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We believe that excellence is achieved through unwavering commitment to our clients. The key to our stellar legal results is the application of our collective values and innovative thinking to every matter we handle. Fowler White has enjoyed considerable success and has received consistent recognition from leading legal directories, trade publications, and client- and peer-reviewed industry awards and rankings. 

Our Firm


  • Fowler White Burnett
    is pleased to announce the firm’s recognition in the 2017 edition of Chambers USAChambers USA ranks the work of the leading United States law firms and their attorneys in a variety of practice areas. Selection is based on outstanding achievement, excellence in practice area and quality of client service. Both client input and the Chambers’ own research are considered for placement in the Chambers Guide. 

    This year, Chambers USA has identified Fowler White as a leading law firm in the Insurance category for Florida and Rory Eric Jurman as a leading attorney in the Insurance category for Florida.

    Jurman focuses his practice on providing strategic and cost-effective counsel to Fortune 500 companies, insurers and self-insureds. His practice includes insurance coverage, bad faith, professional malpracticeliability and commercial litigation.

    Jurman provides coverage advice concerning virtually every type of general, excess and professional liability insurance policy, including employment practices liability, directors and officers liability and malpractice/errors or omissions policies for various professions. He handles the investigation and evaluation of multi-faceted and high-exposure claims, including class actions and complex coverage issues. He has litigated numerous trials through appeal, including multi-party cases, and major declaratory judgment, liability and rescission actions.

    In addition to his legal work in the insurance industry, Jurman also handles a broad range of litigation matters. His practice includes the defense of medical professionals, life science companies, professional negligence matters, defense of Life and Disability Insurance matters, commercial litigation and products liability. He has litigated, arbitrated and mediated cases throughout Florida.

    In addition, Edward J. Briscoe&am

  • Fowler White Burnett is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized as a “Top Law Firm in the 2017 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide, 8 of its attorneys have been selected as “Top Lawyers and 2 have been recognized as “Top Up and Comers.”

  • Fowler White Burnett made the U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers 2017 “Best Law Firms” in ten practice groups. Out of these ten practice groups, Admiralty & Maritime Law and Transportation Law were recognized at both a national and metropolitan level. 

    U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers 2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.
    The following practice groups have been named 2017 “Best Law Firms” in their respective categories:

    NATIONAL 
    TIER 2
    · Admiralty & Maritime Law
    · Transportation Law

    METROPOLITAN – MIAMI
    TIER 1
    · Admiralty & Maritime Law
    · Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

    METROPOLITAN - MIAMI
    TIER 2
    · Commercial Litigation
    · Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    · Real Estate Law
    · Transportation Law

    METROPOLITAN - MIAMI
    TIER 3
    · Corporate Law
    · Employment Law – Management
    · Insurance Law
    · Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • Fowler White Burnett announced today that Super Lawyers has named 8 of its attorneys 2016 “Florida Super Lawyers and an additional 3 of its attorneys have been selected as 2016 “Florida Rising Stars.”

  • Named Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year by Lawyers World Law Awards, 2011

  • Ranked among the top 10 law firms in South Florida by South Florida Business Journal’s Book of Law, 2010 - 2011

  • Received top honors in the transportation and shipping litigation category of the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.Chambers & Partnersranks the strength and reputation of law firms and attorneys through in-depth interviews with practicing attorneys and clients.

Our Attorneys


  • Fowler White Burnett
    is pleased to announce the firm’s recognition in the 2017 edition of Chambers USAChambers USA ranks the work of the leading United States law firms and their attorneys in a variety of practice areas. Selection is based on outstanding achievement, excellence in practice area and quality of client service. Both client input and the Chambers’ own research are considered for placement in the Chambers Guide. 

    This year, Chambers USA has identified Fowler White as a leading law firm in the Insurance category for Florida and Rory Eric Jurman as a leading attorney in the Insurance category for Florida.

    Jurman focuses his practice on providing strategic and cost-effective counsel to Fortune 500 companies, insurers and self-insureds. His practice includes insurance coverage, bad faith, professional malpracticeliability and commercial litigation.

    Jurman provides coverage advice concerning virtually every type of general, excess and professional liability insurance policy, including employment practices liability, directors and officers liability and malpractice/errors or omissions policies for various professions. He handles the investigation and evaluation of multi-faceted and high-exposure claims, including class actions and complex coverage issues. He has litigated numerous trials through appeal, including multi-party cases, and major declaratory judgment, liability and rescission actions.

    In addition to his legal work in the insurance industry, Jurman also handles a broad range of litigation matters. His practice includes the defense of medical professionals, life science companies, professional negligence matters, defense of Life and Disability Insurance matters, commercial litigation and products liability. He has litigated, arbitrated and mediated cases throughout Florida.

    In addition, Edward J. Briscoe&am


  • Fowler White Burnett
    is pleased to announce that Managing Shareholders Edward J. Briscoe, Christopher E. Knight and Richard A. Wood were selected for South Florida’s Top 100 Power Leaders by the South Florida Business Journal for the fourth straight year.  The SFBJ’s Top 100 Power Leaders highlights executives that are known for their innovative ideas and savvy business acumen within their region’s prosperous and evolving business landscape.

    Briscoe focuses his practice on product liability and toxic tort litigation. He has extensive experience dealing with lawsuits involving a wide variety of chemicals and hazardous materials, as well as the diseases commonly associated with exposure to these materials.  He frequently represents Fortune 500 companies and underwriters in the defense of personal and class action suits alleging exposure to asbestos, silica, benzene, beryllium, mold and other toxins.  In addition, Briscoe handles complex matters involving environmental, transportation, maritime and premises liability. 

    Knight devotes a significant portion of his practice to the defense of medical malpractice and health care-related claims.  He also represents domestic and international airline carriers, aircraft and engine manufacturers and maintenance providers in litigation arising from mass disasters and aircraft accidents.  In the products arena, he handles products liability and related litigation for notable manufacturers, distributors and retailers.   Knight represents Fortune 500 companies, major insurance carriers, several airlines 

  • Congratulations to Shareholder Esther E. Galicia for being appointed by the Florida Bar to its Committee on Professionalism, effective for the 2017-2020 term.
  • Congratulations to Associate Ira Gonzalez for being appointed by the Florida Bar to its Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee, effective for the 2017-2018 term.
  • Fowler White Burnett is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized as a “Top Law Firm in the 2017 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide, 8 of its attorneys have been selected as “Top Lawyers and 2 have been recognized as “Top Up and Comers.”

  • Shareholder Stephen F. Coxhead has been identified by independent research with client and peers as being amongst the world’s leading Transport Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal:  Transport 2017 in Aviation Contentious, one of four categories that make up the Transport 2017 section.

    Since 1996, Who’s Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law and has featured over 17,000 of the world’s leading private practice lawyers from over 100 national jurisdictions.  Published by Law Business Research, Ltd., an independent London-based publishing group, they provide research, analysis and reports on the international legal services marketplace. 

    Coxhead is a shareholder in the Aviation practice group at Fowler White Burnett.  With a laser focus on issues important to the aviation industry, Coxhead has represented manufacturers of aircraft, airframes and component parts in cases arising from crashes throughout the world involving general aviation and commercial aircraft. He has achieved particular success in obtaining dismissals on forum non conveniens grounds and in winning summary judgment under the General Aviation Revitalization Act.

    In addition to the firm’s Aviation practice group, Coxhead is also a member of Fowler White Burnett’s Commercial Litigation, Maritime, and Products Liability & Toxic Torts practice groups where he has broad experience as a litigator practicing in the defense of manufacturers in product liability and complex commercial matters. He has successfully handled numerous mass casualty, wrongful death, electrocution and amputation injury cases – receiving several industry awards recognizing the results he achieved for clients.

    Stephen has also handled both litigation and transactional matters for numerous maritime interests including domestic and international insurers, cargo carriers, cruise lines, commercial and pleasure vessel owners, operators and charterers, marina and terminal owners and operators.

  • Fowler White Burnett is pleased to announce that shareholders, Gil O. Acevedo (Miami), Susan H. Aprill (Ft. Lauderdale) and Avery A. Dial (Ft. Lauderdale) have been recognized by Florida Trend in their 2016 Legal Elite special report.
  • Congratulations to Eric A. Rosen for being appointed Chairperson of the Bankruptcy Law CLE Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association!
  • Twenty-two attorneys were recognized as Florida Super Lawyers in 2011. Florida Super Lawyers names Florida's top attorneys as chosen by their peers and through independent research conducted by Law & Politics, which publishes Super Lawyers.

  • Four attorneys were ranked among Florida Trend’s Legal Elite of 2010. Published by Florida Trend, the Legal Elite listing is widely regarded as one of the preeminent referral guides to the legal profession. Of the more than 64,000 Florida Bar members, only 1,160  attorneys statewide were chosen for this distinction which represents 1.8 percent of active attorneys.

  • Twenty-three attorneys were recognized as Florida Super Lawyers in 2010. Florida Super Lawyers names Florida's top attorneys as chosen by their peers and through independent research conducted by Law & Politics, which publishes Super Lawyers. The 2010 edition is based on the survey of more than 40,000 lawyers across the state.

  • Thirteen attorneys were recognized as Florida Super Lawyers in 2009. Super Lawyers names Florida's top attorneys as chosen by their peers and through independent research conducted by Law & Politics, which publishes Super Lawyers. The 2009 edition is based on the survey of more than 44,000 lawyers across the state.