Nicole Hessen Wins Prestigious Kennie Edwards Award

Nicole Hessen, a partner and shareholder in the Palm Beach County law firm of Wender, Hedler, & Hessen P.A., has been named the 2014 recipient of the Kennie Edwards Award from the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

The award, named after Kennie Edwards, an attorney who was gunned down by an injured worker in 1996, goes to one individual per year who best exemplifies the professional qualities admired in Mr. Edwards, including, honesty, integrity, cordiality, good humor, high ethical standards and advocacy, tempered by a sense of humility.

Hessen, who possesses all of these qualities and more, was selected by her peers on the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee for her work on behalf of injured workers, her involvement in the legal community and her dedication to high ethical standards.

“Each day I go to work excited to do what I can to help those who have been put in unfortunate situations,” Hessen said. “I’ve been honored to be of assistance to hundreds of injured workers throughout my career and to be honored with this award is humbling. I will continue to do my best each day to advocate for injured workers and will ensure justice is achieved by all.”

Hessen has been practicing law in Palm Beach County since 1991. She was co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee, is a Florida Bar SCOPE mentor and is a volunteer with the Pace Center for Girls. She is currently the president of the Florida Association of Women’s Lawyers for the 2013-14 term. She lives in Wellington with her husband and four children.

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ABOVE:  Judge Timothy Basquill, past recipient of the award, with Nicole Hessen, 2014 recipient.