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Kevin D. Franz is a Partner with the firm’s Appellate Practice division. Mr. Franz is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, and has more than 13 years of experience handling all types of civil appellate proceedings. Mr. Franz has handled appeals and petitions in all five district courts of appeal for the State of Florida and the Supreme Court of Florida, argued before all five district courts of appeal, and handled appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Franz also has extensive experience in litigating and arbitrating maritime law disputes involving the cruise line industry under both the U.S. General Maritime Law and Bahamian Law.
Mr. Franz received his B.S. from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2001, and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005. He then clerked for the Honorable E. Allen Shepherd in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland before beginning his career in insurance defense with an emphasis on litigation support and appellate practice.
Mr. Franz is admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court, the five Florida District Courts of Appeal, the three United States District Courts in Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
- Florida, 2005
- Maryland, 2005
- United States District Court
- Southern District of Florida, 2007
- Northern District of Florida, 2014
- Middle District of Florida, 2012
- United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 2013
Awards & Recognition
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar, 2019
- The Florida Bar
- Appellate Practice Section, 2010-present
- Lawyers Advising Lawyers, Advisor, 2016-present
- Professional Ethics Committee, 2018-present
- Florida Defense Lawyers Association
- The Fourth District Court of Appeal Historical Society
- Successfully defended against an appeal brought by a plaintiff in a wrongful death action where the trial court ruled that the owner of the vehicle involved in the accident was limited to $100,000 in liability under Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine’s statutory cap on damages.
- Successfully obtained an opinion from the Fifth District Court of Appeal in 2019 reversing entry of a new trial and remanding for the trial court to reinstate the jury’s defense verdict in favor of a homeowner. The case involved an alleged improper closing argument. Kevin Franz and Kansas Gooden argued on appeal that the trial court abused its discretion in granting the mistrial and ordering a new trial.
- Boyd & Jenerette obtained a final judgment on behalf of a major insurance carrier in a case involving exclusion of coverage under a “racing exclusion” for property damage caused while driving on a race track. Attorney Jane Anderson successfully obtained Final Judgment in the trial court, and attorneys Kansas Gooden and Kevin Franz successfully convinced the Second District Court of Appeal to affirm the judgment.
- Mr. Franz helped secure a reversal of a trial court’s non-final order compelling appraisal in a first-party property damage action. The Third District Court of Appeal agreed that the insureds failed to fully comply with their post-loss obligations under a homeowner’s insurance policy; and as a result, they were not entitled to appraisal under the policy.
- Following a trial in a property damage case arising out of a loss allegedly caused by Hurricane Wilma, Mr. Franz handled an appeal on behalf of a major insurance carrier in the Fourth District Court of Appeal. The carrier argued that evidence about the homeowner’s medical issues was irrelevant and highly prejudicial to in the simple property damage case. The appellate court reversed the verdict and remanded for a new trial agreeing that the insured’s health issue was irrelevant and prejudicially impacted the verdict.
- Mr. Franz successfully convinced the Third District Court of Appeal to affirm entry of a summary judgment in favor of a rental apartment complex in a personal injury case brought by a resident who sought damages for an unsuccessful suicide attempt. The appellate court held that the apartment complex had no custody or control over the tenant, and accordingly, owed no duty of care to prevent the tenant from attempting suicide by jumping out of a fifth floor window.
- Mr. Franz handled an appeal of a premises liability action brought by an injured independent contractor of a tree stump removal company against a homeowner. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries while removing a tree stump on the homeowner’s property and sued her for damages. The homeowner obtained a summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal because the homeowner held no control over the work performed by the tree stump company or its independent contractors. Accordingly, the homeowner owed no duty as a matter of law.
- Mr. Franz appealed a trial court order denying a motion to quash service of process for noncompliance with Florida statutory law. The Fourth District Court of Appeal agreed that the plaintiff failed to strictly comply with the requirements under section 48.161, Florida Statutes to perfect substitute service of process and reversed and remanded the case.
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