Congratulations new Certified Lawyers!

The Florida Bar made its announcement of Board Certifications this last week. One hundred fifty-four attorneys were included in this group, four of them certified in workers’ compensation. Much larger groups were certified in Construction Law, Civil Trial, Criminal Trial and Real Estate. I long ago accepted that practicing workers’ compensation is not for everyone. Perhaps the lower volume of certifications in workers’ compensation is a natural consequence of that.

I am proud of Board Certification though. It is a great opportunity for attorneys to distinguish themselves in their field of choice. I am proud this week to tell you a little about the four attorneys who received their certification in workers’ compensation last week.

Blake Hood is a defense attorney in Jacksonville. Mr. Hood is a Partner of Boyd & Jenerette and has devoted his practice to the defense of workers’ compensation and Longshore claims. He practices throughout Florida and is also licensed in North Carolina. He is involved with the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund.

Todd N. Parrish practices in Lakeland, at the firm of Miles and Parrish. He has been practicing workers’ compensation since his admission to the Bar in 2007. His practice has also included personal injury and labor law claims. Mr. Parrish is a member of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. 

Michael M. Riedhammer is a partner with Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Ft. Lauderdale. He practices in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury and insurance litigation. Mr. Riedhammer was admitted to the Bar in 1998. He is a member of the Broward Bar and serves on The Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Committee. 

Robin Ross works for Zenith Insurance Company in Hollywood. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1991, after graduating from University of Miami School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section.

Each of these attorneys has worked through the process of application and testing for this designation. No easy process. But each has also demonstrated a focus upon and dedication to the practice of workers’ compensation. I congratulate each on the achievement, and congratulate again those who have achieved this in the past. 

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