Profile

John Hickey

Hickey Law Firm, PA
1401 Brickell Avenue
Suite 510
Miami, FL 33131
305-371-8000
www.hickeylawfirm.com


Current member Board of Governors, The Florida Bar

Past President, Dade County Bar Association

Vice Chair, Certification Plan Appeals Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors

Member, Disciplinary Review Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors

Board Liaison for Code & Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar

Board Certified Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar

Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime Lawyer by The Florida Bar

Executive Council of the Admiralty Section of AAJ

Judicial Nominating Commission Nominating Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors (2014-2015)

Member of the Public Education Committee of AAJ

Featured as Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine, April 2016

Listed #6 Nationally and #1 in Florida in National Law Journal’s Big Money Wins Top 50 Verdicts and Settlements of 2015

Named by his peers as one of the “Top Attorneys in Florida” as published in The Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Magazine & Orlando Life (2014)

Named by his peers as one of the “Top Attorneys in Florida” as published in the Wall Street Journal and Miami Magazine (2012)

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)

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

Listed in Top Florida Verdicts & Settlements of 2011 in VerdictSearch
Member of The Multi-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 (f/k/a Association of Trial Lawyers of America) (2010-2011)

- Member of the Center for Justice Democracy

- 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:
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), and Board Certified as an Admiralty & Maritime Lawyer by The Florida Bar. The NBTA is the only national certification program for trial attorneys and is accredited by the American Bar Association. The Florida Bar Board Certifications require that a significant portion of the practice be devoted to the area, review by peers (lawyers in the area of practice and judges), and passing a written, day long examination.

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- Present); “Legal Elite” in Florida Trend Magazine(top 1.7% of attorneys) (2006-Present); and Superlawyer in the area of personal injury in Superlawyers.com (2006 -Present).

Hickey is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is the governing body of all 101,000 members of The Florida Bar, that is, every lawyer in Florida.

He is also a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) (2003 – 2004). The DCBA is the largest voluntary bar association in Florida.

Hickey also is 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 lectures and writes articles on trial practice and on substantive law including Maritime and Admiralty. He is a past Chair of The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee and is Past Chair of the Admiralty Section of the American Association for Justice.

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. Eighteen years ago, he made the transition to representing plaintiffs. He 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 Northern 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
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  • J.D., Duke University (1980)
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  • Admitted to The Florida Bar: 1980
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  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer (1990 – present)
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  • 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)
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  • President- Elect (2002 – 2003)
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  • Vice President (2001 – 2002)
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  • Secretary (2000 – 2001)
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  • Treasurer (1999 – 2000)
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  • Executive Committee (1999 – 2004)
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  • Executive Committee (1991 – 1992)
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  • Board of Directors (Elected 1996 – 1999)
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  • Board of Directors (Elected 1990 – 1993)
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  • Chair, Membership Committee (2001 – 2002)
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  • Chair, Professional Arbitration Sub-Committee (1998 – 1999; 1995 – 1997; 1987 – 1990)
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  • Chair, Civil Litigation Committee (1992 – 1993)
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  • Chair, Banking and Corporate Litigation Committee (1991 – 1992)
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  • Chair, Commercial and Financial Transactions Litigation Committee (1990 -1992)
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  • Chair, Banking Law Committee (1990 – 1991)
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  • 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]; 2009; and 2014)

DADE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION:

       
  • Board of Directors (1984-1986)
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  • Executive Committee (1985-1986)
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  • Co-Chair, Luncheon and Speakers Committee (1985-1986)
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  • Chair, Sports Committee (1984-1985)
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  • 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 BOARD OF GOVERNORS:

       
  • Member, Board of Governors (2008 -  )
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  • Board Liaison for the Admiralty Law Committee of The Florida Bar
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  • Vice Chair, Certification Plan Appeals Committee (CPAC) (2014 to 2016)
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  • Served on the JNC Selection Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors (2014-2015)
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  • Member, Disciplinary Review Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors (2008-present)
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  • Board Liaison for Code & Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar (2012-2016)
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  • Member of the Special Committee to Study the Unethical and Illegal Solicitation of Legal Business (2015-2016)
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  • Member, Certification Plan Appeals Committee (CPAC) (2010-present)
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  • Member, Judicial Nominating Procedures Rules Committee (2005 to present)
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  • Designated Reviewer, 11th Circuit UPL Committee ‘A’ (2011 to present)
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  • Designated Reviewer, 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee ‘C’ (2008 to present)
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  • Designated Reviewer, 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee ‘F’ (2008 to present)

THE FLORIDA BAR

       
  • Member, Disciplinary Review Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors
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  • Board Liaison for Code & Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar
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  • Served on the JNC Selection Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors (2014-2015)
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  • Member of the Special Committee to Study the Unethical and Illegal Solicitation of Legal Business (2015)
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  • Vice Chair, Certification Plan of Appeals Committee (CPAC) (2014)
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  • Member, Board of Governors (2008 -  )
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  • Member, Judicial Nominating Procedures Rules Committee (2005 to present)
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  • Chair, Admiralty Law Committee (2000-2001)
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  • Chair, 11th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee (1991-1993)
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  • Chair, Grievance Committee 11-L (1986-1989)
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  • Member, Grievance Committee 11-L (1996-1999)
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  • Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee (1983-1985)
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  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer (1990-Present)
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  • 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:

       
  • 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”
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  • Dade County Bar Association Fund at The Miami Foundation
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  • Chapman Partnership
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  • Dade County Bar Association YLS, Bids 4 Kids
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  • Broward County Bar Association
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  • Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back (provides free legal services to the most vulnerable in the community)
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  • Cuban American Bar Association
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  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
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  • Duke University Alumni Advisory Committee (Interviewing prospective undergraduates for Duke University; 1984-Present)
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  • Coral Gables Bar Association
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  • Miami Beach Bar Association
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  • American Inns of Court – Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter
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  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dade County, Florida, Committee of 100 (1998-Present)
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  • Board of Directors of the Marine Counsel (1997-1999)
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  • American Bar Association
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  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
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  • The Vizcayans
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  • Academy of Trial Advocacy
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  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Sustaining Member
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  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association
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  • North American Brain Injury Society
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  • Brain Injury Association of America
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  • Brain Injury Association of Florida
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  • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
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  • Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
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  • Dade County Association for Justice (formerly the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association)
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  • 11th Circuit Ad Hoc Trial Practices Committee (Appointed 1993-2001)
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  • 11th Circuit Committee on Professionalism (Appointed 2012)

ARTICLES AND LECTURES:

       
  • 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)
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  • Panel Member: AAJ panel for St. Thomas University School of Law Students (March 16, 2016)
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • Presenter: Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) Over The Rainbow Judicial Reception & Awards Dinner (October 23, 2015)
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • Presenter/Panelist member: “Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Injury, Death, and Zone of Danger Cases” at St. Thomas University School of Law Symposium
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  • Author: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What Are the Rights of the Passenger? An Update.” The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine (2015)
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  • Presenter: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are My Rights?” a presentation for the Coral Gables Bar Association (May 20, 2015)
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  • 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)
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  • Moderator: Judicial Ethics Roundtable at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference (February 20, 2015)
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  • Author and Presenter: “Violent Crime on Cruise Ships” a paper for The National Crime Victims Bar Association Conference in Miami, FL (September 17, 2014)
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • Author: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are the rights of the passenger” The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine (2014)
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  • Speaker: Panel for the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association in Boca Raton, Florida (2014)
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  • Author: “Tour Operator Liability” American Bar Association (2014)
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  • Author and Presenter: “Violent Crime on Cruise Ships” a paper for The National Crime Victims Bar Association (September 17, 2014)
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  • Author and Presenter: “Use of Corporate Representative Depositions in Maritime Cases presented at the American Association for Justice annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)
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  • 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)
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  • Author: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are the rights of the passenger” The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine (2014)
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  • Speaker: Panel for the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association in Boca Raton, Florida (2014)
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  • Speaker: Brandeis National Committee Aventura/Hollywood Chapter “Lunch and Learn” on topics regarding medical malpractice and rape at sea (April 2013)
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  • Author: “Death on the High Seas Act: What Is It and When Does It Apply and How to Overcome Obstacles Created Beacause of the Act” paper prepared for the Florida Justice Assocation Workhorse Seminar (February 2013_)
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  • 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)
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  • Panel Member: Dade County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference (February 2013)
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  • Author: “Injuries on Deck” article published in American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine (August 2012)
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  • 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)
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  • Speaker: “Practicing with Professionalism” seminar hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar in Miami (April 2012)
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  • 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)
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  • Lecturer: March 2012 American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases Seminar on Predictable Defenses
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  • Lecturer: February 2012 American Association for Justice Winter Convention In Phoenix at Litigation at Sunrise on Cruise Ship Slip and Falls.
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  • Author: “Cruise Ship Slip and Falls: A Primer” paper for the American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami (February 2011)
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Lecturer: July 2007 American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Chicago before the Maritime Section on passenger claims against cruise lines
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  • 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
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • Lecturer: “Alternative Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases” at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada (August 2001)
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  • Author: “Slip and Falls: Alternative Theories of Liability”, TRIAL Magazine (April 2001)
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  • Author: “In Defense of the Stevedore”, P & I International (Winter 1996-1997)
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  • Lecturer: “Cruising in the 90s; Defense of Cruise Lines, Crew and Passenger Claims” The Florida Bar (1994; and preparation of paper in connection therewith)
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  • 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)
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  • Author: “Credit Agreements Required in Writing; the New Statute of Frauds in Florida”, The Florida Bar Journal (June 1990)
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  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” Florida Institute of CPAs (1990)
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  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” American Institute of CPAs in Blacksburg, Virginia (1990)
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  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” International Association of Financial Planners (1989)
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  • Lecturer: “The Mechanics of Court” at The Florida Bar Bridge the Gap Seminars (1983, 1984, and 1985)

MEDIA APPEARANCES:

       
  • ABC News- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
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  • Daily Mail- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
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  • The Mirror- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
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  • Inquisitr- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
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  • Muslim Worldwide- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
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  • Seattle Times- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
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  • Contra Cosa Times- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)
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  • San Jose Mercury- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)
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  • Seattle PI- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)
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  • Miami Herald- Article: Ex-employees Describe Predatory Playbook (April 24, 2015)
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  • Fox News Tampa Bay- murder suicide aboard cruise ship (April 4, 2015)
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  • NBC Florida- Jane Doe Assault (January 2015)
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  • Keysnews.com- maritime case article (April 2014)
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  • Appearances for Korean Ferry Disaster- CNN Morning Showfjust, CNN Newsroom, Al Jazeera America-  (April 2014)
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  • Appearances for Brooks Robinson Case- Daily Business Review (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach), Miami Herald, Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, USA Today, Tampa Bay Times, WPLG TV, WBAL TV, 610 WIOD Radio, WNST Sports Talk Radio, WCBM Radio – (April 2014)
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  • Yorkdispatch.com- Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)
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  • Inside Edition- Jane Doe Assault on Carnival (February 2014)
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  • New York Daily News- Jane Doe Assault (February 2014)
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  • CNN Newsroom- RCCL Grandeur of the Seas Fire (April 2013)
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  • KPAM AM Portland- Cruise Passenger Rights (March 2013)
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  • CNN Starting Point- Carnival Dream Generator (March 2013)
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  • WFTL AM West Palm Beach- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
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  • WIOD AM Miami- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
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  • CNN Newsroom and Starting Point- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
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  • WERC FM Birmingham- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
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  • NBC Nightly News- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
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  • KABC AM Los Angeles- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
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  • KTSA AM San Antonio- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
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  • CNN: Headline News, Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, & Anderson Cooper 360- Costa Concordia (January 2012)
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  • CNN International- Costa Concordia (January and July 2012)
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  • ABC- Costa Concordia (January 2012)
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  • NBC- Monarch of the Seas Gas Leak (June 2011)
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  • CBS Evening News with Katie Couric- Carnival Splendor Fire (November 2010)
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  • BBC Radio 4 – Crimes on Cruise Ships/Prevention and Reporting (2007)
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  • Good Housekeeping Magazine – Medical Treatment and Malpractice on Cruise Ships (February Issue 2007)
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  • WFOR/CBS TV- Princess Cruise Lines Tilt of Crown Princess (July 2006)
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  • Court TV- George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (January, July 2006)
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  • MSNBC- George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (August, November, December, 2005)
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  • Fox News– George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (July, August, December 2005)
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  • CBS Evening News – Sexual Harassment case against a university (January 2002)