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).