Verdicts & Settlements

John H. (Jack) Hickey

$2.5 Million Settlement Ends 9-Year Litigation in Lawn Fall

By Celia Ampel |

A Wellington homeowner association agreed to pay a man whose foot caught on an open sprinkler cylinder, leading to 13 surgical procedures.

L-R: Rey Dorta, Omar Ortega, Aileen Martin, Nicole Ruesca, Rosdaisy Rodriguez.all with Miami office Dorta & Ortega

Media Joint Venture Fight Ends in $58 Million Verdict

By Celia Ampel |

Coral Gables law firm Dorta & Ortega helped Caribevision win a $58.4 million verdict against its partner in a joint venture to broadcast Spanish-language programming.

Gregory Yaffa and Fred Cunningham, Cunningham Whalen & Gaspari, Palm Beach Gardens

Attorneys Gain $9.6M Award Against GEICO for Bad Faith in Fatal Crash

By Celia Ampel |

Fred Cunningham and Greg Yaffa won a $9.6 million award after arguing that GEICO didn't fulfill its duty to help a policyholder settle a claim after a fatal collision.

Tom Culmo

Attorneys Show Resort Had Notice Ramps Were Too Steep

By Celia Ampel |

Attorney Tom Culmo, who worked with Dennis Koltun, got a $1 million settlement for the widow of a fall victim after showing Gilbert's Resort in Key Largo had notice that its ramps were too steep.

Courtney L. Engelke and Joseph J. Kalbac, Jr.

Colson Hicks Attorneys Get $11.5 Million in Drag-Racing Crash

By Celia Ampel |

Courtney Engelke and Joe Kalbac won $11.5 million for a woman who was injured when an uninsured, drag-racing man hit her car.

William Ruggiero

Attorney Wins $3.2 Million for Man Injured in Truck Wreck

Fort Lauderdale attorney William Ruggiero said his main challenge was "convincing a Martin County conservative white jury to give a Cuban refugee that doesn't speak English money."

Victoria Mesa-Estrada

Legal Services, EEOC Represent Farmworkers Who Accused Supervisors of Rape, Harassment

By Celia Ampel |

Victoria Mesa-Estrada said her clients, despite knowing they would never see any money from the verdict, pressed on with the case to support other migrant victims reporting abuses.

Patrick S. Montoya and Deborah J. Gander

Colson Hicks Team Focused Jury on Distracted Driver

By Celia Ampel |

Patrick Montoya and Deborah Gander won $8.14 million for the families of two Chinese engineering students who were struck and killed by a car while crossing the street.

Matt Haynes and Lance C. Ivey

Attorneys Win $8.7 Million for Parents of School Bus Crash Victim

By Celia Ampel |

Lance C. Ivey and Matt Haynes used the school bus' video footage to argue the bus driver was in a rush and turned without looking.

Crane Johnstone, Scott Schlesinger, Jonathan Gdanski and Steven J. Hammer

Schlesinger Team Wins $2.25 Million for Former Smoker

By Celia Ampel |

A team of Fort Lauderdale attorneys wins a $2.25 million verdict in an Engle-progeny tobacco case against Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.

Mark Packo and John Chanoux

This is How These Boca Raton Attorneys Won $4.5M for Disabled Moped Operator

By Celia Ampel |

Mark Packo and John Chanoux of Ellis, Ged & Bodden sought lifetime care for a man who was hit by a Suburban on a bridge in Merritt Island.

Jeffrey Altman and Jason Brenner

Attorneys Secure $5 Million for Student Injured at Nightclub

By Celia Ampel |

Jeff Altman and Jason Brenner said there was pattern of physical violence at Cameo nightclub that led to a bouncer putting their client into a coma after punching him in the face.

James Ferraro Jr. and James Ferraro Sr.

Father-Son Lawyers Win $9.5 Million for Mesothelioma Patient

By Celia Ampel |

James Ferraro Jr. and his father traced their client's asbestos exposure to a military housing project in Saudi Arabia that was constructed with Georgia-Pacific's Ready-Mix joint compound.