Warren Q. Peebles was born and raised in a working-class family in St. Louis and brings instilled values of hard work to his law practice.
By the time he graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, in 2007 with a B.A. degree in political science, he already had his sights on becoming a lawyer. When his father suffered injuries in a catastrophic car accident, Warren had his first exposure to the civil justice system, strengthening his resolve to become an attorney.
Wasting no time on beginning the pursuit of that goal, he enrolled at Stetson University College of Law in Florida, where he would meet his future wife, Lana.
After he graduated from law school in 2011, Warren and Lana decided to move to South Florida, where Warren opened his own firm in downtown West Palm Beach. After a time, however, he joined a mid-sized firm in Palm Beach Gardens, and then another firm in Fort Lauderdale.
Warren continued to hone his skills in the area of personal injury litigation and ultimately, he and colleague Gary B. Englander mutually decided that the time had come to venture out together to create their own firm. In 2016, they launched Englander Peebles and have been developing a reputation for litigation excellence — and excellent client service — ever since.
Their intention in creating the firm, Warren says, was to “avoid being one of the everyday high-volume firms that are willing to settle cases for less than what they are worth.”
“I wanted to do something that’s more hands-on than just an assembly line of people in, people out,” he says. “I wanted something where we could actually work on the cases, and build the cases up, as opposed to seeing how quickly we can settle them.”
“Instead of getting a lot of cases, it’s more about how can we maximize the value of each case that we take. We work closely with our clients and we get to know them.”
The firm has a reputation for preparing cases with an eye toward going to trial, as opposed to easily settling them, and Warren says it has a definite effect on the offers that opposing counsel will make.
“Oftentimes, we’ll take over cases from other firms that don’t litigate and, even without us filing the lawsuit, when it’s shifted over here, the offer can triple because the other firm is just a straight up last-offer settlement firm and they know we are not,” he says. “People will pay more money when they know you’ll actually fight them.”
The proof is evident in multiple six-figure resolutions the firm has reached on behalf of injured clients.
Warren says that “the David and Goliath aspect” of being a small firm capable of securing sizeable compensations from large insurance companies and corporations is personally enjoyable. He also enjoys creatively thinking outside the box to overcome obstacles and maximize recovery for his clients.