About John H. (Jack) Hickey
John H. (Jack) Hickey was born and raised in Miami. He attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Florida State University, (B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and Duke University School of Law, J.D. He started his career at a large law firm representing cruise lines, railroads, and other self- insured corporations. He switched sides and for the last 22 years has represented only Plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. Hickey was a member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar (2008-2020), the body which licenses and regulates all lawyers who practice in Florida. He is a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association (the largest voluntary bar association in Florida). Hickey is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law (by The Florida Bar) and Civil Trial (by The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) and a State Delegate of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Jack is also the Chair of the Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety, and Premises Liability Section of AAJ. Jack is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in 3 areas: Admiralty and Maritime, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs. He has an A/V Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been elected by his peers as a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a “Legal Elite” in the areas of aviation, admiralty, and maritime by Florida Trend magazine; Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine; one of the “Top Attorneys in Florida” in the Wall Street Journal; and a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com. In 2016, topverdict.com listed one of Hickey’s mild TBI verdicts among the Top 50 Verdicts in Florida. That verdict was appealed but ultimately affirmed in 2018 in favor of the plaintiff for over $5 million. Other recent federal court verdicts: 2020 cruise passenger medical malpractice settlement: $5 Million. 2019 cruise crewmember award in arbitration confirmed by Federal Court (21 days of testimony and argument in a spinal cord injury): $10.3 Million. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line paid $10,576,727.50.