Kenneth D. Padowitz


Kenneth D. Padowitz, originally from New York, grew up in South Florida since 1971. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and from Nova SouthEastern Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1986 and is a member of the Federal and Appellate Bar.

A former Prosecutor with the Broward County State Attorneys Office for 16 years and now a partner in the law firm of  Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, formerly known as Karmin, Adler & Padowitz, Ken has tried over 300 jury trials, including over 35 First Degree Murder trials. As an Assistant State Attorney in the Homicide Unit, Ken prosecuted many high-profile trials, which include the case against Lionel Tate, a 12-year-old indicted by a grand jury as an adult in the murder of a 6-year-old girl, Tiffany Eunich. The defendant blamed professional wrestling for the child's death. The jury convicted him of 1st degree murder.

Other notable cases include Kenneth Pierce, convicted of the hit and run death of little Nicole Rae Walker. Pierce drove off the road on a Dania street and drove into a group of five children. A two-month manhunt led to the widely publicized trial of the defendant. A computer animation reenactment of the crime was introduced into evidence at trial for the first time in Florida. The appellate court upheld this visual evidence in a written opinion - the first case law in the United States to allow the use of animation in a criminal trial.

Ken is an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University Law Center for the past 16 years and has taught and lectured extensively in the areas of trial advocacy, scientific evidence and trial exhibits. He was a Faculty Instructor for the National Institute Of Trial Advocacy, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, University Of Florida Law School Prosecutor/Public Defender course, Institute Of Police Technology and Management and the National Student Leadership Conference. Ken Padowitz is the Director of the Pre-law program at American Heritage High School. Ken was also the past chairman of a Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar, which handles matters of attorney misconduct and discipline.

Ken is frequently called upon by the news media for opinions and discussion on various legal issues being debated in the country and our community. He has appeared on ABC-Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The O'Riley Factor, Phil Donohue, The John Walsh Show, CNN News and Headline News, CNN-The Morning Show, NBC- The Today Show, MSNBC News, Fox News, Montell Williams, Burden of Proof, Gretta Van Susterns' 'The Point', Court T.V., Forensic Files, The Mitch Album Show, Inside Edition, National Public Radio 'All Things Considered', and many other international television shows. He has also appeared in publications such as the National Trial Lawyers Magazine, People Magazine, Rosie Magazine, Readers Digest, Macleans and the front page of The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel as well as numerous other magazines and newspapers across the country.



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