He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
- Abraham Lincoln
CAMERON M. KENNEDY is a shareholder with Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA. For more than a decade, Cameron Kennedy has litigated cases primarily involving personal injury and wrongful death throughout the State of Florida, as well as other states. He has taken on the insurance industry, Big Tobacco, the pharmaceutical industry, large healthcare corporations, automobile manufacturers and other corporate defendants in cases that have an impact both in the state of Florida, but also on a national scale.
Throughout his career, Cameron, “Cam” for short, as he’s known to his clients, friends, and family, has been driven by an unwavering commitment to his clients. Often motivated by injustice and a desire to even the playing field, Cameron believes passionately that representing ordinary people in David versus Goliath cases is a noble calling and a great privilege. This work has led to many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients in a wide variety of cases, including dangerous and defective products, complex medical negligence, and industrial accidents. Cameron was recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a “Legal Elite” and was recently named one of the “Top 40 under 40” trial lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization, a professional organization comprised of America’s top trial attorneys. He was also recognized by Florida Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 as a “Rising Star” in the area of personal injury law representing a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement for his work as a trial lawyer.
A strong advocate for the right of all people to pursue justice in the courts, Cameron believes that the right to trial by a jury in civil cases is embedded in the fabric of a just and free society. This bedrock principle is guaranteed to each of us by the United States Constitution, established under the Bill of Rights. The framers of our Constitution knew how important it was to create a system with an even playing field. That place is the courtroom, where those with endless resources face those with none and the only thing that matters are the facts. Cameron’s work and advocacy in protecting the civil justice system for his clients has been recognized. He is an EAGLE member of the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, where he was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2009 and has been elected to the Board of Directors each year since his appointment. In 2010 and 2012 he was honored with the FJA’s Shoe Leather Award for dedicated and effective contributions on behalf of FJA’s legislative efforts. Mr. Kennedy frequently writes and lectures about civil trial practice.
Mr. Kennedy is a fourth generation Floridian and a Tallahassee native. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University. While attending law school, Cameron had the distinction of serving as President of Mock Trial. Since graduation, he has remained active as an advisor and volunteer with the law school. Mr. Kennedy also volunteers his time and supports numerous non-profit organizations committed to advancing community causes, helping the disabled, and improving education.