Our Law Firm was founded in 2005 by Attorney Jeff Appel. Prior to that, Jeff worked for ten years as a founding partner of Harbsmeier, DeZayas & Appel, but began his career with Holland & Knight in 1993. (Jeffrey Appel Attorney in Lakeland)

The firm’s goal is to remain personal yet offer professional product, which mandates that the law firm not grow out of control despite the growing need for legal services in the firm’s practice areas.

The law firm’s offices are located in Lakeland Florida, representing clients throughout every jurisdiction in the state. We concentrate our practice on workers’ comp work injuries and employment law and appeals, but also handle workers’ compensation insurance coverage cases, exclusive remedy litigation, matters, general liability litigation and civil cases.

Our attorneys are committed to being the most focused and respected work injuries and employment law attorneys in their respective areas of law. We believe that after reviewing the resumes of our attorneys and meeting our team, you will agree.

Jeffrey E. Appel, Esquire


Jeffrey E. Appel, Esquire attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1989, his Master of Arts in Sociology in 1993 and his law degree in 1993.

Jeff has practiced workers’ compensation law for over 20 years. His first job was with Holland & Knight, LLP, where he practiced workers' compensation exclusively. He left H&K to become a founding member of Harbsmeier, DeZayas & Appel, LLP. As a partner with the firm, Jeff continued to concentrate his practice in trial work for workers' compensation cases and appellate law.

In 2005, Jeff started the firm now known as the Appel Law Group where he continues to practice workers' compensation litigation and appellate law. Jeff also devotes time to civil trial work involving workers’ compensation issues such as exclusive remedy/immunity. Jeff is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in workers’ compensation. He has an “AV-Preeminent” rating, the highest peer ranking possible, from Martindale-Hubble. Jeff currently serves the Workers’ Compensation Executive Council as editor-in-chief of the section’s newsletter, The News & 440 Report. He also regularly serves as an expert in the area of workers’ compensation attorney’s fees and writes amicus briefs for various organizations involved in workers’ compensation matters. Outside of work, Jeff can be found fishing, diving or enjoying outdoor activities with his wife Nikki and their five children.

Jeff can be contacted through email at Jappel@Appellawgroup.com or by telephone at (863) 712-2945.