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Mitchell J. Panter

Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Location: Miami, Florida

Phone: 305-662-6178

Fax: 305-662-9472

Email: E-mail Me

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About Mitchell J. Panter

Mitchell J. Panter is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and National Board of Trial Advocacy, primarily practicing in the areas of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Product Liability, Sexual Assault, Food Contamination and Premises Liability Cases. Mitchell Panter is also Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Advocacy since 1996. At the age of 31, Mitchell Panter argued the case of American Aerial Lift v. Jose Perez in the Florida Supreme Court addressing the issue of Strict Liability and Product Liability. This precedent setting case involved the award of a $1.7 million dollar verdict obtained by the Firm in the Trial Court for Mr. Perez as a result of injuries he sustained due to a defective scissor lift.

Legal Experience

July, 2001 - PresentPANTER, PANTER & SAMPEDRO, P.A. Miami, Florida
December, 1991- July 2001PANTER & PANTER, P.A. Miami, Florida
April, 1990 -December, 1991Partner, BUSCHBOM, PANTER & PANTER
January, 1989 -April 1990Trial Attorney, MARK A. COHEN, P.A. Miami, Florida Civil litigation - insurance defense of negligence, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability and wrongful death cases. Commercial litigation including collection and corporate matters
March, 1987 -January, 1989Associate, COHEN & SILVER, P.A. Miami, Florida Commercial litigation and insurance defense. Pre-trial, trial (jury and non-jury) and appellate proceedings. Personal injury defense, product liability, toxic torts, landlord/tenant and collection cases
September, 1985 - May, 1986Certified Legal Intern DADE COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Miami, Florida Felony Division Assistant. Participated in Pre-trial and Trial proceedings including filing informations, discovery, memoranda and trials.
September, 1984 - September, 1985Law Clerk, PODHURST, ORSECK, PARKS, JOSEFSBERG, EATON, MEADOW & OLIN, P.A. Miami, Florida Commercial and civil litigation including personal injury, aviation litigation and family law. Actively participated in all aspects of litigation including drafting complaints, answers, trial and appellate briefs.
May, 1984 - September, 1984Campaign Coordinator, Judge Steven Robinson Miami, Florida Attended and participated in all campaign functions including debates, speeches and open forums. Judicial clerk involved in preparation of orders and legal research.

Legal Education

1983-1986AUNIVERSITY O F MIAMI SCHOOLOF LAW Coral Gables, Florida Juris Doctor degree 1986
Honors and Activities:Academic scholarship recipient, 1983-1986 State Mock Trial Competition - Representing the University of Miami School of Law The Society of Wig & Robe Award of Distinction •Dean’s List, Spring, 1985 •Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity - Tribune •Res Ipsa Loquitor Newspaper Staff Who’s Who Among American Law Students

Undergraduate Educate

1979-1982UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Ann Arbor, Michigan B.A. (English Literature)
1981-1982WAGNER COLLEGE Bregenz, Austria - Junior Year Abroad Dean’s List
Honors and ActivitiesDean’s List, Wagner College Counselor - Washtenaw County Correctional Institute University of Michigan Student Government

Legal & Community Activities and Association

  • Florida Bar, October, 1986
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1993
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law – Florida Bar, June 1, 1995 to Current
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, March 1996 to Current
  • Certified by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy- A Division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification An American Bar Association Accredited Organization as being Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, April 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell AV-rated, April, 1996
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1997
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1991-Present
  • Television Producer and Host for “Law Talk” on WLRN – 1989
  • Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Host/Producer of “At Issue” Television Program, Summer, 1991
    • Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
    • Schools Committee, 1992-93
    • Chairman, Law Week Committee, 1991-1993
    • Chairman, Mock Trial Committee, 1991-1993
    • Board of Directors, 1988 – 1995
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • Vice-Chairman, Judicial Endorsements, Campaign Contributions and Judicial Evaluation Committee
    • Dade County Judicial Poll Committee
    • Dade County Professional Arbitration Committee
    • Media and Public Relations Committee
  • The Florida Law Related Education Association, Attorney of the Year, 1994
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • South Miami Kendall Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1997-Present

President 2003-2004

  • B’Nai Brith Bench & Bar, President 1999-2000
  • La Jolla Homeowners Association, Board of Directors, 1991-1993;

Vice President 1993-1994

  • Miami-Dade Community College, Instructor Paralegal Dept.; Torts-Fall 1991
  • Pinecrest Business Association, President 2005-2007
  • Eugene B. Spellman Inns of Court, 1997
  • Congregation Bet Breira, Board of Directors, 2003, Administrative Vice President 2004
  • Executive Vice President 2006
  • Beth Am Basketball League Assistant Coach 2000-2004, Championship Team 2004
  • 2010 Yom L’Chayal/Israeli Defense Forces Co-Chair
  • Cougar Band Patrons, Inc. (Killian Marching Band), Board President 2011-2012
  • High School Mock Trial Coach/We The People Coach/High School Moot Court Competition Coach (2007-Current)-  Killian High School
  • Justice Teaching Volunteer 2013-Current
  • Miami Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust
  • Ethical Governance Day in Miami Dade County, October 2013-2015 School Speaker
  • Dade County Bar Association- Professionalism Committee 2016

Business Experience

  • Bank in Formation/Professional Bank (I/O) Board of Directors from Inception March 2007
  • PROFESSIONAL BANK-BOARD OF DIRECTORS, March 2008-March 2011
    • Audit Committee
    • IT Committee
    • Compliance Committee
    • Compensation Committee

Speeches and Lectures

  • Florida Bar Speakers Bureau
  • University of Miami Alumni Orientation Speaker
  • Litigation Case Management for the Florida Paralegal, April, 1999 – Miami
  • Fort Lauderdale Claims Association – “Disclosure-From Both Sides of the Fence” -February 3, 2000
  • National Business Institute – “How to Successfully Make and Manage Objections at Trial in Florida”, September 13, 2000 – West Palm Beach
  • National Business Institute – “Medical Records for Florida Attorneys”, September 6, 2001 – Miami
  • Institute for Paralegal Education – “Analyzing Medical Records fo the Florida Paralegal”, – June 6, 2002-Miami
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter – “Cooperation Between Criminal Defendants and Civil Litigants”, Crested Butte, Colorado, April3, 2003
  • National Business Institute –   “How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Florida”, May 29, – 2003 – Miami, Florida
  • South Miami Kendall Bar Association, – “Ethics in Advertising” – March 19, 2004
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter – “Ethics in Advertising”, Crested Butte, Colorado, March 27, 2004
  • National Business Institute – “How to Win Your Next Soft Tissue Injury Trial in Florida,”  May 20, 2004 – Miami, Florida
  • National Business Institute – “Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation in Florida,” – November 12, 2004
  • National Business Institute – “Plaintiff’s Personal Injury From Start to Finish in Florida,” – April 22, 2005
  • FindLaw Webinar Speaker – “Beyond the Basics – Standing Out From the Crowd,” – May 25, 2010
  • NAMI Seminar Program – Post Care Hospitalization Planning in Mental Illness-Medical and
  • Mental Team Approach, (Physician’s Professional Duty to Provide Patients and Their Legal Representatives a Post Care Hospitalization Planning).  June 30, August 25, October 6, 2011.
  • NBI/National Business Institute- Florida Update: Personal Injury Law Seminar (Case Selection/Rejection/Referral-Slip and Fall Cases/An Update on the Law-Collateral Sources in Trial and for Use at Mediation.  January 17, 2012
  • Law Review CLE Advocacy in Practice – Basics of Auto Accident Law. June 5, 2012
  • NBI/National Business Institute-Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices:  Supporting        Your Case, Strategies for Working with Evidence at Trial and Attacking Opposing Evidence.  May 23, 2013
  • NBI/National Business Institute-Plaintiff’s Auto Injury: Advanced Litigation Strategies December 2, 2016