S. Sammy Cacciatore

Sammy Cacciatore
P.O. Drawer 361817
Melbourne, FL 32935

In addition to obtaining numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for people injured in auto accidents or victims of medical or professional malpractice, Sammy Cacciatore helped rewrite legal history in 1973.

His pioneering efforts in the case Jones v. Hoffman established comparative negligence as the standard in Florida, which ultimately led the change to this standard throughout America. He stood off more than 400 corporations in America and changed the way in which injured people are compensated.

In the early 1970s, if defendants could prove that an accident victim was even 1% at fault for the accident, the victim would receive nothing. This legal argument, which unfairly protected big corporations, was called contributory negligence. Sammy argued that contributory negligence was unfair and benefited the wrongdoers who caused accidents. Jones v. Hoffman established comparative negligence as the fair way to rule in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Today, courts and juries determine the degree of fault of all involved and then award damages accordingly.

Born and raised in central Florida, Sammy attended undergraduate and law school at Stetson University. He moved to his wife's hometown, Melbourne, joining Jim Nance in August 1967. In addition to his heavy trial practice, Sammy has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association for more than 20 years, serving as its president from 1984 to 1985. He was also elected by his colleagues in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit to represent them on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar.

Sammy is one of the few lawyers board certified in Florida in the specialty of medical malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He has handled many medical malpractice cases throughout Central Florida.

Here at home, Sammy has always been involved in the community in some way or another. He is an active member of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, the Coastal Conservation Association, and the Back Country Fly Fishing Association. When his children were growing up, he was involved in their schools.

Year Joined Organization:


Litigation Percentage:

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Board Certified in Medical Malpractice, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia
Florida, 1966

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1966

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1967

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981

U.S. Supreme Court, 1971

Representative Cases:

Jones v. Hoffman, ( )

Honors and Awards:

The Best Lawyers in America

A.V. Rated by Martindale-Hubble

Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Florida Justice Association, 1984 - 1985
President, Board of Directors

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Florida Bar
Board of Governors

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
Active Member

Coastal Conservation Association
Active Member

Back Country Fly Fishing Association
Active Member

Several Judicial Nominating Commissions, Florida State Courts

Birth Information:

August 2, 1942