Bigger and Better: The Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0

On June 20 – 23, 2022, The National Trial Lawyers will present the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, hosted at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston, Texas. This conference, exclusively for plaintiff lawyers, will feature more time in the classroom, offering an intensive THREE-day trial academy led by accomplished trial attorney Mark Lanier. The Lanier Trial Academy will offer pre-conference networking events as well as extensive educational modules focusing on communication, powerpoints, presentations, and so much more.

To kick off the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, the Meadow Golf Tour, sponsored by Broughton Partners, will be held Monday at noon. This is a scramble-style golf tournament at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX, where attendees can enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition while networking with fellow plaintiff lawyers from across the country. Following the golf tournament, an awards ceremony will be held at the club.

*Shuttle transportation from the Marriott Marquis Houston will be provided.

Attendees of the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 5.0 register for the 5th Annual Golf Scramble at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX.

Also, on Monday at 2:00 PM, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and explore the 17,000 sq. ft. research library opened by Mark Lanier in October 2010, during the Lanier Theological Library Tour and Lemonade Social, sponsored by Martindale-Avvo. 

*Shuttle transportation from the Marriott Marquis Houston will be provided.

Attendees learn from Mark Lanier during one of his educational sessions at the Lanier Trial Academy 5.0.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Mark Lanier will reopen the vault for the 6th time, sharing his experience that has resulted in over $20 billion in trial results. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn new trial techniques, strategies and secrets, during modules covering communication, persuasion, powerpoints, presentations, non-verbal cues, and how to identify liars.

The Space Center Houston in Houston, TX.

Plan on extending your stay? Check out the Space Center Houston, located in Space City, approximately 25 miles away from our downtown hotel. Explore attractions and exhibits at this top visitor attraction.

If you love art, taking a day of fine arts at the Houston Theatre District is a must! You’ll find venues like Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Alley Theatre, Jones Hall and Wortham Theater Center, all within walking distance. 

If you love exotic animals, The Houston Zoo is the place for you. Visit this amazing Zoological Park, with over 900 species that connect communities with animals.

Spectators watch two elephants play in the water at The McNail Elephant Habitat Area located in the Houston Zoo in Houston, TX.

If you are ready to learn what it takes to always deliver the best product possible, then you are going to want to register today for the Lanier Trial Academy. For more details on each event and session offered at the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, please view our full agenda.

How Can Construction Site Injury Lawyers Help You?

Construction worker helping injured co-worker

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 150,000 workers are hurt on a construction site each year. While falls represent the majority of construction site injuries, direct contact with equipment is also a substantial cause of workers’ injuries.

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensures safe and healthy working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing certain requirements, the truth is that accidents are going to occur. That’s why it is crucial to have an experienced construction site injury lawyer you trust to represent you in the instance that an accident does happen. 

Construction Accident Lawyers

As a safe and responsible construction employee, it is vital to understand your worksite’s risks. You can take the right precautions, put in place by OSHA, wear the correct safety equipment, and never take unnecessary risks that fail to abide by worksite safety protocols. However, the truth is that you can still suffer a serious injury while on a construction site, even if you thought you did everything right. Here at The Cochran Firm, our personal injury lawyers will assist you in navigating your injury, whether it is navigating your state’s workers’ compensation system with you or merely pursuing a legal claim on your behalf.

Although by nature, construction sites are dangerous locations to work, that doesn’t mean your manager does not have the duty to keep you and your co-workers safe. And it also does not mean that you lose your right to justice if you suffer an injury.

What Do Construction Lawyers Do?

Construction lawyers assist a wide array of customers–from large construction companies to individual workers of those companies, to property owners, all the way to sureties. In fact, anyone who is associated with the construction process may find themselves in need of a construction site lawyer at some point in their life.

However, The Cochran Firm believes in representing the victims of building and construction site accidents to ensure they receive compensation for their pain and suffering. Numerous complex liability concerns come with construction accident claims, so it is vital to seek advice from a legal representative who has experience in handling third-party injury claims. The lawyers at The Cochran Firm have not only have the experience but the tenacious attitudes it takes to go up against any insurance company who tries to reject their employees the compensation they are owed.

Type of Construction Accident Claims

If you find yourself injured on a construction site, you might be able to pursue one or more of the following types of claims:

  • Workers’ Compensation: Usually, an injured worker will not bring a legal suit against their company because they have the right to benefits that are provided through workers’ compensation insurance coverage. In order to obtain access to workers’ compensation benefits, a worker only needs to prove that the injury happened, no matter the surrounding circumstances. If/When the claim is accepted, the worker will have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These claims can be brought along with claims against third parties to maximize recovery of damages. 
  • Personal Injury: In order to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, the employee needs to be able to prove that a third party’s neglect resulted in their injury.
  • Product Liability: If an injury was due to a faulty product, the injured worker could bring a claim against any party in the chain of distribution. For example, if a crane used on a building site stops working because of a defect and causes harm to a worker, the injured employee may have the ability to recover damages from the manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, or any other party in the chain of distribution.
  • Wrongful Death: If a worker dies on the job site, their family may be able to bring a wrongful death claim on the worker’s behalf. In certain circumstances, multiple claims can be filed at the same time.

Which OSHA Rights Can A Lawyer Help Me Defend?

OSHA was made to ensure safe working conditions for employees across the country. Under OSHA, employees throughout the country have the right to:

  • Make a request for OSHA to inspect their worksite,
  • Use their rights without being retaliated or discriminated against,
  • Receive test results that were done to find hazards on the worksite,
  • Review records of work-related illnesses and injuries,
  • Receive copies of their medical records, and
  • Receive information and training about ways to prevent injuries, job sites dangers, and the OSHA standards that apply to their job sites.

A knowledgeable construction site attorney can help workers who have been hurt on the job that believe their worksite was dangerous (and did not follow OSHA standards) file a complaint with OSHA. As soon as a worker submits a complaint, they cannot be fired, demoted, or otherwise retaliated against by their employer. If you or a loved one has recently filed a complaint with OSHA and were retaliated against by their employer, a legal representative can help file a claim against the employer for retaliation.

What Are Common Causes of Construction Accidents?

Construction accidents are bound to happen and can occur for many different reasons. OSHA requires employers to acquire specific permits, administer regular inspections, and execute job safety programs to minimize the number of worksite accidents. However, negligence, failure to follow preventative safety measures, and defective products can all lead to construction site accidents that are inevitable. A few of the most common construction site accidents include:

Falling Objects

The seriousness of falling object accident injuries depends on the size and weight of the item that has fallen, the height from which it fell, whether it was slowed by other objects, and whether or not the worker that was hurt was using the proper protective equipment. A few reasons an employee can be struck by an object consist of:

  • Lack of proper training
  • Too heavy of a load
  • Failing to follow safety precautions
  • Improper stacking of materials on the job site
  • Failure to post warning signs
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Defective materials or parts that lead to a structure collapsing

Some of the most commonly sustained injuries in construction site accidents involving falling objects include:

Slips and Falls

Employees working on construction sites are almost always exposed to different slip and fall hazards. Whether they are working on the ground or on scaffolding that is a number of stories high, slip and fall accidents happen more frequently than they should. A few of the most common slip and fall danger factors at construction sites consist of:

  • Debris or trash on the floors,
  • Electrical wiring or stray cords,
  • Lack of lighting,
  • Lack of proper safety equipment or training,
  • Wet or slick surfaces caused by spills or recently waxed or polished floors,
  • Uneven surfaces, like old or uneven carpet or loose floorboards, and
  • Broken or faulty handrails.

Within the construction industry, there are two types of slip and fall accidents that employees can suffer from:

  • Falls to a lower level: These types of falls can trigger dangerous, even deadly injuries, in situations when a worker falls from a surface that is extremely high off the ground.
  • Falls on the same level: To no one’s surprise, these injuries are less serious and tend to trigger less serious injuries, including small cuts, strains, bruises, and musculoskeletal injuries

A few examples of injuries that construction employees may suffer after a slip and fall accident include:

Caught-Between Accidents

Getting caught in between objects, or even equipment, is one of the most common causes of death of construction workers. These accidents occur when a worker becomes crushed, squeezed, caught, pinched, or compressed in between two items, parts of two objects, or buried by objects (like a collapsed structure or in a trench).

Construction site employees can become seriously injured or even die when caught between objects or machinery in many ways. Some common ways these caught-between accidents happen include:

  • Construction sites (trenches and excavation sites) not being adequately supported, burying employees when they collapse.
  • Walls are not being correctly braced and falling in.
  • Machinery is not being properly guarded or not being locked down when being repaired or not in use.
  • Machinery tipping due to unsafe use 
  • Scaffolds collapsing after not being properly constructed or braced
  • Machinery not being repaired/maintained and malfunctioning.
  • Employees not being trained to use machinery and equipment safely.

Caught-between accidents can cause severe injuries. These injuries may include:

Fires and Explosions

From underground gas lines to temporary heating devices to electrical systems, construction sites are full of dangers that can turn a day’s usual work to explosive in mere seconds. It only takes a single spark or a spec of dust to trigger a construction site fire or explosion that can injure or take the life of many workers. A few of the most common causes of these mishaps include:

  • Temporary heating devices,
  • Chemical tanks or drums,
  • Compressed gas cylinders,
  • Flammable and explosive liquids,
  • Explosives and blasting agents,
  • Heavy equipment and vehicles,
  • Electrical shorts and malfunctions,
  • Liquefied petroleum gas.

Fires and explosions can cause injuries that vary from minor to extreme. However, the most common injuries are burns and can either be first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree burns. In the case the incident is catastrophic, it can result in many casualties. 

Electrical Accidents

Electrical accidents can cause serious damage both internally and externally and can unfold in a variety of unfolds. Construction sites have plenty of threats, and electric currents are just one of them. Even when employees take the correct preventative measures, they can still suffer from electrocution. A few of the leading reasons for being electrocuted include:

  • Poor lighting,
  • Incorrectly marked construction zones,
  • Exposed wires,
  • Defective equipment,
  • Fallen power lines,
  • Wires that are not correctly grounded.

Regrettably, electrical currents trigger severe damage. While external injuries might be obvious right after the incident occurs, internal injuries can be dangerous and need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Injuries that a construction site worker may suffer will depend upon many factors, such as the voltage, their health, the length of exposure, and how much current flows through the body. When a worker suffers an electrical accident, they can suffer from numerous injuries, consisting of:

Defective Equipment

Construction sites are full of heavy machinery, and when equipment of that size is defective, it can cause extreme disaster. Whether the equipment was initially manufactured with major defects or it was simply neglected, it can still cause major injury. A couple of examples of malfunctioning equipment that can be particularly unsafe on constructions sites are:

  • Construction tools,
  • Band saws,
  • Cutting tools,
  • Scaffolding,
  • Ladders,
  • Lawnmowers,
  • Convey belts,
  • Cranes
  • Forklifts,
  • Rollers,
  • Tractors,
  • Dump trucks,
  • Other heavy machinery.

When these types of tools and devices malfunction, they can result in severe injuries to the person operating them as well as other employees who are nearby. Some common injuries that employees may face due to faulty equipment consist of:

If you do not see the accident that you have suffered from above, take a look at some other construction site accidents listed below:

  • Misuse of tools,
  • Welding accidents,
  • Falls from high surfaces,
  • Mechanical hazards,
  • Compressed gasses,
  • Scaffolding accidents,
  • Crane accidents,
  • Lift accidents
  • Improper use or maintenance of equipment,
  • Exposure to toxic material,
  • Poor safety precautions,
  • Inadequate training,
  • Harness accidents,
  • Collapsed structures.

The unfortunate truth is that the lax commitment to safety and training requirements, along with the increasing need for faster networks, has led to dangerous conditions for numerous construction workers.

What Steps Should I Take If I Have Been Injured in a Construction Accident?

The truth is that construction site jobs are very hazardous no matter what precautions you may take. Whether it is faulty devices, the neglect of others, or simply a freak accident, you deserve to get the help you need from an attorney you trust. If you or a loved one becomes hurt due to a construction accident:

  • Seek medical attention for your injury quickly,
  • Report the injury to your employer or supervisor and keep note of who they tell,
  • Get statements and any information you can from witnesses,
  • Take pictures of the injury, the scene where the injury occurred, and any equipment that was involved,
  • Contact a lawyer to learn more about the legal options that you have

Who Can Be Held Legally Responsible for My Construction Accident Injury?

Many companies carry workers’ compensation insurance. If that is the case for your company, they are most likely provided immunity from personal injury lawsuits. Nevertheless, workers’ compensation does not restrict claims against employers if the injury was deliberate or abhorrent, but it is more common to file a claim against a third party. Those third parties consist of:

  • Construction Site Owner(s): In cases regarding construction site owners’ carelessness, liability usually rides on the degree of control the owner had over the facilities compared to the degree of control over the work being done itself.
  • Manufacturers: Any party in the chain of distribution (manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, etc.) of a malfunctioning item can be held accountable if the defect in their item caused a workers’ injury.
  • General and Subcontractors: Under OSHA, both general contractors and sub-contractors are required to supply their workers with a fairly safe construction site, post warnings of any hazards on the construction site, and ensure the work is being performed according to safety regulations. If/When an injury happens, the failure of the general contractor or sub-contractor to complete these tasks usually gives an injured employee the chance to seek compensation for their pain and sufferings.
  • Prime Contractors: The distinction between general/sub-contractors and prime contractors is that prime contractors are only responsible for the work that is defined in their contract or the work they give to sub-contractors as long as they have total responsibility for those subcontractors.
  • Architects and Engineers: In some cases, architects and engineers have the responsibility to oversee the development and make certain that compliance with plans and pertinent code regulations are being followed. When determining if an architect or engineer is responsible for injuries, it is obligatory to establish which duties were laid out in their contract with the construction company.

If you have been injured on a construction site but are unsure of who is responsible, contact a construction accident lawyer today for a free, no-obligation initial consultation

What Damages Can a Lawyer Help Me Cover From My Construction Accident Injury?

As many of us know, construction accidents can result in extreme physical, financial, and mental pain for victims and their loved ones. Substantial medical expenses, dealing with a severe injury, and permanent injuries can have a considerable effect on and even change one’s quality of life. By taking legal action against the negligent party that caused your injury, a lawyer can help you recover:

  • Pain and suffering,
  • Mortgage and rent,
  • Ongoing living expenses,
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of wages (past and future)
  • Counseling costs,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Property damage, 
  • Loss of consortium for widows or widowers,
  • And more.

If you have been injured on a construction site and believe you have a claim for your injuries, an experienced lawyer can assist you with your personal injury lawsuit. Although it may seem complex and daunting, the right lawyer will help you navigate the legal process during this stressful time.

All Things New at the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0

Are you ready for the best trial academy yet? Then join us at the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, presented by The National Trial Lawyers, held on June 20 – 23, 2022, in Houston, TX, at the Marriott Marquis Houston. The Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, exclusively for plaintiff lawyers, has been formatted to add more time in the classroom, offering a THREE-day intensive trial academy led by renowned civil trial lawyer, Mark Lanier. Attendees will have the chance to reconnect with fellow plaintiff lawyers and learn Mark’s strategies and secrets that have led him to a groundbreaking $4.69 billion verdict. If you have not done so already, make sure you register today and book your room under our exclusive discounted hotel rate at the Marriott Marquis Houston. *Offer ends May 27, 2022.

To kick off this year’s conference, on Monday, attendees will have the opportunity to register and enjoy pre-conference events like the Meadow Golf Tour and Lanier Theological Library Tour and Lemonade Social. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Mark will dive deep into the vault of his methods that target winning the case, and share his 35 years of trial experience that has led him and The Lanier Law Firm to over $20 billion in verdicts and settlements. This year, Mark will focus on a BRAND NEW section on persuasion, where he will teach you how to become a communication specialist. This section will help attendees improve their communication competence, sculpt their message, fashion their vocabulary, and so much more! Other topics will include voir dire, non-verbal cues, open and closing statements, time management, examinations, and how to identify liars. Getting into the mindset of someone who acts to the detriment of others and the detriment of themselves is a core understanding that all trial lawyers must have. In June, Mark will help you form these basic conceptions so that you can be the best trial lawyer you can be.

If you are ready to learn the techniques that it takes to always deliver the best possible product,  you are going to want to register today for the Lanier Trial Academy. For complete details on each event and session offered at the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, please view our full agenda.

African American Lawyers Who Have Helped Shape the United States

Black History Month is a time to commemorate the cultural heritage and accomplishments that African Americans have made that are an unforgettable part of United States history. In celebration of Black History Month, we are featuring eleven prominent black lawyers who have had a significant impact on American history. Some of these men and women have made their mark in the courtroom, some moved towards legislatures, and others have had success in both arenas.

African American individuals have made, and continue to make, changes in the civil rights and legal field. Since our country’s founding 246 years ago, African American individuals have experienced, witnessed, and struggled with the systemic racial discrimination that was and is present in aspects of our daily lives. Although one would hope that the legal field, based upon basic ideas of equality and fair treatment, would be immune to such a tainted reputation, actuality has failed to meet the rhetorical requirement that the ideals of law have implemented.

Below, you will find eleven African American attorneys who have paved the way for generations of legal intellectuals by challenging a whole country’s predetermined bigotry and prejudice.

Macon Bolling Allen

(1816-1894)

In the 1840s, Macon Bolling Allen quit his job as a teacher in Indiana to pursue being an apprentice to General Samuel Fessenden. Fessenden was an eminent lawyer and abolitionist in Maine, and with the help of his encouragement, Allen took and passed the Maine Bar exam. In 1844, when African Americans were not even thought to be U.S. citizens, Macon became the first black male with a license to practice law in the United States. At the time, a big percentage of the population in Maine was white, making it challenging for Allen to find clients. Due to this, Allen moved to Boston, MA, where he continued to encounter racist attitudes; nevertheless, he stood firm, passed the assessment to become a civil court judge in 1848, and became the first black judge in the country. Throughout his profession, Macon continued to improve the odds of success for black attorneys for the next half-century. 

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

(1823- 1893)

Cary has a story that crosses borders, as she was not only an attorney but also a journalist and teacher who committed her life to civil rights. Born in 1823, she was raised by an activist family, with her parents helping guide runaway slaves through the Underground Railroad. After participating in a Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania, Mary Ann taught in schools for African American students for 12 years. Later on, in 1850, she moved with her family to Canada after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law. Once she was out of the United States, her life course changed from teaching to journalism. She founded the first Canadian antislavery paper and became the first African American female editor and publisher in North America. Soon after the Civil War, Cary returned to the United States, specifically Washington, D.C., where she received her law degree from Howard University. Although there are few details on her legal career, she is known for her persistent work with the women’s suffrage movement and even spoke in front of the House Judiciary Committee in 1874 as part of the fight for the right to vote.

Charlotte E. Ray

(1850-1911)

During the same time that Allen paved the wave for black men in the legal field, Charlotte E. Ray started her journey as a young girl in New York City. Ray’s father, Reverend Charles Bennett Ray, was a prominent abolitionist with a progressive stance on educating both of his daughters. Reverend Ray sent Charlotte to the Institution for the Education of Colored Youth in Washington, D.C. Later she attended Howard University, a historically black college in New York, where she studied education. However, her actual dream was to be an attorney, so she began studying law. In 1872, she became the first black woman to receive a law degree and develop an independent commercial law practice in the United States. Although she was praised for her rhetoric and detailed legal understanding and admired as “one of the best lawyers on corporations in the country,” she found it hard to keep a consistent clientele. Because of this, Charlotte returned to teaching; nevertheless, she stayed active in progressing women’s suffrage and continued to fight for equal treatment for women of color. 

Ferdinand Lee Barnett

(1858-1936)

Born in Nashville, TN, in 1858, Ferdinand Lee Barnett and his family moved to Canada right before the Civil War. After the Civil War ended, his family settled in Chicago, IL, where he attended Northwestern Law School. After graduating, Barnett went on to be just the 3rd Black attorney admitted to the Illinois bar. Barnett was also an activist, writer, and editor and is famous for being the first editor and founder of Chicago’s first Black paper, the Chicago Conservator. After some time, he chose to fully commit his profession to law and sold the Chicago Conservator to anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells (who later became his wife). Barnett worked as the assistant state’s lawyer for 14 years. He also was an attorney for the Wells-Barnett Negro Fellowship League, where on behalf of an African American man who was wrongfully accused of murder, he defended and won a case before the Illinois Supreme Court. His combined careers in journalism and law genuinely displayed his dedication to justice and racial equality.

Charles Hamilton Houston

(1895-1950)

Known as “the man who killed Jim Crow,” Charles Hamilton Houston began his career as an English teacher. But due to the obvious racism that he experienced while serving in the U.S. Infantry during World War I, he decided to study law and used his time fighting for men who could not fight back. Mr. Houston studied at Harvard Law and, during his time there, became the first black American to be the editor of the Harvard Law Review. In 1923, he received his Juris Doctor degree and joined the Washington D.C. bar in 1924. Later in his legal career, he became dean of Howard University School of Law and made that institution the leading training center for civil rights activists pursuing law. During this time, he acted as the first special counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In this role, Houston was involved in almost every Supreme Court case between 1930 to 1950 that involved civil rights. He also is credited with writing the strategy that ended segregation in the public school system by proving integration would be less costly than making “separate but equivalent” schools.

Thurgood Marshall

(1908-1993)

Born in Baltimore, MD, Marshall was one of Charles Hamilton Houston’s leading students and protégés. However, Marshall did not initially plan on going to Howard University. He first applied to the University of Maryland Law School in 1930, but they denied him because of his race. After he graduated from Howard and passed the bar, Marshall successfully sued the University of Maryland on behalf of other black students that were denied entry for the same reason he was. During Thurgood’s legal career, he led the milestone case that banned racial segregation in schools: Brown vs. the Board of Education. After the Brown decision, while serving in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and soon after the U.S. Solicitor General’s workplace, Marshall represented and won more Supreme Court cases than anyone in history. In 1967, he became the first black judge on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served until 1991.

Jane Bolin

(1908-2007)

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1908, Bolin’s father was a very successful lawyer. Following Charlotte E. Ray and her father’s footsteps, Jane went to Wellesley College, where her advisor tried to convince her she shouldn’t apply to Yale Law School due to the fact that black women would neither be accepted nor succeed there. However, she was determined to prove that narrative false, so she applied anyway. Luckily, Yale accepted her, and she was the only African American in her class. She finished in 1931, passed the New York City Bar exam, and began practicing law in 1932. Only seven years into her profession, Bolin became the first female United States judge when she was appointed to the New York Domestic Relations Court (now called Family Court). Bolin spent the next four decades there battling racial discrimination, working relentlessly to end segregation in child placement centers and probation assignments, and advocating for children’s rights.

Barbara Jordan

(1936-1996)

Jordan grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward, where she was known for many distinctive qualities– her speaking capability, ambition, charm, and even her size. Following her dream of being a lawyer, Jordan applied to the University of Texas at Austin; however, she was barred because of segregation. Because of this, she attended Texas Southern University, the “separate but equal” law school for black students. During her first year as a student, her debate coach informed her she wasn’t good enough to compete, but she happily defied him by later leading the TSU debate group to a national championship. Jordan finished her undergraduate degree magna cum laude and went on to attend Boston University School of Law, where she was the only female in her class. In 1959 she graduated, started a private law practice in Houston, and in 1966 won a Texas state senate seat. After Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968, Jordan honored his legacy with a gripping speech at a Houston funeral. Not long after, she became the first woman chosen in her own right to represent Texas in Congress and was the first black Congresswoman to represent the Deep South. In 1976, she made history when she was the Democratic National Convention’s keynote speaker. Throughout her profession as a Congresswoman, Barbara had her hands in over 300 pieces of legislation, a lot of which still stand. After retiring, she chaired the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform after being selected by former President Clinton. 

Constance Baker Motley

(1921-2005)

Motley was an unanticipated civil rights hero. Growing up near Yale University, Constance was almost completely unaware of black history as a young adult and did not personally experience bigotry until later in high school. However, at 15 years of age, Motley read James Weldon Johnson and W.E.B. DuBois, which sparked her interest in Black History. She then met a minister who taught classes on Black History, which focused her attention on civil rights and the underrepresentation of black attorneys. These classes influenced her desire to practice law; however, she did not have the means to go to college, so she went to work for the National Youth Administration. She met businessman and philanthropist Clarence W. Blakeslee through this work, who offered to pay for her education after hearing her speak at a New Haven recreation center. With this financial aid, Baker Motley was able to attend college, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1943. Constance got her Bachelor of Laws at Columbia Law School just three years later. Throughout her legal profession, Motley was very involved in the civil rights movement, once even visiting Martin Luther King, Jr. in jail. In 1950, she wrote the original complaint in the Brown v. Board of Education case and became the first African American female ever to argue a case before the Supreme Court. She later became the first African American woman to be appointed as a federal judge, the first African American woman to serve as a member of the New York State Senate, and the first woman to serve as Manhattan borough president. Her legal contributions do not go unnoticed, as she was a force to be reckoned with in and out of the courtroom. 

Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

(1937-2005)

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, it wasn’t until late middle school that Johnnie discovered his passion for debate after figuring out he was more interested in words and language rather than numbers. While his parents had always believed he would be a doctor or research scientist, young Johnnie always knew he wished to be a lawyer. But, unbeknownst to Johnnie, his dad had already worked to help Johnnie achieve those dreams. Cochran Sr. managed to get Johnnie admitted to Los Angeles High School, where he had access to a fully equipped library that was not offered at the high school he was supposed to attend. After high school, Johnnie went to  UCLA for his undergraduate degree and then got his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1962. After graduating from law school, Cochran Jr. worked briefly as a city attorney in Los Angeles’ criminal division before starting his own firm. When he started his own firm, Cochran Jr.’s first large case was representing a Black widow who took legal action against numerous law enforcement officers who had shot and killed her husband. During his career, Mr. Johnnie Cochran, Jr. protected and defended many Black individuals from the police brutality and abuse they often faced.

Fred Gray

(1930-)

Mr. Gray is most famously known for the crucial role he played in the successful desegregation of Montgomery buses, both as legal counsel and as a strategist. After high school, Gray went to Alabama State College for Negroes where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1951. Regardless of his plans to become a historian and preacher, Mr. Gray relocated to Ohio after being encouraged to apply to law school by one of his instructors. After being accepted to Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1954. At the time, there were no Alabama universities that would accept African American students. Soon after finishing law school, Gray represented both Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks after they were criminally charged for refusing to give up their bus seats to white passengers. He also challenged the constitutionality of Alabama laws that mandated segregation of buses in Browder v. Gayle, which the United States Supreme Court affirmed in 1956. A few years later, in 1970, Fred Gray served as an elected representative in the Alabama State Legislature, making him among the first two African American public officials to serve in the legislature since the Reconstruction age. In 1979, Fred was elected to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama by former President Jimmy Carter, but he was forced to withdraw his name due to the massive opposition from conservative political opponents. Throughout his career, Gray also worked with and defended Martin Luther King Jr. and was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives until 2015.

Continuing the Fight

The fight for social justice that was promoted during the civil rights movement still continues today. While Black Americans have acquired certain rights under the law, they are still poorly and disproportionately impacted by many laws and suggested biases. Sadly, remnants of racism, discrimination, prejudice, and unequal treatment, still haunt our world today and can most clearly be seen in our criminal justice system.

Although the law is supposed to offer equality, the American legal system ought to be scrutinized for the various occurrences in which it has failed to follow through on its promises to its Black citizens. For over 200 years, African Americans have comprised the mainstay of a country that was founded on principles of freedom from which they were explicitly omitted for too long. This Black History Month, we acknowledge just a fraction of the contributions African American lawyers have made to shape the American legal system, gearing it towards connecting the gap between inequitable promises of freedom and their actual application to all Americans, no matter the color of their skin. In their commitment to upholding the law, these men and women have challenged biases, discrimination, and disparity of opportunity to secure the American promises of freedom and justice for all.

Network with Trial Vets at The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Trial Academy Bootcamp

The Top 40 Under 40 Trial Academy Bootcamp, presented by The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, will be held on March 4-6, 2022, in Denver, CO. This year’s winter Bootcamp will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, a beautiful alpine destination where attendees can earn 16+ CLE credits and learn from veteran trial attorney “coaches” for only $695!

This upcoming conference is open to lawyers of all ages eager to grow their network and practice. During this three-day Bootcamp, attendees will have the chance to be coached by some of the best trial attorneys during intimate, interactive group sessions that cover topics such as voir dire, opening statements, jury selection, cross-examinations, and so much more. Attendees can also present an opening/closing statement of a case they are currently working on and receive immediate, constructive feedback from their veteran trial attorney coach.

If you are ready to advance your practice, regardless of your age, you aren’t going to want to miss this year’s Trial Academy Bootcamp. Limited spots remain, so make sure you register today and book your room at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. 

Want to extend your stay? The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center features fun for the whole family! Unwind at the full-service spa, fitness center, or enjoy the massive indoor/outdoor water complex. After the conference, head up to Breckenridge to hit the slopes before returning to the real world.

Celebrating Black History Month

Every February, the United States honors all of the sacrifices that African Americans have so generously made that have helped form the country. Black History Month celebrates not only the cultural heritage but also the achievements and hardships that are an ineradicable part of our country’s history. Most significantly, Black History Month is a time for acknowledging African Americans’ central role in U.S. History.

For countless modern Black millennials, this month-long event enables them to reimagine the possibilities that lie ahead. However, for many, the forces that drove Carter G. Woodson a century earlier are more prominent than ever.

How It Began

Black History Month was created to direct attention to the contributions of African Americans to our country. It was at first a method to teach students and young people about Black and African-Americans’ contributions. Such stories had primarily been forgotten and were a neglected part of the nationwide narrative.

Now, Black History Month honors numerous African Americans from different periods of time in U.S. History, from enslaved individuals first brought to America, from Africa, in the 1600s to African Americans who currently live in the U.S.

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson, known as the “father of black history,” co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History because of the absence of information on the achievements of Black Americans and other peoples of African descent that were accessible to the general public. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), this group declared a week in 1926 as “Negro History Week” to acknowledge African Americans’ contributions to U.S. history. The second week of February was picked to celebrate Negro History Week specifically because of two important historical figures’ birthdays: Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist who wished to end the practice of enslaving individuals, and former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln led the U.S. through the Civil War, mainly fighting against the enslavement of African Americans within the nation. Prior to the development of Negro History Week, few people studied Black history, and it wasn’t even included in textbooks. This event motivated schools and communities throughout the country to arrange events, develop history clubs, and host performances and lectures on African American history and cultural heritage.

Over the next few decades, many mayors of cities across the nation started issuing annual proclamations acknowledging “Negro History Week.” Thanks to the civil rights movement and the flourishing awareness of Black identity, by the late 1960s, “Negro History Week” evolved into Black History Month on various college campuses.

In 1976, this week-long event officially became Black History Month when President Gerald Ford extended the week-long recognition into one month to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Black History Month has been celebrated in the U.S. every February since.

Black History Month Today

Since the first Negro History Week in 1926, many other nations have joined the United States in celebrating African Americans and their many contributions to history and culture, like Canada, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands. Today, Black History Month continues the conversation of African Americans and their accomplishments through museum displays and film screenings and by encouraging the study of the accomplishments of African Americans throughout the year. In fact, just to name a few, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Museum take part in commemorating the many generations of African Americans who struggled with hardships to attain full citizenship in American society. Since 1976, every United States President has declared February as Black History Month and endorses a specific theme each year.

2022 Theme: Black Health & Wellness

The Black History Month 2022 theme is “Black Health and Wellness,” which highlights the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine and other methods of understanding (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc..) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 style considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to increase their wellness.” This year’s theme is opportune as we enter year three of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has regrettably affected minority communities and placed considerable burdens on lots of Black healthcare professionals.

To promote health and wellness, Black individuals have counted on self-determination, mutual aid, and social support initiatives to develop hospitals, medical and nursing schools, and community clinics. These clinics were made by individuals, grassroots organizations, and mutual aid societies, like the National Association of Colored Women and Black Panther Party, to offer spaces for Black individuals to oppose health and economic inequalities and predispositions found in mainstream organizations. This year’s theme hones in on how important Black Health and Wellness is and highlights Black scholars and healthcare professionals’ successes in modern medicine.

Influential & Notable Black Americans

Every year throughout Black History Month, leaders in Black history are often discussed, such as Dr. Martin Lurther King Jr., Rosa Parks, W.E.B Du Bois, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou. These inspirational activists and pioneers have helped shape what Black History Month was made for.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Lurther King Jr. is among the most well-known, if not the most well-known, African Americans in history. King was a social activist and a Baptist minister and played an essential function in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. Dr. King understood the value of equality and human rights for Black people and victims of injustice and fought for those rights until his death in 1968. He was the force behind events like the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington (where he gave his well-known “I Have a Dream” speech), which helped initiate the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. In 1964, King was granted the Nobel Peace Prize and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was an American activist who fought for fundamental human rights after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white male in Montgomery, AL. While she was not the first person to disobey the segregation laws in the United States, Parks was labeled the “Mother of the Freedom Movement” following her disobedience and succeeding arrest. Although Parks lost her tailoring job and received death threats following the Montgomery Bus Boycott, she continued to be an active member of the NAACP and worked under Congressman John Conyers to help the homeless find housing. After her job with the homeless, in 1987, The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute of Self-Development was developed to offer job training to black youth. Like MLK, Parks worked very hard to obtain basic human rights for Black people across the country. In 1999, Rosa Parks was given the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the greatest honor a civilian can receive in the United States.

W.E.B Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois was an author, academic, and civil rights activist in the generation before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Du Bois was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which is still one of the leading organizations for Black rights and activism. Prior to becoming a founding member of the NAACP, Du Bois was known as one of the leading Black intellectuals of his era and became the very first Black American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Du Bois’s work genuinely transformed the way the lives of Black people were viewed in American society. 

Harriet Tubman

Born into slavery in 1822, Tubman was notoriously known for her abolitionist and humanitarian efforts that helped enslaved individuals escape after escaping slavery herself in 1849. Harriet Tubman acted as a vital part of the “Underground Railroad,” the secret course through slave-holding states that helped runaway slaves escape to northern states. She was also referred to as “Moses” due to her devout Christian faith, and she helped many slaves discover their freedom in states just north of the Mason-Dixon Line. 

Frederick Douglass

In the middle of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass lived during the Civil War and was entirely against slavery. Douglass, a prominent African American abolitionist and previous slave himself, is best known for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, his generative autobiography. In his narrative, Douglass summarizes his life as a slave during the Civil War and his successive escape that was incredibly instrumental to the ultimate goal of ending slavery and the abolitionist movement.

Sojourner Truth

Similar to Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth was born into a life of slavery. However, Truth later escaped, going on to become a popular activist for females’ rights and abolitionist. Like many other abolitionists, religion played a key focal point in the efforts of Sojourner Truth’s advocacy. During the Civil War, Truth had a significant role in recruiting African American soldiers to fight for the Union that was then pitted against the Confederacy.

Langston Hughes

Prestigious poet and beloved novelist Langston Hughes made his mark during the Harlem Renaissance. This was a period of artistic and cultural development with deep African American roots that took place in New York’s renowned Harlem neighborhood. The Weary Blues, his first book of poetry, and subsequent works helped to detail the lower-class African American economic situation. Hughes had a major influence on his generation, including Wallace Thurman, Zora Neale Hurston, and lots of others. Some may say that Hughes still carries influence to this day.

Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a blooming tale that displays racism as it deeply moved a young female and shaped her into the esteemed author she’d end up being. The author of that influential autobiography, Maya Angelou, is among the legendary African American authors. Not only was she famed for autobiographies but Maya Angelou was also a leader in civil rights and worked with other civil rights leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., to end partition permanently.

Little Known Black American Heroes

Each Black History Month, the above names are highlighted because they are on stamps, calendars, and even mentioned in political speeches. However, many other unacknowledged Black history heroes have opened doors, defended freedoms, and created inventions still used in the contemporary world. Unspoken heroes such as Claudette Colvin, Shirley Chisholm, Bayard Rustin, Dorothy Height, Bessie Coleman, Ruby Bridges, Benjamin O. Davis Sr., and Gordon Parks have given way for many of today’s leaders to excel in the present day.  

Claudette Colvin

Just nine months prior to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, AL, in 1955, Claudette Colvin refused to move to the back of the bus to give her seat up to a white person at just 15 years of ages. This brave girl defended her constitutional right to remain in her seat in the middle of the vehicle. After declining to move and challenging the driver, she was detained. Colvin was the very first woman to be arrested for her resistance. Nevertheless, the NAACP chose not to use her case to challenge segregation laws because of her age. However, in 1956, Colvin became the main witness in the federal claim Browder v. Gayle, which finally ended segregation on public transit in Alabama.

Shirley Chisholm

Although in today’s world Congress is more diverse than ever, in the 1960s, it was not diverse at all. Nevertheless, in the late 1960s, when Shirley Chisholm tried to shatter the glass ceiling, things changed. Throughout the racially contentious duration of the 60s, Chisholm became the first-ever Black female elected to Congress. From 1969 to 1983, she also represented New York’s 12th District, and in 1972 she became the first female to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential election. Her campaign slogan was “Unbought and Unbossed.” Vice President Kamala Harris even paid tribute to Chisholm in her presidential campaign, utilizing a similar logo to Chisholm’s. Shirley Chisholm also served as an educational consultant for New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare and even ran for New York State Assembly in 1964.

Bayard Rustin

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is usually credited with the iconic March on Washington in 1963; however, Bayard Rustin actually organized and planned this historical event. This march brought over 200,000 peaceful protestors of differing races and religious beliefs in unison to MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As a homosexual male who had controversial ties to communism, he was thought to be too much of a liability to be on the motion’s front line, so he did his work in the background. Nonetheless, he was thought to be one of the most talented minds and constantly served his community while fighting for more jobs and increased wages. Rustin co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along with King.

Dorothy Height

Acclaimed as the “godmother of the women’s movement,” Height’s background in education and her devotion to social work helped her advance women’s rights. After receiving two degrees from NYU in the 1930s, Height worked for the New York City Welfare Department and quickly became the assistant executive director of the Harlem Y.M.C.A. Height was also the Young Women’s Chrisitan Association leader. She became involved in anti-lynching protests, shed light on the exploitation of Black females working in “slave markets,” and even accompanied First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the National Council of Negro Women, a council she served on for more than 40 years. In the 1950s, she lobbied President Dwight D. Eisenhower to take an aggressive position on desegregation problems within schools. Dorothy Height was also among the few females present at the March on Washington in 1963, where she stood on the platform with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while he gave his famous “I Have a Dream “speech.     

Bessie Coleman

Even though Bessie Coleman is known as the first licensed Black pilot in the world, it was not until after her death that she was recognized as a pioneer in aviation. Although history favors the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart, Coleman went to flight school in France in 1919, after not being accepted into any U.S. flight school, and got her pilot license in 1921. In 1922, she executed the first public flight by a Black woman and became famous for her “loop-the-loops” and making figure eights. Her courageous and determined spirit developed diversity in the aviation field and paved the way for a brand-new generation of diverse pilots like the Tuskegee airmen, Blackbirds, and Flying Hobos. In 1995, the Bessie Coleman Stamp was made in her honor.

Ruby Bridges

Bridges was the first Black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana throughout the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on November 14, 1960. Regardless of discrimination and intimidation, Bridges never missed a day of school. Only six years old at the time, Ruby Bridges most likely had no idea that the brave act she committed would spark a domino effect that would lead to the integration of schools in the South. Since then, Bridges has written two books on her experience and has been given the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. In 1999, Bridges developed The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through the education system. She is likewise a lifelong activist for racial equality, and in 2000, she was made an honorary deputy marshal in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Benjamin O. Davis Sr.

Davis Sr. was the first Black general officer in the regular army and the United States armed forces. He served for 50 years as a temporary first lieutenant at an all-black unit during the Spanish American War. While in this role, Davis Sr. progressively supported the desegregation of the United States army. Throughout his service, Benajmin O. Davis Sr. was also a professor of military science at Tuskegee and Wilberforce University, a commander of the 369th Regiment, New York National Guard, and a special assistant to the Secretary of the Army. In 1948, President Harry Truman oversaw the public ceremony of Davis’s retirement after fifty years of military service.

Gordon Parks

Parks was among the most creative figures behind a camera in the 20th century. His photojournalism from the 1940s through the 1970s captured parts of American life that consisted of civil rights, poverty, and race relations. He was the first African American to work at LIFE magazine and eventually became responsible for some of the most stunning images in pages of Vogue, Ebony, and Glamour. Later in life, Parks co-founded Essence magazine. In 1969, he became the first Black American to write and direct a major film, The Learning Tree, based on his bestselling semi-autobiographical novel. In 1999, Parks notoriously said, “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.”

More Time In the Classroom at the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0

On June 20 – 23, 2022, The National Trial Lawyers will present the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, hosted at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston, Texas. This year’s conference will feature more time in the classroom, as Mark Lanier will present an intensive THREE-day trial academy. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with fellow plaintiff’s attorneys and learn some of Mark Lanier’s strategies that have helped him and the Lanier Law Firm to win over $18 billion in verdicts. If you have not done so already, make sure you register today and take advantage of our $200 early bird discount + an additional $100 off. *Offer ends soon

On Monday, attendees will have the opportunity to register and enjoy pre-conference events including the Meadow Golf Tour and Lanier Theological Library Tour and Lemonade Social. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Mark will reopen the vault for the 6th time to build on the successes that have led him to a groundbreaking $4.69 billion verdict during modules that will cover material including non-verbal cues, time management, voir dire, and opening and closing statements.

If you are committed to strengthening your legal processes and perfecting your practice, then you are going to want to register today for the Lanier Trial Academy. For complete details on each event and session offered at the Lanier Trial Academy Master Class 6.0, please view our full agenda.

What to Know About Offshore Injuries

According to the Bureau of Security and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), over the past decade, 23 people have died and over 2,000 individuals have been injured on drilling rigs and other offshore structures.

Offshore structures, such as drillings rigs, can be an exceptionally hazardous workplace for oil and gas employees. Over time, the increased production activity has resulted in more individuals operating in close quarters with others as a way to maximize profits. The more individuals that are on these offshore sites, the more likely a severe accident is to happen.

A few of the most common offshore structure dangers include:

  • Cable or block breaks
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Grease/oil on the deck
  • Damaged grating, pipe tongs
  • Cathead slips
  • Falling things
  • Irresponsible equipment operating
  • Wrongful death
  • Offshore explosions
  • Unseaworthiness claims
  • Other carelessness

Common Offshore Injuries

Offshore work is both physically demanding and dangerous, and serious injuries are all too common. Injuries that offshore employees face include head injuries, fractures, and electrical shock and, sometimes, can be deadly. Maritime employees can face various types of offshore injuries, including:

  • Head Injuries – An abrupt blow from a pipe swinging above the head, from an explosion, or from falling equipment can cause a traumatic brain injury, varying from a mild concussion to long-lasting impairment. A traumatic brain injury can negatively affect your ability to generate income and provide for your enjoyed ones. Falls from heights likewise can cause open head injuries and closed head injuries, causing vertigo, lowered attention span, double vision, and even slurred speech.
  • Back Injuries – The heavy lifting and hard labor aboard a ship or oil rig can result in major back injuries leading to the need for surgical treatment. Falls from unsafe balconies or unsecured ladders can trigger back injuries, consisting of spinal cord and nerve damage. A major back injury can cause a maritime employee the inability to work for a prolonged period of time.
  • Burn Injuries – Malfunctioning safety equipment, the accumulation of combustible fumes in unventilated areas, welding accidents, and loss of well control can all activate explosions and fires, leading to severe burns. Generally speaking, human error and negligence are the causes of severe burn injuries. No matter the cause, a burn injury can cause disfigurement, require cosmetic surgery, and lead to irreversible impairments. Offshore employees are often out of work for months after a serious burn injury.
  • Limb Loss – Losing a limb is a life-altering injury. Many maritime-related amputation accidents include cables under tension or mooring lines. An employee’s hand can get their leg caught in the line as it coils onto a winch drum. A deckhand can get their leg caught and squashed between two barges, in some cases requiring a prosthetic.
  • Wrongful Death– Each year, maritime workers pass away due to falls, explosions, electrocutions, and other accidents caused by the carelessness of an employee.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured at Sea?

If you find yourself in a maritime accident, it is vital that you act rapidly to protect your rights. Below you will find a short guide on what to do if you are injured at sea. The following actions are crucial for maritime accidents:

  1. Report and document the accident – It is essential that you let your manager or captain know as soon as the accident occurs that you have been injured. Jones Act or Maritime Law requires the injured party to report any job-related injury within seven days but do not wait that long. The insurer may presume that because you did not report the accident right away, it wasn’t severe, so report it sooner rather than later. If you get injured while working and believe that your injuries require medical attention or have even the slightest possibility of causing you to be unable to work, report it right away.
  2. Seek medical attention – The law requires the company you are employed by to see that you receive medical treatment for your injuries. If you are at sea and your injuries are severe, the vessel should have the Coast Guard medevac you to a healthcare facility. If you are far out at sea or in international waters, a Coast Guard helicopter may have the ability to get you as soon as you are within range of the United States. The vessel is able to talk to a doctor by phone or radio if your condition is severe. And, if you are in a foreign nation, your employer is responsible for getting you proper medical treatment and getting you back home at their cost. Your employer must pay for all medical treatment that you require if you are hurt or end up being ill while working on the vessel.
  3. Employ a Doctor of Your Choice – You have the right to choose your own doctor. You might be tempted to pick a doctor advised by your employer or your employer’s insurer, but we recommend you see a doctor of your choice for an impartial evaluation. Ensure that the doctor or healthcare expert documents everything. Your medical records will be used as evidence if a claim needs to be submitted.
  4. Follow doctor’s orders – Follow all of your doctor’s suggestions. Do not skip any visits with your doctor, as appointments that you blow off send a message to the insurance company and your employer that you are fully recovered or that your injuries were not severe. It is not uncommon for insurers to send out private investigators to monitor your development without you knowing. They may take photos or videos to keep track of your actions while you recover from your injuries.
  5. Do not provide a recorded declaration – Never, ever offer a recorded statement. The insurance provider is in the business of making as much money as possible for their investors, and their intent is to pay out as little on your claim as they can. The insurance provider is not working for your benefit, no matter how nice they are when they contact you. They will ask leading questions and produce their own story about your accident, which most times are not accurate.
  6. Consult a maritime attorney to understand each of your rights – It is important to have an attorney that is familiar with Maritime Law and who is going to fight for you. By seeking advice from an attorney, you will have a much better understanding of your rights and the options that you have. Comprehending your rights and your company’s obligation to pay specific benefits is the vital baseline in making choices on how to continue.

Many maritime accidents are preventable by adequate maintenance, training, and procedures. Maritime and sea laws are in place to ensure that injured individuals have a way to recuperate damages from the responsible parties when injuries are the result of carelessness, neglect, incorrect procedures, faulty devices, or unseaworthiness. It is important that you maintain legal representation if you feel any of your rights have been overlooked or violated.

Maritime law, Admiralty law, and Jones Act laws are intricate, and it can be hard to figure out which laws apply to your specific case. If you are not sure of which law your accident will fall under, call an experienced maritime injury lawyer today.

Four Methods of Compensation

Depending upon the conditions of your overseas accident, you might be awarded compensation under either federal maritime law or state personal injury law. Knowledgeable maritime lawyers will be able to guide you through this difficult process and assist you in determining what rights you have specific to the conditions of your offshore injury.

The four techniques of compensation are:

  • The Jones Act
  • The Death on High Seas Act (DOHSA)
  • Longshoremen & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
  • General Maritime Law

The Jones Act

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also referred to as the Jones Act, is a federal statute that extends the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) to seamen. The Jones Act makes it possible for seamen that have been hurt while working at sea to bring a personal injury claim against their employers. Under this act, the hurt worker can bring an action in either federal or state court. While basic maritime law does not include the right to trial by jury, the Jones Act does. Although some claims can be settled in the course of pre-litigation negotiation, the only way you can maintain your rights to pursue a claim is to submit a lawsuit.

The Death on High Seas Act (DOHSA)

The Death on High Seas Act (DOHSA) specifies that when someone passes away because of either a wrongful act, negligence, or default that took place while on high seas beyond three nautical miles from the coast of the United States, a civil suit can be brought against the individual or vessel responsible. The action will solely benefit the deceased’s partner, parent, child, or dependent relative.

Longshoremen & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that offers the payment of compensation, medical care, and professional rehab services to employees disabled from on the job injuries that occur on the navigable waters of the United States or in nearby areas customarily used in the loading, unloading, fixing or building of a vessel. The LHWCA also provides payment of survivor benefits to dependents if the work injury causes or contributes to the death of the worker. These benefits are usually paid by the self-insured employer or by a private insurance provider on behalf of the company. The term “injury” includes occupational diseases, hearing loss, and illnesses taking place out of employment. The LHWCA covers all workers that hold conventional maritime positions, like ship-repairs, shipbuilders, ship-breakers, harbor construction employees, and longshore workers.

General Maritime Law

General maritime laws were originally developed to establish the rights of maritime employees prior to the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Employees’ Compensation Act were developed. Its fundamental arrangements ensure that maritime employees are offered general living expenses and medical costs after suffering an injury and that the shipowners provide a safe workplace.

General maritime law does not just cover injuries but also illnesses you may get while on the job. Unlike the Jones Act, which states your injury must be the result of unseaworthiness or negligence, under general maritime law, the accident could be your fault or no one’s fault, and you may still be entitled to Maintenance and Cure.

Maintenance and Cure

Under general maritime law, an employer is required to provide an injured maritime employee with Maintenance and Cure benefits till they are able to work again or have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).

“Maintenance” describes an employer’s duty to provide an injured employee with food and lodging while the seaman is off the vessel and not able to work due to the injury or disease. “Cure” describes medical professionals and hospital bills, diagnostic tests and scans, prescriptions, and rehabilitation and therapy.

You do not need to show fault to recuperate Maintenance and Cure. When filing a claim, the exact same restriction periods apply as a Jones Act negligence claim.

Unseaworthiness

The word “unseaworthiness” is a term in the realm of maritime law, and its significance in maritime law somewhat varies from its significance in the marine industry.

Under maritime law, a seaworthy vessel is a ship whose hull, equipment, and crew are fairly appropriate in design, maintenance, and character to perform their intended functions in the operation of the ship.

Unseaworthiness does not imply that the vessel is unable to be sailed or navigated. A vessel is unseaworthy in regards to a seaman if it does not supply him with safe and suitable appliances with which to perform his work and if it does not provide him a safe place in which to work.

The injured maritime worker does not need to prove that the whole vessel was unseaworthy or that it remained in threat of sinking. All that the hurt worker needs to show is that some condition or element of the vessel, equipment, or crew was not fairly suitable for its intended function, and they were injured as a result. For example, if the engine breaks down and the vessel is sitting in the water until the engine can be repaired, the captain might think that it is unseaworthy, but that does not make the vessel unseaworthy for maritime law purposes.

If a seaman is injured or passes away because of an unseaworthy condition, the seaman (or his surviving family) will be entitled to compensation from the owner of the vessel. The kinds of damages that will be offered in an unseaworthiness claim consist of pain and suffering, medical bills, lost earnings (present and future), compensation for disability, and other damages under maritime law.

What Damages Are Covered?

There are many different kinds of damages that may be covered under your maritime injury case. These damages differ for each individual case; however, a lot of compensation for maritime injuries consists of:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and mental suffering
  • Disfigurement (in proper situations)
  • Medical costs
  • Living expenditures
  • Lost earning, as well as future lost earning ability

Maritime injury law is extremely complicated. It remains in your best interest to consult a knowledgeable maritime lawyer in order to receive the maximum compensation for your injury.

Common Mistakes Seaman Make With Settlement

As soon as you’ve been hurt on the job, insurance adjusters and even your employer will begin the process of attempting to pay the least amount possible for your injuries. It’s important to take your time when signing and filling out documents, as you can be misinformed to sign something that prevents you from getting what you are entitled to. For instance, if you have been hurt on the job, you have the right to maintenance and cure regardless of the way the accident took place and who is at fault. In addition, you may also have rights under general maritime law for pain, suffering, lost income, living expenditures, and more.

Insurance companies, even in the maritime industry, are known for attempting to settle low with injured workers and save as much money as they can. A knowledgeable maritime injury lawyer knows these strategies and will ensure that all your rights are being fulfilled before you sign any paperwork. Furthermore, there is a possibility that your injuries may get blamed on pre-existing conditions or because of fault of your own, which usually gets companies off the hook for liability. These circumstances are among a few of the approaches that employers and insurance companies perform in order to get out of paying you what you deserve. As a result, you must fully understand how general maritime law works and what you are rightfully entitled to prior to signing any documents. In fact, it is in your best interest to have your attorney look over all of your documents prior to signing anything in order to even the playing field against your employer and the insurance company.

Proven Maritime Results

The attorneys at The Cochran Firm have secured over $35 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments for our clients. While no claim is guaranteed to result in millions of dollars, we can guarantee that our attorneys will do whatever it takes to make sure you are compensated for every cent you are due. We have helped clients across the country receive the justice they deserve:

  • $5.98 Million Verdict against Xcaret and eco-archaeological park in Cancun, Mexico, on behalf of the family and estate of the passenger aboard a Carnival cruise line ship.
  • Undisclosed Verdict/Settlement against a drilling rig and an oil company when a Jones Act seaman fell from an elevated platform of a semi-submersible drilling rig. The 46-year-old plaintiff was restricted to sedentary activities after undergoing multiple surgeries on his wrist and arthroscopic surgery on both knees.

Understanding Birth Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of every 1,000 kids, between 6 to 8 will suffer from a birth injury. That suggests that approximately 1 in every 9,714 individuals in the United States are born with a birth injury. 

Birth injuries occur when an injury or death results to a baby or mother throughout the birthing procedure due to medical negligence, malpractice, a mistake, or improper medical facility policies. Birth injury lawsuits fall within medical malpractice and can be pursued if there is negligent prenatal care. Many things can cause negligent prenatal care, such as failure to determine birth defects, failure to diagnose a disease that could be dangerous to the child or mother, and failure to determine an ectopic pregnancy, a problem where the embryo connects to the outside of the mother’s uterus.

All of these birth injuries have something in common: a healthcare professional acted negligently, and that negligence was the sole reason for the baby’s or mother’s injuries. If you cannot show that the healthcare expert’s actions were negligent, then you will not be able to pursue a medical malpractice case. 

Types of Birth Injuries

The two most common conditions that affect a child injured during childbirth are Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy. These conditions are the most common type of brachial plexus palsy and are neurological conditions that lead to difficulty or absence of muscle control or motion. These can occur when a child’s brain, nerves, or nerve fibers are damaged previously, during, or soon after birth.

Cerebral Palsy

The CDC reports that cerebral palsy alone affects 1 in 345 children in the U.S., with a greater commonness for kids born preterm or at a low birthrate. The CDC estimates that the lifetime expense of taking care of a person diagnosed with cerebral palsy is $1 million. Cerebral palsy can be separated into two different types of cases: congenital cerebral palsy and acquired cerebral palsy. Congenital cerebral palsy accounts for 85% – 90% of all cases and takes place when a child’s brain is harmed prior to or during birth. Acquired cerebral palsy accounts for the remaining 10% – 15% of all cases and is caused by brain damages that occur around 28 days after birth.

There are four main classifications of cerebral palsy, the most common being spastic cerebral palsy. In fact, the CDC reports that roughly 80% of individuals with cerebral palsy have spastic cerebral palsy and sustain one of three types: spastic diplegia/diparesis, spastic hemiplegia/hemiparesis, and spastic quadriplegia/quadriparesis. Spastic diplegia/diparesis mainly affects the legs but can sometimes affect the arms as well (arms are less affected or not affected at all). Spastic hemiplegia/hemiparesis affects only one side of the body and typically affects the arms more than the legs. Spastic quadriplegia/quadriparesis affects both the arms and legs, the body, and the face and is the most severe type of spastic cerebral palsy.

The other three types of cerebral palsy are dyskinetic, ataxia, and mixed cerebral palsy. Dyskinetic cerebral palsy results in substantial difficulty when controlling movement in an individual’s hands, arms, feet, and legs and makes it exceptionally difficult to sit down and walk. Ataxia spastic paralysis impacts an individual’s balance and coordination, making it tough to walk, make abrupt movements, or make movements that require control, like writing. Mixed spastic paralysis is a condition where an individual has more than one type of cerebral palsy, typically with spastic dyskinetic being the most common type.

Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is a condition in which damage occurs to the arm’s primary nerves, which causes paralysis in that arm. This condition is most frequently caused by challenging or abnormal childbirths (even c-sections) or labor, although it can occur later in life due to a traumatic injury.

A brachial plexus is a group of five nerves that connect the spine to the arm and hand, and if these nerves fail to work because of stretching or tears, the condition is called brachial plexus palsy. Erb’s palsy is the most common brachial plexus palsy and involves the upper nerves in the plexus. The most common types of injuries that occur with Erb’s Palsy are avulsion, rupture, neuroma, and neurapraxia. An avulsion is the most common injury and happens when the nerve tears away from the spine. A rupture takes place when the nerve is torn but not from the spine. A neuroma is when a nerve tares but heals and leaves a scar on the tissue; this scar tissue then puts ongoing pressure on the injured nerve and keeps it from conducting signals to the muscles. Neurapraxia happens when a nerve is stretched but not torn and is the most common type of brachial plexus injury.

If you believe that your child exhibits signs of cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, it is crucial to contact your doctor or nurse and or even see a specialist.

Regrettably, medical malpractice can result in several other types of birth injuries as well, such as:

  • Brain damage– physical injury to the brain during childbirth
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy– when the brain doesn’t receive enough blood flow or oxygen for a certain amount of time
  • Intrauterine fetal demise– the death of a baby in the uterus (also known as “stillbirth”)
  • Kernicterus– a type of brain damage that results from high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood that can lead to cerebral palsy and hearing loss
  • Caput Succedaneum– swelling of a newborn’s scalp, usually the result of pressures on the baby’s head during a difficult/prolonged head-first delivery
  • Newborn cephalohematoma– bleeding under the baby’s scalp that can happen because of a vacuum extraction
  • Newborn jaundice– yellowing of baby’s skin and eyes that occurs when babies have a high level of bilirubin
  • Shoulder dystocia– one or both of a baby’s shoulders get stuck in the mother’s pelvis during childbirth/labor
  • Spinal cord injury– can happen when doctors strain an infant’s neck by pulling, twisting, or using tools to remove the baby from the mother
  • Wrongful death– baby and/or mother die during childbirth due to the negligence of a medical professional
  • & more

Symptoms of Birth Injuries

If you think that your child has suffered from any of the above birth injuries but are not certain, there are particular physical and neurological symptoms to look for. These include:

  • Arching of neck and body
  • Deafness or blindness
  • Communication issues
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Failure to meet development milestones (crawling, sitting, or standing)
  • Difficulties with feeding
  • Piercing/loud crying
  • Seizures
  • Swelling or soft spots on the head
  • Stiff muscles
  • Inability to move one’s side of the body 

The main cause of birth injury malpractice is the negligent medical errors made by medical professionals before, during, or after labor. Doctors, nurses, and any other healthcare professionals should know how to properly handle difficult or complicated childbirths. However, there are circumstances in which some healthcare professionals do not perform the expected standard of care, and their negligent errors lead to serious injury or, worse, death. Some of the actions that medical professionals can perform that may be considered birth injury medical malpractice include:

  • Failing to identify risk factors during pregnancy
  • Excessive pulling on the baby’s head/shoulders/arms
  • Failure to diagnose a maternal infection
  • Failure to order necessary tests before delivery
  • Failure to perform a C-section
  • Failure to recognize fetal distress/lack of oxygen
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum delivery
  • Incorrectly diagnosing a life-threatening birth trauma as something not as serious
  • Prescribing the mother medications that can harm the unborn baby
  • Lack of aftercare for the mother or child

A mother can also suffer from life-long injuries sustained during childbirth from medical negligence. The health issues a mother can face as a result of birth injury malpractice can include blood clots, diabetes, hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia, infections, uterine rupture, anesthesia complications, and severe vaginal tears.

What Action Can I Take After a Birth Injury Occurs?

The injuries detailed above may not always be the result of a medical professional’s negligence, referring to a doctor or nurse. When you are deciding whether or not there is any legal liability, there is a four-step process you can follow under medical malpractice law.

The primary step to take after a birth injury is determining what the proper medical standard of care ought to have been versus the care you or your baby received that caused injuries. For instance, if your acting doctor was an obstetrician, the court would compare your obstetrician’s actions to those of a similarly certified obstetrician in a setting that was similar to yours. Usually, the injured individual’s attorney will count on a qualified medical professional to testify on your behalf regarding what the appropriate standard of care should have been. The court will likewise take into consideration the medical information that was available to the doctor at the time of the injury. Courts typically do not use hindsight to hold a medical professional liable for something that they could not have sensibly known at the time of the injury.

After the appropriate standard of care is determined, the doctor’s actions will be measured against that standard. This is when a medical professional will take a more extensive look at what was done during the labor and childbirth procedure and what would have been done by a similarly-skilled healthcare expert, based upon all of the information that was offered at that time.

Next, the court will decide whether they think the healthcare specialist’s discrepancy from the standard of care was the legal reason for harm to the mother or her child. An example of this would be if the acting physician did not recognize problems throughout vaginal childbirth and ordered a c-section. But the question is, did the medical professional’s error lead to the baby being stillborn? If further examination proves that the child would have passed despite the doctor’s error, then there would be no legal causation, indicating no medical malpractice liability.

The last and final step will involve recognizing and identifying the injuries the mother and/or baby suffered and any other losses that arose from the medical professional’s neglect. This will then determine the compensation granted to the injured person. Birth injury compensation can help cover assistive devices, psychological damages, loss of revenue, medications, special education programs, therapy, medical costs, transportation modifications, and more.

If you are contemplating taking legal action due to a birth injury caused by a medical professional’s negligence, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.

Who Can I Take Action Against?

A birth injury medical malpractice claim is not limited to the negligent actions of doctors but also nurses, healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical companies, anesthesiologists, and other providers that offer health care services.

Hospitals

Whether private or public, hospitals are an additional entity that you can take legal action against. When it comes to medical malpractice, hospitals can be held directly liable for their own negligence or held “vicariously” liable for the negligence of the individuals that they employ (vicarious liability refers to being held liable for the actions of another person).

When hiring their employees, hospitals must make any/all reasonable inquiries into an applicant’s background, including their training, education, and licensing. If a hospital does not inspect these inquiries regarding a medical professional they hire, it may be held liable under “corporate negligence” for the negligent supervision or retention if one of their employee’s negligent actions injuries a patient. A hospital may also be held liable for negligence if it does not investigate the credentials of an acting physician before allowing them privileges at the hospital (such as performing surgeries) or where they knew or should have known that the medical professional they hired was incapable of treating patients at that hospital.

Hospitals are also required to have an ample amount of nurses on duty at all times in order to maintain quality care to patients. If a hospital refrains from doing so, it can be held accountable for any injuries that a patient suffers due to the lack of nurses. Another area of liability can emerge when a hospital finds a private physician’s treatment plan to be short of the standard of care that should be given but fails to investigate the physician. 

Lastly, hospitals can be held liable for failing to safeguard a patient from harm, properly performing clinical tests, keeping updated medical records, and properly admitting and discharging patients. If a hospital does not do any of the things detailed above, it will more than likely be held responsible for medical negligence.

Vicarious Liability

When an individual that a medical facility employs medical negligence results in injuring a patient, the hospital itself can be held vicariously liable under the legal doctrine of “respondeat superior.” This legal doctrine states that a company can be held liable for the negligent acts of its staff members if the employee was acting within the scope of their employment when the carelessness happened.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that some healthcare providers are considered independent contractors, suggesting they are not hospital employees, and the doctrine of “respondeat superior” will not apply. This essentially indicates that if a doctor that is an independent contractor performs an irresponsible act while treating a patient in a hospital, that hospital cannot be responsible for that doctor’s malpractice. However, the hospital can be held accountable for its own negligent acts, like granting privileges to an unlicensed or incompetent medical professional. There are also some instances where a hospital can be held vicariously or directly responsible for the actions of its independent contractors to operate an emergency clinic or other medical center.

Pharmaceutical Companies

In some birth injury cases, a pharmaceutical producer can be held lawfully liable when a drug causes a patient’s injuries, however only when the producer failed to warn the correct personnel of the side effects or dangers of the drug.

When providing warning of potential negative side effects or risks, a pharmaceutical company’s main duty is to doctors. Generally speaking, this means that a pharmaceutical producer will most likely not be held accountable for a patient’s injuries as long as it holds up its duty of notifying the medical professional of the side effects and dangers related to the drug. The only responsibility a pharmaceutical company has is to ensure that the drugs it produces will be reasonably safe when it is used in the way it is intended. In order to do this, the manufacturer must do research for possible side effects and risks prior to the drug being put on the market. If the pharmaceutical company fails to do so and does not warn medical professionals of the drug’s threats, the drug then becomes “unreasonably unsafe” under product liability law, and the producer may be held accountable for the failure to supply adequate warnings.

Keep in mind that the doctor who prescribes a patient this medicine is considered a “learned intermediary.” This means that because of their substantial medical knowledge and presuming they were warned of the possible negative effects and threats from the pharmaceutical producer, they are in the best position to decide whether or not a specific drug or device is appropriate for a patient. Therefore, a medical professional has the main responsibility of warning a patient of those risks and negative side effects a medication or device has that they prescribe. 

If you are uncertain of who may be accountable for a birth injury that you or a loved one has gone through, contact a medical malpractice attorney today to get answers to your questions.

Top 7 Miami Beach Attractions

These Miami Beach attractions are the perfect way to explore the Miami area during your trip to the Trial Lawyers Summit conference.

Our team at The National Trial Lawyers is geared up to present the annual Trial Lawyers Summit at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (our new 2022 venue)! With oceanfront views and tons of activities, this new venue offers attendees a fresh Trial Lawyers Summit experience.

Attorneys, paralegals, students, and firm administrators from all over the country flock to our unique, family-friendly conference each year to earn 24+ CLE hours plus ethics, discover new trends in the legal industry, engage in exclusive networking events, and much more.

To register and learn more, please visit our website.

What are the top Miami attractions to experience during the Trial Lawyers Summit?

Below, you will find a list of our top 7 places to see in Miami Beach while you’re here for the 2022 Trial Lawyers Summit.

1. Pools & Beach

After a long day of CLE and networking, you might want to take a dip in the ocean with the kids or have a cocktail by the pool. Thankfully, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach offers 11 different pool experiences and exclusive beach access. 

2. Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami

This cocktail bar, just one mile away from the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, sets an ambiance like no other. Offering an eclectic bar menu of unique, handcrafted cocktails and small bites, the Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami is a great hotspot for those wanting to lounge in a moody atmosphere.

MIAMI, USA – February 9, 2018: Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida

3. Miami Beach Botanical Garden

The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is an urban oasis in the middle of the glamour of South Beach, a place where residents and visitors can enjoy all the serenity that the Garden has to offer! Discover the spectacular features of the Garden – a wetland with red mangrove and pond apple trees, an expansive water garden with cascading oolite fountain, a welcoming entrance plaza, and a diverse collection of flowering trees, palms, cycads, orchids, and Florida native species. Enjoy the unique, subtropical oasis of beauty and tranquility within a community resource that refreshes, inspires, and engages everyone that walks through its gates.

4. Yardbird Table & Bar

With recognition from James Beard and Bon Appetit, Yardbird pays tribute to the craveable American classics that bring people together. With its rustic outpost, Yardbird is sure to attract foodies and drink connoisseurs with inventive Southern comfort food & a bourbon bar. Guests can enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner and an organized cocktail program that highlights the Yardbird’s dynamic collection of bourbons.

5. Stripsteak by Michael Mina

StripSteak by Michael Mina is more than just your average steakhouse. From homemade pasta to decadent desserts, StripSteak gives its guests the ultimate fine dining experience. Located inside of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel just off the Chateau lobby, this classic American steakhouse offers the highest quality cuts directly from the on-site aging room, the freshest seafood, signature sides and eclectic wines, all combined with outstanding and attentive service.

6. Española Way

Situated between 14th and 15th street on Miami Beach, Española Way is a historic street stretching from Washington Avenue to the western corners of Drexel Avenue. With its quaint and picturesque Spanish-inspired village designed in Mediterranean Revival style, Española Way was built to serve as an artists’ colony. Quintessentially bohemian right down to peach-colored paint, this historic street is a cultural gem. In May 2017, Española Way underwent a revitalization project to make it a pedestrian-only street. Today, this historic gem is a festive street where locals and travelers enjoy authentic dining experiences, one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores, dancing in the street, and so much more.

7. Miami Design District

Home to more than 120 flagship stores, the Miami Design District is one of the world’s greatest shopping areas. In this creative neighborhood, guests can shop, dine, experience contemporary art and design, and enjoy amazing events that are sure to inspire them. Not only does this district offer top-of-the-line shopping and delicious dining experiences, but also houses some of the best architecture in the country! No matter the building or pathway, the Miami Design District has the potential to become a canvas for some of the greatest design and art.

To register for the 2022 Trial Lawyers Summit and learn more, please visit our website.