Donald Van Dingenen ,Esquire
Donald Van Dingenen, known as “Don” to his friends
and colleagues, is a proud graduate of the University of Central
Florida, where he obtained degrees in Finance, Marketing and Drama
in 1985. Mr. Van Dingenen then graduated from Mercer University
School of Law in 2003 and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same
year. Mr. Van Dingenen interned for the firm of Morgan & Simmerman,
P.A., a long-standing Orlando firm that represented injured workers.
He went on to become a partner of this firm after three years
of practicing law.During his time as the managing attorney he represented
a young bank teller that was shot and paralyzed in Lake County,
Florida. With Mr. Van Dingenen’s assistance, the client was
awarded the largest civil trial verdict in Lake County history,
$26.7 million.After this record setting achievement, Van Dingenen,
P.A. was founded in 2003 along with the introduction of the 1(800)WORKERS
toll free phone lines for all of Central Florida’s injured
workers. He has represented thousands of injured workers throughout
the State of Florida. In 2004, Mr. Van Dingenen represented a young
construction worker that was paralyzed on the job in Brevard County,
Florida. In January 2009, after five years of litigation, Mr. Van
Dingenen was the lead trial attorney wherein his client was awarded
the largest civil trial jury verdict in Brevard County history,
$76.6 million. That jury verdict stands as the fourth largest civil
trial jury verdict in the United States for 2009. Mr. Van Dingenen
and his family reside in Winter Park, Florida
Charles W. Smith, Esquire
Charles W. Smith, known as “Chuck” to his friends and colleagues, is a proud graduate of the University of Iowa, where he obtained a B.A. in Political Science in 1993. Mr. Smith then graduated from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in 1996. Mr. Smith was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1996 and the Washington D.C. Bar in 1999.
Mr. Smith has spent the majority of his career in representing the interests of injured workers and motor vehicle accident victims. He has tried numerous civil jury trials and close to a hundred workers’ compensation trials. Mr. Smith has been a valuable asset with Van Dingenen, P.A. since 2003, including such highlights as co-counsel in the largest civil verdict in Brevard County, FL, in the amount of $76.6 million. He has been instrumental in expanding the law firm’s focus in Longshore and Florida Workers’ Compensation cases with complex issues, litigation and appeals.
Mr. Smith and his family reside in Winter Park, Florida.