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For the founding member of Alan Goldfarb, PA, life and law have spanned from court side to courtroom. Taking the competitive edge he honed as an All American Basketball Player and Division I Player at Clemson University and applying it to his everyday practice fighting for victims of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, Alan Goldfarb has spend 38 years outworking his opponents to secure maximum results. From electricution deaths to products liability claims, his caseload spans the spectrum of the law and Mr. Goldfarb finds each new area of practice energizing to both his work and his life.

One challenging case involved an elderly woman who was riding her bike on the sidewalk near the entrance way of a Miami Beach hotel. A vehicle pulling out of the driveway hit the woman, dragging her underneath the car and rendering her a quadriplegic. The driver had limited liability coverage, so Goldfarb conducted a series of investigations of the hotel’s ingress/egress, the front wall and the driver’s site line.

Using aerial photographs from more than 40 years prior to the incident, Goldfarb demonstrated that the hotel’s ingress/egress obstructed the proper line of site for the driver, creating a “blind spot.” Thus, Goldfarb brought a premises liability action against the hotel. Goldfarb achieved a confidential result againts the hotel.

“Everyone who met the woman was impressed with her optimism and her tremendous willpower,” he say. “Due to her positive outlook and persistent determination, she was able to excess the doctor’s medical expectations during her recovery.”

Another memorable case happened very early in Goldfarb’s career. A 38-year-old off-duty firefighter and his wife were driving on the expressway when they noticed a woman trapped inside a burning car, tangled in power lines. Upon impact, the power lines deactivated. The firefighter dashed across the expressway to rescue the woman and touched the metal door in an attempt to pull the woman from the car.

At that precise moment, the power company blindly reenergized the power from an off-site location, shocking the firefighter to death. The female driver survived. The liability focused on the power company’s failure to follow certain safety protocol before reenergizing power to an inactive line.

“This case demanded intricate studies and knowledge of the electrical industry and power lines,” Goldfarb says. “I find the mastery of each case and its unique set facts invigorating as you proceed through litigation.”

Goldfarb achieved a $3.8 million verdict in this case for the widow and minor son.

“The case was settled to avoid an appeal and to bring closure to the family, but it was one of my first verdicts, and at that moment, I knew that I wanted to be a trial attorney for the rest of my life,” Goldfarb says.

Still, Mr. Goldfarb most persistent motivation is the desire to do what’s right for each client. “I am committed to fighting for what is right on behalf of my clients,” Goldfarb says. “I am motivated by a relentless desire to care for each client, and I still remain friends with many of them to this day.”

One case that demanded perseverance through many years of litigation involved a 3-month-old baby presented to a west coast Florida children’s hospital with symptoms of dehydration. The hospital and its employees failed to timely and properly treat the baby. 5 hours after being discharged from the hospital, the baby returned in critical condition. Although the child is able to function in society and attend school, he suffered brain damage and will be dependent on other for his lifetime.

The litigation went all the way to the jury, and the jury returned a verdict of  $11.1 Million that was reduced to $8.5 Million.

Aside from being named for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” he has been selected to the South Florida Legal Guide as a best attorney in South Florida since 2001, has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers since its inception, and is AV- rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has also been among the top 1.9% of Florida attorneys to be nominated by peers for inclusion in Florida Legal Elite for every year of its publication. Mr. goldfarb was also chosen as an original member of the Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Goldfarb is a charter member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the Dade County and American Bar Associations, the Florida Justice Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

–Ashley Cisneros
Ashley Cisneros is a co-founder of Chatter Buzz Media, an Orlando Internet marketing firm that helps companies and organizations engage with their target markets through inbound marketing via the Internet. Chatter Buzz Media, which won the Social Madness competition for the Orlando small business market, is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in website design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and content creation. Prior to founding Chatter Buzz, Ashley worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, technical writer, marketing manager, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist. To see Ashley’s content writing, visit You can also reach Ashley on her Google profile.

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Ashley Cisneros Mejia is a journalist, entrepreneur and marketer. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor at Florida Trend business magazine. Ashley has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2009, as a technical writer, marketing manager, and public relations practitioner. She also founded two digital marketing agencies in Orlando. Named one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando for achievements in media and communications, Ashley earned a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.

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