The History of Garfinkel Schwartz, P.A.
Garfinkel Schwartz is committed to helping civilian contractors and longshoremen injured while working to regain denied medical care and compensation due to them under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Act laws.
The law firm is named for founder and attorney Alan Bennett Garfinkel, and in memoriam for deceased Titusville Florida longshore and Defense Base Act lawyer, John M. Schwartz, Esq.
Past names of the law firm included:
John Schwartz was a Titusville, Florida, Defense Base Act attorney for 40 years. John, Alan’s father-in-law, fought to secure Longshore Act compensation claims and DBA medical care on behalf of injured workers around the world.
John M. Schwartz and Alan worked side by side for 12 years. Together, they helped thousands of men and women working as overseas civilian contractors and longshoremen on U.S. Federal waterways who were denied DBA and Longshore Act compensation claims.
Today, Defense Base Act lawyer and Longshore Act lawyer and lead counsel for the firm, Brian Wiklendt, is the firm’s lead litigator. Schwartz’s grandson Bennett Garfinkel, a legal assistant and medical researcher, works on the Garfinkel Schwartz team.
The Garfinkel-Schwartz family has a heritage of almost 50 years of combined military service history that goes back to World War I with Alan Garfinkel’s grandfather. The family continues to commit to obtaining medical care, benefits and funds due to the civilian contractors and longshoremen who get sick or who are injured on the job.
Leo Garfinkel, Alan Bennett Garfinkel’s father, Bennett’s grandfather, fought in World War II and was an MP (military policeman). Leo Garfinkel’s father fought in World War I. Alan’s father-in-law, John M. Schwartz, who for decades had a thriving practice in Titusville until 2012, was a captain who served in the military in the Vietnam War.
John Schwartz, after whom the Garfinkel Schwartz, P.A., legal firm was named, was heavily involved in the Defense Base Act area of practice.
John led and ran the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s practice in Titusville, Florida, as a commitment made over several generations to continue to serve the many former military members who have stepped in to work for defense contractors in war torn lands.
Bennett Garfinkel, Alan’s son, is not an attorney, but is a talented legal and medical researcher who will attend law school in fall 2015.
Bennett works with Garfinkel Schwartz and plans to be a fourth generation lawyer who will carry on the tradition of his great-grandfather, both his grandfathers (Leo Garfinkel and John Schwartz) and his father’s law practice.
Together there is a heritage of legal and military professionalism and commitment driving this family-centric business.
Sadly, in 2012, John M. Schwartz died after battling cancer. Today, it is through the Garfield Schwartz, P.A., law firm that John M. Schwartz’s legacy in Longshore Law and Defense Base Act Law continues.
Garfinkel and Schwartz Longshore and Defense Base Act attorney Brian Wiklendt represents employees and is a Longshore Act attorney with 18 years of litigation experience. Brian worked previously for insurance companies and is very familiar with the extent to which insurers go to deny claims.
Based in Cocoa Beach, FL., and Maitland, FL., the backyard of Florida’s many port cities, Garfinkel Schwartz, P.A., clients needing DBA compensation and Longshore Act claims benefits have a team poised to fight for the rights of others. Garfinkel Schwartz will represent clients so that they may receive the very best possible medical care to ensure a quality life, one family at a time.
Our Skilled and Dedicated Team
- Alan Garfinkel, Founder, Attorney
- Brian Wiklendt, Lead Counsel Attorney
- Bennett Garfinkel, Legal Assistant
- Doreen Cabral, Paralegal