K. Kay Dodd Anderson
K. Kay Dodd Anderson joined the firm as Partner in the Worker’s Compensation department in January 2019, after 13 years as an associate at another defense firm. She began her career as a worker’s compensation adjuster for 6 years and transitioned to employment as a paralegal for another 3 years during law school. She began practicing law as a worker’s compensation defense attorney 17 years ago. Mrs. Dodd Anderson has spent her 26 years in the worker’s compensation industry defending the interests of Employers, Servicing Agents, Carriers, Self-Insured’s and State/Municipalities. She has extensive trial and litigation experience. She specializes in misrepresentation as well as heart and lung presumption defenses at the trial level.
Mrs. Dodd Anderson has highly successful track record in defending worker’s compensation cases at trial. She tries cases throughout the year before Judges of Compensation Claims in 5 jurisdictions. She has extensive experience in the development of successful misrepresentation defenses under F.S. 440.105 and 440.09. She has succeeded in these defenses to such a degree that the claims have subsequently been accepted by the Florida Department of Insurance Fraud for prosecution. Additionally, she is highly experienced in managing the complex nature of claims which fall under the Florida Heart/Lung Bill pursuant to F.S. 112.18.
Mrs. Dodd Anderson began her career in worker’s compensation as an adjuster for Nationwide Ins in 1993 while attending graduate studies at the University of Florida. After moving to Miami in 1996, she continued her career as a worker’s compensation claims adjuster for Gallagher Bassett Services for another 3 years. In 1999 she began law school in the evening program at the University of Miami. During the day, she worked full time as a paralegal, initially with Kelly, Kronenberg et. al. and later with Marcos & Rothman, P.A. After graduating cum laude in 2002, she continued work with Marcos & Rothman as an associate attorney. She then joined MKRS Law in 2003 and worked there as an associate attorney until 2019. During her 17 years of practice in worker’s compensation, Mrs. Dodd Anderson has successfully managed a large case load while aggressively litigating worker’s compensation claims to conclusion at the trial level.
Complex Trial Experience
• Edward Paradise v. Neptune Fish Market/Retail First Ins. OJCC 16-011398CJS Final Order 1/11/19: Attorney’s Fees – denied.
• Guy Murphy v. Florida DOT and Risk Management OJCC 15-013819 TAH, 15-022221TAH Final Order 12/20/18: Attorney’s Fees – denied.
• Roxanne Payne v. Juvenile Detention Center/Division of Risk management OJCC 98-016552TAH – Final Order 1/26/18: Misrepresentation, claim denied.
• Terry Swan v. Florida Welding Fabricators and Erectors/Bridgefield Employer Insurance Co. OJCC 16-010335CJS – Final Order 5/17/18: Misrepresentation, claim denied.
• Juan Manuel Ruiz v. Caloosa Transport/Summit OJCC 16-012693TAH Final Order 10/17/17: Misrepresentation, claim denied.
• Edward Paradise v. Neptune Fish Market/Retail First Ins. OJCC 16-011398MAD Final Order 3/6/17: Intoxication, compensability, claim denied.
• Virgilee McAllister v. Glades Correctional Inst. /State of FL Risk Mgmt. OJCC 09-030404SHP – Final Order 1/25/16: Misrepresentation, claim denied.
• Kimberly Stark v. Alan Slootsky/The Hartford OJCC 11-027673 – Order 10/21/14: MCC.
• James Burkhead v. Action Crane Svcs./Bridgefield Employers Ins. Co. OJCC 13-000719MAD – Final Order 9/12/14: Compensability, credibility, MCC, conditions denied.
• Johan Mustonen v. Palm Beach Tours and Transport/Summit Holdings OJCC 09-016472TMB – Final Order 4/25/12: Compensability, MCC, conditions denied.
Academic & Personal Background
Mrs. Dodd Anderson received her JD from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002, graduating cum laude. She worked full time as a paralegal for Marcos & Rothman, P.A. while attending law school at night. Mrs. Dodd Anderson graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, majoring in English/Literary Studies and minoring in Art History.
Mrs. Dodd Anderson is a mother of three children. She is an active member of her church where she participates in charitable causes in her community.
Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar
Treasure Coast Division of Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund