WHO WE ARE
Panter, Panter & Sampedro remains true to its founding principles. We devote our professional practice to representing people injured due to the negligence of others. Located in the Panter Building since 1990, we offer our clients all of the advantages of an established firm that has achieved an exceptional reputation in the legal community. We are proud of our record and our tradition of honest, aggressive, and effective advocacy.
Panter, Panter & Sampedro has created lasting referral partnerships with interested attorneys. Our network creates opportunities for cross referrals and the ability to network with attorneys in an area of law in which you do not practice. Cross referrals create an increased source of revenue for your practice and provide your clients with excellent service in an area of law of which you may not be familiar. The Panter, Panter & Sampedro referral network currently has over 120 members, mostly in Dade County and is now expanding into Broward County. Panter, Panter & Sampedro is looking to create lasting referral partnerships with interested attorneys.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Panter, Panter & Sampedro is a South Florida personal injury law firm representing clients across the state of Florida throughout all phases of litigation including the litigation, trial, negotiation, and settlement process of wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. Our firm can help your clients recover fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages and secure their long-term care. Review the specific "Areas of Practice" below to learn more about our services and successful results related to complex personal injury litigation:
- Wrongful Death and
- Catastrophic Injury Litigation
- Complex Automobile Litigation
- Product Liability
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Premise Liability and Security Litigation
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Defective Tires, Rollovers, and Seatbelt Litigation
- Mass Tort Litigation
- Airplane Litigation
- Cruise Ship / Admiralty and Maritime Injury Claims
THE FIRM’S ATTORNEYS
Brett A. Panter is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and primarily practices in the area of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, product liability and premises liability. At age 30, Brett Panter was lead counsel in a wrongful death case against Alamo Rent a Car wherein a jury returned a verdict of $7.7 million dollars. The verdict was later upheld by the Third District Court of Appeal. Mr. Panter has obtained many other verdicts and settlements for his clients in excess of a million dollars. Brett Panter was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984 and is also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1981 and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Miami three years later. Brett Panter is a frequent speaker and participated in The Million Dollar Advocates Lecture Series. He is a commercial multi-engine rated pilot with over 25 years of experience.
Mitchell J. Panter has been Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996. He is admitted to practice law before all Florida state courts as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. His primary areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, sexual assault, food contamination and premises liability cases. At the age of 31, Mitchell Panter argued the case of American Aerial Lift v. Perez in the Florida Supreme Court which addressed the issue of strict liability in a products liability claim. This precedent setting case affirmed a verdict of $1.7 million dollars obtained by the firm on behalf of a worker injured due to a defective scissor lift. Mitchell Panter is a leader in the community serving as Past President of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association, B’Nai B’rith Bench and Bar, and the Pinecrest Business Association. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics such as personal injury and medical malpractice.
David Sampedro is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose practice primarily focuses on catastrophic injuries, automobile negligence, premises liability, pharmaceutical negligence, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, and products liability. David Sampedro has been repeatedly recognized by his peers as one of the Best of the Bar as published by THE SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL; he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum; a Past President of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Dade County Bar Association; and a perennial speaker and writer on an array of legal topics in his area of expertise. He has repeatedly been named to FLORIDA TREND’S Florida Legal Elite, a select group compromising the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing in Florida. Mr. Sampedro has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients and recently was lead counsel in a case which resulted in a $7.75 million recovery for a client whose husband was instantly killed after being crushed by a tractor-trailer while working.
Christian Carrazana is a trial and appellate attorney whose practice primarily focuses on first party insurance litigation. He specializes in representing health care providers and insureds who have had claims denied by various insurance carriers. Mr. Carrazana received his Bachelor of Arts from Chapman University in 1995 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 1999. Mr. Carrazana also served in the United States Air Force from 1991 through 1995. He is often called upon by his peers to evaluate and provide his opinions on many legal issues. Mr. Carrazana has filed appellate briefs in various District Court of Appeals and in the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Carrazana has lectured for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
Zachary S. McWilliams graduated from Indiana University in 1999 and from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. He specializes in first party insurance disputes, personal injury protection (PIP), and civil litigation claims. Mr. McWilliams is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida.
Joshua L. Wintle is a trial attorney whose interests and skills span all areas of the firm’s practice. While Mr. Wintle focuses on complex litigation issues, such as worker’s compensation immunity and construction accident liability, he practices in all areas of catastrophic injury liability. Mr. Wintle has participated in trials resulting in multimillion dollar verdicts for clients who have been severely harmed by medical neglect, catastrophic construction neglect, and other areas of negligence. Mr. Wintle serves as a Director for the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and an Officer of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association.
Panter, Panter & Sampedro's careful and thorough preparation of all cases has enabled us to achieve an outstanding record of success. We are proud of the verdicts and settlements that we have achieved for our deserving clients. The following is a sample of some of the results we have helped obtain on behalf of our clients.
A settlement valued at more than $20 million for a 6-year-old girl who suffered a hypoxic brain injury following her admission to a South Florida hospital.
A verdict of $8.5 million on behalf of the mother of twin boys who died following abdominal surgery after receiving more than $3.8 million in settlement from others involved in her medical care and treatment.
$7.75 million settlement for a widow and her unborn son after her husband was crushed in a
tractor trailer accident.
Alamo Rent A Car ordered to pay $7.7 million to the families of three British sailors who were killed when the driver, one of the three sailors, fell asleep at the wheel.
$6.8 million settlement value for a young boy when his mother came to Panter, Panter & Sampedro after going through a traumatic child birth experience.
$3.7 million settlement for a 48-year-old man who was hit by a forklift while working in the refrigerated area of an airline facility at Miami International Airport.
A verdict against a local city in the amount of $3.7 million following a traffic accident involving a police officer driving at a high rate of speed.
A sub-contractor ordered to pay $3.6 million following a verdict where a crane operator made contact with a live electrical power line which resulted in a laborer’s right arm being amputated. This followed settlements totaling $2.4 million from other parties partially responsible.
A jury awarded the father of two young children $3.2 million when the driver of a rental car lost control of the vehicle, striking the father's car and causing catastrophic injuries.
The father of two young children was awarded a jury verdict in the amount of $3.1 million against Alamo Rent A Car when the driver of a rental car lost control of the vehicle, striking the father's car and causing serious brain damage.
A 17-year-old boy from Bermuda suffered a broken neck and partial paralysis after diving into the shallow end of a Miami Beach hotel pool. He received a $2.6 million settlement.
A settlement for more than $2.3 million to the family of a man who was mistakenly given the wrong medication at a local hospital. A 78-year-old woman was hit by a car while viewing Christmas lights and received a settlement of $2.3 million within four months of the accident.
Over $2.1 million recovered on behalf of victims who suffered severe side effects after being prescribed Baycol, a statin intended to lower cholesterol and manufactured by Bayer.
The owner of a building agreed to pay over $2 million following mediation to a severely burned woman injured during an explosion while working with flammable gas in a poorly ventilated building.
A construction worker received a partial settlement exceeding $2 million from the general contractor at a work site when a scaffold he created collapsed and severely injured him.
A 27-year-old man was awarded a jury verdict for $1,785,843 for knee injuries he sustained in a 15-foot fall from a scissor lift.
A 1.4 million settlement to the mother of a 23-year-old woman whose health care providers failed to properly monitor her when she was admitted to a local hospital.
$1.2 million settlement obtained for three children of a solid waste worker run-over and killed by a front-end-loader at a recycling plant.
$1 million settlement for tree trimmer who sustained spinal injuries and was rendered paraplegic when a boom lift unexpectedly collapsed.
A settlement of $1 million to a 31-year-old man with a small bowel obstruction which lead to abdominal compartment syndrome.
The family of an 89-year-old woman received almost $1 million following her death when she developed renal failure and rhabdomyolysis after she ingested defectively manufactured medication.
WHAT CURRENT PANTER, PANTER & SAMPEDRO REFERRAL NETWORK MEMBERS ARE SAYING
“The Panter, Panter & Sampedro Referral Network has been a blessing to my practice. It has opened up additional referral sources and avenues for me to get the latest status of the law in areas which I do not practice. The Panter, Panter & Sampedro firm is to be commended for their foresight in putting together this network of extraordinary attorneys.” Barry A. Stein, Esq.
“My membership in the Panter, Panter & Sampedro network is invaluable. For an attorney who handles only criminal defense cases it's like having associates who can professionally handle all of my client's needs and those of potential clients requesting representation outside my field." Robert G. Amsel, Esq.
“I had a friend with a complicated case with many difficult issues. Panter, Panter & Sampedro handled the case with great dedication and professionalism.” Jennifer R. Diaz, Esq.
“I am a new member to the Panter Network and it has been a valuable resource. I have met some great friends, great lawyers, and most importantly, great people! The Network has enhanced both my personal and business development!” Michael L. Elkins, Esq.
"I was privileged to be invited to join the Panter Network when it was first organized, I accepted and remain pleased I did! I have made great friends and have been honored to do business with several members of the Network. We all make the 'net WORK' together. Thanks Brett, Mitch, and David!" Gilbert K. Squires, P.E., Esq.
“I have worked as appellate counsel since 1972. I have known Brett Panter for over 20 years. Our firm has handled appeals and trial support for Panter, Panter & Sampedro and their clients. My experience has been that Brett is a lawyer with endless energy, dedication to his clients, and the ability to win complex cases.” Mark Hicks, Esq.
“I have entrusted my family and close friends to Panter, Panter and Sampedro for legal representation. My confidence and trust in them has only grown stronger through these personal experiences. I would recommend them to anyone, who has suffered an injury." Gus Barreiro, Former State Representative, District 107
“If I have a client or friend whose in need of outstanding legal representation in the field of personal injury, I know they will be in excellent hands once I have referred them to Panter, Panter & Sampedro.” Richard Sharpstein, Esq.
“All of my Hispanic clients are served with the highest degree of dedication and zeal. Panter, Panter & Sampedro is also sure to keep me informed and allow me to continue to participate in the representation of my clients.” Avelino Gonzalez, Esq