Boyd & Jenerette Shareholders Recognized in 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

August 19, 2021 by on News

Boyd & Jenerette is pleased to announce that shareholders Mark Eckels, Ben Samuels, and Kristen Van der Linde have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America!

Mark K. Eckels

  • Recognized for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Mark defends employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation claims across Florida and Georgia. His Longshore and Defense Base Act practice extends nationwide. He handles all facets of workers’ compensation and longshore claims from the initial reporting of an accident and its investigation, through the discovery process to trial, and any appellate proceedings thereafter. Mark is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation by The Florida Bar.

Benford L. Samuels, Jr.

  • Recognized for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Mr. Samuels concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation disputes in Florida state courts. He also regularly defends claims brought under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act throughout the southeastern United States. Mr. Samuels’ breadth of experience in the employer liability arena allows him to provide practical, in-depth knowledge of the law when counseling employers, manufacturers, insurers, servicing agents, and self-insured entities on a diverse spectrum of employer liability issues. Mr. Samuels has lectured extensively on a wide range of topics in workers’ compensation and longshore forums.

Kristen Van der Linde

  • Recognized for Insurance Law & Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in the Jacksonville area.

Kristen focuses on the defense of cases involving trucking or auto liability, premises liability, wrongful death, asbestos, bad faith, negligent security, and coverage. She frequently lectures on a wide range of topics including adjuster ethics, handling wrongful death claims, and bad faith litigation for continuing educational credit to insurance professionals. Kristen is admitted to practice in Florida and Georgia, and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar.

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Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

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