Florida attorney Alan Bennett Garfinkel is the founder of Garfinkel Schwartz, P.A., a law firm committed to securing medical care and compensation for people injured and covered under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.
Garfinkel Schwartz was founded in 1976 with medical advocacy at the forefront of legal services provided to families. Alan understands the importance of having the best possible medical care available to a loved one who is sick or injured and who is suffering. Clients have access to medical resources while locating the best doctors available to evaluate and treat their medical conditions.
Alan has personally experienced the devastation that a health issue can have upon a family. His son Bennett, a brilliant legal assistant with the firm, has endured an eight-year battle with chronic pain undergoing five major spinal surgeries.
Alan has seen through Bennett, the challenges of navigating health care issues and the value of independent medical research on unidentifiable issues. Alan’s son Bennett who plans to begin law school in the fall, will be a fourth generation lawyer as his father, grandfather and great grandfather before him.
The goal of every Garfinkel Schwartz client case is to provide help to people employed by defense contractors and on U.S. waterways. Many clients are former U.S. military working to secure and rebuild U.S. interests in countries overseas. However, these brave men and women are denied medical care and benefits by employers’ insurance companies every day and thousands of cases are never brought to light.
Military support is inherent in Garfinkel Schwartz. The name “Schwartz,” serves as a memoriam honoring 40-year Longshore Act lawyer John M. Schwartz, Esq. John M. Schwartz was Alan’s father-in-law with whom Alan worked with for 12 years in the Titusville, Orlando, Cocoa Village, Cape Canaveral and Fernandina Beach offices.
Schwartz, a Vietnam veteran, made an indelible impression upon Alan. He was committed to helping military personnel through his law practice and Alan’s father and grandfather fought honorably in World War I and II.
The Maitland and Cocoa Beach Florida locations serve longshore and harbor workers, and wounded warriors who risked their lives to work with U.S. Labor and U.S. Defense Department contractors.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
United States District Court Middle District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court of America
Mercer University – Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia, Juris Doctor, 1989
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Harvard University, Summer, 1984
Community Association Law
Construction Defect Law
Natural Disaster Law