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Walter A. Ketcham, Jr.

Mr. Ketcham received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and law degree from Stetson University in 1970 and 1973, respectively. He started his legal career at Mathews, Osborne, Ehrlich, McNatt, Gobelman, and Cobb in Jacksonville, Florida, then joined Walker, Miller & Ketcham in 1976. In 1987, Mr. Ketcham began practicing with his colleague and longtime friend Mason H. Grower III.

A litigator for more than 40 years, Mr. Ketcham focuses in the areas of general insurance defense, governmental law and employment law, including personal injury claims, false arrest claims, civil rights claims, school board claims defense, premises liability defense, general commercial litigation, product liability defense, medical and dental malpractice claims, auto liability defense and defense of various trucking companies. 

Mr. Ketcham is a former member of the Stetson Law Review and is an AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a former president and charter member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, whose invitation-only membership is limited to civil trial Bar members who have served as lead counsel in more than 50 trials and who repeatedly demonstrate superior trial skills and high moral character. Mr. Ketcham is noted for his common-sense, cost-effective approach to litigation. He has tried cases throughout the state of Florida and in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. Mr. Ketcham regularly presents oral arguments before the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for private and governmental entities.  He has been previously named as one of Orlando's top lawyers by Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine, is a member of Florida SuperLawyers and is a fellow of Litigation Counsel of America.  In early 2017, he received an award from the Amerian Board of Trial Advocates as Trial Lawyer of the year for 2016. 

Mr. Ketcham has served on the Orange County Art and Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee, as a reading mentor at Palmetto Elementary School and as a member of the Florida Bar Ethics Committee for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. In 2009, Mr. Ketcham was appointed to a four-year term on the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority by Governor Charlie Crist and in 2010 was elected Chairman.  He was recently reappointed to another four-year term to the Authority; this time by Governor Rick Scott, served as its Chairman from 2009-2015.  He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mennello Museum of American Art.  When not practicing law or serving as a community volunteer, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife of more than 20 years, Vanessa, his children and grandchildren. 

Education
Stetson University, B.B.A., 1970
Stetson University, J.D., 1973

Core Practice Areas
Amusement park liability
Automobile liability
Dental malpractice
Insurance defense
Legal malpractice
Municipal and governmental law
Personal injury
Premises liability
Products liability
Subrogation
Wrongful death

Legal Experience
1973-76   Associate   Matthews, Osborne, Ehrlich, McNatt, Gobelman and Cobb   Jacksonville, Florida
1976-87   Partner   Walker, Miller and Ketcham   Orlando, Florida
1987-present   Partner   Grower, Ketcham, Eide, Telan & Meltz, P.A.   Maitland, Florida

Notable Cases
Riccardi v. Superior Guar. Ins. Co., 801 So. 2d 950 (Fla. 5th DCA 2001)
Aura Nightclub v. Orange County, 166 F. Supp. 2d 1358 (M.D. Fla. 2001)
Toombs v. Alamo Rent-A-Car, 762 So. 2d 1040 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000)
U.S. Nineteen, Inc. v. Orange County, 13 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 72 (1999)
Barton v. Hertz Corp., 35 F. Supp. 2d 1377 (M.D. Fla. 1999)
APT Tampa/Orlando v. Orange County, 11 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 527 (1997)
Wimberg v. Chandler, 986 F. Supp 1477 (M.D. Fla. 1997)
Glenn v. Gatdule, 696 So. 2d (Fla.2d DCA 1997)
Hinn v. Beary, 701 So. 2d 579 (Fla. 5th DCA 1997)
Washington v. Beary, 50 F.3d 1038 (11th Cir. 1995)
Young v. Insurance Co. of North America, 870 F.2d 610 (11th Cir. 1989)
Allie v. Ionata, 503 So. 2d 1237 (Fla. Sup. Ct. 1987

Admissions, Membership and Affiliations
The Florida Bar
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Orange County Art and Cultural Affairs Council
Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority Chairman 2009-2015
American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
American Association for Justice Diplomat
American Board of Trial Advocates
Certified in Civil Circuit and County Mediations
Transportation Lawyers Association
Litigation Council of America
Trial Lawyer Honor Society-Fellow
Chairman of the Board - Mennello Museum of American Art

Honors and Awards
SuperLawyers
Member of National Mock Trial Team, Dental Malpractice, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates
Charter Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
American Board of Trial Advocates, Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2016

Email: waketcham@growerketcham.com