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Mr. Burnett has been a trial lawyer for almost 20 years. During his legal career, Mr. Burnett has strongly advocated for people who have suffered physical injury, abuse or neglect at the hands of others. Mr. Burnett represents the elderly, the infirm and the incapacitated who are at the mercy of nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or other long-term care facilities to receive their every need. Mr. Burnett speaks for individuals who are unable to speak for themselves and who would otherwise remain in silent suffering.
Mr. Burnett is often contacted by family members, who have entrusted the care of their loved one to a nursing home, assisted-living facility or long-term care facility, but who have discovered that trust has been broken. Mr. Burnett understands the pain and suffering experienced by these family members— who have been betrayed by these facilities that promised to treat their loved one like their own family—and the horror when the family finds out that their loved one has been subject to physical neglect, torture and abuse.
Mr. Burnett’s experience—which includes formerly defending medical malpractice matters on behalf of a major national long-term care hospital and formerly defending personal injury matters on behalf of a national insurance company—provides him with the insight and knowledge regarding the most effective strategy for pursuing these types of claims to seek justice for his clients and to maximize their monetary recovery. In addition, Mr. Burnett has significant experience pursuing medical malpractice matters on behalf of individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of health care providers, which makes Mr. Burnett well-versed in the medical issues faced by residents of nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care facilities, who are often passed back and forth between the nursing home and the hospital.
Mr. Burnett also has valuable experience handling cases where pharmaceuticals (e.g., drugs/medications) have caused catastrophic injuries, including death, whether it be due to tainted drugs, improper drug prescriptions, improper drug monitoring, or pharmacy malpractice (e.g., prescription misfills, incorrect drug, incorrect dosage, adverse drug interaction). Mr. Burnett understands that the elderly population, particularly nursing home residents, rely on properly prescribed medications, properly filled medications, properly administered medications and properly monitored medications for their very survival, but medication mistakes are more frequent than most realize. Mr. Burnett works with highly-respected experts who are able to uncover these medication mistakes that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Mr. Burnett takes the confidence placed in him by his clients seriously and vigorously investigates and pursues all available legal remedies on behalf of his clients. Mr. Burnett has been awarded the AV-Preeminent rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida and Tennessee, the United States District Courts for Middle, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida, the Middle District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
- 1996, Florida
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- 2008, Tennessee
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of TN
- AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
- Named One of Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine, 2010-2013
- Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2009
- The Florida Bar
- American Association for Justice
- Florida Justice Association
- The American Bar Association
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with Honors, 1996
- Florida Law Review (Senior Galleys Editor; Senior Managing Editor)
- Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board
- Deputy Attorney General, University of Florida Student Honor Court
- Teaching Assistant, Appellate Advocacy and Legal Research and Writing
- Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary
University of Florida, B.S.B.A. (Major: Finance; Minor: Economics), with High Honors, 1993
- Graduated first in class with perfect 4.0 grade point average
- Mortar Board National Honor Society
- Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Scholastic Honor Society
- Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
- Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society;
- Golden Key National Honor Society
- Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
- Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Society
- Anderson Scholar with Highest Honors
- University of Florida H.B.A. International Business Case Competition Team—among only four (4) students selected to compete against teams from around the world in London, Ontario
- Outstanding Student Scholar of the Year in the College of Business Administration.