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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 in Admiralty & Maritime Law and as a Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).  The NBTA is the only national certification program for trial attorneys and is accredited by the American Bar Association.


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 (2006 - present).  Hickey is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.  The Board of Governors is the governing body of all 90,000 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 was the Chair of The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee and is Past Chair of the Admiralty Law Section of the American Association for Justice.


Hickey has been interviewed on national television over 40 times from July 2005 to present on subjects related to cruise ships.  This includes shows on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and Fox News.  Hickey has also been quotes in numerous newpaper and magazine articles on topics related to cruise ships as well as interviewed on various radio stations across the country.


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, and is a member of the Multi-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 Middle District of Florida, and the firm changed its name to Hickey Law Firm, P.A.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
  4. Car Accident: 10%
  5. Brain Injury: 10%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicholas Ivan Gerson

    I endorse this lawyer. Jack is a highly, skilled plaintiffs attorney with a wide range of knowledge in numerous practice areas. He is certainly one the finer trial lawyers in town and has a solid reputation in the legal community.


    Nicholas Gerson Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Philip Dixon Parrish

    Jack Hickey is a premier trial attorney in all personal injury areas, but particularly in maritime claims. I have worked with Jack on several large cases. He has the respect of opposing counsel and is a diligent and tireless worker on behalf of his clients.


    Philip Parrish Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hickey Law Firm, P.A.

1401 Brickell Ave Ste 510
Miami, FL, 33131-3501


FLMember in Good Standing198006/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper LawyersN/A
Legal EliteFlorida Trend MagazineN/A
Top Lawyer in South FloridaSouth Florida Legal GuideN/A
A/V RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Certificate of Merit for Outstanding and Constructive ServiceDade County Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder/Trial LawyerHickey Law Firm, P.A.1998 - Present
Partner/ShareholderHickey & Jones, P.A.1988 - 1998
Partner/ShareholderHornsby & Whisenand, P.A.1985 - 1988
AssociateSmathers & Thompson1980 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Florida BarBoard of Governors2008 - Present
National Crime Victim Bar AssociationN/AN/A
The Multi-Million Dollar ForumN/AN/A
Eleventh Circuit Committee on ProfessionalismN/AN/A
Florida Justice AssociationN/AN/A
Brain Injury Association of AmericaN/AN/A
Florida Bar, Florida Council of Bar Association PresidentsN/AN/A
North American Brain Injury SocietyN/AN/A
American Inns of CourtN/AN/A
Miami Beach Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Coral Gables Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Duke University Alumni Advisory CommitteeN/AN/A
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade County chapter)N/AN/A
Cuban American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Florida Bar FoundationN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeChair of Admiralty Section2010 - 2011
Dade County Bar AssociationPresident2003 - 2004
The Florida BarChair of Admiralty Law Committee2000 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Justice Association Workhorse SeminarDeath on the High Seas Act: What Is It and When Does It Apply and How to Overcome Obstacles Created Because of the Act2013
American Association for Justice Winter ConventionHow to Interview the Client to Get the Story on Damages2013
American Association for Justice’s Trial MagazineInjuries on Deck2012
The Net, an AARP Legal Services Network publicationStatues of Limitations and Venue: When and Where You Have to File a Claim2012
American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases SeminarPredictable Defenses in a TBI Case2012
American Association for Justice Winter ConventionCruise Ship Slip and Falls: A Primer2011
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionPassenger Claims Against Cruise Lines2007
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual ConventionEvolving Standards of Jones Act Negligence2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1980
Florida State UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Brandeis National Committee Aventura/Hollywood Chapter Lunch and LearnMedical Malpractice and Rape at Sea2013
“Practicing with Professionalism” seminar hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida BarPracticing with Professionalism2012
Litigation at Sunrise at the American Association for Justice Winter ConventionCruise Ship Slip and Falls2012
American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases SeminarPredictable Defenses2012
Litigation at Sunrise at the American Association for Justice Winter ConventionCruise Ship Injuries and Actions: What You Need to Know2011
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionThe Athens Convention: What Is It and Why Do We Need to Know About It?2009
Testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime TransportationCruise Line Safety2007
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionPassenger Claims Against Cruise Lines2007
Dade County Trial Lawyers Association in conjunction with the University of Miami School of LawMasters of the Courtroom2003
Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual ConventionAlternative Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases2001

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