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John H. (Jack) Hickey Honored with the Ervin Gonzalez Memorial Award

Miami, FL- The Miami based, nationally recognized trial law firm, Hickey Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that its lead trial attorney, John H. (Jack) Hickey, was honored as the first recipient of the Ervin Gonzalez Memorial Award at the Dade County Bar Association’s (DCBA) Over the Rainbow Judicial Awards Celebration on December 5, 2017.

 

The Ervin Gonzalez Memorial Award is named after famed trial lawyer, Ervin Gonzalez. Ervin passed away in June 2017. Ervin, like Jack, was a Past President of the DCBA and a member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. The Dade County Bar Association awards the Ervin Gonzalez Memorial Award to someone who achieves excellence in the courtroom as a lawyer, in the classroom as a teacher, and in the bar as a leader.

Hickey had this to say: “there will never be another Ervin Gonzalez. His achievements in the courtroom, in the classroom, and at the bar were unparalleled. Like most other trial lawyers, I looked up to him and sought to achieve only a fraction of his success. Ervin helped me and he helped so many others. To me it looked like he wanted to be the best lawyer anyone could be. And he was.”

The Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) is the largest lawyer network in Miami-Dade County and the largest voluntary bar association in Florida.

Jack 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. 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—and a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) and a State Delegate of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  Hickey is a frequent lecturer and writer on trial technique and on maritime law. He has lectured and written papers for the following: the American Association for Justice, National Trial Lawyers, Florida Justice Association, National Crime Victims Bar Association, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Dade County Bar Association, Miami Dade Trial Lawyers Association, South Miami-Kendall Bar Association, Coral Gables Bar Association, New Jersey Association for Justice, and the New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine. 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).

October 13, 2017 - Hickey Participates as Panelist on Cruise Industry Passenger & Seafarer Claims Seminar

John H. (Jack) Hickey honored to be a panelist on the Cruise Industry Passenger & Seafarer Claims Seminar on October 13, 2017. Hickey spoke about cruise ship design cases where injuries are caused by a fixed object. He addressed the recent holding in Pizzino v. NCL and discussed cruise lines' participation or approval in design v. constructive notice or knowledge of dangerous conditions. Over 100 maritime attorneys, defense and plaintiffs counsel, and law students attended the seminar at the University of Miami's School of Law. Thanks to Robert Gardana, The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee and ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee for organizing this excellent event.

John H. (Jack) Hickey Speaks Before the Miami-Dade County School Board

John H. (Jack) Hickey represented The Florida Bar before the Miami Dade County School Board on October 11, 2017. Hickey spoke about the Florida Free Legal Answers program and its benefits to Miami Dade County Public School (MDCPS) employees and low-income Floridians. The proposal passed unanimously. MDCPS is the 4th largest school system in the nation with 466 schools, 365,268 students, and 45,914 employees. For more information on the Free Legal Answers program, visit the following site: https://florida.freelegalanswers.org/

July 2017- Hickey Elected to the Board of Directors of the FJA and to a 2 Year-Term as AAJ State Delegate

Miami, FL- The Miami based, nationally recognized trial law firm, Hickey Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that its lead trial attorney, John H. (Jack) Hickey, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) and to a 2-year term as an American Association for Justice (AAJ) State Delegate.

Originally known as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, FJA was formed in 1961. Its mission was to shift the focus of justice from business interests to Florida’s consumers. Directors of FJA pledge to make meaningful contributions to the Association by setting an example of leadership, committing time and energy to the Association’s activities, and providing personal and financial support.

As detailed in its history, “AAJ is the world's largest trial bar. AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims' rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. AAJ has members worldwide and a network of U.S. and Canadian affiliates involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy.” The AAJ State Delegates serve as liaison between the AAJ Board of Governors and FJA. It is the responsibility of the State Delegates to assist the Board of Governors in attaining the objectives of AAJ by carrying out specific programs assigned to them by the Board of Governors or the President. 

December 2016 - John H. (Jack) Hickey elected by peers as Advocate Member of the Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Miami, FL- Hickey Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that its lead trial attorney, John H. (Jack) Hickey, has been elected by his peers as an Advocate Member of the Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  Membership to ABOTA is by invitation only.  It requires a 75% affirmative vote by both the chapter Executive Committee and the National Board of ABOTA.  A lawyer, once chosen to be a member of ABOTA, can qualify for Advocate Membership only if he or she has tried at least 50 cases to verdict. 

ABOTA is a national association of trial lawyers, both Plaintiff and Defense.  ABOTA was established in 1957.  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.

Hickey started his career at a large law firm representing cruise lines, railroads, and other self- insured corporations.  He switched sides and for the last 18 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 Dade County Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in the state of Florida. 

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 has an A/V Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been named by his peers as 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 Superlawyer.com. 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. 

$4.5 Million Verdict in Car Crash "Survivor Action"

July/August 2016: Hickey Voted as Legal Luminary in Maritime Law

Miami, FL- Hickey Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that its lead trial attorney, John H. (Jack) Hickey, has been chosen by his peers— and other lawyers around the state of Florida—as the Dade County Bar Association’s Legal Luminary in Maritime Law in Miami-Dade County.

The Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) was founded in the early 1900s and is the largest voluntary bar association in Florida. With over 6,000 nomination fields submitted, the DCBA’s Legal Luminaries is the largest award recognition of its kind in Florida for excellence in legal practice.

Hickey is on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, the body which regulates the practice of law and all lawyers who practice in Florida, and 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 has an A/V Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been named by his peers as a “Legal Elite” in the area 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 as a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyer.com. 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.

April 2016: John H. (Jack) Hickey featured as "Attorney of the Month" in Attorney at Law Magazine

 “Intense,” “determined to win,” and “engaging” are words other lawyers use to describe John H. “Jack” Hickey. Hickey was born and raised in Miami. He went to Miami Palmetto Senior High School and graduated from Florida State University and from Duke Law School. Hickey began his career on the “other side,” representing large, self-insured corporations in catastrophic and serious personal injury cases as well as handling complex commercial litigation and family law. He started as a summer clerk at Smathers & Thompson, a large fullservice firm in Miami, before being brought on as an associate. It was in this role that Hickey was first exposed to maritime law, representing cruise lines. Hickey was assigned to work for Earl Waldin on his first day at Smathers & Thompson. According to Hickey, Earl Waldin was generous with his time and patient with the new lawyer. “He was a lion of a trial lawyer but congenial and friendly outside the courtroom,” Hickey says. “I couldn’t have had a better mentor. In my first year of practice, we went to trial four times in cases involving catastrophic injuries, securities litigation and insurance disputes. I tried a case as first chair nine months out of school. Today, that kind of opportunity is unheard of in civil practice. I was just beyond lucky.” Read the full article here

Number 1 Settlement in Florida

October 2015- Hickey Law Firm listed #6 nationally and #1 in Florida in The National Law Journal's Big Money Wins Top 50 Verdicts and Settlements of 2015

May 2014: John H (Jack) Hickey Presents His Paper to the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA

John H (Jack) Hickey spoke on a panel at and prepared a paper for the Torts and Insurance Practice Section meeting of the ABA in Boca Raton on May 16, 2014.  Hickey's paper was on Tour Operator liability. Hickey also authored “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are the rights of the passenger,” published in the Spring Edition of The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine.

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