My $451,000,000 Lottery Winner

By, Walter W. Blenner Earlier this year I became one of only a handful of attorneys nationwide who have represented a lottery winner of what is called, “extreme wealth”. This prize of $451 million won here in Florida was the fifth largest lottery win in US history. However, it was soon to be eclipsed by someone in N.H. who won over $560 million. Regardless of what one thinking about any one single person winning this kind of largesse, it is a new reality in the Read More +

Questions for that Big Time TV and Billboard Lawyer

As a personal injury lawyer I get very tired of seeing TV commercials with big multi-law office TV lawyers telling injury victims that they alone can handle their injury case, and if they hire a smaller firm they just may not have as good a result. Here’s a real life example of what a smaller firm can do for injured folks from my own practice. This happened just earlier this summer but some facts have been slightly changed to disguise identities: A woman was in Read More +

Social Media – Trashing a Business Isn’t Without Repercussions

Years ago a world renowned inventor hyped his new invention and said it would be a life changer for everyone – that cities would have to be redesigned to accommodate his futuristic invention and that this device would be the most significant change in our lives to date. This device would be indispensable, and we’d all have one or two in our household. The inventor was Dean Kamen, and the invention turned out to be the Segway. Don’t you own one? Yeah, it was an overall dud unless Read More +

All We Are Is Our Word

If we lived our entire life, interacted with no one and then died, what is left of us? Other than some carbon matter, nothing. There’s no proof that we existed as a sentient being. However, most of us don’t live in isolation, we live in societies and communities and nations and countries.What separates us from other beings is the way in which we communicate. Yes, other highly developed animal communities communicate in their species-specific ways, but we humans have sophisticated ways to express ourselves, through Read More +

My Big Case Against Walt Disney World

“What? You sued Disney?!?” I wonder when I’m asked that if it’s a judgment against suing “the happiest place on Earth”, or if it’s more of wonderment for taking on the Goliath of Florida. For most people, it’s a little bit of both. At my old law firm we had a client with a legitimate claim against Disney World for injuries sustained at Magic Kingdom. I was given the task of finding an Orlando law firm that we could refer the client to since we’re Read More +

What Not To Wear To Court

A court of law is not the Casino at the Monte Carlo. Tuxes and evening dresses are not required. What is required is common sense. But here are two quick stories about what happens when you dress inappropriately for Court: First, I was in Small Claims Court before it was in session: We were all waiting to be called when a woman appeared looking confused. She was obviously subpoenaed to be there because she was holding a court pleading with this address, courtroom and time. Read More +