Trial Lawyer Esteem Suffers In Chamber Poll

Aug 25, 2016

A new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll suggests trial lawyers have an image problem.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce's latest poll isn't kind to trial attorneys, showing a 34 percent approval rating.

The poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute showed 34 percent of likely voters have an unfavorable view of plaintiff’s attorneys. Just 15 percent said they had a favorable view.

But the Florida Justice Association’s Jeff Porter says the poll is just the business lobby trying to influence lawmakers. The chamber wants workers compensation reform after the Florida Supreme Court invalidated limits on attorney fees.

“We’ve seen this type of thing before. This is the beginning of a manufactured crisis of workers comp. What you don’t see the chamber talking about with all of this is real insurance reform.”

Porter says people who like to criticize trial attorneys change their minds when they need a lawyer.