Peter K. Spillis

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Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kelley | Uustal
 | 500 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-546-7363
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
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“When I wake up in the morning, my driving force is that I’ve got people depending on me.”


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Attorney Peter K. Spillis is a partner with Kelley | Uustal law firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A top-rated, award-winning trial attorney with more than 28 years of legal experience, Mr. Spillis provides exceptional representation to clients throughout Broward County and the rest of South Florida and beyond who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Medical malpractice

· Personal injury

· Wrongful death

· Product liability

· Brain injuries

· Catastrophic injuries

Early in his legal career, Mr. Spillis worked for a prominent insurance defense firm in the area, where he gained invaluable insight into the industry and the tactics insurance providers use to reduce or deny claims. Armed with this experience, he shifted his focus to advocating on behalf on plaintiff injury clients, and since that time, he has achieved a long record of securing substantial verdicts and settlements for individuals and families adversely affected by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

A veteran of more than 40 jury trials, Mr. Spillis leads the firm's medical malpractice team, and he has gained a reputation as a tireless advocate for his clients who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes on their behalf both inside and outside of the courtroom. Honored for his professionalism and service, he has received many awards and endorsements from his peers as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Spillis holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received recognition from The Best Lawyers in America for his work in personal injury litigation, medical malpractice law and professional malpractice law. In addition, Florida Trend magazine named him a Legal Elite in 2010, and the South Florida Legal Guide voted him a Top Lawyer each year from 2012 to 2018. He was also a finalist for the Daily Business Review's Most Effective Lawyer of 2016.

A 1987 graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Mr. Spillis obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Spillis is a member of the Dade County Bar Association and The Florida Bar. He is also a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, and he served as president of the organization's Miami chapter in 2012. He is also a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America. Outside his legal practice, he also serves as active member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

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Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
  • 10%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products
Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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About Peter Spillis

Admitted: 1991, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • Named finalist by Daily Business Review for Most Effective Lawyer of 2016 
  • Recognized since 2017 for Civil Litigation , Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® - the highest rank awarded by the national rating agency
  • named as "legal Elite" 2010 in Florida Trend magazine., Florida Trend Magazine, 2010
  • recognized since 2012 for civil litigation, Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • The Florida Bar
  • Member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  President of Miami-Dade Chapter, 2012.
  • Dade County Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Active member of the Orange Bowl Committee since 2008
  • Member of Board of directors, Past President:  Bakehouse Art Complex


  • Construction Company Responsible for Over 100 Crashes, February 5, 1997
  • Record-Setting Verdict in Tractor-Trailer Crash, September 21, 1990
  • Favorable Verdict for Victim of Police Violence, May 16, 1992
  • Longest Trial in General Motors History, June 27, 1992
  • Jury Verdict: Auto Manufacturer Ignores Measures to Prevent Rollovers, March 27, 1998
  • 1.7 Million Dollar Auto Crash Verdict, March 27, 1998
  • Allstate Bets Against Kelley/Uustal, March 27, 1998
  • General Motors Found Responsible for Deadly Fire Defect, May 19, 1998
  • Local Fireman Wins Recall on Defective Gear, February 27, 1999
  • Attorney John Uustal Wins One of the Largest Verdicts in the US, March 27, 2000
  • Careless Driver Kills Pedestrian, March 27, 1999
  • Landmark Settlement for Contaminated Medicine, September 27, 2000
  • Service Company Fails to Repair Forklift Brakes, March 27, 2003
  • Justice for Wrongful Death of South Florida Preacher, October 19, 2013
  • HMO’s Fatal Mistake, February 28, 2007
  • Heroic Truck Driver Wins Multi-Million Dollar Case, July 27, 2007
  • Kelley | Uustal Attorneys Secure $38.5 Million for Client in Medical Negligence Case, May 21, 2013
  • R.J. Reynolds Found Guilty of Conspiracy, April 23, 2016
  • Phillip Morris Pounded with $300,000,000 Verdict, October 23, 2014
  • Creative Lawyering Produces Massive Settlement, March 5, 2015
  • Phillip Morris Misleads Customers, March 5, 2015
  • Kelley | Uustal Obtains $4.3M Award in Med-Mal Case, August 4, 2016
  • Kelley | Uustal Attorneys Win $28.795M Verdict in Big Tobacco Case, October 25, 2016
  • Philip Morris & R.J. Reynolds Hit with $6M Judgment in Lung Cancer Death Case, November 21, 2016
  • Unprecedented Settlement for Defective Seatbelt, December 11, 2018
  • Medical Malpractice Leads To Preventable Death, January 23, 2017
  • Negligent Employer to Pay for Brain Injury, February 15, 2017
  • Unlikely Win in Rare Florida Tobacco Case, October 10, 2017
  • Kelley | Uustal Lawyers Negotiate $27M for Toddler Burned in Pressure Cooker Explosion, August 13, 2019

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Texas Christian University
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Office Location for Peter K. Spillis

500 N Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-546-7363

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Last Updated: 4/6/2020

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