Florida Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Lawyer John H. (Jack) Hickey

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Jack Hickey got his start as a lawyer representing the cruise lines. Now, he fights for their victims, doing everything he can to pursue justice and compensation for those who were hurt by a cruise line's negligence and recklessness. This includes fighting for the victims of sexual assault on cruise ships, as well as pursuing compensation for those who suffered significant injuries on these trips. He has become a widely recognized expert in this field, and he's respected throughout the state of Florida for the skill of his representation and the ethics of his practice.

 John H. (Jack) Hickey

  • Board of Governors, The Florida Bar (2008 – )
  • Past President, Dade County Bar Association (2003 – 2004)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar
  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar
  • Named by his peers as a Super Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury in SuperLawyers.com (2006 to present) (top 5% of all lawyers)
  • Named by his peers as a “Legal Elite” in Florida Trend Magazine (2006 to present) (top 1.7% of all lawyers)
  • 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)
  • Named by his peers as one of the “Top Attorneys in Florida” as published in the Wall Street Journal and Miami magazine (2012)
  • Selected as a member of the Eleventh Circuit (Miami-Dade County) Committee on Professionalism (2012 – )
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America
  • Member of The Million Dollar Forum
  • Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)
  • Fellow and Lifetime Member of The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Lifetime Member of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents
  • Rated A/V by Martindale-Hubbell, the international directory of lawyers, a rating achieved by only 5% of attorneys. The rating indicates that the attorney “has reached the height of professional excellence” and is “recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity”.
  • Past Chair of the Admiralty Law Committee of The Florida Bar (2000 – 2001)
  • Past Chair of the Admiralty Section of the American Association for Justice, the national trial lawyers association (2010 – 2011)
  • Born in Miami, Florida
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Florida State University, 1976 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1980
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar, 1980

Background

John H. (Jack) Hickey is a trial attorney. Since 1980, he has been trying personal injury and wrongful death cases in the areas of admiralty and maritime, railroad, medical malpractice, product liability, and general liability. Hickey is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). The NBTA is the only national certification program for trial attorneys and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Hickey is rated A/V by Martindale-Hubbell (the international listing of attorneys, a rating achieved by only 5% of attorneys). The rating indicates that the attorney “has reached the height of professional excellence” and is “recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity”. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America. He has been chosen by other lawyers as a: “Top Lawyer in South Florida” in the areas of personal injury and maritime in the South Florida Legal Guide (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007); “Legal Elite” in Florida Trend Magazine (top 1.7% of attorneys) (2006, 2007); and SuperLawyer in the area of personal injury in SuperLawyers.com (2006, 2007).

He is a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association (2003–2004), a Lifetime Member of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, a Fellow and Lifetime Member of The Florida Bar Foundation, and a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America).

Hickey was born in Miami and is conversant in Spanish. For the first 17 years of his career, he represented cruise lines, railroads, and other self-insured Defendants as well as insurance companies. Ten years ago, he made the transition to representing plaintiffs, and is a member of the Million Dollar Forum based on the cases in which he has obtained settlements or verdicts in excess of $1 Million. He started his career at Smathers & Thompson and went on to Hornsby & Whisenand, where he became a partner. In 1988, Hickey and The Honorable Gary R. Jones founded Hickey & Jones, P.A. In 1999, Judge Jones left and became a Federal Magistrate in the Middle District of Florida, and the firm changed its name to Hickey Law Firm, P.A.

Education and bar admissions

  • B.A., Florida State University (1976 magna cum laude), Phi Beta Kappa;
  • J.D., Duke University (1980)
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar: 1980
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer (1990–present)
  • Admissions to Federal Courts: All three Federal District Courts in Florida: Southern (including the trial bar); Middle; and Northern; Federal Circuit Courts for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; Supreme Court of the United States.

Bar activities and honors

Dade County Bar Association

  • President 2003–2004
  • President-Elect 2002–2003
  • Vice President 2001–2002
  • Secretary 2000–2001
  • Treasurer 1999–2000
  • Executive Committee 1999–2004
  • Executive Committee 1991–1992
  • Board of Directors Elected 1996–1999
  • Board of Directors Elected 1990–1993
  • Chair, Membership Committee 2001–2002
  • Chair, Professional Arbitration Sub-Committee 1998–1999; 1995–1997; 1987–1990
  • Chair, Civil Litigation Committee 1992–1993
  • Chair, Banking and Corporate Litigation Committee 1991–1992
  • Chair, Commercial and Financial Transactions Litigation Committee 1990–1992
  • Chair, Banking Law Committee 1990–1991
  • Recipient of Certificate of Merit “In Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding and Constructive Service to The Bar, The Bench, and The Public” 1987; 1988; 1989; 1990; 1991; 1992 [two]; 1993 [two]; 2001 [two]; and 2002 [four]

Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

  • Board of Directors Elected 1984–1986
  • Executive Committee 1985–1986
  • Co-Chair, Luncheon and Speakers Committee 1985–1986
  • Chair, Sports Committee 1984–1985
  • Recipient of Certificate of Merit “In Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding and Constructive Service to The Bar, The Bench, and The Public” 1985

The Florida Bar

  • Member, Board of Governors (2008 – )
  • Member, Judicial Nominating Procedures Rules Committee (2005 to present)
  • Chair, Admiralty Law Committee (2000-2001)
  • Chair, 11th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee (1991-1993)
  • Chair, Grievance Committee 11-L (1986-1989)
  • Member, Grievance Committee 11-L (1996-1999)
  • Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee (1983-1985)
  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer (1990-Present)
  • Recipient of Certificate “in Recognition and Appreciation of Meritorious Service to the Public and the Legal Profession in Florida” (1989, 1999, and 2001)

Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents

  • Recipient of Certificate “In recognition of your dedicated leadership to the members of your legal community during your service as President” 2004

Other bar and civic activities

  • Board Member of Southern Legal Counsel (SLC)- Florida statewide not-for-profit public interest law firm that assists individuals and groups with public interest issues who otherwise would not have access to the justice system and whose cases may bring about systemic reform.
  • Advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)- ABOTA’s mission is to improve the ethical and technical standards in the legal profession and to aid in further education and training of trial lawyers. Membership is by invitation only and requires a 75% affirmative vote by both the chapter Executive Committee and the National Board of ABOTA.
  • Florida Bar Foundation- Bronze Giving Society
  • National Parkinson Foundation
  • Supporter of The Haitian Lawyers Association and its 18th Annual Scholarship Gala
  • Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Miami Jurisprudence Award Luncheon Sponsor
  • Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG)- “national non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who, each year suffer the consequences of work-related injuries or occupational illnesses and who need expert legal assistance to obtain medical care and other relief workers’ compensation programs”
  • Dade County Bar Association Fund at The Miami Foundation
  • Chapman Partnership
  • Dade County Bar Association YLS, Bids 4 Kids
  • 11th Circuit Committee on Professionalism (Appointed 2012) 
  • Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back (provides free legal services to the most vulnerable in the community)
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Duke University Alumni Advisory Committee (Interviewing prospective undergraduates for Duke University; 1984-Present)
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court – Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dade County, Florida, Committee of 100 (1998-Present)
  • Board of Directors of the Marine Counsel (1997-1999)
  • American Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • The Vizcayans
  • Academy of Trial Advocacy
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Sustaining Member
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dade County Association for Justice (formerly the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association)
  • 11th Circuit Ad Hoc Trial Practices Committee (Appointed 1993-2001)
  • 11th Circuit Committee on Professionalism (Appointed 2012)

Articles and lectures

  • Author and Presenter: “The Corporate Representative/Rule 30(B)(6) Deposition; Issues and Answers (February 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 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (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 in Los Angeles, California (July 22, 2016)
  • Presenter: “Request for Admissions, Leading Questions, & Imputed Income” for Dade Legal Aid (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 (April 8, 2016)
  • Panel Member: AAJ panel for St. Thomas University School of Law Students (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 in 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 (October 30, 2015)
  • Presenter: Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) Over The Rainbow Judicial Reception & Awards Dinner (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 (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 in Montreal, Canada (July 13, 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
  • Presenter: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are My Rights?” a presentation for the Coral Gables Bar Association (May 20, 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 in Palm Springs, California (February 22, 2015)
  • Moderator: Judicial Ethics Roundtable at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference (February 20, 2015)
  • Author and Presenter: “Violent Crime on Cruise Ships” a paper for The National Crime Victims Bar Association Conference in Miami, FL (September 17, 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 in Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)
  • Author and Presenter: “Use of Corporate Representative Depositions in Maritime Cases” to be presented at the American Association for Justice annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland (2014)
  • Author: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are the rights of the passenger” The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine (2014)
  • Speaker: Panel for the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association in Boca Raton, Florida (2014)
  • Author: “Tour Operator Liability” American Bar Association (2014)
  • Speaker: Dade Bar’s Annual Bench and Bar Conference “Road to Becoming a Superlawyer” event on panel titled “Initial Case Evaluation.” (February 2014)
  • Interviewed: ABA (American Bar Association) Journal article: “Cruising Toward Calamity” (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: “Injuries on Deck” article published in American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine (August 2012)
  • 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: March 2012 American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases Seminar on Predictable Defenses
  • Lecturer: February 2012 American Association for Justice Winter Convention In Phoenix at Litigation at Sunrise on Cruise Ship Slip and Falls.
  • 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 (January 2012)

  • Author: “Cruise Ship Slip and Falls: A Primer” paper for the American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami (February 2011)
  • Lecturer: February 2011 American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami at Litigation at Sunrise on Cruise Ship Injuries and Actions: What You Need to Know.
  • Presenter: “The Athens Convention: What Is It and Why Do We Need to Know About It?” July 2009 American Association for Justice Annual Convention in San Francisco
  • Testified before Congress: March 27, 2007 Hickey was invited to testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on cruise line issues
  • Lecturer: July 2007 American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Chicago before the Maritime Section on passenger claims against cruise lines
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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: “Slip and Falls: Alternative Theories of Liability”, TRIAL Magazine (April 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; and preparation of paper in connection therewith)
  • Lecturer: “Defending Flood Insurance Claims” at the National Flood Insurance Conferences at the invitation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Columbus, Ohio 1991; Scottsdale, Arizona 1992; Orlando, Florida 1993)
  • Author: “Credit Agreements Required in Writing; the New Statute of Frauds in Florida”, The Florida Bar Journal (June 1990)
  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” Florida Institute of CPAs (1990)
  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” American Institute of CPAs in Blacksburg, Virginia (1990)
  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” International Association of Financial Planners (1989)
  • Lecturer: “The Mechanics of Court” at The Florida Bar Bridge the Gap Seminars (1983, 1984, and 1985)

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
  • Interviewed on KRLD/CBS radio Dallas Ft. Worth on subjects related to cruise ships

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