a personal injury dispute in which we successfully convinced the Florida Supreme Court to extend Florida's "dangerous instrumentality doctrine" to farm tractors, obtaining a reversal of an adverse opinion in the First District Court of Appeal.
an Engle progeny wrongful-death dispute in which we successfully convinced the Third District Court of Appeal that long-standing conspiracy law remained unchanged after the Florida Supreme Court's Engle decision, and that it still held all participants of the tobacco industry's conspiracy to conceal health information from the public joint-and-severally liable for any damages arising from the unlawful conspiracy.
a class action appeal, challenging the constitutionality of imposing business occupational license taxes on Florida lawyers. Representing various cities and counties before the trial and appellate courts, we prevailed in this case, which involved what the appellate court called "novel," "intriguing" and "well-presented" arguments concerning the nature of mandatory class actions and the application of the home venue privilege to class actions.
a wrongful death case brought by the parents of a newborn child, in which we persuaded the appellate court to certify a question to the Florida Supreme Court, asking that Court to consider whether a medical malpractice damages cap, which was established in 1988, remains constitutional.
an important administrative law dispute in which we succeeded in reversing an order affirming new rules cutting funding for citizens with developmental disabilities.
a medical malpractice action against a Naval hospital under the Federal Tort Claims Act in which the Court affirmed a $4.3 million verdict for the plaintiff.
a complex phosphate mine permitting dispute in which we obtained an affirmance of the order granting our client a mining permit.
a sovereign immunity case in which a private military contractor sought sovereign immunity under Feres v. United States, 340 U.S. 135, 71 S. Ct. 153 (1950), in which the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that Feres immunity should not be extended to private military contractors.
a wrongful death case against the University of Florida’s board of trustees, in which the board was prevented from transferring venue out of Lake City, Florida to Gainesville, Florida because it had a substantial presence in Lake City as required under section 768.28(1) of the Florida Statutes.
in a medical malpractice action, the appellate court upheld the denial of a University of South Florida doctor's summary judgment motion asserting sovereign immunity.
an insurance coverage action in which the court reversed the summary judgment that had been entered against our injured client and held that the underage, unlicensed tortfeasor was insured under his father's policy while he was driving a friend's car.
a direct appeal from a criminal conviction, in which the court held that the sentencing court had the discretion to consider whether to sentence the defendant as a youthful offender under the Youthful Offender Act, which allowed the client to have his adult sentence reconsidered on remand.
a case testing Florida's Bert Harris Property Rights Act. Our client lost in the trial court and in the original panel opinion of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, but we ultimately obtained a reversal on behalf of our client on rehearing.
a medical malpractice case reversing a defense verdict against the plaintiff because the trial court had abused its discretion by admitting evidence of plaintiff’s marijuana use.
a marital dissolution proceeding reversing the amount of imputed income to the wife and remanding for reconsideration.
a landmark decision reversing trial court's denial of a motion to suppress, holding that a dog's training to detect narcotics is not enough, by itself, to give an officer probable cause to search based on the dog's alert.
a complex construction disput in which we obtained a reversal of an $11,000,000 verdict against our client.
a complex legal battle over the entitlement to damages relating to a wrongful injunction. This case was in the appellate courts for three years, three times in the District Court of Appeal and twice before the Florida Supreme Court. We reversed the Second District twice to obtain the ultimate victory for our client.
a class certification appeal in which our client was originally on the losing end of a 3-0 per curiam affirmance. On rehearing, we obtained a unanimous victory for our client from the entire court en banc. The case is one of only a handful in Florida where a per curiam affirmance was reversed on rehearing en banc.
a declaratory judgment action to interpret a liability insurance policy, reversing an adverse opinion by the First District Court of Appeal and holding that the policy which listed the plant owner as an additional insured for operations at the operations site was not limited to the owner's vicarious liability, but extended to liability for its own negligence.
a death penalty case examining the admissibility of the defendant's confessions in which we obtained a new trial for our client.
a prior restraint case before the Supreme Court of the United States concerning a reporter's right to publish information regarding his testimony before a grand jury. We obtained a unanimous 9-0 verdict on behalf of our client.