plantation, Fl, Pre-Law program
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  • Faculty Instructor, National Student Leadership Conference, American University, Washington D.C.
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  • Faculty Instructor, National Student Leadership Conference, Stanford University, California
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  • Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice Institute, Broward Community College
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  • Guest Lecturer, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Homicide Unit and Detective training.
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  • Textbook – Reviewed and Advised Author (page xviii): From Crash to Courtroom – Collision Reconstruction for Lawyers and Law Enforcement; By John Kwasnoski
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  • Former Chairman, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee
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  • Member, Florida Bar, United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals.
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  • The first admission of Computer Animation as evidence in a criminal trial in the state of Florida. A forensic computer generated reconstruction of a hit and run collision of five children was created as demonstrative evidence for courtroom presentation during jury trial. Procedures were developed and strategies implemented to insure admission into evidence of this new technology. My work was ratified in the first written appellate decision in a criminal case in the United Statesthat upheld computer animation as evidence. State v. Kenneth Pierce, 718 So.2d 806 (4 DCA 1997).

EDUCATION

       
  • NOVA UNIVERSITY, Law School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Juris Doctor, May, 1986
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  • First Place Team Award, ATLA 1985 Spring Trial Competition
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  • Distinguished Achievement Award, ATLA Trial Competitions, November 1984, May 1985, November 1985, April 1986
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  • President, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity – Recognition for Outstanding Leadership
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  • Special Achievement Award – Student Bar Association, 1985
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  • Certificate of Appreciation – Student Bar Association, 1985 and 1986
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  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 1985 and 1986
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  • UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, Fl.                                                Bachelor of Arts in Education, December, 1982                                      Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
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  • Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Honor Society – Distinguished Interest and Study in the Area of Sociology
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  • Student Government Senator, College of Education

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

       
  • Vice President Membership, B’nai B’rith Justice Unit, 2007
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  • Board of Directors, B’nai B’rith Justice Unit, 2005, 2006
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  • Broward Sheriff’s Office, Detective training, 2005
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  • Broward Sheriff’s Office, Homicide Unit, Guest Lecturer, 2015
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  • Florida Department of Children and Families, Keynote Speaker, Child Abuse Prevention Conference, 2003
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  • Broward County Bar Association, 1987, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2007
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  • National Television Legal Consultant, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, COURT T.V., B.E.T., 2000-2017
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  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, Evidence Seminar, Palm Beach, 1993
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  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I./Vehicular ManslaughterSeminar, Tampa, 1993
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  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I. Trial Advocacy School, Miami, 1991,1992, 1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001
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  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legal Panel Member, Seminar on media and Legal community, 2005
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  • Weston Rotary Club, Lecture Presentation, Criminal Justice System, 2006
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  • Institute of Police Technology and Management, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I. Manslaughter Prosecution,       University of North Florida, Jacksonville, 1991
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  • Institute of Police Technology and Management, Faculty Adviser, Development of a felony level course for police officers, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, 2001
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  • Criminal Justice Institute, B.C.C., Guest Lecturer, Sex Crimes, D.U.I. Manslaughter, Criminal Justice System, 1990, 1991, 1992
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  • Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, Lecture Presentation, Computer Animation in the Courtroom, 1993
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  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Criminal Law Class, Lecture, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
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  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Instructor/Coach, Mock Trial Team, 1987-1988, 1995
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  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Scientific Evidence class, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
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  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Student Orientation, 1987, 1988, 1989
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  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Class, Opening Statement, 1996
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  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, The prosecution of Lionel Tate v. State of Florida, 2001
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  • University of Florida, College of Law, Gainesville, Lecture Presentation, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1997
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  • St. Thomas Law School, Miami, Guest Lecturer, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1993
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  • Broward State Attorney’s Office, Lecture Presentation, County Court Division; Opening Statement, Closing Argument, Cross Examination, Direct Examination, Jury Selection, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
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  • Broward Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Guest Lecturer, Victims Rights, 1990
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  • Anglia Polytechnic University, Great Britain, N.S.U., Ft. Laud., Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System,1996, 1997
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  • M.A.D.D., Guest Speaker, Roundtable Discussion/Victims Rights, 1991
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  • Plantation Police Department, Guest Lecturer, Roll call Training, 1986
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  • Piper High School, Guest Lecturer, Florida Gun Laws and the Criminal Justice System, 1991
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  • Wilton Manors Kiwanis Club, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice,1994
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  • S.T.O.P. (Stop Turning Out Prisoners), Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
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  • Sunrise Chamber of Commerce, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
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  • Boca Raton High School, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
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  • Sawgrass Elementary School, Guest Lecturer, Career day, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
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  • Seminole Middle School, Plantation, Fl., Lecture, 2003, 2004
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  • Coral Springs High School, Lecture, Criminal Justice System, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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  • Pre-Law Advisory Committee, Fort Lauderdale High School Magnet Program, 2000-2001
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  • Croissant Park Elementary School, Guest Speaker, Student Council installation, 2006
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  • Hallandale Police Department, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program, 1998-2001
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  • Young Professionals for Covenant House, 1995-1997
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  • Broward County Public School Teacher, 1982
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  • American Cancer Society, 1997-1998
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  • March of Dimes, 1994-1996
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  • Daily Bread Food Bank, 1996-1997
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  • Gold Key Civic Association, 1985-1990
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  • American Bar Association, 1986-1992
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  • National District Attorney’s Association, 1986-1991
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  • Weston Business Chamber of Commerce, 2005, 2006
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  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 2005, 2006
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  • American Cancer Society, Jail and Bail 1986-2015

AWARDS

       
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Presented FPAA Annual Conference, 2001
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  • ABA Trial Team Coach’s Award, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Nova Southeastern University, 1995
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  • Appreciation for Dedicated Service Award, Broward State Attorney’s Office Homicide Trial Unit, Advocate Par Excellence, Minister of Justice, 2002.
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  • Outstanding and Dedicated Performance Award, Broward State Attorney’s Office, Sex Crimes Unit Plaque, 1990
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  • Judges Certificate of Appreciation, Nova Southeastern University, Law Center
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  • Mock Trial Competition Judge, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.
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  • Certificate of Appreciation, Broward State Attorney’s Office, Take your child to work day, 2001
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  • Certificate of Appreciation, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Mid-Level Felony Trial Advocacy Course, 2000