John “Jack” H. Hickey

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Jack was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Duke Law School. For over 36 years, Jack has been trying personal injury and wrongful death cases in the areas of admiralty and maritime, cruise ship injury, railroad, medical malpractice, product liability, and general liability. For the first 17 years of his career, he represented cruise lines, railroads, and other self-insured corporations. Nineteen years ago, he made the transition to representing plaintiffs. Jack is one of the few attorneys in Florida who is Double Board Certified in Civil Trial and Admiralty and Maritime by The Florida Bar. He is also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). He is also a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA), the largest voluntary bar association in Florida. Jack is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, the governing body of all lawyers licensed to practice in Florida. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (FJA)and a State Delegate of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Jack is also the Secretary of the largest section of AAJ, the Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety, and Premises Liability Section. Jack is the Past Chair of 7 DCBA committees, Past Chair of 3 Florida Bar Committees, has received 17 Certificates of Merit from the DCBA “for outstanding and constructive service to the bench, the bar, and the public,” has received 3 certificates from The Florida Bar “in recognition and appreciation of meritorious service to the public and legal profession in Florida, and has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents for “dedicated leadership to the members of the legal community during service as President.” Jack is rated A/V by Martindale-Hubbell (the international listing of attorneys). 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: “DCBA Legal Luminary in Admiralty” (2016); “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). Jack lectures frequently at meetings and conventions of lawyers nationwide and writes articles on trial practice and on substantive law including Admiralty and Maritime (the law which applies to injuries on cruise ships). 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.

Education and Bar Admissions

  • Florida State University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1976 – Phi Beta Kappa*
  • Duke University, D., (1980)
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar: 1980
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer (1990 – present)
  • Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocates as a Trial Lawyer (2000 – present)
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Admiralty and Maritime Law (2012 – present)
  • Admissions to Federal Courts: All three Federal District Courts in Florida: Southern (including the trial bar) (1980 – present); Middle (1982-present); and Northern (1999- present); Federal Circuit Courts for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; Supreme Court of the United States (1983 – present).

Bar Activities and Honors

Dade County Bar Association

  • President (2003 – 2004)
  • President- Elect (2002 – 2003)
  • Vice President (2001 – 2002)
  • Secretary (2000 – 2001)
  • Treasurer (1999 – 2000)
  • Executive Committee (1999 – 2004)
  • Executive Committee (1991 – 1992)
  • Board of Directors (Elected 1996 – 1999)
  • Board of Directors (Elected 1990 – 1993)
  • Chair, Membership Committee (2001 – 2002)
  • Chair, Professional Arbitration Sub-Committee (1998 – 1999; 1995 – 1997; 1987 – 1990)
  • Chair, Civil Litigation Committee (1992 – 1993)
  • Chair, Banking and Corporate Litigation Committee (1991 – 1992)
  • Chair, Commercial and Financial Transactions Litigation Committee (1990 -1992)
  • Chair, Banking Law Committee (1990 – 1991)
  • 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]; 2002 [four]; 2009; and 2014)
  • Legal Luminaryin the Category of Admiralty (2016 & 2017)
  • Ervin Gonzalez Memorial Award Recipient (2017) – awarded to attorneys who achieve excellence in the courtroom as a lawyer, in the classroom as a teacher, and in the bar as a leader.

Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

  • Board of Directors (1984-1986)
  • Executive Committee (1985-1986)
  • Co-Chair, Luncheon and Speakers Committee (1985-1986)
  • Chair, Sports Committee (1984-1985)
  • 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 Govenors

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

The Florida Bar

  • Chair, Admiralty Law Committee (2000-2001)
  • Chair, 11th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee (1991-1993)
  • Chair, Grievance Committee 11-L (1986-1989)
  • Grievance Committee 11-L (1996-1999)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (1990-Present)
  • Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime Law (2013 – present)
  • Trial Lawyers’ Section
  • Admiralty Law Committee
  • 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)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

  • Chair, Admiralty Law Section (2010-11)
  • Secretary, Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety, and Premises Liability Section (2017-present)
  • PAC Board of Trustees (2013 to present)
  • Florida Delegate (2017 to present)

Other Bar and Civic Activities

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators member
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 – invitation only organization that selects members based on strict qualifications and peer nominations
  • Board of Directors of The Florida Justice Association (FJA)- 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.
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) State Delegate – 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
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Advocate Member (minimum of 50 civil jury trials). 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. Membership is by invitation only and requires a 75% affirmative vote by both the chapter Executive Committee and the National Board of ABOTA.
  • Former Board Member of Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) (2016-2018) – Florida statewide not-for-profit public interest law firm that assists individuals and groups with public interest issues who otherwise would not have access to the justice system and whose cases may bring about systemic reform.
  • 11thCircuit Committee on Professionalism (Appointed 2012)
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)
  • Duke University Alumni Advisory Committee (Interviewing prospective undergraduates for Duke University; 1984-Present)
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court – Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dade County, Florida, Committee of 100 (1998-1999)
  • Board of Directors of the Marine Counsel (1997-1999)
  • American Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Academy of Trial Advocacy
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Leaders Forum and Sustaining Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Board of Trustees of AAJ PAC
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Brain Injury Association of Florida
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
  • 11thCircuit Ad Hoc Trial Practices Committee (Appointed 1993-2001)