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General Info

Email: kspengler@wickersmith.com
Direct: (407) 317-2186
Offices: Orlando

Biography

Kurt M. Spengler, a partner in the Orlando office, is a board certified trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He is also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Law. Kurt has over 30 years experience and has tried approximately 70 civil jury trials, including at least 10 wrongful death cases. Kurt has represented motor carriers for most of his career, but over the past 10 years, his work in this area has increased to approximately 50% of his practice. Kurt is currently the Chair of Wicker Smith’s Transportation Practice group, which oversees the transportation practice in a 200+ attorney, 12 office law firm.

Kurt has also been designated as a major case unit attorney assigned to handle catastrophic and brain injury claims for Zurich North America. Other represented national clients include: Landstar Systems, Inc., Armellini Express Lines, Cottingham & Butler, National Interstate Insurance, and Vanliner Insurance. An ardent litigator, Kurt has earned a number of distinctions including an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He was named “2006 Best of the Bar” by the Orlando Business Journal and “Florida’s Legal Elite” 2007-2017 by Florida Trend magazine. He was also listed in Florida Super Lawyers from 2008 to 2017 and Best Lawyers in America in 2016 and 2017. Kurt regularly attends many transportation law conferences sponsored by TIDA, TLA, ATA, DRI and USLAW.

In 1984, Kurt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and continued his studies to earn a Juris Doctor in 1987. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Transportation Law Association, Defense Research Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Education

  • University of Florida
    (J.D., 1987; B.S., 1984)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • National Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2016

Admitted

  • 1987, Florida
  • 1988, U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Transportation Law Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2007

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2016-2017)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2008 – 2016)
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, (2007-2011, 2017)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best of the Bar 2006 – Orlando Business Journal
  • Orlando Magazine, “Best Attorneys” (2016, 2017, 2018)

Speeches & Publications

  • You’ve Been Served: Responding before and at Trial, American Trucking Association Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition, Reno, Nevada
  • Motor Carrier Practices Come to Court: What Works to Limit Liability, What Doesn’t Work , and What is Cost-Effective When Litigating an Accident Claim, American Trucking Association Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, Couer D’Alene, Idaho (July 2013)
  • Fire Loss Claims, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 10, 2011)
  • Identifying Fraudulent Claims, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 11, 2010)
  • Claims of Traumatic Brain Injury, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (May 8, 2009)
  • Defending Percutaneous Discectomy Cases, Bio-Mechanical Experts & The New PIP Law, Wicker Smith Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (June 6, 2008)
  • Prosecuting and Defending Catastrophic Injury Cases, The National Business Institute (February 26, 2008)
  • Hot Topics in Medical Malpractice, Florida Defense Lawyers Association Annual Seminar (2005)
  • Co-Authored: On the Defense—Preparing to Defend Yourself in Court, Chiropractic Business Journal (September 199

Published appellate opinion:

  • Acree v. Hartford South, 724 So.2d 183 (Fla.5th DCA 1999);
  • Hankey v. Yarian, 755 So.2d 93 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000);
  • Brooks v. South Seminole Community Hospital, 710 So.2d 1048 (Fla. 5th DCA 1998);
  • Raymond v. Hollymatic, 774 So.2d 708 (Table), (Fla.App. 5th DCA 2000);
  • Diamond v. Central Florida Neurological Associates, 913 So.2d 611 (Table), (Fla.App. 5th DCA 2005).