Compassionate, empathetic and a fervent advocate for victims of crime, Mhaggard picichael Haggard has dedicated his career to the pursuit of justice on behalf of his clients in the courtroom securing unprecedented awards and as an activist who continuously lobbies for permanent solutions and change through local, statewide and federal legislation. Specializing in pool drowning, negligent security, wrongful death, unsafe premises and products liability, Haggard has established himself as a powerful force in the South Florida Legal Community as the Managing Partner for The Haggard Law Firm. After spending time as a Public Defender and working with a small personal injury firm before joining The Haggard Law Firm, Haggard was named a partner in 2001, secure in the belief that every case holds equal importance and could mean the opportunity to award a family resolution to a devastating incident.
He soon captured national headlines as the only plaintiff's personal injury attorney to secure three separate $100 million dollar verdicts on behalf of individual clients. Haggard secured two consecutive $100 million verdicts on behalf of children involved in pool accidents. Several years later, a third $100 million verdict was awarded by a jury in a negligent security case, deemed the largest of its kind for that genre of case law.
Ultimately, Haggard hopes to give victims the tools and resources to help rebuild their lives. By convincing a judge or jury to hold those responsible accountable he gives victims and their families a sense of justice and comfort that another family won't have to go through this same tragedy. Devoted to his clients, Haggard has received numerous awards for his time and dedication earning him recognition as one of the most highly regarded personal injury attorneys in the country. He has been honored to receive the Advocate of Justice Award from the National Crime Victims Bar Association, received the Lifetime Achievement selection to America's Top 100 Attorneys?, has been twice named a Most Effective Lawyer by the Daily Business Review, is a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is annually recognized as a Florida Trend Legal Elite Lawyer, a Florida Top 100 Super Lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America.
Professional achievements aside, Haggard is also fiercely dedicated to a myriad of worthy causes. Believing that as an attorney he has an obligation to give back to the community, he serves on the Advisory Council for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Crime Victim Bar Association where his knowledge and background are put to good use. Adth-1ditionally, Haggard is a current member of the MADD Barristers Council and supports the National Center for Victims of Crime. Closest to his heart, however, Haggard sits on the National Board of the Polycystic Kidney Foundation. Passed genetically, this disease has affected many members of his family, as well as Haggard himself.
Outside the office, Haggard is not only a philanthropist, but also a dedicated father. He enjoys spending time with his wife Bekki, coaching his son's football team and attending his daughter's track meets.
EDUCATION AND HONORS
-State Bar of Florida (1996) -United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (1997) -Managing Partner, The Haggard Law Firm (2001-Present) -Associate, Haggard & Parks, P.A. (1997-2001) -Associate, Don Russo, P.A. (1997) -Assistant Public Defender, Dade County Public Defender's Office, Domestic Violence, DUI and Crimes Division (1995-1996) -Florida State University, Bachelor of Science (1992), Dean's List Scholar Interfraternity Council, President (1991-1992) Greek Man of the Year (1992) Order of the Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa - University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 1995) - Book Award, "Advanced Litigation Skills"
CIVIC MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers (2016) America's Top 100 Attorneys?, Lifetime Achievement American Bar Association, Member American Association for Justice, Member (Inadequate Security Section) American Board of Trial Advocates, Member ASIS, Member Listed, Best Lawyers in America Coalition for Family Safety, Member Coral Gables Bar Association, Member Daily Business Review - "Most Effective Lawyer" (Named: 2005 & 2008) Florida International University (FIU) President's Council, Member Florida Justice Association, Member President (2009-2010) Secretary (2006-2007) Recipient, Eagle Centurion Award (2015) Board of Directors and Executive Committee (1999-2005) Shoe Leather Award, Recipient Golden Eagle Award, Recipient Silver Eagle Award, Recipient Florida Lawyers Action Group, Trustee Florida Monthly Magazine's "Top Lawyers in Florida" (Named) Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Trustee Florida "Super Lawyers" Top 100 Lawyer (Listed) Florida Trend Magazine - "Legal Elite" and "Legal Elite Hall of Fame" (Listed) Guardian Ad Litem, Member LawDragon - "Top 500 in the Nation" (Named) Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, Member MADD Barristers Council, Member Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" Rated Attorney (Listed) Miami-Dade Candidate Task Force, Chair (2001-2004) Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Member Miami-Dade Justice Association, Member President (2002) President-Elect (2001) Treasurer (2000) Secretary (1999) Director (1997-1999) Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, Member National Center for Victims of Crime, Board Member National Crime Victim Bar Association, Member Board of Directors (2009 to present) Distinguished Service Award, Recipient Advocate of Justice Award, Recipient National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Board Member National Law Journal - Top "40 Under 40" (Named: 2005) Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Member The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Member The Florida Bar, Member (Trial Lawyers Section) Daily Business Review, Board of Contributors (March 2016) Community Partnership for the Homeless, Volunteer Florida State University (FSU) Alumni Association, Member Florida State University (FSU) College of Communication & Information Leadership Board, Member Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, Board of Trustees Seminole Boosters Board Directors, Member