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: 800.215.7117
Fax: 305-371-3542
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
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
Attorney Profile

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 19 years has represented only Plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.  Hickey is a 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 the Chair-Elect 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 and Personal Injury – 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): 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

Personal Injury - Products (20%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

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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Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

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About John Hickey

Admitted: 1980, Florida

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

Honors/Awards:

  • 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-Elect of the largest section of AAJ, the Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety, and Premises Liability Section, 2019
  • 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
  • Board of Governors, The Florida Bar, 2008
  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, "Cruise Ship Slip and Falls: A Primer" paper for the American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami, February 2011
  • Lecturer, "The Mechanics of Court", The Florida Bar Bridge the Gap Seminars, 1983 - 1985
  • Lecturer, "Securities Litigation" International Association of Financial Planners, 1989
  • Lecturer, "Securities Litigation" American Institute of CPAs in Blacksburg, Virginia, 1990
  • Lecturer, "Securities Litigation" Florida Institute of CPAs, 1990
  • Author, "Credit Agreements Required in Writing; the New Statute of Frauds in Florida", The Florida Bar Journal, June 1990
  • Lecturer, "Defending Flood Insurance Claims" at the National Flood Insurance Conferences at the invitation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Columbus, Ohio 1991
  • 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, Orlando, Florida 1993
  • Lecturer, "Cruising in the 90s; Defense of Cruise Lines, Crew and Passenger Claims" The Florida Bar 1994
  • Author, "In Defense of the Stevedore", P & I International, Winter, 1996-1997
  • 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, "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
  • 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, 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
  • 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, "Injuries on Deck" article published in American Association for Justice's Trial Magazine, August 2012

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $350,000.00 recovered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in a slip and fall on the grounds of a University which had placed a wooden ramp at the edge of a curb. The Plaintiff fell forward because of the ramp and fractured her arm requiring three surgeries
  • $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.                  
  • $275,000.00 recovered in Miami, Florida for a 64 year old woman who slipped and fell in a puddle of water on the floor in a bowling alley, suffering a fractured patella.  Defendant paid.  Judgment satisfied. 
  • $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
  • $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.     
  • $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
  • $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.     
  • $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
  • $315,000.00 recovered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for a pedestrian who was walking on the wrong side of the road when he was hit by a car
  • $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. 
  • $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.       
  • $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
  • $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
  • $4.5 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.
  • $320,000.00 recovered in Miami, Florida in a Nicaraguan seaman's wrongful death case. The accident was an un-witnessed slip and fall which resulted in the injuries which rendered the seaman unconscious almost immediately after the fall, thus limiting the pre-death pain and suffering
  • $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.    
  • $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.  
  • $1.01 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 
  • $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.  
  • $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
  • $9 Million settlement. Crew member of a cruise ship assaults passenger in her own cabin.     

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: 800.215.7117

Fax: 305-371-3542

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