Orlando Attorney Steven D. Kramer is the founder of Kramer Law Firm.
Kramer has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Woodward/White, 18th-21st Editions).
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Kramer was also recently recognized in Florida's Best Lawyers 2013 and 2014 Editions (featured in the Wall Street Journal and Orlando Sentinel).
Kramer has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Orlando by Orlando Magazine for 2012, 2013, and 2014, as a Legal Elite Up & Comer by Florida Trend Magazine in 2010 and 2013, a Top Lawyer by Orlando Style Magazine, and Kramer has been rated 10 out of 10 as "superb" by Avvo.com since 2009.
Steven D. Kramer was born in Florida and graduated from Longwood Elementary, Greenwood Lakes Middle School, and Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida.
Kramer has served as President of the prestigious William's Inn of Court, President of the Seminole County Bar Association, President of the Seminole County Legal Aid Society, is a Member of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and he serves as Vice-Chairman and Commissioner on the Judicial Nominating Commission (18th Circuit).
Kramer is a weekly guest on the Philips Phile on Real Radio 104.1 FM and nationally on Sirius XM/I Heart radio. Kramer is also a weekly guest for "Kramer Makes the Call" on the Monsters in the Morning Show also on Real Radio 104.1 WTKS and Sirius XM/I Heart Radio.
Kramer has served as a legal analyst for various media outlets including Fox 35 News, News 96.5 WDBO, and Mix 105.1 WOMX.
Drive and Creativity
Before becoming an attorney, Kramer was a professional musician and composer. Kramer believes that the challenges of mastering music keep his mind keen, his demeanor humble, and that the creativity it fosters will serve his clients well by giving him the insight to approach every case fresh and to develop innovative and unique strategies.
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, Boston, Massachusetts Certificate, Leading Small Business Through It's Lifecycle, June 2012
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW, Gainesville, Florida Certificate, Intellectual Property, December 2002
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW, Gainesville, Florida Juris Doctor, December 2002 Activities/Honors: Academic Honors: Dean's List Fall 2002, Dean's List Spring 2002, Dean's List Summer 2001, Dean's List Summer 2000 National Deans List/Who's Who Among American Law Students Chester H. Ferguson Scholarship Law School Toastmasters, Treasurer 1999 Mediation and Negotiation Clinic Entertainment and Sports Law Society Intellectual Property and Technology Association Music Law Conference UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, Florida Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, May 1999 Major: Political Science; Minor: History Completed all coursework and studies for Bachelor's Degree within three academic years Activities/Honors: Graduated with Highest Honors Honors Thesis Academic Honors: President's List Fall 1997, Dean's List Spring 1999, Dean's List Fall 1998, Dean's List Spring 1998, Dean's List Summer 1997, Dean's List Spring 1997, Dean's List Summer 1996 Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society Golden Key National Honor Society Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Historian 1998
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Seminole County Bar Association President, 2009- 2010 President-Elect, 2008-2009 Secretary, 2008-2009 Treasurer, 2007-2008 Seminole County Legal Aid Society President, 2010- 2011 Vice-President, 2009-2010 Director, 2009-Present Williams' Inn of Court President, 2011- 2012 President-Elect, 2010-2011 Ethics Chair, 2009-2010 Secretary, 2008-2009 Program Chair, 2007-2008 Director, 2012-Present Appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Judicial Nominating Commission (Eighteenth Judicial Circuit), 2013 Vice-Chairman, 2013-Present Commissioner, 2013-Present Appointed by the Chief Justice to the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice's Pro Bono Advisory Committee, 2011 Seminole County Young Lawyers Division Co-Founder Director, 2006-2009 Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra Director, 2011 Florida Hospital Foundation Director, 2013-Present Community Development Action Committee Eden Spa, Founding 100, Florida Hospital Altamonte
One Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Supreme Court, 2013, 2014 Florida's Best Lawyers (Featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Orlando Sentinel), 2013, 2014, 2015 Election to The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White 18-21st Ed.), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award (18th Judicial Circuit), 2013 Orlando's Best Lawyers, Orlando Magazine, 2012, 2013, 2014 Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer, Florida Trend Magazine Legal Elite, 2010, 2013 Pro Bono Stars, Florida Trend Magazine, 2013 Orlando's Top Lawyers, Orlando Style Magazine, 2012 10.0/10.0 Superb Rating, www.avvo.com, 2009-Present Attorney of the Year Award, Seminole County Young Lawyers, 2011-2012 Martindale-Hubbell Client Rated Preeminent Attorney, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Pro-Bono Service Award, Seminole County Legal Aid Society, 2011 Nomination to The Best Lawyers in America(Woodward/White), 2011 Nomination to Forty Under 40, Orlando Business Journal, 2008, 2011, 2013 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Supreme Court, 2010 Service Award, Brevard County Bar Association, 2010 President's Award, Seminole County Legal Aid Society, 2010 The Distinguished Pro Bono Award, Seminole County Legal Aid Society, 2009
PRESENT AND PAST PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents Seminole County Chamber of Commerce Orlando JCC, Director, 2012-2014 Orlando Regional Realtors Association (ORRA) Seminole County Legal Aid, Contributing Attorney Florida Attorneys Saving Homes (FASH) Florida Justice Teaching Program Community Leaders and Elected Officials (CLEO), Sanford, Florida Florida Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow Seminole County Public Schools, Superintendent's Circle Orange County Bar Association Florida Bar Association: Business Section, Young Lawyers Division, Trial Lawyers Section, Criminal Defense Section, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Tiger Bay Club of Orlando, Florida Metro Orlando Recovery Residences, Director, 2005-Present Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers American Bar Association
United States Federal Court, Middle District of Florida United States Federal Court, Northern District of Florida United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces United States Tax Court United States Supreme Court Florida Bar Association United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
Co-Author, "From Frye to Daubert and the Effect on Criminal Cases," The Briefs, Orange County Bar Association, 2014 Author, "5 Things to Know About the Hobby Lobby Decision and Your Business," Orlando Business Journal, June 2014, syndicated to the Jacksonville Business Journal and South Florida Business Journal, July 2014 Lecturer, "Lawyer for Life: Finding Happiness as a Lawyer," Seminole County Bar Association, July 2014 Author, "Three Ways Your Business Complicates Divorce," I4 Business Magazine, June 2014 Author, "The "P' Word: 4 Reasons Not to Fear a Prenup," Lake Mary Life Magazine, May/June 2014 Author, "Look Before You Leap," Lake Mary Life Magazine, May/June 2013 Lecturer, "Advance Directives and Estate Planning," Meals on Wheels, Longwood, Florida, May 2014 Author, "When Foreclosure Follows Divorce," Orlando Style Magazine, December 1012 Author, "How to Sniff Out Horse Sense in Business Lawyers," Orlando Style Magazine, November 2012 Author, "Recognizing Great Lawyers," Orlando Style Magazine, September 2012 Editorial Advisory Board, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2011-2012 Lecturer and Author, "Essentials of Foreclosure Defense," Law Review CLE, Hilton, Orlando, Florida, 2012 "How to Survive & Recover in a Bad Economy," Seminole State College, Sanford, Florida, 2012 Lecturer and Author, "Foreclosure: The Impact on the Family and Family Law, Oh What a Tangled Web!,"Florida Bar Registered CLE, Altamonte Springs, Florida, 2011 Lecturer, "Foreclosure Defense Strategies," IDC Building, Altamonte Springs, 2009 Panelist, "Ethical Issues in Trademark and Copyright Practice," Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, FL, 2008 Moderator, "The Fate of Florida No-Fault Law, Policy, Practice and Legislation," Williams' Inn of Court, Heathrow, FL, 2008 Lecturer, "Advance Health Directives and Durable Healthcare Powers of Attorney," Dialyses of Central Florida, Sanford, FL, 2007 Moderator, "Legal Jeopardy," Joint Meeting of the Central Florida Inns of Court and the Williams' Inns of Court, 2007 Lecturer, "Effective Estate Planning," Safe Harbor Center, Sanford, FL, 2006 Lecturer, "Intergenerational Estate Planning," Foster Grandparents Organization, Sanford, FL, 2006 Judge, International Negotiation Competition, Florida A & M Law School, 2006 Judge, Southeastern Mock Trial Competition, University of Central Florida, 2006 Author, "The Rise of Two Party Florida," University of Florida (Press), 1999 (Honors Thesis)
"Kramer Makes the Call," The Monsters of the Morning, Real Radio 104.1 FM WTKS Orlando, 2011-Present [Top Rated Morning Show in Orlando, Broadcast Nationally on Sirius XM/I Heart Radio, Weekly Featured Guest and Legal Commentator] The Philips Phile, Real Radio 104.1 FM WTKS Orlando, 2013-Present [Top Rated Afternoon Drive-time Show in Orlando, Broadcast Nationally on Sirius XM/ I Heart Radio, Weekly Featured Guest and Legal Commentator] Bud Hedinger Live, 104.5 FM WFLF Orlando & 540 AM WFLA Orlando, 2013-2014 [Weekly Featured Guest and Legal Commentator, Broadcast Nationally on I Heart Radio] "The Gentlemen's Guide to Manliness," A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan, Podcast, 2014- Present [Regular Featured Guest] SBK Live, Real Radio 104.1 FM WTKS Orlando, 2009-2013 [Top Rated Evening Show, Weekly Featured Guest and Legal Commentator] Guest-Host & Co-Host, React Now: Zimmerman on Trial, News 96.5 WDBO Orlando, 2013 [Top Rated Daily Report on the George Zimmerman Trial] Legal Analyst, WFLF104.5 FM WFLF Orlando & 540 AM WFLA Orlando, George Zimmerman Trial, 2013 [Top Rated Daily Report on the George Zimmerman Trial] Legal Analyst, WFLF104.5 FM WFLF Orlando & 540 AM WFLA Orlando, George Zimmerman Trial, 2013 Legal Analyst, Real Radio 104.1 FM WTKS Orlando, Casey Anthony Trial & George Zimmerman Trial, 2011, 2013 Legal Analyst, News 96.5 FM WDBO Orlando 2013-Present Legal Analyst, Mix 105.1 FM WOMX Orlando, 2013- Present Legal Analyst, SBK Live Podcast, 2013- Present Legal Analyst, Fox 35 WOFL Orlando, Various Appearances
OTHER MEDIA APPEARANCES
"Fight to Legalize Gay Marriage Only Gets Hotter," Sunshine State News, August 23, 2014 "Gay Marriage Ruling in Florida," Fox 35 News, WOFL Fox Orlando, August 4, 2014 "Sedwick Family Files Civil Lawsuit over School Bullying," News 96.5, WDBO 96.5 FM, Orlando, August, 2014 "Monroe County Circuit Judge Overturns Florida Ban on Gay Marriage," Fox 35 News, WOFL Fox Orlando, July 17, 2014 "Zimmerman Appeals Defamation Ruling, But Chances are Slim," News 96.5, WDBO 96.5 FM, Orlando, July, 2014 "The Future of Gay Marriage in Florida," Fox 35 News, WOFL Fox Orlando, July 1, 2014 "U.S. Supreme Court Shields Privacy of Cell Phone," Fox 35 News, WOFL Fox Orlando, June 25, 2014 "Red Light Camera Ruling by Supreme Court," WESH 2 News, WESH NBC Orlando, June 13, 2014 "Red Light Camera Tickets Invalidated," FOX 35 News, WOFL Fox Orlando, June 12, 2014 "Red Light Camera Tickets Invalidated," News 96.5 WDBO Orlando, June 12, 2014 "Florida Supreme Court Finds Red Light Camera Ordinances Invalid," Daytona Beach News Journal, June 12, 2014 "What Happens if You Ignore a Parking Ticket"" www.credit.com and www.finance.yahoo.com, May 29, 2014 "Darden Announces Sale of Red Lobster," WFTV 9 News, WFTV ABC Orlando, May 16, 2014 "Black Box Could be Key in Winter Park Daycare Crash," Local 6 News, WKMG CBS Orlando, April 14, 2014 "Mom Drove Van Into Ocean with Kids," Fox 35 News, WOFL Fox Orlando, March 7, 2014 "Foreclosure: An Overview," Seminole County Government Television, May 2013 "Pro Bono Stars," Florida Trend Magazine, April 2013 "Same Sex Marriage Before the U.S. Supreme Court," Bud Hedinger Live, 104.5 FM WFLF & 540 AM WFLA Orlando, March 27, 2013 "Legal Roundup," Bud Hedinger Live, 104.5 FM WFLF & 540 AM WFLA Orlando, March 6, 2013 "Fiasco at Sea, The Carnival Triumph," Bud Hedinger Live, 104.5 FM WFLF & 540 AM WFLA Orlando, February 15, 2013 "Flexible Spending Accounts," Central Florida News 13, January 2013 "Averting the Fiscal Cliff," Central Florida News 13, December 2012 "Spotlight on Law," Orlando Style Magazine, September 2012 "Law Firm of the Month," Attorney at Law Magazine, February 2012 "Trends, What is the Most Overlooked Business Liability," Orlando Business Journal, June 2011 "Florida Legal Elite," Florida Trend Magazine, July 2010 "Legal Advice a Critical Part of Starting a New Business," Orlando Business Journal, June 18, 2010 "Is it OK to Walk Away," People Power Hour, 810 AM WEUS Orlando, May 24, 2010 "Step by Step: How to Hire a Lawyer," Orlando Sentinel, February 8, 2010 Ask a Lawyer with Steve Kramer, Real Radio 104.1 FM WTKS Orlando, www.wtks.com, Orlando, 2008-2010 "Tastes Like Chikin," Orlando Weekly, May 5, 2010 "Lawyers, Guns and Money," People Power Hour, 810 AM WEUS Orlando, March 22, 2010 "Taking on the Homeowner's Association," CBS Local 6 News, WKMG CBS Orlando, November 9, 2009 "Can Obama's Mortgage Assistance Program Help You," People Power Hour, 810 AM WEUS Orlando, April 3, 2009 "Show Me the Note: Foreclosure Defenses," Fox 35 News, WOFL Fox Orlando, February 24, 2009