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Walter F. Benenati

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Orlando, FL

Benenati Law Firm
2702 E Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-777-7777
Fax: 407-236-7667
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed in Florida Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Consumer, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Walter F. Benenati is the founder and managing attorney at Benenati Law Firm, which has law offices in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 14 years of total legal experience, Mr. Benenati provides invaluable counsel and support to clients across central Florida who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy

· Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 business bankruptcy

· Foreclosure defense

· Personal injury

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Benenati has successfully handled more than 12,000 bankruptcies and foreclosures as well as serious personal injury claims. From his efforts, he has helped his clients discharge almost $1 billion in total debt while recovering millions of dollars in compensation for his plaintiff injury clients. Responsive and attentive, he takes the time to listen to his clients so that he can fully understand their needs, and he has gained a reputation for compassion and integrity along with his impassioned advocacy.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Benenati has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent designation as among the top 5% of lawyers in his state. He has also received a Legal Elite designation from Florida Trend Magazine as well as a Top 3 ranking of bankruptcy lawyers in Orlando by Three Best Rated. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo along with the site's Clients' Choice Award for 2019.

A 2003 graduate of Florida International University, Mr. Benenati obtained his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2006. He is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, the Florida Justice Association, the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and the Osceola County 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
Bankruptcy: Consumer, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017

About Walter F. Benenati

First Admitted: 2007, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.407bankrupt.com/about-us/walter-f-benenati/

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Marsee v. American Student Assistance et al (Settlement and elimination of $68,000 of student loan debt)
  • $350,000.00 Auto Accident, 2018
  • $100,000.00 Auto Accident, 2018
  • $800,000.00 Auto Accident, 2018
  • $150,000.00 Auto Accident, 2018
  • $100,000.00 Auto Accident, 2018
  • $150,000.00 Motorcycle Accident, 2018
  • in Re Dowman (Chapter 13 Case confirmed with $153k erased from home debt)

Educational Background

  • Florida International University B.S. - Bachelor of Science, 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, Bankruptcy: Perils and Pitfalls of the Practice of Bankruptcy, FAMU Law School, 2014
  • Bankruptcy Can Help Seniors Protect Assets, The New York Times, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Florida Justice Association (Current Member), 2015
  • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Bar Association (Current Member), 2010
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates (Esteemed Member), 2008
  • Windsong Homeowners Association (Active President), 2014
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association (Current Member), 2009
  • Osceola County Bar Association (Current Member), 2014
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (Esteemed Member), 2009

Honors/Awards

  • The AV rating designates the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards an attorney can receive. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a legal designation that is trusted worldwide., Preeminent AV Rating From Martindale-Hubbell for 2019, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Three Best Rated® was created with a goal of finding the top 3 local businesses, professionals, restaurants and health care providers in each city. The selection process involves a 50-Point Inspection and includes everything from evaluating the attorney’s reputation and history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general standard of excellence.  , Top 3 Bankruptcy Lawyers in Orlando, Three Best Rated, 2021
  • This honor is awarded to attorneys whose clients have acknowledged their exceptional communications ability, responsiveness, quality of service and cost value. , Client Champion Platinum Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2021
  • The AV rating designates the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards an attorney can receive. This rating establishes that an attorney’s colleagues and judiciary perceive him to be at the pinnacle of professional success.   Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability, derived from evaluations of lawyers by members of the bar and the United States judiciary. The Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, which include: Legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience., AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2021
  • The prestigious recognition comes from members of the Bar and Judiciary and is a strong indicator that the firm is also held in high regard with Judicial Assistants and Clerks., AV rating ‘Judicial Edition’, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Represents the State’s Top Legal Talent, includes just over 1% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida., Florida Trend's 'Legal Elite' 2019, Florida Trend Magazine, 2019
  • Awarded to the top 5% of lawyers in the state, Florida Super Lawyers 2019, Florida Super Lawyers, 2019
  • In order to obtain this honor, an attorney must have received five or more exceptional client reviews for the same year., AVVO Clients' Choice Award, AVVO, 2019
  • Attorney Walter F. Benenati of the Orlando-based Benenati Law Firm has been rated one of the TOP 3 bankruptcy lawyers in Orlando by Three Best Rated®Attorney Walter Benenati has handled over 8,000 bankruptcies, foreclosures, and personal injury cases. The firm’s culture of care makes clients feel comfortable and confident about their legal representation. Additionally, he has been recognized as a top-rated attorney by Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, The National Advocates Top Lawyers, AVVO, and has earned the preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.Three Best Rated® was created with a goal of finding the top 3 local businesses, professionals, restaurants and health care providers in each city. The selection process involves a 50-Point Inspection and includes everything from evaluating the attorney’s reputation and history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general standard of excellence., Top Three Bankruptcy Lawyers in Orlando, Three Best Rated, 2020
  • Top 1% of attorneys nationwide, Client Champion Platinum Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Attorney Walter F. Benenati of the Orlando-based Benenati Law Firm has been rated one of the TOP 3 bankruptcy lawyers in Orlando by Three Best Rated®, Top 3 Bankruptcy Attorneys in Orlando, Three Best Rated, 2018
  • Top 1% of Attorneys in America, Top 1% of Attorneys in America, Distinguished Justice Advocates (DJA), 2018
  • Legal Elite of Florida, Florida Trend Magazine, 2016
  • The National Advocates, Top 100 Lawyers, 2016
  • The highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards an attorney can receive, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Suberb Rating of 10.0, 10.0 Superb, AVVO, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Benenati Law Firm Future Leaders Scholarship. Our annual scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students nationwide who plan on attending, or are currently attending, an accredited 4-year college/university or 2-year accredited community college in the Fall of 2020. Applicants must be pursuing a legal, medical, or business-related degree. Special consideration will be given to members of a family that have recently been in a difficult financial situation. https://www.407bankrupt.com/2020-scholarship/, 2020

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Office Location for Walter F. Benenati

2702 E Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Phone: 407-777-7777

Fax: 407-236-7667

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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