Matthew E. Romanik

Matthew E. Romanik

Partner since April 9, 2007
Location:
Daytona Beach, Florida
Phone:
386-492-8694
877-509-1400
Fax:
386-255-8100
Email:

I am proud to be an attorney who represents plaintiffs.  I began practicing law in 1995 with the goal of representing clients who needed someone to equalize the playing field.  At that time, I practiced predominantly plaintiffs’ employment discrimination.  Since then, I have developed a practice which also includes litigating workers’ compensation claims, social security claims, civil cases, personal injury cases and wrongful death claims.  

How my practice evolved is a long story I will try to keep relatively short.  I was born in Pennsylvania and, since the age of five, have been a Floridian.  I grew up in Lakeland, Florida.  I had an innate skill set in math and science, probably due in part to my chemical engineer father, but I strived to develop my research and writing skills, with both genetic predisposition and lots of continuing guidance from my mother, who is a professor of English.  I grew up riding my bicycle around the outskirts of town, playing my drums, running a lawn service, and, in the slow winters, working in restaurants.

I was fortunate to be accepted to the University of Florida and headed to Gainesville in 1988.  I went to college with an open mind hoping to decide what my career goal would be as I learned more about academic studies and life.  Ultimately, while I was very interested in science and medicine, I also was fascinated with political science and finance.  While most pick one from the top contenders, I picked two areas of focused study.  I received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in finance within four years of my enrollment.  During my undergraduate studies, I worked for the Soil and Water Science department and, ultimately, oversaw a soil hydrology lab, with fulltime responsibilities, while attending school.  I enjoyed my dirt lab so much that I thought I’d like to stay in Gainesville for graduate school.  The University of Florida welcomed me at the Levin College of Law, where I studied a substantial amount of environmental law, knowing working on the rewarding end of that area would typically involve pro bono endeavors.  I kept the lab intact, kept law school in order, and, for the last two years of law school, clerked for the reputable firm Stripling, McMichael and Stripling.  That is where I learned I should be a lawyer representing plaintiffs.  

I was offered a job in Daytona Beach helping those who suffered from discrimination in the workplace.  Soon after, I joined a practice litigating workers’ compensation, social security disability, and personal injury cases, for a decade, during which I became a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation attorney in 2003.  In 2007, my partner, Aaron Delgado, and I stared a new firm which led to additional, diverse, civil litigation.  We’ve grown to a crew of five, and I am proud to say I’d try a case with any and all of them.  I’ve litigated over fifty contested trials and assisted hundreds of clients through administrative adjudications.

When I am not litigating, I prefer to be bicycling, kayaking, boating, hiking or swimming, but I do save time to be a member of the Historic Preservation Board of the City of Daytona Beach, the Vice Chair of the Halifax Heritage Byway and Trails CAG, a board member of the Halifax Historical Society and a board member of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Civil Trial Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Employment and Labor Claims
  • Family / Marital Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Premise Liability
  • Social Security Disability
  • Wrongful Death

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Workers' Compensation, Florida Bar, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1995

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • Juris Doctor - May, 1995
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States
    • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts cum laude - May, 1992
    • Major: Finance
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Accomplishments

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Florida Chapter, Board Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Johnson, Gilbert & Romanik P.A., Partner, February 15, 1997 - April 6, 2007
  • Law Office of Fred Morello, P.A., Associate, August 15, 1995 - January 1, 1997
  • Stripling, McMichael and Stripling, Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Historic Preservation Board of the City of Daytona Beach, Member, January 1, 2000 - Present
  • Halifax Heritage Byway and Trails CAG, Vice Chair
  • Halifax Historical Society, Board Member