R. Kent Lilly

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lakeland, FL

Lilly & Brown, LLP
 | 800 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: 863-327-0833
Fax: 863-683-0915
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney R. Kent Lilly is a partner with Lilly & Brown, LLP, law firm in Lakeland, Florida. Board certified as a civil trial lawyer by The Florida Bar and board certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Lilly has more than 42 years of legal experience, and he provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout central Florida who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligent, careless or unlawful actions of others.

    Handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Lilly has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his plaintiff clients. Over the course of his legal career, he has gained a reputation for his in-depth legal knowledge and unwavering commitment to protecting his clients' rights and interests while fighting aggressively to help them obtain the maximum amount of compensation they expect and deserve for the damages and losses they incurred.

    Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Lilly has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He is also a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he received the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates' Tampa Bay Chapter, the Jerry DeVane Professionalism Award from the Lakeland Bar Association and the Professionalism Award from the Willson American Inn of Court.

    A 1973 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Lilly obtained his Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law in 1976. The Florida Bar admitted him to practice the following year, and he has served on The Florida Bar's board of governors and executive council as well as its bench-bar commission and its continuing legal education committee, where he has served as seminar instructor for advanced trial advocacy and personal injury.

    Among his other professional affiliations, Mr. Lilly has served as president of the Lakeland Bar Association and the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association as well as president of the Willson American Inn of Court and the 10th Circuit Bench-Bar Committee. He has also served as co-chair of the 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, and he has maintained active involvement with the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice and American Bar Association.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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    About Kent Lilly

    Admitted: 1977, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://www.lillybrownlaw.com/attorneys/kent-lilly/


    • Jerry DeVane Professionalism Award from the Lakeland Bar Association
    • ABOTA Tampa Bay Chapter Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2012
    • Professionalism Award from the Willson American Inn of Court
    • Florida Super Lawyers
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
    • AV Rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell
    • 10th Circuit Professionalism Award, 2010

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
    • Board-certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association
    • Florida Justice Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • 10th Circuit Bar Association
    • President-elect of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • Tampa Bay Chapter
    • Lakeland Bar Association
    • Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Willson American Inn of Court
    • Florida Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee
    • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association (3 terms)
    • 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (Co-Chair)
    • 10th Circuit Bench -Bar Committee, President
    • Florida Bar Association, Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section
    • Florida Bar Association, Florida Bench-Bar Commission
    • Florida Bar Association, The Board of Governors
    • Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council, 1994
    • Florida Bar Board of Governors, 1988

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • First United Methodist Church, Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Continuing Legal Education Committee (Advanced Trial Advocacy and Personal Injury Seminar Instructor)


    • $11,000,000 - Motorcycle Accident: Wrongful Death of 26 Year Old Wife/Mother
    • $9,500,000 - Sick-Building Illnesses: For 183 Polk County Courthouse employees (including Judges and lawyers) against general contractor, architect and multiple subcontractors for sick-building related illnesses.
    • $7,000,000 - Motorcycle Accident: Settlement for injuries in Hardee County pickup truck vs motorcycle crash
    • $6,500,000 - Automobile Accident: Jury verdict on behalf of plaintiff against a County for negligent design of an intersection after other settlements were previously obtained with private landowners. Plaintiff was left a quadriplegic as a result of the automobile accident.
    • $6,250,000 - Motorcycle Accident: 20-yr-old motorcyclist in Naples hit by vehicle changing lanes illegally, resulting in cognitive brain injury.
    • $5,950,000 - Orthopedic Injury: Settlement for Mulberry Man versus Trucking Company for orthopedic injuries.
    • $5,000,000 - Wrongful Death: A Hardee County verdict involving a claim by the parents of 35 year old resident at a brain injury rehabilitation facility, who died as a result of positional asphyxiation from negligent restraint during the course of a search of his room for snacks ...
    • $4,600,000 - Motorcycle Accident: Brain injury to a 26 year old male.
    • $2,000,000 - Motorcycle Accident: Settlement for wrongful death in Ft. Meade pickup truck vs. motorcycle crash
    • $5,000,000 - Drunk Driver Wrongful Death: 70-yr-old retired Lakeland resident killed in motor vehicle crash by drunk driver and the bar where he got drunk.  
    • $2,200,000 - Nursing Home: For surviving spouse of 79-year-old nursing home resident, including $1,700,000 in punitive damages
    • $2,000,000 - Wrongful Death: MVA – Wrongful death of 21 year old female
    • $2,000,000 - Wrongful Death: Wrongful death of a 24 year old female
    • $1,800,000 - Orthopedic Injuries: Settlement for Frostproof Biker versus Citrus Company for orthopedic injuries.
    • $1,700,000 - Failure to Diagnose: For tennis pro for failure to diagnose tumor behind left knee, resulting in insertion of metal rod and loss of function and mobility
    • $1,530,000 - Wrongful Death: 60-yr-old Lakeland bicyclist hit/killed by vehicle driven by golfer who just left City-owned golf course bar – sovereign immunity claim with insurance coverage issues relating to a liquor endorsement on policy insuring City’s operation of course/bar
    • $1,375,000 - Wrongful Death: Wrongful death of a 74 year old male
    • $1,350,000 - Wrongful Death: Settlement in wrongful death of man who was struck by automobile while he was working on night-shift of road construction crew
    • $1,275,000 - Pelvic and Internal Injuries: Pelvic and internal injuries to a 48 year old male (policy limits)
    • $1,250,000 - Bicycle Accident - Broken Leg and Complications: For youth pastor hit by car while cycling. Treatment of broken leg resulted in osteomyelitis and contraction of Hepatitis C
    • $1,250,000 - Lower Extremities Injuries: MVA – Lower extremities injuries to a 58 year old female
    • $1,200,000 - Medical Error – Paralysis: Representation of a Plaintiff against a surgeon and anesthesiologist for their negligence in the conduct of surgery to repair a thoracic aneurysm. The negligence resulted in the paralysis of the plaintiff
    • $1,135,000 - Wrongful Death: Wrongful death of a 18 year old male (policy limits)
    • $1,050,000 - Injury from Car Accident: Uninsured Motorists claim for Lakeland man with broken leg in motor vehicle accident – multiple surgeries following complications
    • $1,000,000 - Head/facial and Lower Extremity Injuries: Head/facial and lower extremity injuries to a 61 year old male (policy limits)
    • $1,000,000 - Motorcycle Accident - Broken Bones with Complications: Settlement for motorcyclist struck by automobile. Client suffered broken leg and knee injury with complications due to pre-existing diabetes
    • $1,000,000 - Bus Accident Injuries: Settlement immediately prior to trial as a result of personal injuries sustained by a porter at a Greyhound bus station who was run over by a bus departing the facility
    • $1,000,000 - Personal Injury: MVA – Lower extremities injuries to a 17 year old male
    • $1,000,000: Wrongful Death - MVA – Wrongful death of 18 year old female
    • $1,000,000 - Wrongful Death: MVA – Wrongful death of 35 year old male (policy limits)
    • $1,000,000 - Wrongful Death: MVA – Wrongful death of a 52 year old female
    • $1,000,000 - Wrongful Death: Wrongful death of a 73 year old male (policy limits)
    • $1,000,000 - Wrongful Death: Policy limits settlement during jury selection for widow of a nursery worker
    • $1,000,000 - Wrongful Death: For widow and child of City of Lakeland lineman vs. manufacturer of bucket truck for electrocution death resulting from negligent design
    • $962,107 - Wrongful Death - Truck Accident: For widow of 82-year-old man killed when his vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer
    • $935,000 - Truck Driver Accident: For truck driver who struck a vehicle which pulled out in front of him, resulting in the roll-over of his tractor-trailer
    • $900,000 - Wrongful Death: Wrongful death of a 48 year old male (policy limits)
    • $850,000 - Wrongful Death: Settlement just before trial on behalf of children of dentist murdered in his office by gunman allegedly hired by his widow, who was convicted of capital murder
    • $850,000 - Personal Injury: Pregnant woman tripped on a tent stake at outdoor festival, severely injuring her back, leaving her with partial paralysis and chronic, disabling pain
    • $850,000 - Nursing Home Failure to Treat: Representation of the surviving spouse against the nursing home for failure to identify and properly treat multiple decubitus ulcers resulting in sepsis and death
    • $800,000 - Wrongful Death: MVA – Wrongful death of an 80 year old male
    • $800,000 - Wrongful Death - Sovereign Immunity Claim: For widow and child of sign painter killed when his painting pole contacted power lines
    • $775,000 - Nursing Home Failure to Treat: Representation of an elderly plaintiff against a nursing home for its negligent failure to follow treatment directions resulting in the dehydration and subsequent stroke resulting in partial paralysis
    • $750,000 - Neck Injury: Neck injury with surgery to a 26 year old female
    • $750,000 - Auto Accident - Wrongful Death: For 3 adult children of 80-year-old gentleman killed in intersection collision
    • $695,000 - Facial/dental Injuries: Facial/dental injuries to a 23 year old male
    • $685,000 - Truck Accident: For truck driver rear-ended by another truck when attempting to make a right turn
    • $658,485 - Severe Injuries - Vehicle Accident: For man who sustained multiple injuries when hit head-on by a vehicle attempting to pass traffic in a “no passing” zone
    • $650,000: Wrongful Death – Motorcyclist: For widow and child of motorcyclist killed in intersection collision
    • $602,000 - Punitive Damages: Verdicts for 2 teenagers for compensatory and punitive damages against roofing company for negligent hiring of employee with poor driving record years earlier in another State
    • $600,000 - Head Injury: Head injury to a 45 year old female
    • $550,000 - Sternal Injuries: Upper and lower extremity and sternal injuries to an 80 year old female
    • $550,000 - Wrongful Death - Malfunctioning Traffic Light: Settlement for the husband and son of a lady killed in intersection collision due to a malfunctioning traffic light
    • $525,000 - Orthopedic Injuries: Orthopedic injuries suffered by Lake Wales man in Brandon, FL MVA
    • $500,000 - Child Vision Loss – Airbag: For 8-year-old girl in front seat who lost partial vision of left eye resulting from airbag deployment after accident impact
    • $500,000 - Eye Injury: Eye injury to a 14 year old female
    • $500,000 - Back and Neck Injuries: A $500,000.00 verdict arising out of an offset head on motor vehicle accident, involving significant back and neck injuries to the plaintiff
    • $500,000 - Back Injury: Back injury to a 17 year old male (policy limits)
    • $500,000 - Neck and Back Injuries: Neck and back injuries to a 28 year old male
    • $500,000 - Lower Extremity Injuries: Lower extremity injuries to a 41 year old female
    • $475,000 - Car Accident- Arm and Eye Injuries: For teenager passenger of car that struck garbage truck – arm and eye injuries
    • $455,000 - Slip and Fall Injury: Slip and Fall for RSD hand injury to 65 year old female
    • $450,000 - Soft-Tissue Injuries - Car Accident: For man with soft-tissue injuries from intersection collision with British tourists driving rental car
    • $450,000 - Motorcyclist Dismemberment and Injury: Representation of the Plaintiff whose motorcycle was struck by a motor vehicle resulting in multiple, severe pelvic fractures and the amputation of the right leg
    • $425,000 - Nursing Home Failure to Treat: Representation of Plaintiff against a nursing home for negligent failure to obey the medical directions of the surviving daughter to intubate father resulting in his death
    • $425,000 - Back Injuries: For college student working summer job at phosphate plant, who sustained back injuries in “trap door” fall
    • $400,000 - Back Injury: MVA – Back injury to 24 year old male
    • $400,000 - Severe Injuries - Truck Accident: For man who was T-boned by a tow truck which ran a red light, which resulted in knee injuries, fractured ribs, neck and back injuries and lacerations
    • $350,000 - Trip and Fall - Broken Sidewalk: Elderly lady tripped and fell when she caught her shoe in a broken sidewalk outside a restaurant, suffering a fractured pelvis
    • $300,000 - Ortho/neuro Injuries: Ortho/neuro injuries suffered by Winter Haven man in Lakeland MVA
    • $130,000 - Wrongful Death - Car Accident: 32 year old Army veteran was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle while stopped for another accident on I-4 resulting in his death
    • Confidential Settlement - Wrongful Death - Failure to Follow Murder Lead: For widow of man killed by stepson and friends – based on negligence of Polk County Sheriff’s Department to follow-up on a lead which may have prevented the murder
    • Confidential Settlement - Wrongful Death - Fallen Tree: For father whose wife and 2 children were killed when a rotten tree in right-of-way fell on the family’s pick-up truck on a windy day – claim vs. State/County/City for failure to trim or remove tree
    • Confidential Settlement - Wrongful Death - Reckless Driver: For father of 2 teenage sons killed as passengers in single-car accident after the driver was allowed to leave the scene of a stop for careless driving – Claim vs. Sheriff’s Department for deputies’ failure to detect that driver of the vehicle was DU ...
    • Confidential Settlement - Wrongful Death of Family - Defective Tires: Family of college student killed when tire tread separated in car in which she was a passenger. Vehicle lost control and hit a tree. Confidential settlement reached with tire manufacturer
    • Confidential Settlement - Car Accident - Defective Design/Manufacture: Claim vs. Chrysler for defective design/manufacture of steering mechanism resulting in single-car crash with bridge abutment
    • Confidential Settlement - Car Accident Injury: Settlement during 2nd trial (following hung jury after 1st trial which lasted 3 weeks) for a woman injured during a roll-over of her Jeep

    Educational Background:

    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) - University of Florida, 1973
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    Office Location for R. Kent Lilly

    800 South Florida Avenue
    Lakeland, FL 33801

    Phone: 863-327-0833

    Fax: 863-683-0915

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    Last Updated: 8/20/2020

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