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John (Jack) Hickey

Hickey Law Firm, PA
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John (Jack) Hickey
Hickey Law Firm, PA

TRIAL LAWYERS FOR PEOPLE WITH LIFE CHANGING INJURIES. Premises liability (slip and falls, negligent security), medical malpractice, car, bus, and truck crashes, boating and jet ski accidents.  Serving Miami, Florida & Nationwide.  

OVER $100 MILLION RECOVERED. John H. (Jack) Hickey was on the defense side for the first 17 years of his career. He switched sides 23 years ago and built his firm from the ground up. In that short time, in one-off personal injury cases he has recovered in record breaking verdicts and settlements over $100 Million.  


Hickey was born and raised in Miami, Florida. 

Florida State University, B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Duke University School of Law 


Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar

Trial Lawyer by National Board of Trial Advocates 

Admiralty & Maritime Law by The Florida Bar 


Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

Spinal cord injuries 

Neurological injuries such as CRPS and Central Pain Syndrome

Orthopedic injuries of the spine and limbs 

Burn injuries 


Past President of the Dade County Bar Association (largest voluntary bar association in Florida) 

Board of Governors of The Florida Bar (governing all 107,000 members of The Florida Bar) (2008 to 2020) 

Board of Directors of Florida Justice Association (FJA) 2019 to present 

AAJ State Delegate from Florida (2019 to present) 

Past Chair of AAJ Admiralty Law Section 

Past Chair of The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee 

Past Chair The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11-L

Past Chair of AAJ Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety, and Premises Liability Section 

Past Chair 11th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee 

AAJ PAC Board of Trustees (2012 to present) 

Recipient of The Florida Bar Certificate of Recognition "in recognition and appreciation of meritorious service to the public and legal profession in Florida 

Recipient of Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents Certificate of Recognition "dedicated leadership to the members of the legal community during service as President."

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) member

The Florida Bar Foundation Fellow, Lifetime Member, and Bronze Giving Society  

American Bar Association Foundation Fellow

Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, Lifetime Member


National Trial Lawyers: Top 100—an invitation-only organization that selects members based on strict qualifications and peer nominations. The same organization lists Jack in the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 25.

Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America. DCBA Legal Luminary in Admiralty (2016) 

Top Lawyer in South Florida in the areas of personal injury and maritime in the South Florida Legal Guide (2004- Present) 

Legal Elite in Florida Trend Magazine (top 1.7% of attorneys) (2006-Present) 

Superlawyer in the area of personal injury in (2006 -Present)

Best Lawyers in America in 3 areas: Personal Injury Plaintiffs, Admiralty and Maritime, and Medical Malpractice.  

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 

America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

Recipient, 2017 Ervin Gonzalez Memorial Award (the first ever) by a committee of 20 lawyers and judges in Miami- Dade County, Florida – Awarded to an attorney who achieves excellence in the courtroom as a lawyer, in the classroom as a teacher, and in the bar as a leader

Recipient, 2016 and 2017 Legal Luminaries Award in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the Dade County Bar Association

National Law Journal’s Big Money Wins Top 50 Verdicts and Settlements of 2015, #6 Nationally and #1 in Florida

Top Florida Verdicts & Settlements of 2011 in VerdictSearch

Member of The Multi-Million Dollar Forum

Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine, April 2016

“Top Attorneys in Florida” named by his peers, as published in The Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Magazine & Orlando Life (2014)

“Top Attorneys in Florida” named by his peers as published in the Wall Street Journal and Miami Magazine (2012)

Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents

Recipient of Certificate “in Recognition of Your Dedicated Leadership to the Members of Your Legal Community during your service as President”


American Inns of Court – Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter

North American Brain Injury Society

Brain Injury Association of America

Brain Injury Association of Florida


Business Insider - New lawsuit accuses top Florida real estate developer of driving a 41-foot fishing boat over a swimmer and then speeding off (October 2020) 

Law360 - Florida Developer Accused of Driving Boat Into Swimmer (October 2020)

Daily Business Review - Miami developer strikes swimmer with his power boat (October 2020)

South Florida Sun Sentinel - CEO who crashed boat into jetty faces criminal charges (September 2020) 

Washington Times Journal and The Herald Bulletin - Zionsville man faces Lawsuit in Florida boat crash (August 2020) 

Indianapolis Business Journal - Fishers couple injured in Florida Boat Crash Sue Zionsville CEO they Say was Driving Unsafely (August 2020) 

Who.What.Why. – Nursing Home Owners Get a Free Pass on Pandemic Accountability (July 2020)  

The Guardian - Cruise companies accused of refusing to let stranded crew disembark due to cost (May 2020)

Bloomberg News - Legal Jargon on Cruise Tickets May Foil Class-Action Suits (April 2020)

USA Today - Centuries-old laws may shield the cruise industry from huge payouts in coronavirus suits (April 2020)

South Florida Sun Sentinel – Four dead and 138 sick on Holland America Ship (March 2020)

Fox News - Cruise ships at PortMiami taking additional precautions due to COVID-19 (March 2020)

The Mercury News – Coronavirus: Virus-Stricken cruise ship returns to California, former passenger dies (March 2020)

The Washington Post – Fisher Island Ferry Tragedy (February 2020)

Miami Herald – Fatal Plunge from Fisher Island Ferry (February 2020)

CBC News - What went wrong on the Diamond Princess? Why cruise ships are a hotbed for viral outbreaks (February 2020)

CNBC – Coronavirus Onboard Diamond Princess Cruise Ship (February 2020)

National Geographic - Going on a cruise? Here’s how to stay healthy onboard (February 2020)

The Telegraph – Are You More Likely to Fall Ill on a Cruise Ship? (February 2020)

Bloomberg News – Coronavirus Infections on Japan Cruise Ship Leap to 174 (February 2020)

Daily Business Review – Cruise ship death of toddler (July 2019)

KABC Radio AM 790 Los Angeles/OC – Cruise ship death of toddler (July 2019)

The New York Times – Article: Two Small Planes Crashed in Alaska. Here’s Why Few Experts Were Surprised (May 2019)

U.S. News & World Report – How to get Compensation From Railroad Companies (March 2019)

Corporate Crime Reporter - For Seventeen Years Jack Hickey Represented Cruise Lines Then He Switched Sides (January 2019)

eTurboNews – Article: Maritime Industry Law Veteran Speaks Out About Autistic Man Going Overboard (December 2018)

HLN, CNN Sister Network – Murder on Princess Cruise Ship (July 2017)

ABC News- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)

Daily Mail- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)

The Mirror- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)

Inquisitr- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)

Muslim Worldwide- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)

Seattle Times- Jane Doe Assault (June 2015)

Contra Cosa Times- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)

San Jose Mercury- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)

Seattle PI- Jane Doe Assault (May 2015)

Miami Herald- Article: Ex-employees Describe Predatory Playbook (April 24, 2015)

Fox News Tampa Bay- murder-suicide aboard cruise ship (April 4, 2015)

NBC Florida- Jane Doe Assault (January 2015) maritime case article (April 2014)

CNN’s Morning Show - Korean Ferry Disaster (April 2014)

CNN’s Newsroom - Korean Ferry Disaster (April 2014)

Al Jazeera America- Korean Ferry Disaster (April 2014)

Daily Business Review (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach) – Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

Miami Herald - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

Washington Post - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

The Baltimore Sun - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

Associated Press - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

USA Today - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

Tampa Bay Times - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

WPLG TV - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

WBAL TV - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

610 WIOD Radio - Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

WNST Sports Talk Radio – Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

WCBM Radio – Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014) Brooks Robinson Case (April 2014)

Inside Edition- Jane Doe Assault on Carnival (February 2014)

New York Daily News- Jane Doe Assault (February 2014)

CNN Newsroom- RCCL Grandeur of the Seas Fire (April 2013)

KPAM AM Portland- Cruise Passenger Rights (March 2013)

CNN Starting Point- Carnival Dream Generator (March 2013)

WFTL AM West Palm Beach- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

WIOD AM Miami- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

CNN’s Starting Point – Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

CNN’s Newsroom - Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

WERC FM Birmingham- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

NBC Nightly News- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

KABC AM Los Angeles- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

KTSA AM San Antonio- Carnival Triumph Fire (February 2013)

CNN International’s Connect the World with Becky Anderson – Costa Concordia (January 2013)

CNN International’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer – Costa Concordia (January 2012)

MSNBC’s Headline News – Costa Concordia (January 2012)

CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360- Costa Concordia (January 2012)

CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien - Costa Concordia (January 2012)

CNN International’s Headline News- Costa Concordia (January and July 2012)

ABC’s Good Morning America- Costa Concordia (January 2012)

BBC International- Costa Concordia

NBC- Monarch of the Seas Gas Leak (June 2011)

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric- Carnival Splendor Fire (November 2010)

BBC Radio 4 – Crimes on Cruise Ships/Prevention and Reporting (2007)

Fox News’s A Current Affair - George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (July 2007)

Good Housekeeping Magazine – Medical Treatment and Malpractice on Cruise Ships (February Issue 2007)

WFOR/CBS TV- Princess Cruise Lines Tilt of Crown Princess (July 2006)

New York Daily News - George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (March 2006)

Court TV’s Catherine Crier- George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (December 2005, January and July 2006)

Fox News’s The Lineup - George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (December 2005)

MSNBC’s Live and Direct - George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (December 2005)

MSNBC’s The Abrams Report - George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (December 2005)

MSNBC’s Scarborough Country- George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (August, November, December 2005, January 2006, February 2006)

Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes– George Smith Honeymooner Disappearance (August 24, 2005)

CBS Evening News – Sexual Harassment case against a university (January 2002)

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