Kenneth D. Padowitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kenneth Padowitz, P.A.
 | 12 SE 7th Street #700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-761-3888
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Attorney Profile

As founder of Kenneth Padowitz, P.A., Mr. Padowitz is committed to representing clients throughout the state of Florida, including those in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, as well as throughout Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties. He focuses his practice on handling all criminal defense cases, many that may include the following matters: white collar crime, drug cases, murder and manslaughter, Burglary, Battery, DUI, sexual offenses, all federal offenses and serious personal injury cases.

In 1982, Mr. Padowitz earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Florida. He then received a Juris Doctor in 1986 from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, where he participated in and won trial competitions.

After serving 16 years with the Office of the State Attorney in Broward County as a homicide prosecutor, Mr. Padowitz decided to use his skills to defend those facing criminal charges. He has taken more than 300 cases to jury trials and has won 34 out of 35 cases involving first-degree murder. Mr. Padowitz was the first attorney to introduce and receive court approval of computer-animated forensic reconstruction as a form of evidence in Florida and the first in the United States with a written appelate opinion upholding the use of forensic Animation.

For his achievements, Mr. Padowitz has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; he holds an Avvo "Superb" rating, 10 out of 10; and he has been named in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Additionally, he has appeared on hundreds of national and local media programs, including CNN, the "Today" show, "Larry King Live," "Forensic Files" and "20/20."

Active in the legal community, Broward criminal lawyer, Kenneth Padowitz has served as an adjunct law professor for 17 years. He is a frequent guest lecturer around Florida and across the country, speaking on topics relating to his practice area, Trial Advocacy, Scientific Evidence and he is a member of The Florida Bar and the Federal Bar.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI: DUI/DWI

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About Kenneth Padowitz

Admitted: 1986, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.lauderdalecriminaldefense.com/kenneth-d-padowitz-...

Honors and Awards:

  • Mock Trial Competition Judge, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Mid-Level Felony Trial Advocacy Course, 2000
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Broward State Attorney's Office, Take your child to work day, 2001
  • Judges Certificate of Appreciation, Nova Southeastern University, Law Center
  • Outstanding and Dedicated Performance Award, Broward State Attorney's Office, Sex Crimes Unit Plaque, 1990
  • Appreciation for Dedicated Service Award, Broward State Attorney's Office Homicide Trial Unit, Advocate Par Excellence, Minister of Justice, 2002
  • ABA Trial Team Coach's Award, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Nova Southeastern University, 1995
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Presented FPAA Annual Conference, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1995
  • Florida Bar, 1986

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • American Cancer Society, Jail and Bail 1986-2014
  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 2005, 2006
  • Weston Business Chamber of Commerce, 2005, 2006
  • National District Attorney's Association, 1986-1991
  • American Bar Association, 1986-1992
  • Gold Key Civic Association, 1985-1990
  • Daily Bread Food Bank, 1996-1997
  • March of Dimes, 1994-1996
  • American Cancer Society, 1997-1998
  • Broward County Public School Teacher, 1982
  • Young Professionals for Covenant House, 1995-1997
  • Hallandale Police Department, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program, 1998-2001
  • Croissant Park Elementary School, Guest Speaker, Student Council installation, 2006
  • Pre-Law Advisory Committee, Fort Lauderdale High School Magnet Program, 2000-2001
  • Coral Springs High School, Lecture, Criminal Justice System, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Seminole Middle School, Plantation, Fl., Lecture, 2003, 2004
  • Sawgrass Elementary School, Guest Lecturer, Career day, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Boca Raton High School, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
  • Sunrise Chamber of Commerce, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
  • S.T.O.P. (Stop Turning Out Prisoners), Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
  • Wilton Manors Kiwanis Club, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice,1994
  • Piper High School, Guest Lecturer, Florida Gun Laws and the Criminal Justice System, 1991
  • Plantation Police Department, Guest Lecturer, Roll call Training, 1986
  • M.A.D.D., Guest Speaker, Roundtable Discussion/Victims Rights, 1991
  • Anglia Polytechnic University, Great Britain, N.S.U., Ft. Laud., Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System,1996, 1997
  • Broward Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Guest Lecturer, Victims Rights, 1990
  • Broward State Attorney's Office, Lecture Presentation, County Court Division; Opening Statement, Closing Argument, Cross Examination, Direct Examination, Jury Selection, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • St. Thomas Law School, Miami, Guest Lecturer, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1993
  • University of Florida, College of Law, Gainesville, Lecture Presentation, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1997
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, The prosecution of Lionel Tate v. State of Florida, 2001
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Class, Opening Statement, 1996
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Student Orientation, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Scientific Evidence class, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Instructor/Coach, Mock Trial Team, 1987-1988, 1995
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Criminal Law Class, Lecture, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
  • Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, Lecture Presentation, Computer Animation in the Courtroom, 1993
  • Criminal Justice Institute, B.C.C., Guest Lecturer, Sex Crimes, D.U.I. Manslaughter, Criminal Justice System, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Institute of Police Technology and Management, Faculty Adviser, Development of a felony level course for police officers, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, 2001
  • Institute of Police Technology and Management, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I. Manslaughter Prosecution, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, 1991
  • Weston Rotary Club, Lecture Presentation, Criminal Justice System, 2006
  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legal Panel Member, Seminar on media and Legal community, 2005
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I. Trial Advocacy School, Miami, 1991,1992, 1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I./Vehicular Manslaughter Seminar, Tampa, 1993
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, Evidence Seminar, Palm Beach, 1993
  • National Television Legal Consultant, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, COURT T.V., B.E.T., 2000-2007
  • Broward County Bar Association, 1987, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Florida Department of Children and Families, Keynote Speaker, Child Abuse Prevention Conference, 2003
  • Broward Sheriffs Office, Homicide Unit, Guest Lecturer, 2015
  • Broward Sheriffs Office, Detective training, 2005
  • Board of Directors, B'nai B'rith Justice Unit, 2005, 2006
  • Vice President Membership, B'nai B'rith Justice Unit, 2007

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Member, Florida Bar, United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals
  • Former Chairman, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee
  • Guest Lecturer, Broward Sheriff's Office, Homicide Unit and Detective training
  • Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice Institute, Broward Community College
  • Faculty Instructor, National Student Leadership Conference, American University, Washington D.C.
  • Director, American Heritage High School, Plantation, Fl, Pre-Law program
  • Faculty Instructor, University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management
  • Faculty Instructor, University Of Florida Law School, Prosecutor/Public Defender course
  • Faculty Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy and Fl. Prosecuting Atty. Assoc.
  • Found Qualified – Broward Judicial Nominating Committee for appointment as Circuit Judge, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern Law School, 17 years
  • Litigated over Three Hundred Jury Trials including Thirty-Five First Degree Murder Trials

Video:

  • Ken Padowitz appears on Cnn -Nancy Grace to discuss Arias Murder Trial, CNN - Nancy Grace, 2013
  • Former Florida Homicide Prosecutor and Adjunct Law Professor Ken Padowitz discusses the Travon Martin shooting case on Politics Nation on MSNBC., Politics Nation MSNBC, 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl. Bachelor of Arts in Education, December, 1982 Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Office Location for Kenneth D. Padowitz

12 SE 7th Street #700
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-761-3888

 

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Last Updated: 3/6/2017

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