Preeminent Criminal Defense -Trial Lawyer 35 years. Former Homicide Prosecutor. 300+ Jury Trials.
Practicing Law for 32 years -
Kenneth D. Padowitz is a Criminal Defense lawyer at Kenneth Padowitz P.A. (Lauderdalecriminaldefense.com) and is recognized in the legal community as a leading provider of strategic and aggressive representation to those accused of crimes, at both State and Federal levels. We specialize in high profile and high-stakes criminal defense cases. We also provide our sophisticated, and aggressive representation to those who have been charged with misdemeanors, such as DUI. Our law firm is geared towards providing the strategic criminal defense that is needed to defend our clients’ freedom, and we have extensive trial experience to back it up.
Ken was a former Veteran Homicide Prosecutor with the Broward County State Attorneys Office for 16 years and is uniquely qualified to resolve your criminal investigation or charge. Ken is an “AV” rated lawyer for 10 years in a row, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell and is rated 10.0 on Avvo.com and was honored in Florida Trend Magazines "2009 and 2018 "Legal elite". He in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and recognized by Super lawyers as a Super Lawyer. Ken Padowitz was honored in South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers, and is “Lead Counsel” rated. Ken has tried over 300 jury trials, including over 35 First Degree Murder trials. He had one “Not Guilty” verdict out of the 35 murder trials he tried.
As an Assistant State Attorney in the Homicide Unit, Ken prosecuted many high-profile trials, which include the case against Lionel Tate, a 12 year old indicted by a grand jury as an adult in the murder of a 6-year-old girl, Tiffany Eunich. The defendant blamed professional wrestling for the child’s death. The jury convicted him of 1st degree murder.
Another one of those high profile trials include the case against Kenneth Pierce, convicted of the hit and run death of little Nicole Rae Walker. Pierce drove off the road on a Dania street and drove into a group of five children. A two-month manhunt led to the widely publicized trial and conviction of the defendant. A computer animation reenactment of the crime was introduced into evidence at trial, by Ken, for the first time in a Florida courtroom. The appellate court upheld this visual evidence in a written opinion - the first case law in the United States to allow the use of animation in a criminal trial.
In Civil law, Ken won a verdict over Two Million dollars representing a Miami Hurricanes Football player who was attacked by the former Heavyweight World Boxing Champion, Shannon Briggs.
Broward criminal lawyer, Kenneth Padowitz, is an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University Law Center for the past 17 years and has taught and lectured extensively in the areas of trial advocacy, scientific evidence and trial exhibits. He was a Faculty Instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, University of Florida Law School prosecutor/Public Defender course, Institute of Police Technology and Management and the National Student Leadership Conference at American University in Washington D.C. and Stanford University in California. Ken was the Director of the Pre-Law program at American Heritage High School for five years where he taught students five days a week before going to court. Ken has previously sat as Chairman of a Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar, which handles matters of attorney misconduct and discipline.
Ken is frequently called upon by the news media for opinions and discussion on various legal issues being debated in the country and our community. He has appeared on 20/20 with Barbra Walters, ABC-Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The O’Riley Factor, CNN News and Headline News, CNN-The Morning Show, NBC-The Today Show, The John Walsh Show, Montell Williams, Phil Donohue, Wolf Blitzer Reports, MSNBC News, Burden of Proof, Hannity & Colmes, Gretta Van Susterns’ ‘The Point’, Court T.V., Forensic Files, American Justice, The Mitch Album Show, National Public Radio ‘All Things Considered’, many international television shows, a frequent legal expert on the Fox News Channel, and appeared in such publications as National Trial Lawyers Magazine, People Magazine, Rosie Magazine, Maclean’s magazine, Multimedia World, The Prosecutor Magazine, Readers Digest and the front page of The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel as well as numerous other magazines and newspapers across the country.
Ken Padowitz graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and from Nova Southeastern Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1986 and is a member of the Federal Trial and Appellate Bar.
Kenneth Padowitz, P.A.
12 SE 7th Street #700
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1986||06/11/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rating||Martindale-Hubbell®||2019|
|America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's||America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's||2019|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers||2019|
|Florida Trend Legal Elite||Florida Trend Legal Elite - The Top Lawyers in Florida||2019|
|AV Preeminent Rated for 10 years||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|AV Preeminent Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Recognition as Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Who's Who in America||Marquis Who's Who in America||2016|
|Recognition as Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|AV Rated, Highest Lawyer Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Florida Legal Elite - The Top Lawyers in Florida||Florida Trend Magazine||2009|
|Appreciation for Dedicated Service Award||Broward State Attorney's Office Homicide Trial Unit||2002|
|Distinguished Faculty Award||Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association||2001|
|ABA Trial Team Coach's Award||Association of Trial Lawyers of America||1995|
|Outstanding and Dedicated Performance Award||Broward State Attorney's Office Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Unit||1990|
|Recognition for Outstanding Leadership||Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity||1986|
|Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer||Kenneth Padowitz P.A.||2005 - Present|
|Partner||Karmin Adler & Padowitz||2002 - 2005|
|Adjunct Professor||Nova Southeastern Law School||1987 - 2005|
|Assistant State Attorney||Broward State Attorney's Office||1986 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|B’nai B’rith Justice Unit||Vice President membership||2005 - 2008|
|Florida Bar, Grievance Committee||Chairman||2003 - 2005|
|Pre-Law Advisory Committee||Member||2000 - 2001|
|Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association||Faculty Instructor||1991 - 2002|
|Institute of Police Technology and Management||Faculty Instructor||1990 - 2002|
|Broward County Bar Association||Member||1987 - 2008|
|Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense||DUI Attorney||2015|
|Sun Sentinel||Reptile Store Owner Hit Employees With Bearded Dragon, Deputies Say||2015|
|Criminal Defense Law||SEARCH & SEIZURE | FOURTH AMENDMENT||2015|
|Criminal Defense Law||MOST COMMON DUI QUESTION ANSWERED||2015|
|Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior||DUI & DWI | FATAL CAR ACCIDENT||2015|
|Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior||CONFESSIONS: POLICE INTERROGATION||2015|
|Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior||EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY | IS IDENTIFICATION RELIABLE?||2015|
|Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior||PSYCHOPATHY & ALTRUISM | OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM||2015|
|Sun Sentinel||State Lays out Case in Kraft Corruption Trial||2014|
|Criminal Defense Law||Federal Crimes||2014|
|MSNBC POLITICSNATION||Stand your ground: good for defense attorneys, bad for citizens||2013|
|Sun Sentinel||Pre-law High School Students Stage A Real-life Drama In A Mock Trial||2004|
|National Trial Lawyers Magazine||Forensic Animation - The 21st Century Eyewitness||1995|
|Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center||law||1986|
|University of Florida||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|
|D.U.I. Trial Advocacy School||Prosecution of D.U.I.||2001|
|NSU Law School||The Prosecution Of Lionel Tate||2001|
|U.F. Law School Lecture||Computer Animation as Evidence||1997|
|Anglia Polytechnic University Legal Seminar||American Criminal Justice System||1996|
|FPAA Evidence Seminar||Evidence Seminar||1993|
|FPAA D.U.I./Vehicular Manslaughter Seminar||D.U.I./Vehicular Manslaughter Seminar||1993|
|Broward County Trial Lawyers Association Meeting||Computer Animation in the Courtroom||1993|
|B.C.C. Criminal Justice Institute||Criminal Justice System||1992|
|Institute of Police Technology and Management||D.U.I. Manslaughter Prosecution||1991|
|NSU Criminal Law Class, Lecture||Criminal Justice System||1991|
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