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At Talenfeld Law, we fight for kids.


Talenfeld Law is a unique Florida law firm dedicated exclusively to representing abused, disabled and injured children in foster care and other child welfare settings in personal injury and damages cases.

Talenfeld Law was founded by Howard Talenfeld, one of the nation’s preeminent children’s rights attorneys. For more than 25 years, Howard and his team have represented foster care children and the developmentally disabled who are victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect in damages cases and personal injury claims. Talenfeld Law partner, Stacie Schmerling, is a veteran child abuse case worker and investigator who has 15 years of experience working in the child welfare systems in New Jersey and Florida, and has worked alongside Howard since 2008. Our team of five attorneys has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for abused, disabled and injured children.

Our attorneys have avoided state sovereign immunity damages caps and limits through the creative application of federal law to seek novel and successful results for children and their families. We have prevailed in individual cases, class-action lawsuits, federal civil rights claims and negligence claims on behalf of children abused, disabled and injured while under the care of state agencies and their contracted care providers in all settings, including foster homes, group homes, emergency shelters, residential treatment centers, and at home with their parents.

The firm also provides life care planning guidance to those children permanently harmed who have been awarded damages from lawsuits or settlements with government agencies and their privately contracted care providers.

We also represent disabled children in administrative proceedings regarding eligibility for Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver and special education services, in addition to representing disabled children in civil damages claims.

The attorneys at Talenfeld Law have a long legacy of public service and pro bono involvement. In 2014, Howard Talenfeld, who is the founding president of Florida’s Children First, co-chaired Citizens for Broward’s Children, the political action committee that fought for and successfully obtained the re-authorization of Broward County Children’s Services Council.

Our insight, experience and impassioned pursuit of damages claims helps ensure our clients’ rights and futures are protected. At Talenfeld Law, our singular mission is to protect the rights of Florida’s most vulnerable children.

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