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Alan Garfinkel is the co-founder of the nationally recognized law firm Katzman Garfinkel, and advocates for community associations both as an attorney and in the Legislature as the Chairman of the Community Advocacy Network (CAN). Alan was also elected President of the Community Association Institute (CAI) central Florida and these respected organizations represent 8 million Floridians who live, serve, and work in community associations. Alan continues to organize Legislative Town Halls statewide where community association leaders meet face to face with their elected representatives.

Named “One of the Best Attorneys in America,” by Rue publications, selected as “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine, and recipient of the Orlando Top Lawyer Award, Alan holds the highest peer review rating of “AV,” awarded only to the most outstanding attorneys demonstrating professional excellence and superior ethical conduct by attorney peer-review rating service, Martindale-Hubbell. Legal peer-review rating firms, Thompson Reuters and AVVO, named Alan to their list of “Super Lawyers,” and awarded him a “Superb” rating, respectively. Further, Alan’s accomplishments on behalf of his clients earned him admission to The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an eminent organization comprised of less than 1% of U.S. trial attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements for their clients. 


Alan attended Florida State University, Mercer University Law School, and Harvard University. Mr. Garfinkel’s bar admissions include the states of Florida and Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta Georgia, the United States Middle District of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court, and The United States Supreme Court.

Growing up in Miami, Alan knows firsthand the threat of hurricanes and tropical storms. “I was a young lawyer with a two-year old son when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992. I helped my friends and neighbors who were hitting the same brick walls with insurance companies as I was when my parents home was damaged,” he reminisced. "Then in 2004 and 2005 when storms struck Florida mercilessly, we helped thousands recover tens of millions of dollars from insurance companies that refused to pay."



A nationally recognized leader in the field of property damage insurance disputes, Alan teaches attorneys and community leaders how to receive a fair shake from their insurance companies after any insurance dispute. He's published numerous articles, and provided dozens of interviews with national media organizations. Alan was selected by Lexus/Nexis as its Insurance Moderator and continues to work with elected representatives on issues critical to community association living.

With a distinguished legal career and successful law firms obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts, national recognition and numerous publications; Alan remains most proud of his two sons. His youngest, Landon, is attending NYU and his oldest, Bennett, is attending Stetson Law School as a merit scholar.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Insurance: 100%
    27 years, 1 thousand cases


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300 N Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL, 327514724

300 N Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL, 32751-4724



FLMember in Good Standing198901/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2008
"AV Rated"Martindale Hubbell2008
Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2008
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and CounselorSupreme Court of the United States2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Margate Chamber of CommerceN/A2007 - Present
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersN/A2006 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
The Academy of Florida Trial LawyersN/A1993 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1991 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationN/A1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Exeter Condominium Association v. American Strategic InsuranceSettled with the Insurance Company
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Community Association Law AdvisorIf You Snooze, You Lose2008
Palm Beach PostDeadline nears for claims on Poe firms2008
Sun SentinelFlorida CEO Alex Sink headlines Event Hosted by Community Advocacy Network2008
Wall Street JournalThree Years Post-Hurricane Wilma, Millions of Dollars in Insurance Claims Still Unpaid2008
ENewsChannelsHow will Insurance Companies Respond to Victims of Recent Tornadoes?2007
Hispanic WireJune 1 Deadline Nears for Hurricane Claims, Does Anyone Know?2007
Orlando SentinelHurriance Blues2006
Daily Business ReviewAfter Wilma: Litigation a storm of suits2005
The South Florida Business JournalInsurance wows grow2005
Houston ChronicleKatrina's Aftermath2005
News & 440 Report Cover Story 22.3Bad Boys...Bad Boys...2000
Lexis Nexis Property Insurance Research ArticleNatural Disaster Insurance ClaimsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NBI Teleconference on Inusrance Issues Involving Natural DisastersInsurance Law2010
Chapter 7 Trustee SeminarInsurance Law2010
Chapter 7 Trustee SeminarProperty Insurance2010
The Palm Beach Community Association CoalitionInsurance Recovery for Community Associations2008
Lexis Nexis WebinarProperty Insurance2008
Common Interest Realty Associations ConferenceInsurance Law2008
CFACommunity Associations2008
Lexis Nexis WebinarProperty Insurance2007