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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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  • Frank William Piazza

    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.

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  • Bill B Berke

    Al deserves the highest rating available on this site and i endorse him. He is a top mediator and very well respected.

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Frierson Mediation

13801 Eagle Ridge Lakes Dr Apt 202
Fort Myers, FL, 33912-1796

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing196306/19/2016
ALInactive196309/19/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Florida Workers' Compensation Hall of FameFlorida Workers' Compensation Institute (FWCI)2012
Professionalism AwardWorkers' Compensation Section, Florida Bar2007
RecognizedLeading Lawyers in America1998
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1995
HONOREEFRIENDS OF 4401986
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Private Workers' Compensation MediatorFrierson Mediation2003 - Present
PartnerHenderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, Pa1963 - 2003
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Workers' Compensation LawyersMember2009 - Present
Florida Association of Professional MediatorsMember2004 - Present
Florida BarMember1963 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bob Martinez, Governor vs. Mark ScanlanPrevailed in the Supreme Court of Florida
Mediator Practice for the past ten years. Cannot discuss cases due to ConfidentialityN/A
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Bar JournalBook Review1998
Florida Workers' Compensation InstituteWorkers' Compensation In Florida, The History, People and Politics1995
Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education publicationFlorida Workers' Compensation Practice Manual1986
Florida Association of Insurance AgentsThe Circle Solution, How Florida's Bold Reform of Workers' Compensation - Wage Loss - Came About1982
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1962
University of the SouthPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1959
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Multiple Educational Seminars for the Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar (1974-2003)Workers' Compensation Law2003
California Bar Workers' Compensation Section Annual Meetings (1984-1986)Workers' Compensation Legislation1986
Annual Florida Workers' Compensation Educational Conferences (1970-1984)Workers' Compensation Law1984
International Association of Accident Boards and CommissionsWorkers' Compensation Legislation1982
Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators Annual MeetingWorkers' Compensation Legislation1978