Judge Alan M. Kuker received his A.B. degree from Rutgers University, and his LL.B. degree from Boston University School of Law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1968, and is certified as a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Court Mediator from 1999 to the present.
Mr. Kuker began his legal career with Migrant Legal Services and was the first Executive Director of Florida Rural Legal Services.
Florida Governor Ruben Askew appointed Mr. Kuker to be a Judge of Compensation Claims in 1973. He served in that capacity until retiring from the bench in 2013. During his tenure, he was the Administrative Judge of the Miami District, from 1986 to 2006. He was an original member of the drafting committee for the first written Workers’ Compensation Rules of Procedure adopted by the Florida Supreme Court in 1976.
Judge Kuker is an honorary member of the Cuban American Bar Association since 1979. Judge Kuker received the Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts Innovator Award in 1998 for his innovative approach to child support. He was instrumental in establishing a system which recouped over one billion dollars in child support in Florida, before the distribution of funds to the injured workers in the settlements of their cases. In 2007, Judge Kuker was awarded the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund Lifetime Achievement, a society composed of those involved with Workers’ Compensation in the State of Florida. Judge Kuker was inducted into the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute (FWCI) Hall of Fame in 2013.
Judge Kuker serves as a frequent lecturer at the University of Miami, St. Thomas Law School, and the Workers’ Compensation section of the Florida Bar and Trial advocacy program. He has authored extensively for the Florida Bar continuing legal education division, and is a contributing author for the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute and the Journal of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
Judge Kuker donates his time to Justice Teaching, an organization that mentors high school students.