Veteran Trial Lawyer, R. Timothy Vannatta, Joins Talenfeld Law

Tim Vannatta

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – R. Timothy Vannatta, Esq., has joined Talenfeld Law.  Mr. Vannatta is the fifth attorney to join Talenfeld Law, which is Florida’s only law firm dedicated exclusively to protecting abused, disabled and injured children. He has tried over 100 civil and criminal cases in South Florida and around the state in his twenty years as an attorney.


Mr. Vannatta began his legal career as a prosecutor in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Upon leaving the State’s Attorney’s office he continued his legal career by engaging in Medical Malpractice and Admiralty defense work representing cruise lines as well as hospitals and medical care providers throughout South Florida.  He then joined a national plaintiff’s firm specializing in the handling of securities class action suits.  Just prior to joining Talenfeld Law Mr. Vannatta was a trial attorney for a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Boca Raton.


“Tim possesses exceptional trial skills and will afford our firm a greater capacity to move many more cases to trial,” said Howard Talenfeld, firm managing partner. Mr. Talenfeld first met Mr. Vannatta while working together on a case involving the death of a child while the child was in custody of the child welfare system.


Mr. Vannatta’s passion for helping children and desire to have his work make a difference initiated his move to Talenfeld Law. Helping children in need is also a personal mission for Mr. Vannatta who has an 11-year-old son on the autistic spectrum. His wife runs a charity,, which provides funding for those in need of services in the autism community.


“The potential to make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected and disabled children in government care was the driving force behind my decision to join the firm. I wanted my life’s work to be meaningful and this firm’s special focus on helping children was an opportunity I could not pass up,” said Mr. Vannatta.


Mr. Vannatta received his juris doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995.  Among his professional associations Mr. Vannatta is a member of the Palm Beach County Justice Association and the Broward County Justice Association. Mr. Vannatta is admitted to practice law in Florida as well as in the Southern District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit in Federal Court.


About Talenfeld Law

Talenfeld Law is Florida’s only law firm exclusively dedicated to protecting the rights of abused, disabled and injured children. The firm was founded by Howard Talenfeld, the preeminent children’s rights lawyer in the nation, who has earned numerous significant, multimillion dollar awards for foster children, the developmentally disabled and others harmed while under the care of state agencies and contracted care providers. The firm including its prior incarnation has been involved in precedent-setting actions and systemic reform and has established a reputation as champions of the rights of the abused in personal injury claims for damages. Learn more at


Robert Friedman