Kenneth P. Abele | Shareholder
Kenneth P. Abele

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Debtor and Creditor
  • Trust and Probate Litigation
  • Personal Injury
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Contact

kabele@ausley.com
123 South Calhoun Street
P.O. Box 391
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
Voice: (850) 425-5497
Fax: (850) 222-7560

Biography

Ken Abele is a shareholder with the firm and licensed to practice in Florida and Georgia. He has experience in a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury/wrongful death, collection matters, securities litigation, state licensure defense, product liability litigation, and probate litigation. He manages litigation in Florida and Georgia involving consumer collections for Capital City Bank, a regional bank with over seventy banking offices. Additionally, Ken has represented a number of individuals involved in securities litigation, both on the defense and plaintiff sides. He has also successfully litigated a number of probate litigation cases. Ken has represented several plaintiffs in wrongful death actions that resulted in seven figure settlements.

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Florida
  • State of Georgia
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Tallahassee Bar Association
  • BV Rated Martindale Hubbell (highest available for less than 10 years experience)
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2007, 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in General Litigation, 2009 - 2012

Publications

  • Co-Author "Letters of Protection: Practice Tips" for Florida Chiropractic Association Journal April - June 2009 Issue

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida, 1999
  • B.A., University of Florida, 1994
  • Phi Alpha Delta

Extended Profile

Ken Abele practices civil litigation in Florida and Georgia. He has experience in a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury/wrongful death, collection matters, securities litigation, state licensure defense, product liability litigation, and landlord tenant issues, among others. He manages litigation in Florida and Georgia involving consumer collections for Capital City Bank, a regional bank with over seventy (70) banking offices. Additionally, Ken has represented a number of individuals involved in securities litigation. He has successfully litigated a number of probate litigation cases. Ken has represented several plaintiffs in wrongful death actions that resulted in seven figure settlements.

        1.        Cruz vs. Transit Group Transportation – represented a woman arrested and charged with causing a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of her husband and child, in a civil suit against a trucking company also involved in the accident. After several years of contentious litigation, the trucking company settled the case for $1.25 million. The charges against the woman were dropped.

        2.        Hepburn vs. Maytag – successfully defended Maytag against allegations that its clothes dryer was defective. Plaintiff was partially paralyzed and partially blinded. Plaintiff sought over $4 million in damages. The jury returned a verdict of no liability. The verdict was listed as one of the top twenty national defense verdicts by Verdict Search for the year 2003.

        3.        Federal Securities litigation – represented a group of elderly investors who were defrauded in a pay phone lease back scheme. Ultimately, Ken Abele recovered over $1 million for his clients from various defendants. Additionally, Ken Abele achieved a significant settlement against a hedge fund for one of its investors.

        4.        Appellate Practice – Ken Abele has been able to have several adverse lower tribunal decisions reversed in reported appellate decisions, including the reversal of the imposition of a significant fine against a family owned assisted living facility.


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