I am a certified circuit and county private mediator. At present. I limit my practice to mediation. My area of practice includes all of Southwest Florida from Tampa Bay to Naples including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties. I also handle cases along the I-4 corridor from Lakeland (Polk County) to Orlando (Orange County) and I regularly mediate from West Palm Beach (Palm Beach County) to Miami (Dade County) on the East Coast of Florida.
After graduating from Duke Univerity School of law in 1962, I began the practice of law with the firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Fort Myers, Florida. In the first year, in addition to civil litigation and jury trials, I started handling the firm's Workers' Compensation practice on the defense. Over the years, the firm grew to more than 60 attorneys and I was the manager of the Workers' Compensation Department which, at one time, had twelve attorneys. From time to time, I also managed the entire firm. Over the years, I represented more than 50 Insurance Companies and numerous employers. I retired from the firm in 2003 and for the past ten years, I have worked full time as a self employed private mediator. I am a certified Circuit and County Mediator.
I have now been a member of the Florida Bar for 50 years. I was one of the founding members of the Workers' Compensation Section of The Florida Bar. I served the Section twice as Chair and served on the Executive council for 15 years. I helped implement the Board Certification Program for the Section and became Board Certified in 1988.
I was appointed by three different Florida Governors to serve on Legislative Task forces on the Workers' Compensation Law.I have been recognized in two publications in the field of Workers' Compensation Law. See: Workers' Compensation in Florida 1935-1995 and The Circle Solution, How Florida's Bold Reform of Workers' Compensation - Wage Loss - Came About (1982). In 1986, I was the Honoree of The Friends of 440 in Miami, Florida. In 2008, I was inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers in New Orleans, Louisianna. In 2012, I was inducted into the Workers' Compensation Institute Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame. I have been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1995 as well as Leading American Attorneys in 1998. I was given an "AV" rating by Martindale- Hubbell Lawyers Directory in 1978 and have maintained that rating ever since. The attached picture shows the five lawyers who were honored at the Florida Bar Convention in 2013 after practicing Workers' Compensation Law for 50 years. I am on the far right.
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I endorse this lawyer without reservation. No conversation about Florida workers' compensation law is complete without the mention of Al Frierson. Al is a pre-eminent practitioner in his field. An effective and well-respected advocate for over 40 years, Al has since re-directed his efforts to alternative dispute resolution. Al's intelligence, wit, and friendly demeanor make him an extremely effective mediator. A true neutral, Al knows how to talk to parties adverse to each other, and then facilitate good communication between them. He is a joy to work with, and a model to all of us who aspire to practicing with dignity and professionalism. Al is one of those few individuals who is truly a legend in his own time, and it's been my pleasure knowing and working with him.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1963||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Florida Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame||Florida Workers' Compensation Institute (FWCI)||2012|
|Professionalism Award||Workers' Compensation Section, Florida Bar||2007|
|Recognized||Leading Lawyers in America||1998|
|Recognized||Best Lawyers in America||1995|
|HONOREE||FRIENDS OF 440||1986|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1978|
|Private Workers' Compensation Mediator||Frierson Mediation||2003 - Present|
|Partner||Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, Pa||1963 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers||Member||2009 - Present|
|Florida Association of Professional Mediators||Member||2004 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||1963 - Present|
|Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Section||Chair||1988 - 1989|
|Florida Bar, Workers' Compensation Section||Chair||1978 - 1979|
|Bob Martinez, Governor vs. Mark Scanlan||Prevailed in the Supreme Court of Florida|
|Mediator Practice for the past ten years. Cannot discuss cases due to Confidentiality||N/A|
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|The Continuing Legislative and Judicial Quest For An Automatic Formula or Test to Convert Disability Into Dollars||Lecture at Stetson Law School||1998|
|Florida Bar Journal||Book Review||1998|
|Florida Workers' Compensation Institute||Workers' Compensation In Florida, The History, People and Politics||1995|
|Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education publication||Florida Workers' Compensation Practice Manual||1986|
|Florida Association of Insurance Agents||The Circle Solution, How Florida's Bold Reform of Workers' Compensation - Wage Loss - Came About||1982|
|Duke University School of Law||Law||LLB||1962|
|University of the South||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1959|
|Multiple Educational Seminars for the Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar (1974-2003)||Workers' Compensation Law||2003|
|California Bar Workers' Compensation Section Annual Meetings (1984-1986)||Workers' Compensation Legislation||1986|
|Annual Florida Workers' Compensation Educational Conferences (1970-1984)||Workers' Compensation Law||1984|
|International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions||Workers' Compensation Legislation||1982|
|Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators Annual Meeting||Workers' Compensation Legislation||1978|