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Alan B. Garfinkel

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Orlando/Maitland Office (407) 539-3900

Practice Areas


Community Association Law

Construction Defect Law

Insurance Law

Natural Disaster Law

Bar Admissions


U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
United States District Court Middle District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court of America.


Harvard University (Summer, 1984)
Florida State University
Florida State University, Mercer Law School (J.D. 1989)

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Alan Garfinkel is the Founder of the nationally recognized law firm, Katzman Garfinkel and has practiced law for 24 years. A 10 year recipient of Martindale Hubbell’s prestigious "AV" rating, an objective indicator awarding lawyers that maintain the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence. Alan Garfinkel was inducted into Million Dollar Advocates Forum, featuring fewer than 1 percent of U.S. trial lawyers who have won Million and Multi-Million Dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Named repeatedly to Thomson-Reuters’ peer-reviewed “Super Lawyers” list, Alan continues to receive a “Superb” rating from AVVO. Alan was the recipient of the 2011 Orlando Top Lawyer Designation and was named to the 2012 Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine. Katzman Garfinkel and Alan Garfinkel are included in the 2013 Bar Register of "Preeminent" Lawyers. Katzman Garfinkel created CAN, the Community Advocacy Network, the highly respected advocacy organization for those who live, serve and work in common interest ownership communities. Alan Garfinkel was recently elected to the Board of Directors, of the National Community Association Institute (CAI) Central Florida Chapter.

Alan Garfinkel has devoted his 24-year legal career to natural disaster law and civil litigation. Numerous media outlets such as CNN, NBC, FOX News, ABC, Newsweek, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, St. Pete Times, Houston Chronicle, El Sentinel, and Telemundo sought out Alan's expertise in Property Insurance Damage Claims. Alan lectures extensively and authored numerous legal articles on insurance and natural disaster law. Alan continues to serve as a trusted source for reporters in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and has the coveted role as the Lexis/Nexis Moderator on Property Damage Insurance Claims.

Professional Experience

Mr. Garfinkel was raised in South Florida and understands the constant threat of hurricanes and tropical storms and the property damage that such can wreak. Mr. Garfinkel is one of the nation's leading authorities on Natural Disaster law and is listed on the National Bar Register of Preeminent lawyers. Mr. Garfinkel has devoted his legal career to natural disaster relief and civil litigation.

Mr. Garfinkel has authored numerous legal articles and speaks regularly on natural disaster law and civil litigation topics. Since 2004, Mr. Garfinkel is the designated Lexis/Nexis Property Damage Moderator and hosts monthly webinars relating to storm damage on behalf of LexisNexis. Mr. Garfinkel was recently selected to present Superstorm Sandy recovery seminars in New York and New Jersey at conferences representing more than 8,000 Condominiums, Cooperatives and homeowners in New York and New Jersey.


Mr. Garfinkel was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of CAI, Community Association Institute, Central Florida Chapter. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of a scholarship fund to provide funding for students of disabled parents to pursue their secondary education. Mr. Garfinkel is a member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar and is also a member of the Community Association Institute. Mr. Garfinkel frequently gives seminars and lectures around the country teaching professionals how to receive maximum recovery on property damage insurance and construction defect claims.


Mr. Garfinkel was admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum featuring the Top Trial Lawyers in America. Membership in this prestigious organization is comprised of less than 1% of U.S. lawyers and is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million verdicts and settlements. Mr. Garfinkel was named a “Super Lawyer” in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 upon an independent survey of lawyers.


Mr. Garfinkel serves as a Moderator for LexisNexis, an internationally renowned provider of research and business information. Mr. Garfinkel has hosted in excess of 50 national lectures/chats in areas of natural disaster law and insurance. Additional publications and appearances include: “Natural Disaster Insurance Claims” Lexis/Nexis Property Insurance Research Article; “Bad Boys…Bad Boys…,” News & 440 Report Cover Story 22.3 (2000); “If You Snooze, You Lose,” The Community Association Law Advisor (2008,); “Top Seven Ways Insurance Companies Try to Avert Paying All or Part of Consumer Claims,”WEb, January 18, 2006; Published Articles that Quote or Reference Mr. Garfinkel include: “After Wilma: Litigation A storm of suits,” Daily Business Review, November 10, 2005; “A Historic Filing That Guinness is Taking a Look at,” Hispanic Wire, October 18, 2006; “Deadline nears for claims on Poe firms,” Palm Beach Post, March 2, 2008; “Florida CFO Alex Sink Headlines Event Hosted by Community Advocacy Network,” Sun –Sentinel, January 21, 2008; “Hurricane blues,” Orlando Sentinel, October 21, 2006; “How Will Insurance Companies Respond to Victims of Recent Tornadoes? ” eNewsChannels, February 6, 2007;“Insurance wows grow,” The South Florida Business Journal, September 2, 2005; “June 1 Deadline Nears for Hurricane Claims, Does Anyone Know?” Hispanic Wire,May 29, 2007; "Katrina’s Aftermath,” Houston Chronicle (TX), September 17, 2005; “Lawsuit: Insurer Didn't Tell of Claim Deadline,” The Ledger, May 1, 2008; “Lawyers chase storms, clients,” St. Petersburg Times, September 3, 2006; “Local lawyer drafting flood of ’04 hurricane suits,” Orlando Business Journal, September 2, 2005; “Looming FIGA Deadline Could Mean End of the Road for Thousands of Hurricane Insurance Claims by Florida Community,” Market Wire, April 30, 2008; “Natural Disaster Legal Expert brings hope to Hurricane Katrina Victims,” Hispanic Wire, August 24, 2006; “Suit seeks to push back Poe deadline,” Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 30, 2008; “Sorting out your home insurance claim,”, September 14, 2005; Spanish: “Ayuda con los seguros,” El Sentinel, October 21, 2006; “En West Palm Beach, marcha por derechos de los inmigrantes,” Al Dia Today, May 10, 2006; “Experto en huracanes y lider nacional predice otra temporada desastrosa de huracanes,” El Colusa, May 2006; “¡Ganancias por $44,800 billones para las compañías de seguros! Entonces… ¿dónde está el dinero destinado a las víctimas del huracán Katrina del Sur de la Florida?” Hispanic Wire, August 21, 2006; “¡No te pierdas lo último sobre el torneo clausura 2008!” Al Dia Today, March 2008;“Para ‘protegernos’ despues del huracan,” El Colusa, March 2006; “Para lidiar con las compañías aseguradoras busque a un experto: Garfinkel Trial Group,” El Colusa, May 2006; “Presentan 700 demandas de víctimas de huracanes,” Diario Las Améicas, October 20, 2006; “Presentarán unas 700 demandas por reclamaciones daños huracanes,” Terra/EFE, October 19, 2006; “Robin ‘Huracan’ Hood Ilega al Sur de la Florida al rescate de las victimas de Katrina y Wilma,” Hispanic PR Wire, June 2, 2006; “Siete maneras en que las compañías de seguros tratan de evitar pagar reclamaciones,” La Razon USA, 2008; “Una estampida de irritadas víctimas de los huracanes pide justicia sin demora,” Hispanic PR Wire, June 6, 2006; Radio and Television Appearances include; The Doc and Johnny Morning Show, WXXL Orlando; “The Law Business Insider,” America’s Finest Trial Lawyers Series, ABC Radio, September 16, 2007 & September 2, 2007, The FORTUNE® Radio Channel. South Florida's El Metro Radio, Telemundo Interviews, NBC, FOX, ABC, CNN Money and "Boomer Times."

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