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Alan Bennett Garfinkel

Insurance Attorney at Maitland, FL

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About Alan

Learn Alan’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Insurance
    Our firm is nationally recognized as leaders in Natural Disaster Law and has aggressively prosecuted thousands of hurricane related claims on behalf of Home Owners, Business Owners, and Condominium Associations. Our sophisticated group of experienced lawyers, supporting professionals and staff understand the complexities of Insurance Law, so when your claim has been delayed, denied or underpaid, you can count on us to fight on your behalf.

    34 years, 1,000 cases

Alan Garfinkel is the co-founder of the nationally recognized law firm Garfinkel Whynot, 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.

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Licensed for 33 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/17/2023
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/23/2022
State DC
Status Resigned
Acquired 1991
Updated 06/08/2022

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Alan Bennett Garfinkel
300 N Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL, 327514724
Alan Bennett Garfinkel
300 N Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL, 32751-4724
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Posted by Richard | November 30, 2011
Consistent and Hard Work
I hired Mr Garfinkel a few months back. I have a new property insurance claim that has popped up and I am sure to hire Mr Garfinkel again.


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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Garfinkel Whynot
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney and Counselor
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2000 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Katzman Garfinkel
  • 2014 - 2016


  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • law
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Exeter Condominium Association v. American Strategic Insurance
  • Settled with the Insurance Company


  • Margate Chamber of Commerce
  • 2007 - Present
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • "AV Rated"
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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  • The Community Association Law Advisor
  • If You Snooze, You Lose
  • 2008
  • Palm Beach Post
  • Deadline nears for claims on Poe firms
  • 2008
  • Sun Sentinel
  • Florida CEO Alex Sink headlines Event Hosted by Community Advocacy Network
  • 2008
  • ENewsChannels
  • How will Insurance Companies Respond to Victims of Recent Tornadoes?
  • 2007
  • Hispanic Wire
  • June 1 Deadline Nears for Hurricane Claims, Does Anyone Know?
  • 2007
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Hurriance Blues
  • 2006
  • Daily Business Review
  • After Wilma: Litigation a storm of suits
  • 2005
  • The South Florida Business Journal
  • Insurance wows grow
  • 2005
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Katrina's Aftermath
  • 2005
  • News & 440 Report Cover Story 22.3
  • Bad Boys...Bad Boys...
  • 2000
  • Lexis Nexis Property Insurance Research Article
  • Natural Disaster Insurance Claims
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • NBI Teleconference on Inusrance Issues Involving Natural Disasters
  • Insurance Law
  • 2010
  • Chapter 7 Trustee Seminar
  • Insurance Law
  • 2010
  • Chapter 7 Trustee Seminar
  • Property Insurance
  • 2010
  • The Palm Beach Community Association Coalition
  • Insurance Recovery for Community Associations
  • 2008
  • Lexis Nexis Webinar
  • Property Insurance
  • 2008
  • Common Interest Realty Associations Conference
  • Insurance Law
  • 2008
  • CFA
  • Community Associations
  • 2008
  • Lexis Nexis Webinar
  • Property Insurance
  • 2007
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