PRACTICE AREAS

  • Partner Richard Slawson

    Richard Slawson has earned a reputation as one of Florida's premier Insurance Bad Faith civil trial attorneys. He has been assisting victims of insurance abuse and personal injury for more than 35 years. Richard has obtained . . .
  • Partner Fred Cunningham

    Fred Cunningham Fred Cunningham is committed to his practice in the areas of personal injury and insurance company bad faith litigation. He has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts . . .
  • Partner Jeanmarie Whalen

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  • Partner David Gaspari

    David Gaspari is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has successfully litigated, tried and taken to verdict virtually every type of personal injury case including wrongful death, defective products, automobile negligence . . .

Richard Slawson

Email : rslawson@slawsonlaw.com

Richard Slawson
Richard Slawson has earned a reputation as one of Florida's premier Insurance Bad Faith civil trial attorneys. He has been assisting victims of insurance abuse and personal injury for more than 35 years. Richard has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.

The Florida Justice Association (FJA) has recognized Richard with all of its highest honors: The Perry Nichols Award (2009); The Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award (2008); The B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism (1998); and, The Presidential Appreciation Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Pursuit of Justice (1996). In 1990, he was presented with the Eagle Hall of Fame Award for a lifetime of l
 
leadership and financial giving to protect the rights of Florida families. Other FJA awards include the Silver Eagle Award and the Eagle Hall of Fame Leadership Award. The Palm Beach County Crime Prevention Officers Association has pre-sented him with its Appreciation Award for Dedicated Services.

Richard has been profiled in The Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation for more than 10 years. He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available from the nation's oldest guide to the legal profession, for his legal ability and ethical standards. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Richard has earned Florida Bar Certification, the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar for competency and experience as a civil trial lawyer.

Richard has served as President of the Florida Justice Association, a statewide organization of attorneys who fight to protect peoples' rights and access to our civil justice system. He is one of only 500 current lawyers in America who are members of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the International Society of Barristers and was appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve on the Judicial Nominations Commission of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (1987 to 1991).

A recognized expert on insurance law. Richard has lectured for more than 25 years on personal injury trial practice and insurance company bad faith litigation at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys. During this same time period, Richard has spent thousands of hours in Tallahassee during the legislative sessions helping to protect and strengthen our civil justice system and the rights and safety of Florida families.

Richard served in the U.S. Army Reserves and earned the rank of Captain. After earning his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Notre Dame Law School. Richard was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1971.

Richard is deeply committed and dedicated to the safety and well-being of children in our com-munity. He supports numerous community organizations and encourages everyone to volunteer and help make Florida a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions:
  • Minnesota Bar, 1970
  • Florida Bar, 1971
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Education:
  • University of Notre Dame (Magna Cum Laude), B.A., 1967
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D. degree, 1970
  • Captain, U.S. Army Reserves

Certifications / Specialties:
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • Board Certified Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy


Awards & Honors:
  • Florida Justice Association - Perry Nichols Award (2009)
  • Florida Justice Association - Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award (2006)
  • Florida Justice Association - B.J. Masterson Professionalism Award (1998)
  • Florida Justice Association - Presidential Appreciation Award (1996)
  • Florida Justice Association - Silver Patriot Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to FLAG Election (1992)
  • Florida Justice Association - Leadership, Distinguished Lecturer Award (1991)
  • Florida Justice Association - Eagle Hall of Fam Award (1990)
  • Florida Justice Association - Silver Eagle Award (1989)
  • Florida Justice Association - President's Appreciation Award for Devoted Services and Outstanding Achievements in the Pursuit of Justice (1989)
  • Florida Justice Association - Distinguished Lecturer in Jurisprudence (1988)
  • The Palm Beach County Crime Prevention Officers Association - Appreciation Award for Dedicated Services (1987-1991)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation
  • Florida Super Lawyers - Top 5% of Attorneys in Florida
  • Martindale Hubbell - AV Rating
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum


Professional Associations and Leadership Activities:
  • Sustaining Member: American Association for Justice
  • Member: Florida Bar Association
  • Member: Florida Justice Association
  • Member: International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member: International Society of Barristers
  • Member: Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member: Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • Member: Public Justice - America's Public Interest Law Firm
  • Former Member & Vice Chair (1987-1991): Judicial Nominating Commission of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
  • Former - President (1995-1996), Executive Committee (1990-1997), Insurance Force Committee (1991-1992):
    Florida Justice Association
  • Former Judicial Campaign Practices Commission Member: Palm Beach County Bar Association (1996-2006)

Publications:
  • Contributing Author, Insurance Bad Faith, "Trial Advocacy: Official Handbook of the Florida Justice Association," 1991
Lectures / Presentations:
  • Lecturer: "Insurance Bad Faith, Common Law and Statutory Bad Faith, Denial of Coverage, Failure to Defend, Uninsured Motorist Law Updates and Legislative Updates," 1986-2006.
  • Lecturer: "Insurance Bad Faith: The Law, The Pitfalls and the Winning Techniques," Florida Justice Association - Fall Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, 2004
  • Lecturer: "Law 102: First Party, Third Party Practice," Florida Justice Association - Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, 2005
  • Lecturer: "Combating Defenses in Third Party Bad Faith Cases," Florida Justice Associa-tion - Workhorse Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer: "Recognizing and Preserving the Insurance Bad Faith Case Law Update," Florida Justice Association - Workhorse Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer: "The Bad Faith Trial: Coblentz & Cunningham Agreements," Florida Justice Association, February 2008
  • Lecturer: "Insurance Bad Faith" presentation, Omaha, October 2008
  • Lecturer: "Recognizing and Preserving the Insurance Bad Faith Claim," Palm Beach Gardens, FL, December 2008
  • Lecturer: "Recognizing and Preserving the Insurance Bad Faith Claim," Las Vegas, NV, August 2009
  • Lecturer: "Gauging the Complexities: Multiple Claim Insurance Cases - A National Perspective," Las Vegas, NV, August 2009
  • Lecturer: "Strategies to Beat Insurance Company Conduct of Deny, Delay and Don't Pay," Fort Lauderdale, FL, September 2009
  • Lecturer: "Strategies, Techniques and Pitfalls in Dealing with Liability Insurer's Bad Faith Claims Handling," Palm Beach, FL, November 2009
  • Lecturer: "Recognizing and Preserving the Insurance Bad Faith Claim," Las Vegas, NV, August 2010
  • Lecturer: "Deposition & Cross Examination of Insurance Adjusters," Las Vegas, NV, August 2010

Community Associations and Leadership Activities:
  • Center for Children in Crisis
  • Operation Hope
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Program (McGruff)
  • Palm Beach Gardens Fire Department
  • Place of Hope
  • STOP Children's Cancer
  • Trauma Foundation of Palm Beach County
  • The Benjamin School Diversity Program
  • Florida's Children First, Inc. (Member of board of directors)