Lee A. KantorPartner/ West Palm Beach
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“The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lee Kantor was raised in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. It is here where he learned his love for the outdoors and his passion for hiking, mountain biking and blazing new trails throughout the Pioneer Valley. Lee was a member of his High School’s championship basketball team while also pursuing his love of music in the jazz band. The unique spirit and culture of his community instilled a lifelong fascination with analytic thought and the psychology he employs today in litigation.
After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Lee went on to attend Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. Lee received awards for creating and maintaining an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) educational resource website. He also clerked for local law firm of Tusa & Richards obtaining great results for their personal and business clients. The following summer Lee gave back to the community and worked pro bono as a legal assistant for a non-profit group in rural Western Mass that helped to create safe passage and access to the legal system for women in physically abusive relationships. Lee graduated from Loyola in May of 2005 and was admitted to the Florida Bar later that summer.
Since joining the firm, Lee has become an experienced trial attorney. Lee has garnered a reputation as an aggressive litigator not afraid to take a case to trial before a jury. He has obtained numerous defense verdicts as well as countless favorable settlements for his clients. Lee has been named a Super Lawyers© Rising Star and Litigation Council of America Fellow for his defense of his corporate clients in bodily injury, trucking, construction defect and hospitality cases. Lee is the Managing Partner of the West Palm Beach office and is the chairman of the firm’s Business Development committee.
Lee has a very active family life raising two children along with his wife, Robin. When he is not traveling to soccer tournaments or gymnastics practices, he enjoys having friends and family to his home for loud music and great cooking! Lee is the vice chair of the Construction Board of Appeals for the Village of Wellington. He enjoys giving back to the community in which his wife grew up and has warmly adopted him as one of its own.
Warren vs. Avis/Trial
In this West Palm Beach case, Mr. Kantor represented Avis in a suit where the Plaintiff had C ¾ Laminectomy allegedly as a result of admitted negligence of Avis renter. Past medical totaled $150,000 and future estimated at $480,000. Plaintiff filed proposal of settlement of $850,000 and Avis filed one for $450,000. After a week long trial the jury returned a Defense Verdict finding that injuries were not related to the accident.
Florida County vs. Landscape Architect – Professional Malpractice – Settlement
Plaintiff allegedly suffered over 2 million dollars in damages related to repairing botched municipal landscape projects spanning the Naples Area. The projected repairs included closing down major throughways for days at a time and replacing over 1.5 million dollars in lighting fixtures and sprinkler systems. Plaintiff demanded 1.3 million dollars and hired numerous landscape architecture experts. The case settled without mediation, for $99,500.
M.S. vs. Luxury Hotel – Personal Injury – Settlement
Plaintiff allegedly slipped and fell on the sidewalk of the a West Palm Beach hotel due to a dangerous slope on its handicapped access ramp. Plaintiff suffered a “shattered” elbow necessitating immediate open surgery and forcing her to cease her $118,000 per year consulting business. Plaintiff hired a civil engineer who found the subject ramp to be out of date and would violate current codes. Plaintiff demanded $750,000 and the case settled at mediation for $150,000.
S.M. vs. National Movie Theater – Negligent Security – Settlement
A meek teenage Plaintiff was battered by a larger school mate at the movie theaters on a Friday night. Plaintiff alleged the negligence of the theater in having only one off duty police officer as security on a busy weekend night. Plaintiff suffered a broken jaw, loosened teeth and bulging discs in his back. Additionally, Plaintiff suffered trauma requiring psychiatric treatment. Plaintiff had four surgeries to insert dental implants which were drilled into the Plaintiff’s jaw and skull. Plaintiff’s hired a former Broward Police Chief as their security expert. Plaintiff demanded $750,000. The case came to an impasse at mediation where the lowest demand from Plaintiff was $650,000. The Plaintiff accepted a settlement of $150,000 less than two weeks before trial.
School teacher sues for a trip and fall at Gourmet Restaurant – Personal Injury – Settlement
Plaintiff, a 60 year old school teacher, tripped over a curb after avoiding a valet parker. Plaintiff alleged the restaurant parking lot was dimly lit. Additionally, Plaintiff alleged the sidewalk was open to the automobile right of way. Plaintiff suffered a fractured elbow. The elbow was described as shattered and required an open surgery to repair. Plaintiff suffered over $40,000 in medical bills. The Plaintiff accepted a settlement of $10,000. We were then able to recover $5,000 for our client from the co-Defendant valet parking company.
Teenage girl vs. owner of ATV and parents – Personal Injury – Settlement
Plaintiff, a 17 year old girl, was riding Defendant’s 4 wheel ATV at the home of his parents. Defendant had not given Plaintiff any instruction on proper technique in riding the ATV. Plaintiff crashed the ATV into a tree. She alleged injuries including a complex injury to her left knee. Plaintiff sustained a lateral collateral ligament tear, a medial meniscus tear, a tibia fracture and a constricted peroneal nerve. Plaintiff, an accomplished dancer, required arthroscopic surgery to repair her knee. All told, Plaintiff’s medical bills were over $85,000.00. Plaintiff was forced to miss a semester of school and was unable to further pursue her dancing career. Plaintiffs demanded $300,000 (the statutory maximum insurance coverage for a FIGA claim). The case settled for $59,900 without mediation.