Manuel F. Alvarez is a partner in the Pensacola office of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. In addition to handling first party property and personal injury litigation matters, he has focused on workers’ compensation defense for over 22 years and has extensive experience defending insurance carriers, third party administrators (TPAs), self-insureds, the state of Florida, county agencies, and professional employer organizations (PEOs). Mr. Alvarez is an accomplished trial lawyer with extensive knowledge of the medical aspects involved in every workers’ compensation claim. He has extensive experience handling catastrophic injury cases and complex cases involving repetitive trauma injuries, brain injuries, permanent total disability claims, occupational exposure cases, and fraud. His experience includes developing aggressive and successful defenses to fraud claims; moreover, for over two years, Mr. Alvarez handled insurance fraud cases while serving as a State Prosecutor in Miami.
Previously, Mr. Alvarez served as a former police officer in Daytona Beach and former Deputy Sheriff in Orange County, Orlando, Florida. He also previously developed a program of instruction for training police SWAT teams throughout Michigan on behalf of the Michigan Army National Guard Counter Drug program.
Mr. Alvarez retired from the United States Army Reserve at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after serving over 33 years. He served two tours in Iraq: Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Mr. Alvarez served as an Infantry Officer embedded with the Iraqi Army and the Iraqi Army Infantry Battalion as their U.S. Army Operations and Maneuver Advisor.
As part of the United States Forces, during his second deployment, Mr. Alvarez supported the U.S. State Department’s Provincial Reconstruction Teams throughout all 16 provinces in Iraq. Additionally, as part of other military assignments, he trained military forces in various South and Central American nations in the areas of human rights and law of war. During his last assignment, Mr. Alvarez served a strategic plans officer in a Civil Affairs Planning Team supporting the United States Southern Command involving multiple strategic and operational aspects of Civil-Military Operations encompassing cross-agencies, non-governmental organizations, and foreign nations in the Central and South American area of operation.
Some of Mr. Alvarez’s military awards include: the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals. He also received unit awards consisting of the Presidential Unit Citation and the Joint Meritorious Unit Awards.
Mr. Alvarez received his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1996 and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida in 1990.
Mr. Alvarez is licensed to practice law in Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar and Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court.
He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on workers’ compensation law at various accredited seminars throughout Florida and is a certified lecturer by the state of Florida for insurance adjusters’ CEU credits. Mr. Alvarez is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated Preeminent attorney.
Mr. Alvarez is fluent in Spanish and has basic communication skills in Arabic.
Law of War and Human Rights, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009
Multiple Lectures on Workers’ Compensation to insurance carriers and employers, Florida, 1999 – present.
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