Richard Vargas, Esq.

Richard Alan Vargas, Esq. is an attorney located in the firm’s Miami office. Richard is a trial lawyer with extensive experience practicing in various areas of civil litigation including premises liability, negligent security, hospitality services, liquor liability and dram-shop, construction defect, contractual disputes, consumer litigation and first-party insurance coverage. Richard has litigated numerous lawsuits, from inception through trial, on behalf of recreation centers, restaurants, fast-food establishments, automobile dealerships, hotels, condominium associations, shopping centers and retail operators across Florida. Richard focuses on representing his clients with the utmost professionalism, while providing honest evaluation and zealous counsel.

Richard earned his Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University and obtained his Bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Florida. He is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Born and raised in South Florida, Richard currently resides in Miami with his wife and three children. Richard enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, traveling, and volunteering at his church.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a supermarket operator in a premises liability action in Miami-Dade County;
  • Coordinated and participated in several large scale settlement conferences on behalf of a nationwide insurance carrier involving numerous property claims worth over $1M dollars;
  • Successfully defended a security company and security guard at trial involving defamation, wrongful prosecution and negligence for a claim in excess of $4M dollars in Miami-Dade County;
  • Defended a home-owner relative to a negligence claim resulting in a defense verdict in Palm Beach County;
  • Participated in two arbitrations representing car dealerships pursuing reinstatement as franchisees in Miami-Dade and Broward County;
  • Represented a bowling recreation center at trial in a catastrophic injury premises liability claim in Broward County;
  • Successfully litigated and mediated numerous premises liability and negligent security claims on behalf of corporate clients across Florida.

Phone Number: 786-866-8122
E-Mail: rvargas@pdplawyers.com


Ron Thackery, Esq.

Mr. Thackery recently joined the firm following a long career at American Medical Response. Ron had responsibility for safety, risk management, claims management, procurement and controlled substances administration. Previously, he was responsible for the integration of acquired companies into AMR, fleet administration, paramedic training schools and the Logistics team for FEMA deployments. During his 22 years he led many teams of caregivers and leaders in the development of innovative programs in EMS. Mr. Thackery received the Distinguished Service to Safety award from the National Safety Council in 2007, the highest individual award bestowed by the Council. He recently received the Walter J. Schaeffer Award for Excellence from the American Ambulance Association. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Safety Council and chairs the Professional Standards and Research Committee of the American Ambulance Association. He is a frequent presenter in EMS, Risk Management and Legal settings. Prior to his service at AMR, he was Senior Counsel to Federal Express. Mr. Thackery holds a BA in Humanities from Christian Brothers University and a JD from the University of Memphis.

Donald Guthrie, Esq.

Donald Guthrie, Esq. was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Florida’s panhandle and joined Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A., in 2018.  A former US Army Infantry Officer, Don served with distinction as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the prestigious US Army Berlin Brigade during the peak of the Cold War, and as a Company Commander and Battalion Staff Officer with the elite 101st Airborne Division. After an early medical discharge from the Army, Don returned to his home state and earned his law degree from the University of Florida.

He brings considerable legal experience to his current position combining the courtroom skill he gained through working as an Assistant Public Defender in Duval County and knowledge by working in a larger personal injury law firm.  Additionally, Don has served as a volunteer mediator in the State Attorney’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Diversionary Program, designed to render speedy justice without involvement in the traditional court system.  He is affiliated with numerous professional legal associations and trial groups, including the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and Jacksonville Defense Lawyers Association.

As an active member of the community, Don is also a founding member of the Jacksonville National Cemetery Advisory Committee, an organization that was instrumental in the efforts to establish a National Veterans Cemetery for North Florida to serve our Veterans and their families’ needs well into the next century.  Don is a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans Chapters and participates in their community service activities.  Don also volunteers with the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida with emphasis on their outreach program, designed to educate veterans on Hospice’s comprehensive program focused on end-of-life care needs that are unique to military veterans and their families.  Additionally, he is an attorney volunteer with The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program based out of Washington, D.C., an organization that provides legal representation to veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Mr. Guthrie was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1997 and practices in the areas of insurance defense litigation, with particular emphasis on personal injury; premises liability; construction and design defects; automobile liability; products liability; and negligent security. He has been trained in pre-suit accident investigation and full file responsibility from inception through trial. He joined the firm in order to help serve its expanding client base in all practice areas while providing professional service and achieving positive results.  Mr. Guthrie is also admitted to practice in the Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida.

Adam Tannen, Esq.

Adam Tannen, Esq. is an Associate in the firm’s Miami office and focused his practice general civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on insurance related claims. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Central Florida and Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University where he was a recurring member of the Dean’s List.

Prior to joining Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, Mr. Tannen practiced insurance defense for an AM Law 200 firm in personal injury matters, including premises liability, general liability, personal injury protection and class actions. Additionally, Mr. Tannen has extensive experience representing distressed condominium associations and helped prompt House Bill 1237, specifically, criminal penalties for theft or embezzlement of funds of an association.

Orlando Valle, Esq.

ORLANDO VALLE was born in San Leandro, California.  He procured his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University-Stanislaus in Business Administration-Finance.  Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2001.  After procuring his law degree, he then attended the University of Miami LL.M. program in Inter-American Law.

After completing his academic career, Mr. Valle began his career as a litigation attorney in 2002.  Since that time, he had devoted the bulk of his practice to defending individuals and businesses throughout the State of Florida in multiple types of cases in both federal and state cases.  Consequently, he has been an active member in multiple organizations such as The Florida Defense Lawyers Association (“FDLA”) and  The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”).  In addition, Mr. Valle has lectured claims personnel and company officers and counsel regarding matters related to his practice and those affecting their respective businesses.

In his years of experience, Mr. Valle has represented clients in matters involving the following (i.e. “areas of practice”):

Premises Liability
Construction Defect claims
Professional Negligence, including Medical Malpractice, Accountant Malpractice, Legal Malpractice and Design Professional Malpractice
Bad Faith
Automobile Negligence
Contract Disputes
Insurance Coverage
Third Party Property Claims
Crop/Agricultural Insurance Disputes

He is admitted to practice in Florida state courts and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Phone Number: 786-866-8138
E-Mail: ovalle@pdplawyers.com

Larry S. Kraslow, Esq.

Larry S. Kraslow joined PDP in 2017 and is the managing attorney for our Panama City Beach, FL office. Mr. Kraslow has over 30 years of legal experience in varying areas of law, including insurance defense litigation, tort, automobile liability, negligent security, commercial litigation, and premises liability.

Mr. Kraslow earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Hofstra University. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami in 1986. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Kraslow worked in law enforcement, giving him additional insight into legal issues concerning negligent security, premises liability and automobile liability matters.

Mr. Kraslow is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York and the District of Columbia.

Phone: 786-866-8132

E-Mail: lkraslow@pdplawyers.com

Jaime A. Pozo, Esq.

JAIME A. POZO is a native of South Florida and a resident of the City of Coral Gables. In 2010, he joined the firm of Martha Pozo-Diaz, P.A., which was established by his sister in 1991. Upon him joining the firm, it reorganized as Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A. Mr. Pozo joined the firm to diversify its transactional practice and support the needs of its current clients with his extensive litigation experience. Mr. Pozo also continued his practice defending the interest of insurance companies, its insureds and various clients with high self-insured retention in the areas of premises liability, products liability, automobile/fleet/trucking liability, personal injury (defense), construction defects and construction related claims, pre-suit accident investigation, professional liability, ADA and accessibility claims, emergency medicine, workers compensation, including Employer “B” liability claims and co-employment related matters.
Since his admission to the Florida Bar, Mr. Pozo has been trained in handling all aspects of full file responsibility from pre-suit to trial. He has assisted his clients with developing and implementing accident investigation protocols and has conducted hundreds of investigations in both catastrophic and non-catastrophic cases throughout the State of Florida. He has assembled accident investigation teams in all major cities throughout the State and the Southeast United States that are available to respond at any time to any accident. In the past, he was a member of the Litigation Department at Kelley, Kronenberg and was asked by the Managing Partner to make the transition to form Wicker Law Firm, P.A. in 2003. While at Wicker Law Firm, Mr. Pozo managed the firm’s litigation practice throughout the State and developed the firm’s accident investigation team. Mr. Pozo lectures nationally in the areas of fraud, accident investigation, workers compensation, employer liability and litigation practice in Florida.
In 1997, Mr. Pozo obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami. Following his education at the University of Miami, Mr. Pozo attended St. Thomas University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree with Honors. Mr. Pozo also has served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Linda Dakis and the Honorable Gisella Cardonne-Ely, in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County, Florida. In 2003, Mr. Pozo was appointed to the Dade County Bar Association Judicial Outreach Committee and to the City of Coral Gables Cable Television Board by Commissioner William “Bill” Kerdyk. In 2005, Mr. Pozo completed his term on the Cable Television Board and was appointed to the prestigious Board of Adjustments by Commissioner Rafael “Ralph” Cabrera, where he completed his term in 2009. In 2011, Mr. Pozo was appointed to the City’s Insurance Advisory Board, wherein he served two terms. Mr. Pozo is fluent in Spanish, an important asset to the Firm due to the diverse population of South Florida. He is also a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association. Mr. Pozo has also earned an AV® Peer Review Rating, which the highest Martindale Hubbell is rating available to an attorney. It is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that Mr. Pozo’s peers ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence

Phone number : 786-866-8141
Email : jpozo@pdplawyers.com

Peter A. Miller, Esq.

PETER A. MILLER is of counsel to Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A and has been a trial lawyer since 1975. Mr. Miller is admitted to all District and Appellate Courts in the State of Florida, as well as the United States district courts for the Southern States District and Middle District of Florida. He us also certified as a trial lawyer by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Miller specializes in general liability defense, religious organization defense, legal malpractice defense, construction litigation defense, products liability defense, E.E.O.C. defense, employment practices defense, long term lessor liability defense and insurance and bad faith defense.

Mr. Miller is a proud member of the Miami Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, Trail Lawyer’s Section, American Arbitration Association, and is the past chairman of Eagle International Associates, Inc.

Mr. Miller’s undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Miami in 1972. He then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami in 1975.

Phone number : 786-866-8135
Email : pmiller@pdplawyers.com

Allan S. Friedman, Esq.

ALLAN S. FRIEDMAN joined Pozo-Diaz & Pozo, P.A, with over thirty years of experience in handling all aspects of litigation from inception through trial. His areas of concentration include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, negligent security, premise liability, and product liability. He has litigated cases throughout the state of Florida.   Mr. Friedman’s depth of experience has permitted him to achieve successful results at mediations and arbitrations of the most complex litigation resulting in significant reduction of litigation costs for his clients. Although Mr. Friedman has primarily concentrated his area of practice in insurance defense litigation he also brings with him the experience of representing individuals pursuing claims for personal injury and has utilized this experience for the benefit of his client’s in his insurance defense litigation.

Mr. Friedman completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then received his Juris Doctor Degree from Florida State University. Mr. Friedman is admitted to the Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Phone number : 786-866-8140
Email : afriedman@pdplawyers.com

David J. Millheiser, Esq.

David J. Millheiser, is an experienced litigation attorney who is well-versed in all facets of insurance defense litigation.

Mr. Millheiser received his B.A. in Business Management from Clark University (Worcester, MA) and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Millheiser has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995. Mr. Millheiser is licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Millheiser has extensive experience in the areas of automobile liability, trucking liability, premises liability, personal injury protection, church & school liability, maritime liability, wrongful death, commercial litigation, insurance litigation and real property litigation.

Mr. Millheiser has extensive first chair jury trial experience defending personal injury cases and insurance coverage disputes. He has successfully handled a wide variety of litigation cases from case inception through trial and appeal. Mr. Millheiser has represented individuals, small businesses, religious institutions, churches, Fortune 500 corporations and insurance companies.

Mr. Millheiser is committed to providing his clients with the utmost in professional, diligent, aggressive and thorough representation.

Phone number : 786-866-8136
Email : dmillheiser@pdplawyers.com