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John H. (Jack) Hickey

Admiralty and maritime Attorney at Miami, FL

5.0   9 reviews

Licensed for 42 years

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HICKEY LAW FIRM. EXPERIENCE. LEADERSHIP. RESULTS.

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 Superlawyers.com (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.

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Licensed for 42 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1980
Updated 11/23/2022

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Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
1401 Brickell Ave Ste 510
Miami, FL, 33131-3501

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Posted by Julie | October 8, 2013
Taking on the Cruise Industry for the Victims of Sexual Assault
Our family is greatly appreciative of Jack Hickey, his Associates and his entire staff for helping us through the traumatic experience of facing the cruise line when our daughter was sexually assaulted during our family vacation in New Zealand. Our daughter was only 15 years old when this happened. She still suffers symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the assault, four years later. We had no idea where to turn for help when the cruise line stopped all communication with us shortly after we reported the incident. A close friend suggested finding an attorney. Jack Hickey personally spoke with me over the phone the first time I contacted his office. He and his associates helped us navigate through the legal process which was extremely invasive of our privacy and very time consuming. In the end, Jack Hickey was able to obtain a settlement from the cruise line for the damages. In addition to helping victims individually, Jack Hickey has also helps the organization, International Cruise Victims, by speaking out against the cruise lines. We feel that our daughter could not have been better represented and we were blessed in working with The Best of The Best, Top Notch, Hickey Law Firm.
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Posted by Eileen | May 14, 2015
You've found THE best!
When I was injured on a cruise, I had no idea where to turn! Upon arriving home, I contacted my local attorney, who connected me with Hickey Law Firm. I had no idea of the process, what to expect and if I even had a case. Hickey Law Firm guided me each and every step of the way!! I was totally impressed with everyone at the Firm. I was treated with respect from the gal that answered the phone to my Para Legal, Chris Cano to the attorney assigned to my case Attorney Chris Drury. They arranged every detail for me and kept me posted of each step along the way. They paid attention to every detail. I had to spend a few days in Miami in order to settle my case. They found me a stellar hotel within a short walking distance of their office, they provided me with exact details of how to get around the area with public transportation as I didn't want the added expense of renting a car, they hired drivers to take me to necessary medical appointments, they attended to my every need and even suggested the best local restaurants for my taste. I remain in awe of them and their stellar service! My case was settled without having to go to Court and while I was far from the highest money award this Firm has ever been awarded, I was satisfied with my Settlement. After my Settlement, they continued fighting for me and even had some monies refunded to me from previously paid hospital bills...I was amazed!!! So, yes, I give this Firm 5 stars!! I'd give them 10 if I could!! I would recommend them to anyone looking for justice, who wants to be treated fairly and with respect. They fought for me and they'll fight for you too!!
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Posted by Margaret | April 21, 2022
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Positive Experience
A big thank you to everyone at Hickey Law firm who was involved in my case. All were professional and sympathetic to my injuries. In particular Sarah Lobel, my attorney, went above and beyond for me. She was not only very knowledgeable about my case, but was always available, kind and considerate. I shall never forget Sarah's encouragement and guidance as she saw me through a long and difficult case. Hickey Law is lucky to have such a capable and compassionate attorney in their employ. Each person I came into contact with at this firm made a traumatic experience that much more bearable. Kudos to all at Hickey Law! I hold each of you in highest regard.
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Posted by James | February 6, 2019
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Jim L.
A 5 star law firm! They handled a personal injury lawsuit for me. The lawyer assigned to our case was extremely qualified, thorough and competent. They kept us informed and resolved the case to our satisfaction in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend the Hickey Law Firm.
Posted by Mandy | July 31, 2018
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Iowan appreciates Jack Hickey
After my cruise ship injury, I was at a loss on where to go for legal representation. A lawyer in Iowa gave me the phone number of Hickey Law Firm. From the beginning, Attorney's Jack Hickey and Sarah Lobel personally discussed my case with me at length. Isabel Marino was a wonderful case manager that answered all of my questions and concerns. From day one, Hickey Law Firm truly did listen to me and made me feel my case mattered to them as much as it did to me. The outcome of my case was very similar to what Jack Hickey discussed with me before I hired him. I would gladly recommend Hickey Law Firm to anyone.
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Posted by Max | July 26, 2016
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Great Lawyer!
I slipped at a fastfood restaurant and broke my ankle during my vacation in Florida. I had no idea what I should do so I contacted Hickey Law Firm. They answered very fast and reviewed my case. Everyone was very nice and helpful and made a really competent and capable impression. They guided me through the whole case and came quickly to a great and satisfying settling without going to court. If you need any legal assistance this is the law firm you should go to!
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Posted by Susan | May 11, 2016
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5 STAR Plus
Jack Hickey, Bjorg Eikeland, and the entire Hickey Law Firm assisted me through every step of the legal process after I was injured on a cruise ship. The case did not have to go to court, but the suggestions and hard work of these lawyers enabled me to receive a very fair settlement, I would certainly recommend the Hickey Law Firm to anyone who needs legal assistance. They deserve the highest praise for all that they do!
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2015
Personal Injury
Based on my direct personal experience, John Hickey of Hickey Law Firm, is the go-to attorney for any personal injury lawsuits involving the cruise ship industry. He has many years of experience in this arena and was excellent in guiding me (my first injury lawsuit experience) through the confusing legal process. I was very satisfied with the end result!
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Posted by John | September 14, 2014
The Crewman's Friend
Jack represented me in a four year long lawsuit when I was seriously injured while in the employ of a major cruise line. Jack successfully negotiated the serious obstacles we faced both in Federal Court and State Court and in the end attained a very positive result. If you need an expert on maritime law and personal injury, I can't recommend him highly enough.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder/Trial Lawyer
  • Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner/Shareholder
  • Hickey & Jones, P.A.
  • 1988 - 1998
  • Partner/Shareholder
  • Hornsby & Whisenand, P.A.
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Associate
  • Smathers & Thompson
  • 1980 - 1985
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Education

  • Duke University School of Law
  • 1980
  • Florida State University
  • B. A.
  • 1976

Associations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Board of Governors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar Foundation
  • N/A
  • The Multi-Million Dollar Forum
  • N/A
  • Eleventh Circuit Committee on Professionalism
  • N/A
  • Florida Justice Association
  • N/A
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • N/A
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • N/A
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • N/A
  • American Inns of Court
  • N/A
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Duke University Alumni Advisory Committee
  • N/A
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade County chapter)
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chair of Admiralty Section
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • The Florida Bar
  • Chair of Admiralty Law Committee
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding and Constructive Service
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • A/V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Top Lawyer in South Florida
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • N/A
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • N/A
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar
  • Death on the High Seas Act: What Is It and When Does It Apply and How to Overcome Obstacles Created Because of the Act
  • 2013
  • American Association for Justice Winter Convention
  • How to Interview the Client to Get the Story on Damages
  • 2013
  • American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine
  • Injuries on Deck
  • 2012
  • The Net, an AARP Legal Services Network publication
  • Statues of Limitations and Venue: When and Where You Have to File a Claim
  • 2012
  • American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases Seminar
  • Predictable Defenses in a TBI Case
  • 2012
  • American Association for Justice Winter Convention
  • Cruise Ship Slip and Falls: A Primer
  • 2011
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Passenger Claims Against Cruise Lines
  • 2007
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention
  • Evolving Standards of Jones Act Negligence
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Brandeis National Committee Aventura/Hollywood Chapter Lunch and Learn
  • Medical Malpractice and Rape at Sea
  • 2013
  • “Practicing with Professionalism” seminar hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar
  • Practicing with Professionalism
  • 2012
  • American Association for Justice Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases Seminar
  • Predictable Defenses
  • 2012
  • Litigation at Sunrise at the American Association for Justice Winter Convention
  • Cruise Ship Slip and Falls
  • 2012
  • Litigation at Sunrise at the American Association for Justice Winter Convention
  • Cruise Ship Injuries and Actions: What You Need to Know
  • 2011
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • The 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 Transportation
  • Cruise Line Safety
  • 2007
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Passenger Claims Against Cruise Lines
  • 2007
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Law
  • Masters of the Courtroom
  • 2003
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention
  • Alternative Theories of Liability in Slip and Fall Cases
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse John H. (Jack)
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Miami Admiralty and maritime Lawyer John H. (Jack) Hickey
John H. (Jack) Hickey
Admiralty and maritime Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 42 years
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