James F. Kidd

James Kidd is the founder of Moran Kidd’s workers’ compensation department, which he jointly manages along with Clinton C. Lyons, Jr.  Before joining Moran Kidd in 1996, James served as staff attorney for CNA Insurance Company in its Orlando office defending workers’ compensation claims in Central and Northern Florida.

James focuses his practice on representing employers, self-insured funds, carriers and third party administrators. He appears before the Judges of Compensation Claims throughout Florida to defend claims involving issues of compensability of accidents, occupational disease and exposures, controversies/contribution between carriers, permanent total disability benefits, temporary indemnity benefits, and various medical care issues, including surgeries, attendant care, payment of outstanding bills and the authorization of providers. James also handles workers’ compensation appeals, and subrogation and lien recovery claims.

In addition to his litigation practice, James provides preventative counseling to his clients concerning potential retaliatory discharge claims and other employment related charges. Further, he also assists employers in the drafting and implementation of drug free workplace policies and return to work programs. James has served as a seminar speaker for The Counsel On Management, Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Hotel and Human Resource Association.

James is a certified civil circuit mediator. He serves as a mediator in workers’ compensation, tort and employment claims. He holds the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, which is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability.


Bar Membership

Florida, 1992


Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator, 2004


University of Florida, College of Law, 1992
Gainesville, FL
J.D., Juris Doctor

Florida State University, College of Social Sciences
Tallahassee, FL
Bachelor of Science
magna cum laude

Further Education

Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation
Certified Instructor, Provide Education Courses for Adjusters

Professional Associations

The Florida Bar
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Defense and Employment and Labor Sections

The Florida Bar
Dispute Resolution Section

AV® Preeminent™ Rated

America’s Most Honored Professionals
Top 1%

Maitland Little League
2009 Stewart Colling Presidents Choice Coaches Award

Fresenius Medical Care
2008 Annual Attorney Recognition Award

America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%


“Not So Fast! A Closer Look at §440.105(4)(b)9 Reveals Unauthorized Workers Should Be Precluded from Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Under These Circumstances”


Counsel in Education in Management

Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute, Inc. at Florida Workers’

Compensation Conventions

Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association

Florida Liability Claims Convention