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Keep Laws Fair: Panel Presentation

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Serious injuries, physical and financial, that cause true harm result in non-frivolous litigation which some corporate powers limit with their influence on legislation. "Stop frivolous lawsuits" is the highly repeated motto of highly paid lobbyists for megacorporations. These lobbyists write legislation to save their sponsors' money for the harm they have caused. These lobbyists attempt to label all litigation as "frivolous." This is the state of affairs today in Florida and all across America. Recent and pending legislation will be addressed.

Definitions: "'Tort' law deals with situations where a person's or a corporation's behaviour has unfairly caused someone else to suffer loss or harm. In the United States tort reform is a contentious political issue. US tort reform advocates (especially corporate lobbyists) propose, among other things, procedural limits on the ability to file claims, and capping the awards of damages. Supporters of the existing tort system, including consumer advocates, argue that reformers have mis-stated the existence of any real factual issue and criticize tort reform as disguised corporate welfare." - U.S. Govt. Accounting Office

Meet our expert panel: Sammy Cacciatore - David Gunter - John Alpizar - Stephen Charpentier

Attorney Sammy Cacciatore: Site 

In addition to obtaining numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for people injured in auto accidents or victims of medical or professional malpractice, Sammy Cacciatore helped rewrite legal history in 1973.
His pioneering efforts in the case Jones v. Hoffman established comparative negligence as the standard in Florida, which ultimately led the change to this standard throughout America. He stood off more than 400 corporations in America and changed the way in which injured people are compensated.
In the early 1970s, if defendants could prove that an accident victim was even 1% at fault for the accident, the victim would receive nothing. This legal argument, which unfairly protected big corporations, was called contributory negligence. Sammy argued that contributory negligence was unfair and benefited the wrongdoers who caused accidents. Jones v. Hoffman established comparative negligence as the fair way to rule in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Today, courts and juries determine the degree of fault of all involved and then award damages accordingly.

Attorney David Gunter: Site
Mr. Gunter has more than 30 years of diverse experience in administrative and governmental law, business litigation, environmental law, and trust and estate litigation.
He joined Dean Mead in 2001, after 11 years of practicing law in South Florida, and 10 years in Indiana. Geographically, David practices throughout the State of Florida in both state and federal courts. He represents individuals, business owners and businesses of all sizes and types.
Mr. Gunter’s representative past engagements include: Prosecution and defense of will and trust contests on behalf of beneficiaries, trustees, personal representatives, and family members. Breach of contract claims of all types and sizes. Construction defect and delay claims on behalf of owners, general contractors, subcontractors and materialmen. Disputes among shareholders, partners and managers in closely held businesses who are no longer able to work together. Insurance coverage disputes on behalf of insureds and insurers under all types on policies. Defense of labor and employment claims, including claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Disputes arising from unlawful or tortious use of the internet, including defamation, disparagement, trade name infringement, tortious interference, improper domain names and improper use of metatags. Election law.

Attorney John Alpizar: Site
Growing up he wanted to be an FBI Agent. To be eligible for the FBI, John pursued a law degree in college. While clerking in Ohio he experienced what a career as a personal injury attorney was like and he was hooked. He liked helping people, righting wrongs and leveling the playing field.
John has been helping Palm Bay victims seek justice for more than 25 years. He has obtained numerous million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He has litigated and tried to verdict virtually every type of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death case including cases involving Automobile Accidents, Insurance Company Bad Faith and Premises Liability.
John is a member and past President of the Brevard County Bar Association, an Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association and a member of the American Association for Justice, The Florida Bar, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In April 2008, he was appointed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to a three-year term on the Fifth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission.
He has been a major sponsor of Drive Alive which is an entertaining and informative public service program focused on promoting safe driving among Brevard County teens.


Attorney Stephen Charpentier: Site
Stephen G. Charpentier is a trial lawyer dedicated to helping victims recover from injury and mistreatment, particularly in cases involving wrong-doers and insurance companies.  A seasoned personal injury attorney, he provides clients in Melbourne and other Central Florida areas with exceptional legal services.
After coming to Brevard County in 1965, Mr. Charpentier attended the University of Central Florida, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree.  Next, in 1981, he attained his Juris Doctor degree and graduated with honors from the Florida State University’s College of Law.  He passed his bar exam immediately after graduation and became a member of the Florida Bar the same year.  Mr. Charpentier worked for an established Brevard County civil litigation law firm for two years before moving to one of Brevard’s larger firms.  There, he became a partner and primarily worked with plaintiff’s personal injury cases.  He resigned from this firm in order to establish Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., in 1989, with Hubert Childress, Jr.  Their personal injury attorney team provides victims in Melbourne and throughout Central Florida with outstanding legal representation. Stephen is also involved with the community in various philanthropic and civic organizations

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