June 25, 2018

Lake H. “Trey” Lytal III and other Palm Beach County attorneys have taken leadership roles in a state legal association that has lobbied the legislature heavily on issues including proposed repeal of Florida’s no-fault car insurance system.

Lytal, 47, was sworn in as president of the Florida Justice Association in its annual meeting last week in Palm Beach. He serves as managing partner with Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath in West Palm Beach.

“We protect cornerstone American rights and support Republicans and Democrats who support our mission,” Lytal said in a statement. The group seeks to protect “access to the courts and right to a jury trial,” he said.

The association, which bills itself as advancing the interests of citizens and consumers through the work of member trial lawyers, advocated for a bill that passed the state House last session to end the state’s no-fault car insurance system. That would bring to a close Florida’s status as one of only two states that do not require bodily-injury liability insurance to cover a driver’s injuries to others, but the bill stalled in the Senate.

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The president-elect, or next president in line, is Leslie Kroeger, a partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in Palm Beach Gardens. She will become the second woman to serve as president, according to organization officials.

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