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: 954-546-7063
Fax: 954-761-3871
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017, 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As founder of Kenneth Padowitz, P.A., Mr. Padowitz is committed to representing clients throughout the state of Florida, including those in 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; been selected to Best Lawyers; he holds an Avvo "Superb" rating, 10 out of 10; he has been named in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has also been selected to Florida Trend's Legal Elite. 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
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    Focus Areas

    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, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI


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    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017, 2020 - 2021

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    About Kenneth Padowitz

    Admitted: 1986, Florida

    Professional Webpage:


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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Florida Bar, 1986
    • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2019
    • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1996
    • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1995

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Broward Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Guest Lecturer, Victims Rights, 1990
    • Broward County Public School Teacher, 1982
    • National Television Legal Consultant, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, COURT T.V., B.E.T., 2000-2007
    • Plantation Police Department, Guest Lecturer, Roll call Training, 1986
    • Daily Bread Food Bank, 1996-1997
    • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I. Trial Advocacy School, Miami, 1991,1992, 1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001
    • S.T.O.P. (Stop Turning Out Prisoners), Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
    • National District Attorney's Association, 1986-1991
    • Weston Rotary Club, Lecture Presentation, Criminal Justice System, 2006
    • Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, Lecture Presentation, Computer Animation in the Courtroom, 1993
    • Sawgrass Elementary School, Guest Lecturer, Career day, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
    • American Cancer Society, Jail and Bail 1986-2019
    • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Scientific Evidence class, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
    • Pre-Law Advisory Committee, Fort Lauderdale High School Magnet Program, 2000-2001
    • Broward Sheriffs Office, Detective training, 2005
    • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, The prosecution of Lionel Tate v. State of Florida, 2001
    • Young Professionals for Covenant House, 1995-1997
    • Broward County Bar Association, 1987, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2007
    • 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
    • M.A.D.D., Guest Speaker, Roundtable Discussion/Victims Rights, 1991
    • March of Dimes, 1994-1996
    • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I./Vehicular Manslaughter Seminar, Tampa, 1993
    • Wilton Manors Kiwanis Club, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice,1994
    • American Bar Association, 1986-1992
    • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legal Panel Member, Seminar on media and Legal community, 2005
    • Criminal Justice Institute, B.C.C., Guest Lecturer, Sex Crimes, D.U.I. Manslaughter, Criminal Justice System, 1990, 1991, 1992
    • Boca Raton High School, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
    • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 2005, 2006
    • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Instructor/Coach, Mock Trial Team, 1987-1988, 1995
    • Coral Springs High School, Lecture, Criminal Justice System, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
    • Board of Directors, B'nai B'rith Justice Unit, 2005, 2006
    • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Class, Opening Statement, 1996
    • Hallandale Police Department, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program, 1998-2001
    • Florida Department of Children and Families, Keynote Speaker, Child Abuse Prevention Conference, 2003
    • St. Thomas Law School, Miami, Guest Lecturer, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1993
    • Anglia Polytechnic University, Great Britain, N.S.U., Ft. Laud., Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System,1996, 1997
    • American Cancer Society, 1997-1998
    • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Faculty Instructor, Evidence Seminar, Palm Beach, 1993
    • Piper High School, Guest Lecturer, Florida Gun Laws and the Criminal Justice System, 1991
    • Gold Key Civic Association, 1985-1990
    • Institute of Police Technology and Management, Faculty Adviser, Development of a felony level course for police officers, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, 2001
    • Sunrise Chamber of Commerce, Guest Lecturer, Criminal Justice System, 1994
    • Weston Business Chamber of Commerce, 2005, 2006
    • Institute of Police Technology and Management, Faculty Instructor, D.U.I. Manslaughter Prosecution, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, 1991
    • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Criminal Law Class, Lecture, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
    • Seminole Middle School, Plantation, Fl., Lecture, 2003, 2004
    • Vice President Membership, B'nai B'rith Justice Unit, 2007
    • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Student Orientation, 1987, 1988, 1989
    • Croissant Park Elementary School, Guest Speaker, Student Council installation, 2006
    • Broward Sheriffs Office, Homicide Unit, Guest Lecturer, 2015
    • University of Florida, College of Law, Gainesville, Lecture Presentation, Computer Animation as Evidence, 1997


    Other Outstanding Achievements:

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


    • 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
    • Ken Padowitz appears on Cnn -Nancy Grace to discuss Arias Murder Trial, CNN - Nancy Grace, 2013

    Educational Background:

    • Nova Southeastern University - Juris Doctor, 1986
    • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl. Bachelor of Arts in Education, December, 1982 Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences


    • “Mr. Padowitz is an outstanding member of the Bar and has had many trial successes in his career.”
    • “Kenneth Padowitz is an excellent lawyer, nkowledgable and resourceful. His years as a prosecutor provide him uniques insight and ability to apply to his criminal defense practice.”
    • “Fantastic attorney respected by his peers and opponents. Nationally recognized as an excellent criminal defense attorney.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Kenneth D. Padowitz

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

    Phone: 954-546-7063

    Fax: 954-761-3871

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