Frost Van den Boom, P.A.

Frost Van den Boom, P.A.

Personal Injury Lawyers Serving the State of Florida

Firm Overview

Frost Van den Boom, P.A.

395 South Central Avenue
P.O. Box 2188
Bartow, Florida 33830
Telephone: 863-578-5948
Toll Free: 800-533-0967 Fax: 863-533-8985

106 NW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-519-5551
Toll Free: (800) 533-0967 Fax: 352-519-5313

Frost Van den Boom, P.A. is a statewide civil trial firm concentrating on personal injury, medical malpractice, commercial litigation and family law issues on both state and federal levels. Our entire staff shares one philosophy: putting clients' interests first to achieve the best possible result. Providing personal attention to each and every client is always our priority.

Our firm was established in 1981 when John Frost left a large statewide group to limit his practice to representing injured persons and commercial litigation. Frost Van den Boom, P.A. is the largest plaintiff's personal injury firm in Polk County.

At Frost Van den Boom, P.A., we are proud of our firm's successful representation of plaintiffs, and we have a reputation for excellence that makes our firm a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. The numerous six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements we have helped our clients recover in the past few years alone, demonstrate the persistence, experience and skill that clients seek in attorney representation.

Our firm acts as regional counsel to many individual business and commercial clients and is known for providing high quality legal services in a broad range of areas, including personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance claims, family law, business and commercial litigation, government, toxic torts and other complex civil litigation.

We leverage the benefits of sophisticated technology and our long-standing relationships with experts to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness in litigation. Our access to medical, scientific and other experts throughout the country is integral to our success in court. In addition, we have our own court room where we conduct mock trials in order to fully prepare all aspects of a case. Our high-level graphics technology also allows us to create our trial exhibits as well as state-of-the-art models and computer simulations in-house.

We place the best interests of clients first and foremost. We understand the uncertainty and fear our clients face following a serious injury or death of a loved one. We make sure that individuals and their families receive the guidance, counsel, and high quality representation they need to get the results they deserve. Our experienced team serves clients throughout the state of Florida.
Main Office
Main Office
395 South Central Avenue
P.O. Box 2188
Bartow  FL  33830
Phone
  • 800-533-0967/863-578-5948
Fax
  • 352-519-5313
Websites
Personal Injury
At Frost Van den Boom, P.A., we represent people who have been injured because of the negligence of others.
We are dedicated to representing clients in all types of personal injury cases, including matters involving car accidents and motorcycle accidents, insurance coverage claims, slip and fall cases, medical malpractice cases, and wrongful death. As your legal representative, our personal injury attorneys are aggressive advocates on your behalf, and our staff will do everything we can to make your experience with the legal process as free from emotional and personal frustration as possible. We care about our clients recovery from their injuries as well as their legal cases and are committed to keeping our clients informed every step of the way.

We assist clients in receiving the maximum possible compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages in all types of personal injury cases, including:

Motor Vehicle Accidents- Serious car and other motor vehicle accidents require the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have years of practice and an impressive track record representing people who have suffered significant injuries in car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents (commercial and personal). We work with physicians and other health care providers to assess and review all the short and long-term medical aspects of your case. Our auto accident attorneys detailed understanding of Florida's automobile, insurance and liability laws means we understand the different sources of recovery available to car accident victims and their families as well as the various theories of liability that enable those victims to collect from the parties who caused them harm.

Wrongful Death- We represent individuals and the families of individuals who have been killed as a result of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others. We take each wrongful death case on as if it will proceed to trial and we are not afraid to take a case all the way to jury verdict if that is what is necessary to produce the best possible result. Our firm represents individuals killed in all types of situations including industrial, construction, and equipment-related accidents.

Premises Liability- Premises liability includes those cases involving structural design flaws, unsafe conditions, environmental hazards and a wide range of other issues. In many cases, security related premises liability matters involve issues such as physical security standards and generally accepted security practices. In addition to any existing standards, crime statistics, event history, community standards, and specific risk considerations play a part in determining whether an adverse event was foreseeable.

Defective Products / Products Liability- The lawyers at Frost Van den Boom represent individuals who have been injured as a result of an unsafe product that was designed, manufactured, sold, and/or furnished by a person or company. Our firm can assist those injured individuals in bringing their claims and being fairly compensated for their injuries.

Toxic Torts- We represent individuals who have been injured by exposure to toxic and other dangerous substances, forms of energy, and devices, including asbestos, chemicals and cosmetics, hazardous waste, medical products and devices, pesticides, pharmaceutical products, radiation and electromagnetic energy, and tobacco. We represent clients in recovering money damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages, where appropriate.

Ellen Blevins Burno

Current Employment Position(s):
Associate

Bar Admissions:
-Kentucky, 2004
-Illinois, 2006
-New York, 2011
-Florida, 2013

Education:
-DePaul University, DePaul University, 2001, B.A.University of Kentucky College of Law, 2004, J.D.
-DePaul University College of Law, 2011, LL.M. in Health Care Law

Birth Information:
Lexington, KY

Prior to relocating to Gainesville, Ellen practiced with an international law firm in Chicago and Manhattan, where her practice focused on civil and healthcare litigation and discovery services. Ellen is married and has three children.
Education
  • University of Kentucky College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2004

John W. Frost

Current Employment Position(s):
Member

Areas of Practice:
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Medical Malpractice
-Construction Litigation
-Products Liability
-Appellate Practice

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties:
Civil Trial Practice, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Business Litigation Law, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 1969
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1969
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1972
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1971
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1976
-U.S. Court of Appeal 5th Circuit, 1981
-U.S. Court of Appeal 11th Circuit

Education:
-Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1968
J.D.
Honors: With High Honors

-University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1964
B.S.

Published Works:
-"Closing Argument", Continuing Legal Education Trial Lawyers Update, 1980
-"Bad Faith Insurance Actions," (Reviewer), Fla. Torts, Matthew Bender, 1988
Education
  • Florida State University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1968

John N. Kessenich

Current Employment Position(s):
Associate

Bar Admissions:
Florida, 2012

Education:
-B.A. Criminology and Political Science, Florida State University, 2009
-J.D. Florida State University, College of Law,2011

Honors and Awards:
-Sigma Nu Fraternity
Treasure, 2007-2008
-Relay for Life
Executive Board 2007-2009

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-The Florida Bar, 1996 - 1997
-Willson Inn of Court
-10th Judicial Circuit Young Lawyers Section
-Treasurer, January 2014 Present

Past Employment Positions:
-Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit 2012-2014
-Assistant State Attorney
-Economic Crime Division, 2013-2014

Birth Information:
Lakeland, Florida
Education
  • Florida State University, College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2011

Krista Mahalak

Areas of Practice:
-Business Litigation
-Construction Litigation
-Medical Malpractice
-Domestic and Family Law
-Criminal Litigation
-Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions:
-2002, Nebraska
-2010, Florida
-2011, US District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Education:
-Bethany College (B.A., 1998)
-University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D., 2002)
Recipient, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002 Student Advocacy Award
Outstanding Clinical Student of the Year

Member:
The Florida BarNebraska State Bar AssociationRobert van Pelt Inn of CourtWilson American Inn of Court

Special Agencies: Formerly practiced with the Lancaster County Attorney's Office.

Birth Information:
Washington, D.C, 1978

Krista has been engaged in both civil and criminal litigation since the start of her legal career in 2002. Krista has tried numerous lawsuits to a successful jury verdict. Krista attended elementary and secondary schools in Polk County, Florida. After spending a number of years in the Midwest, she relocated back to Florida and now resides in Winter Haven.
Education
  • University of Nebraska College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Bradford "Brad" Stewart

Areas of Practice:
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Commercial Trucking
-Insurance Claims and Coverage

Bar Admissions:
-2005, Florida
-U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
-U. S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Education:
-Warner Southern College (B.A., with honors, 2001)
-Barry University (J.D., 2005)
-Omicron Psi National Honor Society, Warner Southern College
-Barry University Moot Court Board
-2004 Florida Bar National Tax Law Moot Court Competition Winner - Best Oral Argument
-Member, Moot Court Board Research and Writing Committee
-Recipient, Highest Grade Awards - Evidence
-Trial Advocacy, Florida Constitutional Law
-Internship, Honorable Renee A. Roche, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (Business Court)
-Associate: Frost, Tamayo Sessums & Aranda, P.A., 2005-2006
-Billy R. Ready, P.A., 2006-2010
-Board Member, Imperial Symphony of Lakeland, Florida

Member:
The Florida Bar

Birth Information:
Lakeland, Florida, April 12, 1965
Education
  • Barry University
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Peter W. van den Boom

Current Employment Position(s):

Member
Areas of Practice:
-Civil Litigation
-Personal Injury
-Construction Law
-Medical Malpractice
-Family Law
-Insurance Litigation
-Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 1998
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1998

Education:
-St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida, 1998
J.D.
Honors: With Honors

-University of Alabama, 1989
B.S.

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
-Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Languages:
-Dutch
-German

Birth Information:
April 24, 1965, Schiedam, Netherlands

Peter joined the firm directly from law school in 1998.
Peter has tried many lawsuits to a successful jury verdict. Notable cases include a $4,915,588.00 jury verdict for a brain injury victim of a car accident: a $1,778,877.00 verdict for the wrongful death in a medical malpractice case of an emergency room patient: a $1,093,505.00 for a victim in an automobile crash. Peter has also recovered millions of dollars for clients through settlements with Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Ford Motor Company, Firestone, Wal-Mart, and
many other major organizations and entities.

Peter's was one of the top junior tennis players in the Netherlands. Peter's tireless competitive nature was further developed while playing on the Varsity of the University of Alabama tennis team while obtaining his degree in corporate
finance.

He was raised on the fundamental principles of hard work and fairness to everyone, and lives his life and operates his law practice with those basic tenants at the forefront of his mind. He deeply cares for those who have been wronged
by the recklessness or arrogance of others, and true to his competitive nature welcomes a fight against those who would act with such disregard as to mistreat their fellow man.

Peter is a proud family man, married to his wife, Carrie. He is the step-father of four children and grandfather of five.
Education
  • St Thomas University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 1998

Lydia S. Zbrzeznj

Current Employment Position(s):
Associate

Bar Admissions:
Florida, 2012

Education:
William & Mary University, The College of William & Mary, 2006, B.A.Florida Coastal School of Law, summa cum laude, 2012, J.D.

Activities:
Women's Soccer team (Co-Captain 2005)

Honors/Activities
-Dean's Scholar (6 semesters)
-Staff Editor, Florida Coastal Law Review
-Pro Bono Honors
-Sports Law Certificate
-Book Awards in Constitutional Law I & II, Criminal Procedure; Lawyers Process I & II (Legal Research and Writing), Comprehensive Law Practice III; Florida Constitutional Law, Media law, Sports Law Seminar, Torts I.
-Publication:Florida's Controversial Gun Policy: Liberally Permitting Citizens to Arm Themselves and Broadly Recognizing the Right to Act in Self Defense, 13 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 231 (2012).

Professional Associations and Memberships:
The Florida Bar

Birth Information:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Education
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude , 2012

Saray Noda

Current Employment Position(s):
Associate


Bar Admissions:
Florida, 2013


Education:
William Paterson University, 2010, B.S. in Nursing

Activities:
Equestrian Team, Student Nurses Association
American University - Washington College of Law, 2013, J.D.

Honors/Activities:
Laura Reckman Scholarship Recipient (2011, 2012, and 2013)
Moot Court Honor Society, Team Member and Executive Team Director
Health Law & Justice Society, President
Health Law & Policy Brief, Articles Editor

Publication:
White Paper, Older Persons, Health & Human Rights, Am. U. Health L. Pol. Brief (May 2013)


Birth Information:
Newark, NJ


Additional Languages:
Spanish
Education
  • American University - Washington College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Nicholas T. Zbrzeznj

Current Employment Position(s):
-Associate
-Bar Admissions:
-Florida, 2012

Education:
-The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 2008
-Florida Coastal School of Law, summa cum laude, J.D., 2012


Honors/Activities
-Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award 2008
-Evan Pugh Scholar Award 2008
-Beta Gamma Sigma, Honor Society
-Dean's Scholar (6 semesters)
-Staff Editor, Florida Coastal Law Review 2010-2012
-Florida Coastal Law Review, Editor of the Year Award - 2012
-Sports Law Certificate

Book Awards
-Amateur Sports Law
-Comprehensive Law Practice III
-Contracts I
-Contracts II
-Evidence
-Entertainment Law
-Lawyering Process II (research and writing)
-Media Law
-Professional Sports Law
-Property II
-Torts II
-and Trusts & Estates

Professional Associations and Memberships
-The Florida Bar
-10th Judicial Circuit Young Lawyers Section
-President, June 2014 Present

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit 2012-2014
-Assistant State Attorney
-Special Projects Division, 2013-2014

Birth Information
Erie, Pennsylvania
Education
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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