Richard Slawson, Esq.

Richard Slawson has earned a reputation as one of Florida’s premier Insurance Bad Faith civil trial attorneys.  He has been assisting victims of insurance abuse and personal injury for more than 35 years.  Richard has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. The Florida Justice Association (FJA) has recognized Richard with all of its highest honors: The Perry Nichols Award (2009); The Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award (2008); The B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism (1998); and, The Presidential Appreciation Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Pursuit of Justice (1996). In 1990, he was presented with the Eagle Hall of Fame Award for a lifetime of leadership and financial giving to protect the rights of Florida families.  Other FJA awards include the Silver Eagle Award and the Eagle Hall of Fame Leadership Award.  The Palm Beach County Crime Prevention Officers Association has presented him with its Appreciation Award for Dedicated Services.


Richard has been profiled in The Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation for more than 10 years.  He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available from the nation’s oldest guide to the legal profession, for his legal ability and ethical standards.  He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Richard has earned Florida Bar Certification, the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar for competency and experience as a civil trial lawyer.  Richard has also earned his accreditation for Civil Trial Advo-cacy for the twentieth year in a row by the National Board of Trial Advocates (NBTA).

Richard has served as President of the Florida Justice Association, a statewide organization of attorneys who fight to protect peoples’ rights and access to our civil justice system.  He is one of only 500 current lawyers in America who are members of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  He is also a member of the International Society of Barristers and was appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve on the Judicial Nominations Commission of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (1987 to 1991). A recognized expert on insurance law.  Richard has lectured for more than 25 years on personal injury trial practice and insurance company bad faith litigation at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys.  During this same time period, Richard has spent thousands of hours in Tallahassee during the legislative sessions helping to protect and strengthen our civil justice system and the rights and safety of Florida families.

Richard served in the U.S. Army Reserves and earned the rank of Captain.  After earning his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Notre Dame Law School. Richard was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1971. Richard is deeply committed and dedicated to the safety and well-being of children in our community.  He supports numerous community organizations and encourages everyone to volunteer and help make Florida a better place to live, work and raise a family.

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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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