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Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award


Ken Turkel

Ken is a trial attorney with a national practice focusing on the prosecution and defense of complex business and civil litigation matters, as well as media and privacy rights litigation. Ken also represents clients in the sports and entertainment industries, both in the conventional legal arena and with respect to their licensing and endorsement deals.

  • Direct: (813) 868-6163
  • Main: (813) 834-9191
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Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1990

  • Order of the Barristers
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
  • Member of Law Review, Notes Editor
  • Member Moot Court Board
  • Member Mock Trial Team

Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, B.S.M, 1986

  • Major: Finance
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2009-Present
  • Tampa Magazines’ Top Lawyers, 2020-Present
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-Present
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2019 – Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa Bay
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2019 – Top 100 Lawyers in Florida
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2010-2012, 2014-2017
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1999-2000
  • Florida Plaintiff’s Attorney of 2016 by Courtroom View Network
  • Florida Bar, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Represented entertainment industry client against movie studio in false advertising case related to the promotion of the movie War Dogs – Incarcerated Entertainment, LLC v. Warner Bros. Pictures, Case No. 8:16-cv-1302-T-35AAS (M.D. Fla. 2017).
  • Obtained record jury verdict of 140 million dollars against media entity for violation of privacy based on non-consensual publication of surreptitiously recorded sex tape of a celebrity client.
  • Represented multiple purchasers in ILSA and fraud claims arising out of potential condominium project marketed by the Trump Organization and Donald Trump.
  • Successfully blocked a temporary injunction and obtained a dismissal of case filed by Don King against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, which tried to stop a pay-per-view boxing match against Ricardo Mayorga
  • Defended large, privately held company and its executives in hostile work environment case in federal jury trial.
  • Defended publicly held petroleum company in one of the first same sex harassment trials in Florida.
  • Defended publicly held petroleum company in 2-week state court wrongful death trial arising from exploding gasoline dispenser.
  • Represented former executive of a publicly held company in jury trial arising from breach of commission and bonus contract.
  • Defended grocery co-operative in state court jury trial seeking damages for breach of membership contracts.
  • Represented plaintiff survivor in multi-defendant wrongful death trial arising from medical negligence.
  • Represented curator of estate of large privately owned dairy in claims against guardian, guardian’s counsel and estate counsel for negligence in failing to protect ward from undue influence.
  • Represented publicly held health care company in government civil and criminal investigation involving Medicare fraud allegations.
  • Represented numerous witnesses in parallel civil/criminal fraud investigations in areas of health care and securities law.
  • Represented home building franchisee in weeklong trade secret and unfair competition trial.
  • Represented publicly held food distributor in multi-defendant restrictive covenant and trade secret case.
  • Represent Olympic and professional athletes in endorsement and other contract matters.
  • The Florida Bar
    • Board of Governors, 2020
    • Board of Governors, 1996-2000
    • Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 1992-2002; Vice Chairman 1998-2002
    • Grievance Committee D, Member, 1999-2002; Chair, 2001
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • President, 2009-2010
    • Board of Directors, 2003-2011
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • Board of Directors, 1996-1999
      • President, 1999-2000
  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division National Conferences Chair, 1996-1997
  • Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions for Contract and Business Case, 2019-Present
  • Panel Discussion, “Jury Selection in Publicized Cases Involving Public Figures” [2017 Civil Trial Practice Beach and Bar Seminar – The St. Petersburg Bar Association Civil Trial Section (May 2017)]
  • Panel Discussion, “Does the Internet Risk Bankrupting the First Amendment? The Hulk Hogan v. Gawker Verdict on the Anniversary of Reno v. ACLU” [American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law (February 2017)]
  • Panel Discussion Moderator, “The Verdict is In: The Jury Speaks” [20th Annual Hillsborough County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference (November 2016)]
  • Panel speaker, The Florida Bar 2016 Reporters’ Workshop, “Libel and Privacy: What Should Journalists Learn from Bollea v. Gawker (the Hulk Hogan case)?” (September 2016)
  • Panel speaker, The Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles chapter), “Juries Speak Loud and Clear About Privacy in the Internet Age: The Lead Trial Lawyers Analyze the Gawker and Erin Andrews Trials (September 2016)
  • Panel speaker, The Florida Bar Convention Media Law Conference, “The Privacy Machine v. The Press” (June 2016)
  • Lecturer, “Jury Selection in the Bollea/Gawker Trial” [Hillsborough County Bar Association, March 2016]
  • Lectured and presented at the ABA and ABA YLD on topics such as Multi-Disciplinary practice, attorney professionalism and attorney peer-review.
  • Lectured at numerous Florida Bar and private seminars, on the following topics: Basic Evidence, Evidentiary Privileges, Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants, and Trial Advocacy.
  • Lectured at Hillsborough County Bar Association seminars in the areas of lawyer professionalism and civility, lawyer peer review, trial advocacy, civil procedure and discovery.

Hillsborough County
Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Ken Turkel in the media

José Díaz-Balart Reports

CNN: Fox News-Dominion Defamation Case Begins Today

“There’s volumes of text messages, emails, Slack internal messaging, where any number of personnel [..] are expressing the likelihood of falsity.” Attorney Ken Turkel breaks down the evidence the jury will consider in the $1.6B defamation case facing Fox News. @jdbalart @MSNBC

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