Mike Winer

PH: 813-224-0000

Practice Areas:
Personal Injury; Workers’ Compensation Law; Appellate and Constitutional Law; Business Litigation; Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Admitted to these courts: State of Florida, US District Court, Middle District of Florida

Education:
University of Florida, BA-1992 with honors Stetson University College of Law, 1995

Member:
Hillsborough County Bar Association; The Florida Bar (Member, Workers Compensation Section, 1997-present and Executive Council Member); Florida Justice Association; Florida Workers Advocates (Member of Board of Directors and President)

Biography:
2 lovely children, Riley and Julian

Curriculum Vitae of Michael J. Winer

Michael J. Winer, Esq. Is an honors graduate of the University of Florida and Stetson College of Law. For 20 years, he has practiced in the areas of plaintiff’s workers’ compensation and appeals, personal injury, insurance disputes, and business litigation. He employs a qualified support staff of certified paralegals to provide the best possible representation of his clients. Since 2002, Attorney Winer has been Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law, having been re-certified in 2007 and 2012. For three years, he served as the editor of the case law section for the Florida Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar News & 440 Report, and his responsibilities included keeping members of the Florida Workers= Compensation Section of the Florida Bar abreast on the latest case law developments and their potential impact. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Winer served as the Editor-in-Chief of the News & 440 Report.

Attorney Winer has also holds the distinction of having been elected by his peers to the Executive Council for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and his duties include lobbying in Tallahassee on behalf of the Section. For the year 2014, he has been elected by his peers to serve as Chair/President of Executive Council for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar. He also has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Worker’s Advocates (FWA). From 2012 to 2013, he has served as Vice President of FWA and has been elected to serve as President for 2014-2015. He has likewise been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association (FJA’s governing board). He also is the author of the Workers’ Compensation Column in the FJA Journal, a bi-monthly publication providing case law and other updates to the more than 3,800 members of the Florida Justice Association. He is the current Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

In addition, Attorney Winer has handled well over sixty appeals in various appellate courts throughout the State of Florida, to include the Florida Supreme Court. Some of these cases have been landmark decisions in the workers’ compensation arena, establishing and expanding the rights on injured workers on significant issues such as psychiatric treatment, advances of compensation, fraud, attorney’s fees and changes of doctors. He also has appellate experience in non workers’ compensation appellate matters including a published decision in Aetna Commercial Ins. Co. v. American Sign Co., 687 So.2d 834 (Fla. 2d DCA 1996), and successful defending of that victorious appeal before the Supreme Court of Florida in American Sign Co. v. Aetna Commercial Ins. Co., 698 So.2d 543 (Fla. 1997). His appellate experience also includes the distinction of being asked by his peers in FWA and FJA to appear as Amicus (“friend of the court”) on behalf of those organizations in a number of significant cases involving constitutional rights.

He is AV rated by Matindale Hubble (An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment) – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV Certification.1 His professional memberships also include the Florida Workers Advocates, Florida Justice Academy and Hillsborough County Bar Association. The Law Office of Michael J. Winer, P.A. also is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau. From 2010 to present, Mr. Winer received the distinct honor of being elected to Super Lawyers for the state of Florida (Super Lawyers magazine names the top 5% of attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.) From August of 2010 to the present, Mr. Winer has been designated by Tampa Bay Magazine as one of “Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers”.

From 2012 to present, Mr. Winer has been selected by his peers as a Florida Legal Elite (the process begins with an invitation to all members of the Florida Bar to provide the names of Florida lawyers they hold in highest regard- the votes are tallied by an independent research firm and a Blue Ribbon Panel of prominent lawyers reviewed the list which represent the top 2% of attorneys in the state of Florida as judged by their peers.) The list of attorneys who received the prestigious distinction of A Legal Elite is published each year in Florida Trend Magazine.

In the August 2012 issues of Corporate Counsel, and The National Law Journal, Mr. Winer was given the honor of 2012 Top Rated – AV Preeminent Lawyers Appellate Law. He is rated 10/10- Superb, the highest possible rating, by AVVO and has earned the prestigious AVVO Client’s Choice Award.

In 2014, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum recognized attorney Michael J Winer as a member. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi million dollar jury verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 4000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1 % of U.S. lawyers are members. Also, in 2014, Martindale Hubbell J selected Mr. Winer as a Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law.

In 2014, Martindale-Hubbell ™ selected Mr. Winer as a Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law.
ALM as published in the July 28, 2014 issue of the Daily Business Review. In 2015, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel selected Mr. Winer as Member of the “Nation's Top One Percent.” NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.
Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Members are vetted by a research team, a blue ribbon panel of attorneys, and a judicial review board. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of their appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in the NADC.

In 2016, Mr. Winer formed The Tampa Bay Workers Compensation and Disability American Inn of Court, a chartered Member of the American Inn of Court.

He served as the President of this Chapter from 2016-2018. The mission of this Inn of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills.

In 2017, the Law Office of Michael J. Winer, P.A. was recognized by The "2017 Law Firm 500 Awards" as one of the fastest growing law firms in the country.

In September of 2017, Mr. Winer earned the prestigious Silver Client Champion award, Martindale-Hubbell's newest award which is given to fewer than 1% of attorneys to showcases the firm’s approach and commitment to the best in client service.

In March of 2018, Mr. Winer was voted #1 by his peers in Worker's Compensation Law and appeared in TAMPA Magazine's Top Lawyers 2018 list.

In November of 2018, the American Law Society Board awarded Mr. Winer membership into the organization and awarded him the “America's Top Lawyers” distinction.

In January of 2019, Mr. Winer was appointed to the NFLPA panel of attorneys to represent injured NFL players. He was also appointed to the panel of attorneys to represent injured Major League Baseball players by the MLBPA.

Lastly, he was appointed as a panel attorney by the PHPA (Professional Hockey Players Association) to represent injured professional hockey players.

In July of 2019, Mr. Winer was selected as a 2019 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by ALM Media and Martindale-Hubbel and featured as such in the Corporate Counsel & The American Lawyer magazines. Also, Mr. Winer was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in: Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review and the methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

In 2020, Mr. Winer was again been selected as a 2020 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law as published in the February issues of Corporate Counsel & The American Lawyer magazines, reaching an estimated 242,000 readers and inclusion in the National Law Journal, reaching an estimated 76,164 readers.

In 2020, Mr. Winer received the distinct honor of being a ten year member of Super Lawyers for the state of Florida (Super Lawyers magazine names the top 5% of attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.)

In February of 2020, Mr. Winer won the award of “Best Workers Compensation Attorney in Tampa” from Expertise.com. Their selection process identifies a broad pool of active professionals within a given business category and geographical area. Next, they verify contact and license information to assure selection candidates are actively doing business and are in good standing in their communities. Then, they use an in-house software to grade each business across the following selection criteria: Reputation: A history of satisfied customers giving excellent recommendations Credibility: Established in their industry with licensing, accreditations, and awards Experience: Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education Engagement: Approachable and responsive to clients and available for new business Professionalism: Dedicated to providing consistently quality work and impeccable customer service.

Finally, Expertise.com hand-picks the best and the team conducts a manual review to verify that each company on the list is truly one of the best.

On August 20th, 2020, Mr. Winer was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants.

He is frequently asked to lecture at seminars throughout the state of Florida and has done so on a variety of different topics, including the following:

August, 2019: FWCI 74rd Annual WC Educational Conference- (panelist)- Strategy Session: Hot Topics

June 2019: Florida Workers' Advocates 29th Annual Educational Conference- (panelist) - Attorney Fees

April, 2019: 2019 Annual Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum- (Speaker) EXPOSURE, OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE & REPETITIVE TRAUMA

August, 2018: FWCI 73rd Annual WC Educational Conference- (panelist)- Strategy Session: Hot Topics

June 2018: Florida Workers' Advocates 28th Annual Educational Conference- Speaker- Privacy, What Privacy? The Constitutional Right to Privacy in a Worker’s Compensation Case

August, 2017: FWCI 72th Annual WC Educational Conference- (panelist)- Strategy Session: Hot Topics

June 2017: The Supreme Court’s Decision on Due Process and the Impact to Your Practice - Florida Workers' Advocates 27th Annual Educational Conference-

April 2017: Hot Topics in Appellate Practice 2017- The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Appellate Practice Section: (Panelist) “Hot Topics in Amicus Briefing”

October, 2016: Hillsborough County Bar Association- “CLAIMANT'S ATTORNEY'S FEES AFTER CASTELLANOS AND MILES”

September, 2016: The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Workers’ Compensation Section: “Procedural Application of Miles v. City of Edgewater - What you need to know, and what are the ethical and practical implications”

August, 2016: FWCI 71th Annual WC Educational Conference- (panelist)- Strategy Session: Hot Topics

June 2016: Florida Workers' Advocates 26th Annual Educational Conference- (panelist) - Constitutional Challenges: Castellanos, Westphal and beyond.

February 2016: Workers' Compensation: Facing the Music- The OJCC/WCI Workers' Compensation Seminar, The Supreme Court and Castellanos and Stahl.

February 2016: 32nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Winter Retreat: “Hot Topics on a Cold Morning.” Co-presenter with Judge Neal Pitts, Orlando.

October, 2015: The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Workers’ Compensation Section: “What You Need to Know about Daubert in the World of Workers’ Compensation”- Speaker- Live Audio Webcast Presentation.

August, 2015: FWCI 70th Annual WC Educational Conference- (panelist)- Strategy Session: Hot Topics

June, 2015: Florida Workers' Advocates 24th Annual Educational Conference- (panelist) - Daubert- Admissibility of Scientific Evidence in Florida

June, 2015: Florida Workers' Advocates 24th Annual Educational Conference- (panelist) - State of the Constitutional Challenges: Westphal, Castellanos and beyond

April, 2015: 2015 Annual Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum- (Speaker) Attorneys Fees; Settlement

He is frequently asked to lecture at seminars throughout the state of Florida and has done so on a variety of different topics, including the following:

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