While many recent law graduates face the bleakest employment picture in decades, one of South Florida’s youngest attorneys defied the economic storm and is now successfully helping clients all across South Florida.
Abe Ovadia rose the ranks, starting out working out of his mother’s apartment, to managing 25 employees, as the founder of Florida P.I.P Law Firm, PA., (http://www.wesetthestandards.com/) .
The 27-year-old South Florida native’s vision started young, and his peers’ aspirations were no different. Ovadia, along with his management team have all known each other since childhood, and together they established an increasingly popular reputation for going against big insurance companies like State Farm, and as a result helping the “little guy.”
“When I was growing up, I told my teachers I was going to be a judge. I always knew I would be in law because I wanted to help people,” Ovadia said. “Most of the employees at my office are close friends. We’re like a family, which is good because I think it would be hard to find anyone else to stay in the office all night helping me work to make sure our clients get paid,” Ovadia said.
Despite their youth, they’re no amateurs. In just its first year Florida P.I.P. filed over 1,000 lawsuits in 12 Florida counties and collected over a million dollars on behalf of its clients. The law firm files on average about 100 lawsuits a week.
The late nights have paid off; in just its first year Florida P.I.P. filed over a thousand lawsuits in 12 counties and collected over a million dollars on behalf of its clients. The law firm files on average about 100 law suits a week.
The lawyers believe communication is key.
“I like to constantly communicate with my clients about the status of their cases,” Ovadia said. “I always like to give my clients good news, so it pushes me to work the cases even more.”
And business for Florida PIP Law Firm may get even busier when new reforms to Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law take effect in January.
“There is a lot in the new law that is vague, which gives insurance companies an opportunity to fight even harder to avoid paying valid claims. We need to continue to move in full force so that injured patients get the treatment they need and doctors get paid for their work,” Ovadia said.
According to Ovadia, both patients and doctors often give up seeking reimbursement because working with insurers can be so time consuming and frustrating.
“Insurance companies can be very intimidating. Our hope is that by streamlining the process, we help to improve the system.”