Joseph Kalbac, Jr.

Colson Hicks Eidson Colson Matthews Martinez Gonzalez Kalbac & Kane
255 Alhambra Circle Penthouse
Coral Gables, FL 33134

With more than 100 trials under his belt, injury lawyer Joseph Kalbac is a highly skilled litigator. He works directly with the client, helping those who have cases involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability and professional liability. Since joining our firm, Joe has obtained settlements in at least 20 cases that exceeded $1 million.

First Hand Knowledge of the Opposition's Methods

Joe's effectiveness as a litigator for consumers stems in part from his background defending insurance companies and large corporations. The insights he gained from 13 years with Kubicki Draper, a prestigious defense firm, give him the edge in helping clients obtain compensation for the harm done to them. Joe knows the tactics that insurance companies and large corporations will use; he can anticipate them and build a case accordingly.

Joe's knowledge of insurance company policies and procedures helps him get the answers his clients need and the compensation they deserve to rebuild their lives. He can take the actions necessary to get quick and adequate results. Insurance companies do not mind dragging things out, but Joe knows how to resolve insurance conflicts with efficiency.

Attorney Kalbac's Successful Results

Because of his experience, Joe can provide superb representation in highly complex cases. One such case was a case involving the tragic death of a 14-year-old boy on a cruise ship. The defendant claimed protection under a federal law limiting damages when the death is on the “high seas.” Joe successfully demonstrated that the Florida constitution established territorial waters that included the location of the ship, and the family was entitled to collect the full amount of their damages.

Another such case was a malpractice case against a home health nursing agency that resulted in catastrophic injuries to a young child. The case settled during trial for over $10,000.000.00, which at the time was believed to be the largest medical negligence settlement in Pinellas Country, Florida.

The Daily Business Review named Joe “One of the Most Effective Personal Injury Lawyers” for 2009, in part for a jury verdict of $39 million in a medical negligence case against a neurosurgeon, hospital and pharmaceutical company. A settlement in a Naples court was the highest wrongful death settlement in Collier County at the time – over $10 million in a case involving a woman killed by a malfunctioning security gate.

Recognitions and Community Involvement

Joe is active in the American and Florida Boards of Trial Advocates, and he was selected the 2009 Lawyer of the Year by the ABOTA Miami Chapter. He served as president of the Dade County Defense Bar Association and director of the Dade County Bar Association. Joe's community service includes Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Palmer Trinity School as well as leadership positions at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Parish School.

For more information about Joseph Kalbac, contact the injury attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson.

Honors and Recognitions
•2009 Lawyer of the Year, ABOTA Miami Chapter
•Daily Business Review, 2009 list of Most Effective Personal Injury Lawyers
•Florida Super Lawyers
•South Florida Best Lawyers
•The Best Lawyers in America
•The Wall Street Journal, Top Lawyers in Florida
•US News & World Reporter – Best Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships
•The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) _National board member

•The Florida Board of Trial Advocates (FLBOTA) _Past Board Member
_Legislative Review Committee

•The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Miami Chapter _Member, Executive Committee
_Chapter President, 2008 – 2009

•Florida Justice Association _Dade County Trial Lawyers Association

•Dade County Defense Bar Association _Past President

•Dade County Bar Association _Past Director

•Dade County Circuit Court _Member, Ad Hoc Trial Practices and Procedure Committee

•Florida Bar 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee _Vice Chair

•Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum _Member

Civic and Community Activities
•Palmer Trinity School _Chairman, Board of Trustees

•St. Thomas Episcopal Church _Senior Warden
_Vestry Member

•St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School _Board of Trustees

Past Employment Positions:
•Kubicki Draper, Equity Partner