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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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Paul Gamm
Paul Gamm July 16, 2020
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Ken Padowitz is an excellent lawyer. He will advocate ethically, professionally, and within the bounds of the law and decency all of his clients and case, no matter the size or the severity.
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T. B. April 17, 2022
Not Trustworthy Kenny Padowitz took a huge retainer from me and failed to provide the legal services requested. Instead he made endless continuances without my consent or approval. He is negligent and guilty of legal malpractice. When I confronted him he withdrew from case.
Patrick Quere November 13, 2019
20 Years in Prison reduced to Traffic Citation Kenneth “Ken” Padowitz saved my life. I was facing 21 years in prison for crimes I did not commit including, Aggravated fleeing and eluding law enforcement with lights and sirens activated, Carrying a firearm without a permit, and DUI resulting in property damage with BAC >.150. He kept me out of jail the whole two years my case has been going on. One of the officers who falsely charged me also told the judge to hold me without bail, so I would have rotted in jail the entire time until my trial. That corrupt officer recently resigned the police department and had to surrender his police officer’s certificate before they could fire him and he will never work in law enforcement again. Ken got me the ridiculous plea of no contest to reckless driving with withhold adjudication, which means I wasn’t found guilty of anything, no fines, no points, no criminal record, etc. Again to put this in better perspective: Because of Kenneth Padowitz I went from 21 YEARS in Prison to a No Contest Reckless Driving Misdemeanor with Withhold Adjudication! If your freedom is on the line you must do whatever it takes to protect it. Hiring Ken Padowitz as your criminal defense lawyer will protect your freedom.
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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.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
White Collar Crime
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Appeals & Appellate
Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Area
  • Federal Crimes
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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11th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Kenneth Padowitz, P.A.
- Current
Kenneth D. Padowitz P.A.
Adjunct Professor
Nova Southeastern Law School
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
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
J.D. (1986)
Activities: President - Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; American Trial Lawyers Association.
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University of Florida
B.A. (1982) | Education, Social Studies Education
Activities: Student Government Senator; Director of Yearbook; Sociology Honor Society
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Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers
Best Law Firms
U.S. News and World Report
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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Bnai Brith Justice Unit
Vice President membership
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Broward County Bar Association
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Florida Bar, Grievance Committee
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Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Faculty Instructor
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Institute of Police Technology and Management
Faculty Instructor
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Pre-Law Advisory Committee
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Articles & Publications
Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense, DUI Attorney
Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior, CONFESSIONS: POLICE INTERROGATION
Psychology of Law and Criminal Behavior, DUI & DWI | FATAL CAR ACCIDENT
Criminal Defense Law, Federal Crimes
Sun Sentinel, State Lays out Case in Kraft Corruption Trial
Forensic Animation - The 21st Century Eyewitness
National Trial Lawyers Magazine
Speaking Engagements
D.U.I. Manslaughter Prosecution, Institute of Police Technology and Management
Criminal Justice System, NSU Criminal Law Class, Lecture
Criminal Justice System, B.C.C. Criminal Justice Institute
D.U.I./Vehicular Manslaughter Seminar, FPAA D.U.I./Vehicular Manslaughter Seminar
Evidence Seminar, FPAA Evidence Seminar
American Criminal Justice System, Anglia Polytechnic University Legal Seminar
Prosecution of D.U.I., D.U.I. Trial Advocacy School
The Prosecution Of Lionel Tate, NSU Law School
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
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 (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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