It’s no secret that most civil cases do not go to trial. Most cases are settled. Only if they are not settled, or dismissed, are they tried. Trial lawyers with experience are more important than ever because fewer lawyers have the opportunity to try cases before civil juries. All lawyers went to law school, but not all belong in court. The prospect for trial is frightening for many lawyers, particularly if trial is not their normal activity or if a case is headed to federal court. If your lawyer doesn’t try cases, it affects the ability to settle cases favorably because there is no threat of trial. The other lawyers know whether your lawyer can try the case, and use that knowledge to advantage. Whether your lawyer can try the case has a definite impact on the case, whether it is tried or settled.

The same applies to appeals. The other side knows whether a lawyer is able to handle the rigors and rules of appellate courts. We can, and more importantly, we actually do. We successfully handled appeals in most Florida appellate courts, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. We are particularly proud of the last, as very few private practice lawyers have the opportunity to appear in the Supreme Court. Of course, we are different—we have appeared in the Supreme Court, and more than once.

Our cases speak for us:

  • U.S. vs. Cabrales, 524 U.S. 1 (1998) (amicus brief; uncredited)
  • Jones v. Canales, case no. 2:04-cv-14236 (S.D. Fla. 2007), affirmed, case no. 07-13402 (11th Cir. 2009), cert. denied, case no. 08-6958 (U.S. Jan. 26, 2009)
  • Criner v. Hernandez, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130583 (M.D. Fla. 2013), affirmed, 2014 LEXIS U.S. 6812 (11th Cir. 2014)
  • Fields vs. Corizon Health, 490 Fed. Appx. 174 (11th Cir. 2012)
  • Kibwika vs. BSO, 453 Fed. Appx. 915, (11th Cir. 2012)
  • Dillard vs. Florida Dept. Juvenile Justice, 427 Fed. Appx. 809 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • Burgest vs. Jenne, Case No. 06-60178-CIV (S.D. Fla 2008), affirmed, 316 Fed. Appx. 995 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • Cottone vs. Jenne, D. C. Docket No. 00-07545-CV-WJZ.(S.D. Fla. 2007), affirmed, 288 Fed Appx. 620 (11th Cir. (2008)
  • Hardy vs. BSO, D. C. Docket No. 05-60437-CV-WJZ (S.D. Fla. 2006), affirmed, Fed. Appx. 435, (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Hicks vs. Jenne, D. C. Docket No. 00-06087-CV-WPD (S.D. Fla. 2007), affirmed, 213 Fed. Appx. 800 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Hawthorne vs. BSO, D. C. Docket No. 03-61977-CV-JAL. (S.D. Fla. 2006), affirmed, 212 Fed. Appx. 943 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Goebert vs. Lee County, Case No. 2:04-cv-505-FtM-29DNF (M.D. Fla. 2005) , affirmed in part, 510 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir.2007)
  • Maglio v. Robinson, case no. 98-07076 (S.D. Fla. 2000), affirmed, 268 F.3d 1067 (11th Cir. 2001)
  • Lannen vs. BSO, 2013 U.S. Dist. Lexis 47735 (SD Fla. 2013)
  • Spadaro vs. City of Miramar, 2013 U.S. Dist. Lexis 16714 (SD Fla. 2013)
  • Spadaro vs. City of Miramar, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 117925 (SD Fla. 2012)
  • Spadaro vs. City of Miramar, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 103278 (SD Fla. 2012)
  • Lannen vs. BSO, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 187448 (SD Fla. 2012)
  • Horn vs. Volusia County, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 61426 (MD Fla. 2008)
  • Crain vs. Prison Health Services, 80 So. 3d 1084 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2012)
  • Darling vs. Palm Beach County Sheriff, 2 So. 3d 368 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008)
  • Fischer vs. Freedman, 947 So. 2d 1171 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2007)
  • Lindstrom vs. Broward County, 755 So. 2d 131 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000)
  • Garcia vs. Lifemark Hospitals, 754 So. 2d 48 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1999)