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Mathew R. Wendler

Fort Lauderdale
Office Phone: 954.761.9900
Office Fax: 954.761.9940
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Practice Areas

  • Auto / Fleet
  • Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Other Areas
  • Premises / Dram Shop
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
Matthew Wendler, Esq. is a Junior Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office. He has 10 years of trial litigation experience and has handled claims for both businesses and insurers. His practice is devoted largely to general liability, bodily injury, auto liability, premises liability, professional liability, wrongful death, and negligent security matters.

Matthew obtained his Bachelor of Science degree and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh. While in law school, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jacqueline O. Shogan of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He also served as the chairperson of the moot-court board and received a certificate in International and Comparative Law.

Upon graduating from law school, Matthew served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David C. Klementik of the Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Thereafter, he practiced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focusing on the defense of manufacturers of pharmaceutical products, firearms, automotive vehicles, and industrial cranes in product-liability actions filed in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Matthew co-authored the book Pennsylvania Causes of Action (3rd Edition). His articles have been published in The National Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer (a prominent Pennsylvania publication), and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s Trial Advocate Quarterly.

Matthew is admitted in Florida (2009), Pennsylvania (2010), West Virginia (2011), New York (2012), Colorado (2013), the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2010), the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (2011), and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2014). He has been selected to the Florida Super Lawyers – Rising Stars each of the last seven consecutive years (2016-2022).


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S., magna cum laude, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • 2009, Florida
  • 2010, Pennsylvania
  • 2011, West Virginia
  • 2012, New York
  • 2013, Colorado
  • 2014, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • 2010, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • 2011, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia


  • Auto & Fleet Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Excess | Wrongful Death
  • Federal Practice
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Negligent Security
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
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