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AREAS OF PRACTICE

The Appel Harden Law Group is a Central Florida based small firm with a focus on trial practice. We are not a "full service" law firm; rather, we devote ourselves to helping clients in the areas we know best.
Workers’ Compensation

Workers' Compensation

Workers’ Compensation claims are complex matters. An attorney at our firm with more than two decades of experience will handle your case
 
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LIABILITY AND COVERAGE DISPUTES

Liability and Coverage Disputes

Someone is hurt...bad. Cases where the damages are large often generate complex liability or coverage questions. In these instances, early representation is essential.
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Employment Law

Employement Law

We represent clients in employment law matters ranging from retaliation claims to non-compete agreements
 
 
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Appellate Practice

Appellate Practice

The firm handles appeals for our own clients and for clients referred by other attorneys who might not be comfortable in the appellate arena.
 
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Workers Compensation AttorneyFlorida Workers Compensation Attorney

The firm’s offices are located in Lakeland Florida, representing clients throughout every jurisdiction in the state. We concentrate our practice on workers compensation trials and appeals, but also handle workers’ comp insurance coverage cases, exclusive remedy litigation, MSHA matters, general liability litigation and civil cases.

Our Workers Compensation Attorneys are committed to being the most focused and respected trial attorneys in their respective areas of law.  We believe that after reviewing the resumes of our attorneys and meeting our team, you will agree.

 

Call Appel Harden today for a free case evaluation. 863-644-4003

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In The News

In the News

Jeff regularly participates in significant appellate cases. In the recent past, he argued and won a monumental appellate case in workers’ compensation law concerning the apportionment of medical and temporary benefits prior to an injured worker reaching the point of maximum medical improvement. The case of Staffmark v. Merrell made the front cover of Florida […]


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Jeffrey E. Appel, Esquire Lawyer

Jeffrey E. Appel, Esquire
In 2005, Jeff started the firm now known as the Appel Harden Law Group where he continues to practice workers' compensation litigation and appellate law. Jeff also devotes time to civil trial work involving workers’ compensation issues such as exclusive remedy/immunity.

Jeff is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in workers’ compensation. He has an “AV-Preeminent” rating, the highest peer ranking possible, from Martindale-Hubble. Jeff currently serves the Workers’ Compensation Executive Council as editor-in-chief of the section’s newsletter, The News & 440 Report. He also regularly serves as an expert in the area of workers’ compensation attorney’s fees and writes amicus briefs for various organizations involved in workers’ compensation matters.

Trey Lakeland Attorney

Claude M. Harden, III, Esquire, (Trey)
Claude M. Harden, III, Esquire, (Trey), attended the University of Florida and Florida Southern College where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1988 in political science. Trey attended Stetson University College of Law and earned his law degree in 1991.

Following law school, Trey briefly worked as an assistant public defender before going into private practice with Boswell, Stidham, Purcell, Wilson, Conner & Brewer, P.A. In 1993, Trey began focusing his practice on the representation of clients in workers’ compensation matters, and he has since expanded his practice to include representation of clients in all employment law related matters.