Partner Kimberly Cook Attends Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ 11th Annual Trial Skills Workshop
Davis Goldman Partner Kimberly Cook recently took part, as distinguished faculty, in the Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ 11th Annual Trial Skills Workshop.
The two-day workshop featured hands-on training and constructive feedback for young lawyers led by experienced circuit and appellate court judges in Miami-Dade County.
Controversial Tort Measure Moves to Florida House Judiciary Committee
After approval by the Civil Justice Subcommittee in February, the Florida House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will take up the civil remedies bill. Plaintiff attorneys have argued the bill places new limits on lawsuits that could make it more difficult for constituents to sue insurance companies or win damages in complicated lawsuits. The legislation will also remove certain requirements that insurance companies act in good faith and that they pay for their policyholders’ attorney’s fees when the insurer fails to properly pay a claim for benefits.
Davis Goldman Co-Managing Partner Jason Goldman says this bill is bad for Floridians and decreases the rights of all of the State’s residents. In a recent interview with the Daily Business Review’s Michael Mora, he cited a case in North Carolina with the negligence standard he said Florida is moving towards. In the case, a newlywed couple was driving behind a car when they hit an 18-wheeler, whose driver failed to put on blinkers or cones when he stopped on the highway. As a result, the wife died and the husband was severely injured, ending his military career. But because the husband was speeding and following too closely to the car before him moments before hitting the 18-wheeler, the husband could not sue for his wife’s death nor his alleged injuries in North Carolina due to being deemed partially at fault.
“Currently in Florida, if the husband were driving the car and was 10% at fault, he would still be able to recover 90% of his injuries,” Jason said. “In the regime proposed in this legislation, if the driver is 50.1% at fault, he can’t recover anything. Insurance companies are incentivized to try and alter our laws to limit their expenses and shift them to ordinary Floridians.”
Navigating the Civil Litigation System: Understanding the Rights of Foreign Nationals
In partnership with Canero Lammers Fadul Acevedo Immigration Law Group, Davis Goldman Co-Managing Partner Aaron Davis, Associate Michael Bild, and Law Clerk Ladys Almaguer presented a webinar focused on navigating the civil litigation system and understanding the rights of foreign nationals.
The webinar provided a detailed examination of the legal process and procedures involved in civil cases, including the role of the courts, lawyers, and witnesses.
Viral Video Shows Amazon Driver Robbed at Gunpoint
The Latin Post reports yet another delivery driver being robbed at gunpoint while on the job.
AdvisorSmith, an online resource for small businesses, ranked 25 of the most dangerous jobs in the US, with delivery driving coming in at number eight. Although delivery drivers are performing one of the most critical occupations in the United States, they often have little protection.
“You see anything from a dog bite to a wrongful death,” says Davis Goldman Co-Managing Partner Aaron Davis. “There are incidents involving shootings in high-crime neighborhoods or even crime inside the home. Employers owe a duty of reasonable care to protect them.”
Partner Kimberly Cook Serves on University of Florida’s Basic Civil Litigation Workshop Panel
Davis Goldman Partner Kimberly Cook recently served as a panelist at the University of Florida’s Basic Civil Litigation Workshop: Transitioning From Law Student to Civil Litigation Associate. The panelists discussed what is typically expected of first year associates and common issues they face.
The panel was moderated by UF Law School Dean Laura Rosenbury. Other panelists included Kozyak Tropin Partner Dwayne Robinson, as well as Cole, Scott & Kissane Managing Partner Richard Cole. The program was organized by United States District Judge Paul Huck and Steve Zack, Partner at Boies Schiller Flexner and former President of The Florida Bar and American Bar Association.
Dangers of mass layoffs: Protect your company from lawsuits
Seemingly every week since the summer, a high-profile employer has been reducing headcount ahead of an anticipated recession.
In a recent interview with HRD America’s John Corrigan, Davis Goldman Associate Lee Paris explains that while termination is inevitable in business, there are legal dangers associated with mass layoffs, especially if they’re conducted too quickly.
“It’s important to control your messaging,” Lee says. “You can feel when there’s rumblings of issues. If you have to do mass layoffs, do it one time. Plan for it and talk to your employees. You don’t want them to fear they could be next. If your employees aren’t focused, that’s going to hurt your bottom line.”
Co-Managing Partner Aaron Davis speaks to Employee Benefit News about delivery driving dangers
Some of the most essential jobs in the U.S. economy can also be some of the most dangerous and underpaid — and delivery drivers are at the top of the list with little support.
In a recent interview with Employee Benefit News’ Deanna Cuadra, Davis Goldman Co-Managing Partner Aaron Davis explains that employers should better communicate the risks of the job, provide proper equipment and incorporate routine trainings that teach drivers what to do if faced with car accidents or a seemingly unsafe place of delivery. Employers should be ready and willing to remove drivers from dangerous situations, even if that means getting behind schedule.
“Don’t take unnecessary risks, and if you’re concerned about the risks associated with the job, notify your employer,” says Aaron. “Because if your employer is going to take the position that you can’t sue them, then they need to understand that they can’t put you in a perilous position.”
Associate Lee Paris Named to Emory Miami Legal Network Board of Directors!
Davis Goldman Associate Lee Paris was recently named to the Emory Miami Legal Network Board of Directors!
Emory Miami Legal Network connects Emory University alumni who live, work or play in Miami-Dade County and are involved in the legal field to help build an engaging community.
Davis Goldman recognized as a 2023 “Best Law Firm”
Davis Goldman is proud to be recognized as a 2023 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®!
Daily Business Review Q&A with Co-Managing Partners Aaron Davis and Jason Goldman
Davis Goldman Co-Managing Partners Aaron Davis and Jason Goldman recently spoke to the Daily Business Review’s Raychel Lean about the firm’s growth in the last six years and fostering the next generation of legal talent.
The article highlights why Aaron and Jason decided to combine personal injury with commercial litigation, which could be a good move amid the migration to South Florida.
“Our biggest growth area in the next 12 months is tied to Florida’s influx of new residents and businesses that have come to the state in the past two years,” Aaron said. “The rapid development increases the number of businesses with legal needs and similarly increases the chances of individuals getting injured due to the negligence of others.”
Original Article: https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2022/10/17/combining-personal-injury-with-commercial-litigation-could-be-a-good-move-amid-south-florida-migration/