Located in downtown Orlando, we represent plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal court in complex business and commercial litigation, arbitrations, appeals, and significant personal injury and wrongful death matters. The firm has a wide range of clients, from local individuals, families and small businesses, to large publicly traded companies. We are also often retained by lawyers and law firms to represent them and are proud of our reputation as a lawyer’s law firm.Our attorneys are actively involved, not only in their local bar, but statewide as well, with past presidents of the Orange County Bar Association, past presidents of the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and past members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. The firm’s attorneys have also held leadership roles in The Florida Bar Foundation and The Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. We are grateful for our success and believe in giving back.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
For over thirty years, our clients have turned to us to resolve their most trying problems and meet their most significant litigation needs. At King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A., we handle a variety of complex and complicated civil matters in state and federal court, both at the trial court level and on appeal.
Complex Business and Commercial Litigation
We represent plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes and bet-the-company litigation
Our clients include local individuals and businesses, many high-profile local and national lawyers and law firms, international defense contractors, major financial services companies and banking institutions, and Fortune 500 corporations. We have enjoyed great success obtaining large verdicts and substantial settlements on behalf of our clients. We provide the highest quality legal representation and have a strong reputation for handling the most difficult and complex matters.
We are often retained to handle high-stakes, complicated appeals in both state and federal court
Unlike most law firms, we also typically handle any appeals arising from the cases in which we served as trial counsel. This efficiency is passed on to our client, who benefits from our historical knowledge of the cases and avoids the unnecessary expense of bringing appellate counsel up to speed. We are also often retained to handle appeals of matters litigated by predecessor counsel, typically receiving those referrals from other attorneys and law firms.
Legal Malpractice Defense
We represent lawyers and law firms when they require legal services
Our firm has a long history of being retained by other lawyers and law firms, enhancing our reputation as a lawyer’s law firm. Over the years, we have represented law firm clients ranging from multi-national firms to solo practitioners, and in a variety of practice areas, from estate planning to family law to complex commercial litigation. We are proud to assist our colleagues whenever the need arises.
Significant Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
We have recovered large, including multi-million dollar, verdicts and settlements for our clients
We represent the victims of significant personal injuries, as well as the family members of those who have lost their lives due to the fault of others. We have been in the practice of personal injury law in Florida for over 40 years.
Mr. King is the founding shareholder of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. Board certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer since 1983, Mr. King devotes a significant portion of his practice to complex commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense, and personal injury and wrongful death cases, in both state and federal courts. Originally, from Cookeville, Tennessee, Mr. King graduated with an LL.B. from Vanderbilt University in 1965. While at Vanderbilt, Mr. King was on the Board of Editors of the Vanderbilt Law Review. After serving in the United States Marine Corps and completing a tour of duty in Vietnam, Mr. King moved to Orlando in 1968, joined the Orange County Bar Association and served on its Executive Council from 1977-1982, and as its President from 1980-1981. In 1986, Mr. King was Chair of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, and he served on the Board of Governors for The Florida Bar from 1988-1992, where he co-chaired the Disciplinary Review Committee overseeing lawyer discipline statewide. In May of 1994, Mr. King was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Orange County Bar Association’s highest award: the William E. Trickel, Jr. Professionalism Award. In 1998, Mr. King was inducted as a Fellow into the America College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional trial lawyer organization in America.
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar.
Vanderbilt University School of Law, LL.B., 1965
Vanderbilt University Law Review, Member, Board of Editors, 1963-1965
Tennessee Technological University, B.S., 1963
Honors and Awards
AV Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
Recipient, Orange County Bar Association William E. Trickel, Jr. Professionalism Award, 1994
Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA, Band 1, Leading Individuals in Commercial Litigation, 2010-Present
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in Civil Litigation and Bet-the-Company Litigation for 20 years
Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as one of Florida’s Top 100 lawyers, 2007-2015
Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as one of the Top 10 Attorneys in Florida, 2008
Recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame, 2012 and 2018
Professional Associations and Memberships
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American Bar Association, Member
Federal Bar Association, Orlando Chapter, Member
Orange County Bar Association: Executive Council (1977-1982); President (1980-1981)
Estate of Faull v. McAfee, Case No. 6:13-cv-1746, 2019 WL 1253840 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 19, 2019)
Aracena v. Gruler, 347 F. Supp. 3d 1107 (M.D. Fla. 2018)
Vielma v. Gruler, 347 F. Supp. 3d 1122 (M.D. Fla. 2018)
League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, No. 2012-ca-2842 (Fla. 2d Cir. Dec. 30, 2015) (judgment adopting CPS-4a, Florida Senate remedial plan proposed by Plaintiffs)
League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, 179 So. 3d 258 (Fla. 2015) (adopting CP-1, Congressional remedial plan proposed by Coalition Plaintiffs)
League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, 172 So. 3d 363 (Fla. 2015) (invalidating Congressional districts)
Bainter v. League of Women Voters of Florida, 150 So. 3d 1115 (Fla. 2014)
League of Women Voters of Florida v. Data Targeting, Inc., 140 So. 3d 510 (Fla. 2014)
League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, No. 2012-ca-412 (Fla. 2d Cir. July 10, 2014) (judgment declaring Congressional redistricting plan unconstitutional)
MCO Airport Concessions, LLC v. Greater Orlando Aviation Auth., 508 Fed. App’x 920 (11th 2013) (affirming order granting motion to dismiss)
Pierson v. Orlando Health et al., No. 6:08-cv-466, 2010 WL 14083391 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 6, 2010) (granting motion to dismiss defamation and conspiracy claims)
United States ex rel. Shurick v. Boeing, No. 6:07-cv-1765, 2008 WL 5054739 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 21, 2008) (granting motion to dismiss false claims act claim)
Design Pallets, Inc. v. GrayRobinson P.A., 6:07-cv-655, 2008 WL 3200275 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 5, 2008) (granting summary judgment on RICO claims)
Easter v. City of Orlando, ___ So. 3d ____, 2018 WL 2746467 (Fla. 5th DCA June 8, 2018)
Marilyn McDaniel King
David B. King, Jr. (deceased), Michael Houston King, and T. Christopher King