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Kenneth David Padowitz

Kenneth David Padowitz

Preeminent Lawyer! Strategic and Aggressive! Over 300+ Jury Trials in 35 Years!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime ...
  • Florida
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Kenneth Padowitz is a 36 year Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer and is one of the Top Florida Trial Lawyers. He has a Resume on paper and experience unmatched by any other Criminal Defense Attorney in the Southeastern United States. Ken has been a lawyer for over thirty-five years and has tried over 300 jury trials and 35 first-degree murder trials with a 34/1 win loss record in murder trials. Trial is always the last resort. It is only by doing the in-court and out-of-court work from a real experienced trial lawyer, that the best alternative options to trial materialize. Kenneth Padowitz was an Adjunct Law Professor at Nova Southeastern Law School for 17 years teaching Trial Advocacy and Scientific Evidence. Ken has been featured on National T.V. hundreds of times as a Legal Commentator and has lectured extensively throughout the State of Florida and United States. Broward criminal lawyer, Kenneth Padowitz, is honored to have earned an AV® Preeminent Rating issued by Martindale-Hubbell, for 12 years in a row, the leading independent attorney rating entity. Ken Padowitz has also been awarded recognition by Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers - only 5% of Lawyers in the State, America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney’s, SFLG South Florida Legal Guide - Preeminent Lawyer, Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” and has an AVVO rating of 10.0 - the highest rating.

Kenneth Padowitz has Uniquely Qualified Experience. With a 34 to 1 win/loss record in First Degree Murder Trials, 300 plus Jury Trials, hundreds of National Television appearances and law lectures, over 50 Grand Jury presentations and thousands of depositions in 33 years, Kenneth Padowitz retains superior qualifications which can not and will not be delegated on important matters. From pre-indictment, pre-trial, trial and post conviction appeals, Kenneth Padowitz has the skills to confront and aggressively defend you for the best resolution to your case.

Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
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University of Florida
B.A. (1982) | Education
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Professional Experience
Kenneth Padowitz, P.A.
Assistant State Attorney
State Attorny's Office, Broward County
Homicide Division Supervisor Felony Trial Unit Career Criminal Unit Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit Lead Prosecutor Felony Trial Unit Supervisor County Court Division County Court Prosecutor
Speaking Engagements
Instructor - Trial Advocacy, National Student Leadership Conference, Washington D.C.
American University, Washington D.C.
Computer Animation as Evidence, Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida, College of Law
Computer Animation in the Courtroom, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Broward County Trial Lawyers Association
Panel Member on Media and High Profile cases, Seminar on media and Legal community, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Proving Your case in Trial, D.U.I./Vehicular Manslaughter Seminar, Tampa, Florida
Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Demonstrative Evidence use in Trial, Evidence Seminar, Fort Lauderdale
Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Keynote Speaker - Child Abuse - Fl Dept. of Children and Families, Child Abuse Prevention Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Florida Department of Children and Families
Best Law Firms
U.S. News and World Report
Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers
AV Rating (Preeminent - Highest rating)
Ken Padowitz has been awarded an AV Rating over 10 years in a row. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ is the gold standard in attorney ratings. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards and is Preeminent or Excellent.
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
The National Trial Lawyers
An elite honor, only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional.
America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's
America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's
Membership among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled White-Collar and General Criminal Defense Attorneys. Only 100 attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Florida Trend's Legal Elite
Florida Trend
Super Lawyers - Top 5% of Lawyers in the United States
Super Lawyers
Ken Padowitz awarded Super Lawyers Award three years in a row - 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Appreciation for Dedicated Service Award, Advocate Par Excellence, Minister of Justice
Broward State Attorney’s Office Homicide Trial Unit
Distinguished Faculty Award
Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Presented FPAA Annual Conference
Mock Trial Competition Judge
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.
ABA Trial Team Coach’s Award
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Nova Southeastern University
Outstanding and Dedicated Performance Award
Broward State Attorney’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit
First Place Team Award, Spring Trial Competition
American Trial Lawyers Association, Nova Southeastern University Law Center
(Mock Trial Team Partner – Leslie Rothenberg, 3rd DCA Appellate Judge)
Professional Associations
Florida State Bar  # 607710
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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11th Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    White Collar Crime
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Appeals & Appellate
    Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Area
  • Federal Crimes
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Kenneth Padowitz, P.A.
Criminal Defense
DUI Defense
Federal Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Florida Criminal Defense Law Blog
The Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior
Contact & Map
Kenneth Padowitz, P.A.
Fort Lauderdale
888 South Andrews Avenue
Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Telephone: (954) 761-3888
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)