John H. (Jack) Hickey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Miami, FL

Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
 | 1401 Brickell Avenue, Suite 510
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 800-301-3471
Fax: 305-371-3542
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

We are licensed in Florida. We have had cases all over the United States. We can handle any case where the accident or medical malpractice happened in Florida. We can also handle any crewmember or cruise passenger case, most need to be filed in Florida. 

John H. (Jack) Hickey was born and raised in Miami. He attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Florida State University, (B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and Duke University School of Law, J.D. He started his career at a large law firm representing cruise lines, railroads, and other self- insured corporations. 

He switched sides and for the last 23 years has represented only Plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. Jack is a former member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, the body which licenses and regulates all lawyers who practice in Florida.  He is a Past President of the DCBA. Hickey is triple Board Certified by 2 different bodies, the National Board of Trial Advocacy (Trial Lawyer) and by The Florida Bar (Civil Trial and Admiralty and Maritime). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) and a State Delegate of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Jack is also Immediate Past Chair of the largest section of AAJ, the Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety, and Premises Liability Section.

Jack is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Admiralty and Maritime, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs. He has an A/V Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been elected by his peers as an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a “Legal Elite” in the areas of aviation, admiralty, and maritime by Florida Trend magazine; Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine; one of the “Top Attorneys in Florida” in the Wall Street Journal; and a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com. In 2016, topverdict.com listed one of Hickey’s mild TBI verdicts among the Top 50 Verdicts in Florida. That verdict was appealed but ultimately affirmed in 2018 in favor of the plaintiff for over $5 million. In 2015, the National Law Journal named one of Hickey’s settlements as number 1 in Florida and number 6 in the United States. In 2011 VerdictSearch named a Judgement of Hickey’s as the number 3 result that year in Florida for premises liability. 

 
Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

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About John Hickey

Admitted: 1980, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.hickeylawfirm.com/john-h-jack-hickey-attorney

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in AmericaRecognized in three areas: Admiralty and Maritime Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice - Plaintiffs
  • Named by his peers as a "Legal Elite" in Florida Trend Magazine (2006 to present) (Top 1.7% of all lawyers)
  • Presidents Rated A/V by Martindale-Hubbell, the International Directory of Lawyers, a Rating Achieved by only 5% of Attorneys
  • Recipient of Certificate of Merit "in Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding and Constructive Service to The Bar, The Bench, and The Public", 2001 - 2002
  • Recipient of Certificate "in Recognition and Appreciation of Meritorious Service to the Public and the Legal Profession in Florida", 1999
  • Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Emerging Leaders in America
  • The rating indicates that the attorney "has reached the height of professional excellence" and is "recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity"
  • Recipient of Certificate of Merit "In Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding and Constructive Service to The Bar, The Bench, and The Public", 1985
  • Recipient of Certificate "in Recognition and Appreciation of Meritorious Service to the Public and the Legal Profession in Florida", 2001
  • Named by his peers as a "Top Lawyer in South Florida" in the areas of Personal Injury and Maritime in the South Florida Legal Guide, 2004 to Present
  • Fellow and Lifetime Member of The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Recipient of Certificate of Merit "in Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding and Constructive Service to The Bar, The Bench, and The Public", 1987 - 1993
  • Recipient of Certificate "in Recognition and Appreciation of Meritorious Service to the Public and the Legal Profession in Florida", 1989
  • Dade County Bar Association Legal Luminary in the Category of Admiralty, 2016-Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and by The Florida Bar;  Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar. 
  • Certificate "in Recognition of Your Dedicated Leadership to the Members of Your Legal Community during your service as President", 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair of the largest section of AAJ, the Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety, and Premises Liability Section, 2019 - 2020
  • Board of Governors, The Florida Bar, 2008
  • Elected, Board of Directors, Dade County Bar Association, 1996 - 1999
  • Member, Judicial Nominating Procedures Rules Committee, The Florida Bar, 2005 - 2013
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Chair, Professional Arbitration Sub-Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1998 – 1999
  • Chair, Grievance Committee 11-L, The Florida Bar, 1986-1989
  • Advocate Member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member of the American Association for Justice
  • Chair, Civil Litigation Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1992 - 1993
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors of The Florida Justice Association (FJA)
  • Past President, Dade County Bar Association, 2003-2004
  • Chair, Banking Law Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1990 - 1991
  • American Bar Association
  • Secretary, Dade County Bar Association, 2000 - 2001
  • Co-Chair, Luncheon and Speakers Committee, Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, 1985-1986
  • Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1991 - 1992
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Chair, Membership Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
  • Chair, 11th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, The Florida Bar, 1991-1993
  • Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back (provides free legal services to the most vulnerable in the community)
  • Member of The Million Dollar Forum Sustaining
  • Chair, Professional Arbitration Sub-Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1987 - 1990
  • Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, The Florida Bar, 1983-1985
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) State Delegate 
  • President, Florida Council of Bar Association
  • Chair, Commercial and Financial Transactions Litigation Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1990 -1992
  • Board of Directors of the Marine Counsel, 1997-1999
  • Vice President, Dade County Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
  • Executive Committee, Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, 1985-1986
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Executive Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1999 - 2004
  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • 11th Circuit Ad Hoc Trial Practices Committee, Appointed 1993-2001
  • Elected, Board of Directors, Dade County Bar Association, 1990 - 1993
  • Chair, Admiralty Law Committee, The Florida Bar, 2000-2001
  • American Inns of Court - Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter
  • Chair, Professional Arbitration Sub-Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1995 – 1997
  • Member, Grievance Committee 11-L, The Florida Bar, 1996-1999
  • Board Member of Southern Legal Counsel (SLC)
  • Lifetime Member of the Florida Council of Bar Association
  • Chair, Banking and Corporate Litigation Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1991 - 1992
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 member
  • President- Elect, Dade County Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
  • Board of Directors, Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, 1984-1986
  • Sustaining Member, The Vizcayans
  • Treasurer, Dade County Bar Association, 1999 - 2000
  • Chair, Sports Committee, Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, 1984-1985
  • Brain Injury Association of America

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters The Vizcayans The Historical Museum of South Florida
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dade County, Florida, Committee of 100, 1998-Present
  • Duke University Alumni Advisory Committee (Interviewing prospective undergraduates for Duke University; 1984-Present)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Moderator, American Association for Justice’s Jazz Fest Webcast “Stay Ahead of the Curve – Trucking and Auto Cases” (April 23, 2020)
  • Moderator, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section program during American Association for Justice’s “AMPED- UP” virtual convention (July 13, 2020)
  • Panel Moderator, “Are There Secret Ingredients? The Latest Persuasion Techniques” – New Orleans, LA (February 8, 2020)
  • Presenter, “Qualifying an Expert During Direct Examination” presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention – San Diego, CA (July 29, 2019)
  • Author and Presenter, “Recent Developments in Cruise Ship Passenger and Crew Claims” presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention – San Diego, CA (July 28, 2019)
  • Author and Presenter, “Recent Developments in Cruise Ship Passenger Claims” presented at the Florida Justice Association Annual Convention –Palm Beach, FL (June 13, 2019)
  • Presenter, “When in Miami, Cruising is an Option, but is it always Smooth Sailing? Cruises and Travel Related Legal Issues” presented at the Global Justice Network Conference – Miami Beach, FL (February 1, 2019)
  • Presenter, "How to Prepare Your Witness to Testify at Deposition and Trial" live webinar for the Federal Bar Association and myLawCLE (November 2, 2018)
  • Presenter, “Arbitration of Seamen’s Claims” presented at the Maritime Law Association Conference at University of Miami – Miami, FL (October 19, 2018)
  • Author and Presenter, “Identifying Rules During Discovery” presented at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention – Denver, CO (July 9, 2018)
  • Author and Presenter, “Direct Sequencing of Witnesses in the TBI Case” presented at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention – Denver, CO (July 8, 2018)
  • Author and Presenter, “Cruise Ships: A Refresher on the Law and How to Successfully Represent Your Client” presented at the Florida Justice Association Convention “Transportation Law Seminar” – Palm Beach, FL (June 22, 2018)
  • Presenter, “How to Prepare to Testify at Deposition and Trial” presented at the Annual National Expert Witness Conference – Clearwater Beach, FL (May 6, 2018)
  • Panel moderator, Judicial Panel on “Practicing with Professionalism” presented by The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division – Miami, FL (May 4, 2018)
  • Presenter, “The History of the Death on the High Seas Act and its Importance When Identifying Case Value and Litigation Opportunities” presented at the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s Aquatic Legal and Risk Management Symposium – Tampa, FL (April 7, 2018)
  • Author and Presenter, “How Lawyers Can Avoid Legal Malpractice in Maritime Cases Including Cases Involving Cruise Ship Passengers, Cruise Ship Crew Members, and Recreational Boating” presented at the Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar Orlando, FL (March 21, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Mindfulness and Mental Health Panel” presented at Dade County Bar Association Luncheon – Miami, FL (January 12, 2018)
  • Presenter, “Slip & Fall Webinar Part IV: Defenses and Damages” presented for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) (December 19, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Cruise Ship Design Cases where Injuries are Caused by a Fixed Object” presented at The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee and ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee’s Cruise Industry Passenger & Seafarer Claims Seminar at the University of Miami – Miami, FL (October 13, 2017)
  • Author and Presenter, “Alternate Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases” presented at the American Association for Justice’s Annual Convention – Boston, MA (July 24, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Handling the Difficult Expert Witness” at the Dade County Bar Association’s Series Entitled “Giants of the Courtroom” –  Miami, FL (June 9, 2017)
  • Moderator, “Pathways to Success: Highlights for Rising Attorneys” at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference –  Miami, FL (February 10, 2017)
  • Author and Presenter, “The Corporate Representative/Rule 30(B)(6) Deposition; Issues and Answers at the National Trial Lawyers Summit – Miami, FL (February 7, 2017)
  • Author, “Charting Your Liability Course,” American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine (December 2016)
  • Presenter, “How to Get a $4.5 Million Verdict for 4 ½ years of Pain and Suffering” presented to the Minnesota Association for Justice – Minneapolis, MN (November 10, 2016)
  • Author and Presenter, “Demand Letters, Brochures, Videos and Other Materials; What do I send and When?” presented at the American Association for Justice’s 2016 Annual Convention – Los Angeles, CA (July 22, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Request for Admissions, Leading Questions, & Imputed Income” for Dade Legal Aid – Miami, FL (June 22, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Use and Admissibility of Diagnostic Films in Trial of an Auto Case” at the New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar – Atlantic City, NJ (April 8, 2016)
  • Panel Member, AAJ panel for St. Thomas University School of Law Students – Miami Gardens, FL (March 16, 2016)
  • Author and Presenter, “How to Negotiate the Best Deal for Your Client” at the American Association for Justice’s 2016 Winter Convention – Boca Raton, Florida (March 1, 2016)
  • Author and Presenter, “Why the Corporate Representative May be the Most Neglected Key Witness… and How They Can Make Your Case” for the South Miami-Kendall Bar Association – Miami, FL (October 30, 2015)
  • Presenter, Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) Over The Rainbow Judicial Reception & Awards Dinner – Miami, FL (October 23, 2015)
  • Panel Member, "Winning Edge" panel sponsored by The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism's Standing Committee on Professionalism and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division at the Florida International School of Law – Miami, FL (September 30, 2015)
  • Author and Presenter, “Typical Liability and Causation Defenses in a Typical Auto Case” presented at the American Association for Justice’s 2015 Annual Convention – Montreal, Canada (July 13, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are My Rights?” a presentation for the Coral Gables Bar Association – Miami, FL (May 20, 2015)
  • Presenter/Panelist member, “Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Injury, Death, and Zone of Danger Cases” at St. Thomas University School of Law Symposium – Miami Gardens, FL (April 10, 2015)
  • Author, “Cruise Ship Accidents: What Are the Rights of the Passenger? An Update.” The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine (2015)
  • Author and Presenter, “Creating a Discovery Plan from Start to Finish” presented at the American Association for Justice’s 2015 Winter Convention Palm Springs, CA (February 22, 2015)
  • Moderator, Judicial Ethics Roundtable at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference –  Miami, FL (February 20, 2015)
  • Author and Presenter, “Violent Crime on Cruise Ships” a paper for The National Crime Victims Bar Association Conference Miami, FL (September 17, 2014)
  • Author and Presenter, “Use of Corporate Representative Depositions in Maritime Cases” presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention - Baltimore, MD (July 27, 2014)
  • Author and Presenter, “Why the Corporate Representative May be the Most Neglected Key Witness…and how they can Make your Commercial Motor Vehicle Case” presented at the American Association for Justice annual convention Baltimore, MD (July 28, 2014)
  • Author, “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are the rights of the passenger” The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine (2014)
  • Author and Panelist, Authored paper on Tour Operator Liability and participated on panel for the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association Boca Raton, Florida (May 16, 2014)
  • Speaker, Dade Bar’s Annual Bench and Bar Conference “Road to Becoming a Superlawyer” event on panel titled “Initial Case Evaluation.” – Miami, FL (February 2014)
  • Interviewed, “Cruising Toward Calamity” ABA (American Bar Association) Journal article (November 2013)
  • Speaker, Brandeis National Committee Aventura/Hollywood Chapter "Lunch and Learn" on topics regarding medical malpractice and rape at sea, April 2013
  • Author, "Death on the High Seas Act: What Is It and When Does It Apply and How to Overcome Obstacles Created Because of the Act" paper prepared for the Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, February 2013
  • Author, "How to Interview the Client to Get the Story on Damages" paper prepared for the American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami, February 2013
  • Panel Member, Dade County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference, February 2013
  • Author, Statues of Limitations and Venue: When and Where You Have to File a Claim" paper prepared for The Net, an AARP Legal Services Network publication, August 2012
  • Author, "Injuries on Deck" article published in American Association for Justice's Trial Magazine, August 2012
  • Speaker, "Practicing with Professionalism" seminar hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar in Miami, April, 2012
  • Author, "Predictable Defenses in a TBI Case" paper prepared for American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases Seminar in Miami, March, 2012
  • Lecturer, Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases Seminar on Predictable Defenses, American Association for Justice, March, 2012
  • Lecturer, Convention In Phoenix at Litigation at Sunrise on Cruise Ship Slip and Falls, American Association for Justice, Winter, February, 2012
  • Lecturer, Winter Convention in Miami at Litigation at Sunrise on Cruise Ship Injuries and Actions: What You Need to Know, American Association for Justice, February 2011
  • Author, "Cruise Ship Slip and Falls: A Primer" paper for the American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami, February 2011
  • Presenter, "The Athens Convention: What Is It and Why Do We Need to Know About It?", American Association for Justice Annual Convention in San Francisco, July 2009
  • Author, Paper on passenger claims against cruise lines to be presented at the July 2007 American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Chicago before the Maritime Section
  • Lecturer, American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Chicago before the Maritime Section on passenger claims against cruise lines, July 2007
  • Testified before Congress, Hickey was invited to testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on cruise line issues, March 27, 2007
  • Presenter, "Masters of the Courtroom", sponsored by the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Law, October 2003
  • Author, "Evolving Standards of Jones Act Negligence", paper prepared for lecture to be given at Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention at Atlanta, Georgia, July 2002
  • Author, "Slip and Falls: Alternative Theories of Liability", TRIAL Magazine, April, 2001
  • Lecturer, "Alternative Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases" at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, August 2001
  • Author, "In Defense of the Stevedore", P & I International, Winter, 1996-1997
  • Lecturer, "Cruising in the 90s; Defense of Cruise Lines, Crew and Passenger Claims" The Florida Bar 1994
  • Lecturer, "Defending Flood Insurance Claims" at the National Flood Insurance Conferences at the invitation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Orlando, Florida 1993
  • Lecturer, "Defending Flood Insurance Claims" at the National Flood Insurance Conferences at the invitation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Scottsdale, Arizona 1992
  • Lecturer, "Defending Flood Insurance Claims" at the National Flood Insurance Conferences at the invitation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Columbus, Ohio 1991
  • Author, "Credit Agreements Required in Writing; the New Statute of Frauds in Florida", The Florida Bar Journal, June 1990
  • Lecturer, "Securities Litigation" American Institute of CPAs in Blacksburg, Virginia, 1990
  • Lecturer, "Securities Litigation" Florida Institute of CPAs, 1990
  • Lecturer, "Securities Litigation" International Association of Financial Planners, 1989
  • Lecturer, "The Mechanics of Court", The Florida Bar Bridge the Gap Seminars, 1983 - 1985

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $12 Million. Dive boat backs over 2 of its divers resulting in brain injuries to an 11 year old boy and his 39 year old father.  Vessel owner claimed limitation of liability under the maritime law (that liability is limited to the value of the vessel, $250,000) and release and waiver by signed forms.  Settled: $12 Million.     
  • $10.58 Million. Ship’s sudden movement caused a bread trolley to fall over and strike crewmember’s back. As a result, crewmember suffered an injury to spinal cord which led to central pain syndrome, a permanent condition which is difficult to control and medicate.
  • $9 Million settlement. Crew member of a cruise ship assaults passenger in her own cabin.     
  • $8.2 Million. Slip and fall resulting in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) requiring leg amputation above the knee. 
  • $8 Million Settlement.  Driver of van cuts off another car on expressway in Miami near FIU.  The other car rolls over and the driver of the other car is made a quadriplegic.  Police and van driver reported that the accident was fault of our client, the driver of the car which rolled over.  
  • $7.1 Million Settlement.  Cruise operator plans event on Cozumel where singles in their 20's and 30's are encouraged to drink an unlimited amount and to dive off of a seawall at the bar/restaurant where the event was held.  One attendee dove off the seawall and hit his head and became a quadriplegic.       
  • $6.26 Million. Doe v. Shipping line. Wrongful death
  • $6 Million. Slip and fall in condo building. Plaintiff suffered several disc herniations and a complex tear of the meniscus of the left knee, rotator cuff tear with impingement. These injuries required multiple surgeries.
  • $6 Million Settlement.  Cruise line master of ceremonies directs passenger to walk onto dark stage without advising about the orchestra pit.  Passenger falls 14 feet and suffers traumatic brain injury and internal injuries.     
  • $5.09 million verdict in car crash "survivor action." Miami, FL-  John H. (Jack) Hickey and Bjorg Eikeland, trial lawyers with Hickey Law Firm in Miami, FL, received a $4.5 Million jury verdict on behalf of their client, the personal representative of the Estate of Maria Deposada. The verdict was reached in Miami-Dade County Florida Circuit Court.  This verdict is completely supported by the overwhelming objective and subjective evidence in the record.   This case arose out of a car crash.  It happened on July 8, 2008.  An intern for Pernod Ricard, USA LLC, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard (Pernod), the multinational liquor conglomerate, drove a Ford Taurus leased by Pernod and ran a red light in midtown Miami.  The Ford crashed broadside into another car, a 3 series BMW, in which 89 year old Maria Deposada was a front seat passenger. Deposada filed suit for her personal injuries but died of unrelated causes 4 ½ years after the car crash. Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal on September 5, 2018 entered a PCA (per curiam affirmance) of the trial court’s order. That court on October 17, 2018 denied Defendant’s Motion for entry of an option making the PCA final. The verdict stands, and the insurance company was required to pay the verdict amount plus post judgment interest for a total of $5,087,699.93
  • $5 Million. Medical malpractice resulting in wrongful death of passenger.
  • $4.75 Million. Medical malpractice resulting in septic shock, organ failure, and a stroke among other life-altering conditions
  • $3.4 Million Goran Bakalar v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.: Miami Dade County Circuit Court.  Amount of verdict: $3.389 million. Liability: First Officer getting into a fast rescue boat by climbing down a fixed ladder at the port of Miami. The ladder was broken. Steps and falls back. Jury found 100% negligence against the Defendant and 0% negligence against the Plaintiff. Injuries: Un-operated herniated disk at L 5 S1. This is reported to be the highest award in the state of Florida and possibly in the United States for this type of injury by a multiple of approximately three. The verdict is now a fixed judgment for over $3.4 million and was affirmed on appeal.  The fully paid judgement came to just under $4 million.                  
  • $2.99 Million. Cruise ship passenger slip and fall. 
  • $2.85 Million. Personal injury case on cruise ship resulting in post-concussive syndrome, complex partial epilepsy, and seizures. 
  • $2.59 Million Alexander Husni v. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel: Miami Dade County Circuit Court. Amount of verdict: $2.59 million. Alexander Husni was leaning into the trunk of his car in the "ramp" or front driveway in front of the hotel. The valet parker retained by an independent contractor slammed into the back of the car causing crush injuries of the left knee requiring only one surgery and the insertion of one pin. Testimony about future medical care and treatment was that Mr. Husni would have to have a knee replacement in ten to fifteen years. This is reported to be the highest award in the state of Florida and possibly in the United States for this type of injury. 
  • $2.5 million recovered in Tampa, Florida for Honduran Seaman who suffered burn injuries on his hand and arm when a welder in a shipyard lit a paint can on fire and then spilled the paint on the Plaintiff
  • $2.5 Million settlement.  Homeowners association leaves covers off of plastic cylinders used as sprinkler valve housings in the middle of yards.  One resident steps in and twists leg, knee, and ankle.  Result:  19 procedures in the knee including knee replacements and revisions and RSD/CRPS in knee.  
  • $2.4 Million. Crewmember sexually assaulted passenger
  • $1.9 Million. Slip and fall resulting in fractured knee requiring surgery with plate and screws
  • $1.733 Million Nancy Goodfellow v. Roadhouse Grill: Miami Dade County Circuit Court.  Amount of verdict: $1.733 million. Liability: Nancy Goodfellow went to get out of a booth at Roadhouse Grill and put her hand down on the booth seat. The seat gave way because it was broken. She jammed her hand against the underlying structures. She severed a tendon and broke one bone. No external injuries after several surgeries resulting in a partial fusion of the wrist.  Case settled and Defendant paid after judgment.    
  • $1.7 Million. Crewmembers sexually assaulted passenger. 
  • $1.5 Million. Wrongful death on cargo ship 
  • $1.5 Million. Slip and fall resulting in fracture of wrist and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) requiring multiple surgeries.
  • $1.29 Million. Bench collapsed and caused back injury to passenger requiring surgery.
  • $1.10 million recovered in Miami, Florida for a driver of a van hit by a tow truck where the Defendant alleged that the Plaintiff had been drinking prior to the accident 
  • $1 Million. Sexual assault of passenger by crewmember 
  • $1 Million. Passenger v. Cruise line. Slip and fall resulting in occipital skull fracture, intracranial bleed, and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • $900,000.00 recovered in Miami, Florida for a student at the University of Miami who was a participant in a University sponsored and planned scavenger hunt which took place on Friday afternoon at 5:30 and required the students to cross 3 lanes of traffic to get one of the clues. The student/Plaintiff was hit by an uninsured car as she crossed the roadway. She suffered multiple orthopedic injuries
  • $900,000.00 Bello v. Pioneer Shippint et. al.  Plaintiff was struck by a falling crane boom and cable resulting in multiple fractures and injuries throughout his body. His right shoulder, arm, and hand were crushed.
  • $885,000.00 Received in a medical malpractice case against a cardiologist who misdiagnosed a heart attack, which resulted in the patient’s death.
  • $850,000.00 Crewmember suffered back injury and broncospasm due to chemical exposure.
  • $800,000.00 Cornelius v. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Settlement on the final day of trial for a cruise ship passenger who suffered injury from a loose seat in a cruise ship spa. The passenger was seated on a stool at the spa when, because of negligent maintenance and inspection, the loose seat came off, causing her to fall 4 to 5 feet to the ceramic floor and suffer through nearly 8 years of extensive medical treatment for her back, as well as what is likely a lifetime of chronic back pain.
  • $800,000.00 Passenger v. Cruise line. Slip and fall resulting in fractured leg and severe injury to right ankle. 
  • $785,000.00 Medical malpractice
  • $750,000.00 Plaintiff fell off stage while participating in a charity event
  • $750,000.00 Car accident.
  • $700,000.00 Sexual assault resulting in aggravation of serious psychological and psychiatric condition 
  • $700,000.00 Cruise ship excursion bus accident.
  • $650,000.00 received for a slip and fall on a cruise ship, which resulted in permanent mid-carpal ligament damage to the right hand of a chiropractor.
  • $650,000.00 slip and fall resulting in fractured arm among other injuries. 
  • $650,000.00 recovered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for a woman who slipped and fell and re-injured her knee on which she already had 5 arthroscopies. This injury required a sixth arthroscopy and a knee replacement
  • $500,000.00 recovered in Miami, Florida for a Honduran janitor against the company who rented out a ditch digging machine where operator switches in the handles were taped up when the machine was rented out, resulting in the machine running away and cutting into the legs of the Plaintiff requiring plastic surgeries

Videos:

  • MEDIA APPEARANCES: Interviewed on national television over 25 times from July, 2005 to present on      subjects related to cruise ships.  This includes shows on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News  Quoted in newspaper articles and magazines on subjects related to cruise ships

Educational Background:

  • § B.A., Florida State University (1976 magna cum laude), Phi Beta Kappa § J.D., Duke University (1980)

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Florida Association For Justice
  • Florida Association For Women Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member Of Florida Council Of Bar Presidents
  • The Florida Bar Board Of Governors
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1401 Brickell Avenue
Suite 510
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 800-301-3471

Fax: 305-371-3542

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