John H. (Jack) Hickey, Attorney

Serving Miami, Florida and Nationwide

FIGHTING FOR THE SAFETY OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

John H. (Jack) Hickey

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, 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. 

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Education and Bar Admissions

  • B.A., Florida State University (1976 magna cum laude), Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Duke University (1980)
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar: 1980
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer (1990 – present)
  • Admitted 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

Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

  • Past Board of Directors
  • Past Executive Committee
  • Past Co-Chair, Luncheon and Speakers Committee
  • Past 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”

The Florida Bar Board of Govenors

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

The Florida Bar Before The Board of Governors

  • Chair, Admiralty Law Committee (2000-2001)
  • Chair, 11th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee (1991-1993)
  • Chair, Grievance Committee 11-L (1986-1989)
  • Member, Grievance Committee 11-L (1996-1999)
  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer (1990-Present)
  • 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)
  • Lifetime member

Other Bar and Civic Activities

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 member - 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
  • Board Member of Southern Legal Counsel (SLC)- 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.
  • Advocate Member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)- 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.
  • Eagle, The Endowment for Association Giving to Law and Education 
  • Florida Bar Foundation- Bronze Giving Society
  • National Parkinson Foundation
  • Supporter of The Haitian Lawyers Association and its 18th Annual Scholarship Gala
  • Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Miami Jurisprudence Award Luncheon Sponsor
  • 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”
  • Dade County Bar Association Fund at The Miami Foundation
  • Chapman Partnership
  • Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back (provides free legal services to the most vulnerable in the community)
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Duke University Alumni Advisory Committee (Interviewing prospective undergraduates for Duke University; 1984-Present)

  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court – Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dade County, Florida, Committee of 100 (1998-Present)
  • Board of Directors of the Marine Counsel (1997-1999)
  • American Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • The Vizcayans
  • Academy of Trial Advocacy
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Sustaining Member
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Brain Injury Association of Florida
  • Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dade County Association for Justice (formerly the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association)
  • 11th Circuit Ad Hoc Trial Practices Committee (Appointed 1993-2001)
  • 11th Circuit Committee on Professionalism (Appointed 2012)

Articles and Lectures     

  • Author and Presenter: “Alternate Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases” presented at the American Association for Justice’s Annual Convention in Boston (July 24, 2017)
  • Panelist: “Handling the Difficult Expert Witness” at the Dade County Bar Association’s Series Entitled “Giants of the Courtroom” (June 9, 2017)
  • Moderator: “Pathways to Success: Highlights for Rising Attorneys” at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference (February 10, 2017)
  • Author and Presenter: "The Corporate Representative/Rule 30(B)(6) Deposition; Issues and Answers"(February 7, 2017)
  • Author: "Charting Your Liability Course," American Association for Justice's Trial Magazine (December 2016)
  • Presenter:  How to Get a $4.5 Million Verdict for 4 ½ years of Pain and Suffering” presented to the Minnesota Association for Justice in Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 10, 2016)
  • Author and Presenter: “Demand Letters, Brochures, Videos and Other Materials; What do I send and When?” presented at the American Association for Justice’s 2016 Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California (July 22, 2016)
  • Presenter: “Request for Admissions, Leading Questions, & Imputed Income” for Dade Legal Aid (June 22, 2016)
  • 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)
  • Panel Member: AAJ panel for St. Thomas University School of Law Students (March 16, 2016)
  • 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) 

  • 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) adapted from paper for American Association for Justice 2014 convention in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Presenter: Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) Over The Rainbow Judicial Reception & Awards Dinner (October 23, 2015)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Presenter/Panelist member: “Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Injury, Death, and Zone of Danger Cases” at St. Thomas University School of Law Symposium
  • Author: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What Are the Rights of the Passenger? An Update.” The New York Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Magazine (2015)
  • Presenter: “Cruise Ship Accidents: What are My Rights?” a presentation for the Coral Gables Bar Association (May 20, 2015)

  • Speaker: Panel for the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association in Boca Raton, Florida (2014)
  • Author: “Tour Operator Liability” American Bar Association (2014)
  • Speaker: Brandeis National Committee Aventura/Hollywood Chapter “Lunch and Learn” on topics regarding medical malpractice and rape at sea (April 2013) 
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Panel Member: Dade County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference (February 2013)
  • Author:Injuries on Deck” article published in American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine (August 2012)
  • 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)
  • Speaker: “Practicing with Professionalism” seminar hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar in Miami (April 2012)
  • 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)
  • Lecturer: March 2012 American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases Seminar on Predictable Defenses
  • Lecturer: February 2012 American Association for Justice Winter Convention In Phoenix at Litigation at Sunrise on Cruise Ship Slip and Falls.

  • Author: “Cruise Ship Slip and Falls: A Primer” paper for the American Association for Justice Winter Convention in Miami (February 2011)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lecturer: July 2007 American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Chicago before the Maritime Section on passenger claims against cruise lines
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Lecturer: “Alternative Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases” at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada (August 2001)
  • Author: “Slip and Falls: Alternative Theories of Liability”, TRIAL Magazine (April 2001)
  • Author: “In Defense of the Stevedore”, P & I International (Winter 1996-1997)
  • Lecturer: “Cruising in the 90s; Defense of Cruise Lines, Crew and Passenger Claims” The Florida Bar (1994; and preparation of paper in connection therewith)
  • 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)
  • Author: “Credit Agreements Required in Writing; the New Statute of Frauds in Florida”, The Florida Bar Journal (June 1990)
  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” Florida Institute of CPAs (1990)
  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” American Institute of CPAs in Blacksburg, Virginia (1990)
  • Lecturer: “Securities Litigation” International Association of Financial Planners (1989)
  • Lecturer: “The Mechanics of Court” at The Florida Bar Bridge the Gap Seminars (1983, 1984, and 1985)

Media Appearances

  • HLN, CNN Sister Network - Murder on Princess Cruise Ship (July 2017) 
  • ABC News- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
  • Daily Mail- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
  • The Mirror- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
  • Inquisitr- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
  • Muslim Worldwide- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
  • Seattle Times- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)
  • Contra Cosa Times- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)
  • San Jose Mercury- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)
  • Seattle PI- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)
  • Miami Herald- Article: Ex-employees Describe Predatory Playbook (April 24, 2015)
  • Fox News Tampa Bay- murder suicide aboard cruise ship (April 4, 2015)
  • NBC Florida- Jane Doe Assault (January 2015)
  • Keysnews.com- maritime case article (April 2014)
  • Appearances for Korean Ferry Disaster- CNN Morning Showfjust, CNN Newsroom, Al Jazeera America-  (April 2014)
  • 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)
  • Yorkdispatch.com- Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)
  • Inside Edition- Jane Doe Assault on Carnival (February 2014)
  • New York Daily News- Jane Doe Assault (February 2014)
  • CNN Newsroom- RCCL Grandeur of the Seas Fire (April 2013)
  • KPAM AM Portland- Cruise Passenger Rights (March 2013)
  • CNN Starting Point- Carnival Dream Generator (March 2013)
  • WFTL AM West Palm Beach- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
  • WIOD AM Miami- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
  • CNN Newsroom and Starting Point- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
  • WERC FM Birmingham- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
  • NBC Nightly News- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
  • KABC AM Los Angeles- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
  • KTSA AM San Antonio- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)
  • CNN: Headline News, Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, & Anderson Cooper 360- Costa Concordia (January 2012)
  • CNN International- Costa Concordia (January and July 2012)
  • ABC- Costa Concordia (January 2012)
  • NBC- Monarch of the Seas Gas Leak (June 2011)
  • CBS Evening News with Katie Couric- Carnival Splendor Fire (November 2010)
  • BBC Radio 4 – Crimes on Cruise Ships/Prevention and Reporting (2007)
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine – Medical Treatment and Malpractice on Cruise Ships (February Issue 2007)
  • WFOR/CBS TV- Princess Cruise Lines Tilt of Crown Princess (July 2006)
  • Court TV- George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (January, July 2006)
  • MSNBC- George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (August, November, December, 2005)
  • Fox News– George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (July, August, December 2005)
  • CBS Evening News – Sexual Harassment case against a university (January 2002)