Our Firm
We’re an experienced team of attorneys. We provide excellent legal advice and services. You may always be sure that we’ll help you to protect your rights and bring out benefits of your cases. Stay confident with our team.

ATTORNEYS

A  litigation powerhouse with an amazing record of success at trial.
Experience you need. Results you want.
Partner
David L. Rich

David grew up in Dayton, Ohio where he also obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1978.  He then attended the Law School at University of Miami in Miami, Florida graduating in 1981, and subsequently passing the Florida Bar in October of 1981.  David has been practicing law since October of 1981, primarily in trial litigation, personal injury, and medical malpractice.  When he’s not at the office, he’s trying to live a healthier lifestlye, playing tennis and skiing.
“Your interests are my first and only priority.”

EDUCATION

JD, University of  Miami 1981
BS, Miami University

CREDENTIALS

Member the Florida Bar
Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals
Past Member of the American Bar Association 
Past Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America

BAR LOCATION

Bar Number: 329177
Admittance: 10/29/1981

Partner
Tamara L. Klopenstein
Tamara is from Leesburg, Indiana. She moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend Parkview Methodist School of Nursing and graduated with honors in 1979. She then moved to Florida in 1980 and attended Florida Atlantic University to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Tamara then attended Nova Southeastern University Law School, graduating in 1989. She passed the Florida Bar in 1989 and the Georgia Bar in 2007. Tamara is also a qualified solicitor in England and Wales since 1995. Her experience totals 23 years practicing law primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, business related litigation, probate, and personal injury. When she’s not in the courtroom you’ll find Tamara running competitively in 5ks, half marathons, marathons as well as training and doing yoga. Tamara is also a member of the Soroptimist, Women Lawyers, and the British Chamber of Commerce.
EDUCATION
Nursing, Parkview Methodist
BBA, Florida Atlantic University
Juris Doctor, Nova Southeastern
CREDENTIALS
Soroptimist International of Ft. Lauderdale, Secretary
Broward Bar Association
Broward Trial Lawyers
BAR LOCATION
FL Bar Number: 796920
Admittance: 4/24/1989

GA Bar Number: 348545
Admittance: 12/12/2007

England and Wales Bar Number: 189616
Admittance: 9/01/1995

Associate
Scott C. Frankel
Scott was born and raised in South Florida. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. He then obtained his Juris Doctor at the University of Miami, School of Law. Scott has been practicing since April of 2014, primarily in the areas of civil litigation. When he’s not at the office, he enjoys playing basketball, fishing, and is proud to say that he is an avid bridge player.
EDUCATION
Juris Doctor, HON, University of Miami
BAppSc, HON, University of Florida
BAR LOCATION
Bar Number: 105907
Admittance: 10/09/2013
Of Counsel

Ilene A. Brooks

Ilene is from Linden, New Jersey. She moved to Florida to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida for a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.  She completed law school at the University of Florida as well as graduated with honors. Ilene has been practicing law since April of 1979, primarily in personal injury. When she’s not working she enjoys traveling the world, reading books, working with rescue animals, and spending time with her Yorkshire Terriers. Ilene is happily married for over 35 years and has three children.
EDUCATION
Juris Doctor, University of Florida
CREDENTIALS
Supreme Court State of Florida
Florida Bar
BAR LOCATION

Bar Number: 270423
Admittance: 4/10/1979

OUR HISTORY

    In 1978, Internet, personal computers and cell phones were non-existent when I graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a business degree in economics eager to begin my professional life.  Moving to Florida with a job as a financial analyst for General Development and an enrolled student in the night program at the University of Miami Law School, I began my Florida legal career. During my third year of law school I was hired by Kent Insurance Company as a full-time legal research clerk and investigator, receiving my first exposure to personal injury litigation from the insurance company’s perspective.  On the day I was sworn into the Florida Bar in 1981, I tried my very first jury trial as house counsel for Kent Insurance Company and remained employed by the carrier for over two years as staff trial litigator.  Upon leaving the insurance company, I opened my own law firm, and subsequently merged with Joe Swiderski, forming Swiderski & Rich, P.A. in 1985.  In 1990 our law firm purchased a building in Margate, Florida and continued practicing personal injury and insurance litigation.  Due to personal health issues my very close friend and law partner retired, and I continued to practice law as David L. Rich, P.A. My law firm now consists of three talented attorneys, Tamara Klopenstein, Scott C. Frankel and Ilene Brooks, of counsel, as well as my long term hard-working dedicated staff, Janet, Barbara, Jan,  Lorraine, Heather and Annie.

    As of the writing of this History in 2018, I have been practicing law for thirty-seven (37) years and, still, coming to the office feels like the very first day.  When you love what you do, what you do is not a job — but your reason for enjoyment of your life. I measure my success on both the compensation I obtain for my clients, and the way I can meaningfully change their lives for the better.  Over the years the people that come to my office for help as clients have become my friends, which is the reason my law firm is so successful.  I now look to the future as I did in 1978, even with so much that has changed, and still have the same desire to help my friends, clients, and you, when needed the most — when injured by someone’s negligence or carelessness that drastically changes, in seconds, your life and the life of your family. My law office fights insurance companies, adjusters, and defense attorneys to maximize the compensation to provide you the tools of recovery.

    Whether surfing the Internet, watching TV, or driving by a bus bench/billboard, you will find so many attorneys that advertise to entice injured victims with outlandish statements of settlement amounts. Every claim is individually evaluated, and the best manner to find an attorney is a referral by family, close friend, or employer.  For over 37 years our law firm has represented thousands of people and, hopefully for you, one of my thousands of clients/friends will direct YOU to our office in your time of need. When I revise this History in another fifteen (15) years I hope to include you in my thoughts.  But for now, be safe and happy.

Loving what I do,

David

STAFF

Experienced, capable, friendly and caring!

Barbara – Legal Assistant

Jan – Paralegal 

Janet – Office Manager

Lorraine – Legal Secretary

Heather – Office Support

Annie – Office Support

FREE CONSULTATION
Call the Law Offices of David L. Rich, P.A. for your free consultation. If you, or someone you know, has been injured due to someone else’s negligence let us answer your questions. We can help you understand your rights and determine whether or not you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

954-972-1800

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