MIAMI — A lawyer who has been defending clients for less than five years has already won the admiration of his colleagues and counterparts in Miami by receiving the Super Lawyers 2017 Florida Rising Star Award.
Jordan Redavid, a lawyer for Redavid Law PLLC in Miami, recently earned the honor. While lawyers who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years are the only ones eligible for the Rising Star award, according to a news release, Redavid has only been practicing for a little under three years.
“My whole life I was interested in criminal law,” Redavid told the Florida Record. “I was hooked.”
Catching that bug brought Redavid into a second career as a criminal-defense attorney. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Redavid was an NCAA compliance officer with the University of Miami. While he may have switched careers during his lifetime, he has called the city of Miami home during both his time at the University of Miami and as a criminal-defense attorney.
That attachment to Miami and its people motivates Redavid to do well on his cases. In addition to primarily practicing in Miami, he is also licensed to practice in all of Florida as well as the 11th Court of Appeals and all federal courts in the Southern District of Florida.
Ironically, Redavid had found out he had won the Super Lawyers 2017 Florida Rising Star Award after many of his other peers had already won awards that year. Subsequently, he had not been expecting any news of his own until he got a letter notifying him that he won the award.
“I was ecstatic,” he said. “To be thought of by my colleagues in that way means the world to me.”
Despite winning, Redavid plans to remain true to his calling and continue defending others who are unable to defend themselves and improve the quality of his practice to be able to better serve his clients. To that end, Redavid recently took on a case that, he said, was almost certain to end with his client going to prison for the rest of that person’s life. However, Redavid was able to get a not-guilty verdict and make sure that his client walked free.
“It was a meaningful experience for me and my client,” Redavid said.
While Redavid is mostly known for practicing criminal law, it is not the only area of law that he practices. He also practices DUI law and personal-injury law. While DUI law mostly deals with misdemeanors barring extenuating circumstances, Redavid’s personal-injury cases mostly involve the violation of a client’s civil rights.
“I view it as a privilege (to help them),” Redavid said.
According to the news release, the Super Lawyers rating service uses data including nominations by peers, independent research and evaluations. In the selection process, factors that are evaluated include professional achievement and recognition from peers.