Michael J. Winer, Esquire is “of counsel” to Wagenheim & Wagner, P.A. He is an honors graduate of the University of Florida and Stetson College of Law. For 20 years, he has practiced in the areas of plaintiff’s workers’ compensation and appeals, personal injury, insurance disputes, and business litigation. He employs a qualified support staff of certified paralegals to provide the best possible representation of his clients. Since 2002, Attorney Winer has been Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law, having been re-certified in 2007 and 2012*. For three years, he served as the editor of the case law section for the Florida Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar News & 440 Report, and his responsibilities included keeping members of the Florida Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar abreast on the latest case law developments and their potential impact. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Winer served as the Editor-in-Chief of the News & 440 Report.
Attorney Winer also holds the distinction of having been elected by his peers to the Executive Council for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and his duties include lobbying in Tallahassee on behalf of the Section. For the year 2014, he was elected by his peers to serve as Chair/President of Executive Council for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar. He also has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Worker’s Advocates (FWA). In 2014-2015 he served as President FWA. He was also elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association. Attorney Winer is the author of the Workers’ Compensation Column in the FJA Journal, a bi-monthly publication providing case law and other updates to the more than 3,800 members of the Florida Justice Association. He is the previous Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
In addition, Attorney Winer has handled over eighty appeals in various appellate courts throughout the State of Florida, including the Florida Supreme Court. Some of these cases have been landmark decisions in the workers’ compensation arena, establishing and expanding the rights of injured workers on significant issues such as psychiatric treatment, advances of compensation payments, fraud, attorney’s fees and changes of doctors.
He is AV rated by Martindale Hubble (An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment) – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV Certification. His professional memberships also include the Florida Workers’ Advocates, Florida Justice Association and Hillsborough County Bar Association. From 2010 to present, Mr. Winer received the distinct honor of being elected to Super Lawyers for the state of Florida (Super Lawyers magazine names the top 5% of attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.) From August of 2010 to the present, Mr. Winer has been designated by Tampa Bay Magazine as one of “Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers”.
*To become a board certified specialist, the Bar requires that a lawyer pass a written examination in the specialty area, complete approved legal education programs, demonstrate substantial experience in the specialty area, be favorably evaluated as to ability and experience by the judges and other lawyers, and exhibit outstanding character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism.