Richard E. Chait, Partner
Dedicated Workers' Compensation Lawyer Serving Miami
Richard is a shareholder with the law firm of Touby, Chait & Sicking,
P.L. which is located in Coral Gables, Florida. His practice specializes
in the representation of injured workers throughout the state. He received
his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance from the
University of Florida in 1984. Subsequently, he attended the University
of Miami School of Law and graduated in 1987. Since then, he has practiced
in the field of Workers' Compensation Law and has specialized in protecting
the rights of injured workers for the majority of his career.
Richard is a former president of the Florida Workers' Advocates (FWA),
having served in 2000-01. He has held a District Seat on the FWA Board
of Directors since 1993. In that capacity, he sits on the FWA Executive
Committee and provides special counsel to the acting President and other
officers. Moreover, this Miami workers' compensation lawyer is the
longstanding Chair of FWA’s Legislative Committee and Political
Richard is the current Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section
of the Florida Justice Association (f/k/a Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers).
In that capacity, FJA has appointed him to chair a newly formed Committee
on Workers’ Compensation to best prepare for the ongoing legislative
and political proceedings which constantly impact this area of the law.
Richard previously served on the FJA Workers' Compensation Task Force.
Areas of Practice
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
A Champion for Workers' Compensation
Richard is a past Chair of the Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Section
(2009-10) and has held a seat on the Section’s Executive Council
since 2001. He currently serves on the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation
Rules Advisory Committee. In 2010, he served on the Florida Insurance
Consumer Advocate’s Joint Task Force on Workers’ Compensation.
Richard has maintained a vital role in Florida’s political, legislative
and leadership process, relevant to Workers’ Compensation issues,
since his FWA presidency. He regularly works with the FWA and Florida
Justice Association leadership teams to formulate various strategies and
other plans of action to advance the cause for injured workers. Richard
spends extensive time in Tallahassee and traveling through other parts
of the state on behalf of Florida’s injured workers and the Workers’
Compensation System. He has testified before the Florida Senate and House
of Representatives during various legislative sessions. He has also provided
testimony during several Workers’ Compensation Rules Hearings, and
most recently, the Office of Insurance Regulation Workers’Compensation
Awards & Recognition
Throughout his career, Richard has received numerous awards and recognitions
from FWA, Florida Justice Association, Friends of 440 and other organizations
for his efforts and contributions on behalf of injured workers and the
workers’ compensation system. In 2004, Friends of 440 honored him
as the Outstanding Attorney on behalf of injured workers. During the 2007
FWA Educational Conference, he was presented with the inaugural David
H. Levine Outstanding Leadership Award. Following the 2009 Legislative
Session, FWA awarded Richard the inaugural Stewart L. Colling Legislative
Leadership Award, and thus far he is the sole recipient of this honor.
In 2015, the Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar awarded
Richard the Frierson-Colling Professionalism Award and the FWA bestowed
upon him the inaugural Fill the Shoes Award. In the Summer of 2016, Richard
was presented with the Cornerstone Award and the Bronze EAGLE Award at
the Florida Justice Association Annual Convention. At the Masters of Justice
Conference, the Florida Justice Association presented Richard and his
two partners with the distinguished Jon E. Krupnick Award which recognizes
incredible perseverance demonstrated throughout his career.
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