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10 Year Old Drowns In Jacksonville Hotel Pool

Authorities say a 10-year-old girl who was taken to the hospital following a near-drowning at a Jacksonville hotel has died.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reports the Pensacola girl was swimming at the Hilton Garden Inn pool late Saturday night with three young family members. At some point she went underwater. Two of the children tried to pull her out of the pool, while the third child ran to an employee of the property for help.

When deputies arrived at the hotel, CPR was being performed on the girl. Patrol deputies took over CPR efforts until St. Johns County Fire Rescue paramedics arrived and took the girl to Beaches Baptist. She was then air lifted to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where she later died.


Authorities said they believe there were no adults present with the children at the time, and the pool was apparently closed to swimming before the incident.

Christopher Marlowe of The Haggard Law Firm says this most recent tragedy should remind businesses of the imperative responsibility to fully secure their pools.

Haggard Law Delivers 2nd Presentation at International Security Professionals Event


Earlier today, Haggard Law’s Todd Michaels took part in his second negligent security presentation in as many days at the 62nd Annual ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits conference in Orlando.  Michaels was joined by Les Cole (pictured above), Owner and Security Management Consultant with Leslie Cole Associates, in presenting Duty and Consequence.

The security expert and plaintiffs’ attorney teamed up to discuss what every business owner needs to do to adequately assess security risks and implement adequate security measures on their premises. They used  real-life examples to highlight how businesses can comply with industry guidelines. Michaels and Cole also reviewed the dire consequences that affect businesses when executives fail to act reasonably. The discussion stressed the importance of taking proactive steps before tragedy occurs.

Yesterday, Michaels gave the presentation (pictured below) : How to Avoid a $100,000,000 Verdict Against Your Business. The Haggard Law Firm has litigated three different cases delivered $100,000,000 results to our clients, including a $102.7 million negligent security verdict (Learn more negligent security notable cases, click here)

The ASIS conference is the largest gathering of security professionals in the world with more than 20,000 expected to attend this event. The organization is a global community of security practitioners. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the conference currently underway in Orlando.


Since 2007, The Haggard Law Firm has litigated more than 155 negligent security cases that have resulted in more than $345 in verdicts and settlements.

Haggard Law Negligent Security Presentation at ASIS International Conference


Pictured above is our Todd Michaels conducting one of two negligent security presentations during the 62nd Annual ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits conference. ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the conference currently underway in Orlando.

The presentation: How to Avoid a $100,000,000 Verdict Against Your Business. Michaels is also scheduled for a separate presentation during this week’s conference.


Since 2007, The Haggard Law Firm has litigated more than 155 negligent security cases that have resulted in more than $345 in verdicts and settlement including a $102.7 million verdict in Barrack vs Report Investment Corporation (Learn more negligent security notable cases, click here)

The conference is the organization’s largest event of the year.

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Haggard Law To Deliver Negligent Security Presentations at Security Industry Conference


This week, The Haggard Law Firm’s Todd Michaels will deliver two presentations about negligent security litigation during the 62nd Annual ASIS International Conference in Orlando.

ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets – people, property, and/or information. The conference is the organization’s largest event of the year. More than 20,000 security professionals from around the globe are expected to attend.

The presentations are titled How to Avoid a Million Dollar Verdict Against Your Business and Duty and Consequence.

ASIS membeexhibit_main_toprs  represent virtually every industry in the public and private sectors, and organizations of all sizes. From entry-level managers to CSOs to CEOs, from security veterans to consultants and those transitioning from law enforcement or the military, the ASIS community is global and diverse. More than 20,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the conference.

The Haggard Law Firm has litigated more than 155 negligent security cases since 2007, delivering more than $345 million in verdicts and settlements in those cases.

Haggard Law Attorneys to Discuss Litigating Accident Cases Involving Uber During CLE Event


The Association for Safe International Travel reports that 37,000 people die in car accidents per year in the United States while another 2.35 million are injured or disabled. An estimated 180,000 people are driving for Uber. That number continues to grow. So with this kind of volume and activity it is inevitable that the number of accidents involving this driving service will rise.

So if a personal injury attorney’s client was injured in a crash involving Uber, what should the lawyer consider when litigating that case?


That is the topic of discussion that will be lead by Haggard Law attorneys Jason Brenner and Todd Michaels during this month’s Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice  CLE program.

Uber Duber Do…Your Client Was in an Accident with Uber, Now What Do You Do? is one of the sessions that will be offered to attendees of the program as part of the Auto Negligence Seminar to be conducted on Wednesday, September 28th. There are a few more spots available for this seminar. To learn more about it and register click here. The FJA Masters of Justice Program will be held in Orlando from September 28th through the 30th.

Attending this year’s FJA Masters of Justice program is a great way to renew the excitement and focus on your mission as a personal injury attorney. Make plans NOW to register to attend to ensure you have the strategies and techniques in your toolbox that have proven to work for other attorneys in civil litigation cases. You’ll be sure to take away valuable information and innovative ideas that can immediately aid you in your efforts to assist your clients in their cases.


McCarron to Discuss The Negligent Security Gameplan at Upcoming National Conference


The Haggard Law Firm’s Douglas McCarron will be a feature presenter during The 2016 National Crime Victim Bar Association’s National Conference. The Conference will be held in Philadelphia on September 19-21 in conjunction with the National Center for Victims of Crime’s 2016 National Training Institute. The Institute brings up to 1,001 civil attorneys, victim advocates, criminal justice professionals and law enforcement officers to share their knowledge and experience across disciplines.

The training institute emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to sharing promising practices, current research, and effective programs and policies that are victim-centered, practice-based, and research-informed. The Institute’s forum allows for law enforcement, victim service professionals, allied practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to share current developments and build new collaborations.

McCarron’s presentation: Negligent Security Case Gameplan: “Blocking & Tackling Fundamentals Mixed with Razzle Dazzle.”

This highly demonstrative and interactive presentation will highlight what every Victim’s lawyers must know presenting their Negligent Security case. In addition, with using the results of over 30 Negligent Security case verdicts and one hundred Mock trials, the presentation will cover “ Cutting Edge Strategies” that the Defense never see coming.

Since 2007, The Haggard Law Firm has litigated more than 150 negligent security/premises liability cases which have resulted in more than $350,000,000 in verdicts and settlements to our clients in those cases.


Bloomberg Article Highlights Rampant Security Problems at Walmart Stores

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Haggard Law Attorney Christopher Marlowe was interviewed and quoted in a just-released Bloomberg Businessweek article highlighting how Walmart’s cost-cutting measures may be directly related to an increased rate of crime at its stores nationwide.  From rape to shoplifting, to kidnapping and murder, the article lays out how police are trying to corral the rampant crime in many of the nation’s number one retailer’s locations. A recent example in the last few weeks, police in Buffalo found a meth lab operating underground of a local Walmart store.

Marlowe fought Walmart for several years in a lawsuit he filed in 2010 on behalf of a woman who was abducted outside a store in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and repeatedly raped. Marlowe discussed how Walmart made every legal maneuver to avoid releasing its in-house crime statistics.

From the article, Walmart’s Out-of-Control Crime Problem Is Driving Police Crazy By Shannon Pettypiece and David Voreacos:

Walmart’s lawyers typically argue that the company couldn’t have foreseen the crime in question and that it took reasonable steps to keep customers safe. It tries at every opportunity to keep its crime database secret. Even in litigation, when it must produce company records under court seal, its lawyers have wrangled for months or even years to limit access to its records, arguing the information is proprietary. “Nothing compares to the way Walmart litigates cases,” says attorney Christopher Marlowe. He fought Walmart for several years over a lawsuit he filed in 2010 on behalf of a woman who was abducted outside a store in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and repeatedly raped. Marlowe said in a court filing that he learned only in 2013 of the database, which documented “precisely the sort of incidents” he sought for more than two years. Walmart’s lawyer, he said, “led everyone to believe that crime data retrieval was a great mystery—a query of inconceivable proportions.” Walmart denied liability in the case. The company eventually settled for an undisclosed sum.   

To read the entire Bloomberg  Businessweek Article:

Since 2007, The Haggard Law Firm  has handled more than 150 negligent security cases and delivered more than $350 Million in verdicts and settlements to clients in those cases.

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Attorney Todd Michaels Interviewed About His Published OP-ED “My Son’s Skin”


Haggard Law Firm Attorney Todd Michaels was recently a guest on WEAA-FM 88.9 in Baltimore. Michaels was brought on the “Voice of the Community” to discuss his op-ed My Son’s Skin which was published in the Miami Herald.  In the article Michaels discusses his concern as the father of  a black child of what his child will face as he ages. The article was written following the shooting  death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland in November 2014.


To listen to Michaels interview click here. The interview begins at 29:07.

Here is the original article published in the Miami Herald in December 2015.

My Son’s Skin

Op-ed by Todd Michaels

I’ve spent 38 years as a white boy and man in America. Actually, a Jewish man, but I’m not usually identified as a Jew, live in a place full of Jews, and I have never faced a minute of anti-Semitism. I can tell you that being a white man in America is good. It’s great. It’s all that it’s cracked up to be. The opportunity is limitless. The fear is minimal.

I’ve never spent one day as a Black boy or man.

I’ve spent 5 years and 4 months as the father of a Black boy. An amazing boy. A smart, funny, talented, cute, sweet boy who has significant opportunity and privilege and doesn’t know any bounds on what he can achieve. A boy that I’ve been able to protect thus far from the realities that a child like Tamir Rice has had to face. But I know I can’t protect him forever, and I know that at some point, and maybe at many points, he will face a different experience as a boy or man in America.

And I’ve spent a lot of those five years worrying. I never think about race. It’s never a conscious thought that the world sees me as white and my son as Black, or mixed, or whatever. I’m just his dad, and he’s just my son. But I think about it when things like Tamir Rice happen. And it makes me worry.

It makes me worry because I know that as Ashton grows, when he walks down the street, people won’t say, “There goes Todd Michaels’s son.” A lot of people will just see a Black guy walking down the street, with all that goes along with that. It’s only been five years and four months, and I’m exhausted of worrying. I can’t imagine the anger I would feel if I had to face that reality everyday.

So yes, all lives matter, but we don’t have to say that, because no one has ever questioned that white lives matter. But Black lives matter too. They matter equally. And until this country gets that in word and deed, America can never be what it claims to be.


Haggard Law Firm Attorneys Named 2017 “Best Lawyers”


The attorneys of The Haggard Law Firm have been selected by their peers to be included on the 2017 Best Lawyers in America  list

William ‘Andy’ Haggard, Michael Haggard, Douglas McCarron, Christopher Marlowe, Todd Michaels, Jason Brenner and Pedro Echarte were selected for their work in the Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs category.

Haggard Law’s James Blecke was selected for his exceptional appellant work.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. The methodology behind the per review process is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area

Congratulations to the team!


7 Shot in Jacksonville Apartment Complex With History of Murder/Violent Crime and Poor Security

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The article below from The Florida Times Union details the latest on a mass shooting at the Eureka Garden Apartment Complex in Jacksonville. The media reports that 7 people were shot by at least three gunmen.

Shots fired and people getting shot at the Eureka Garden Apartments is on ongoing problem. The complex has had multiple homicides and violent crimes over the past few years, including the murder of 22-year-old Christopher Cornelio (pictured above with his parents). Haggard Law Firm attorneys Douglas McCarron and Jason Brenner currently represent  Cornelio’s family, including his young son, in a civil suit against the property’s owners. Cornelio was shot and killed at Eureka Garden in March of 2014. The ownership and management of the complex refuse to take the necessary steps to make the property even remotely safe.


Their indifference was also seen in a massive Code Enforcement sweep last October. The living conditions at the complex were deplorable. Sadly, this incident appears to be a result of wealthy corporation placing profits over the safety its residents.




From Jacksonville Times Union Article: 7 wounded in Eureka Garden attack; about 50 rounds fired, police say

….People were sitting or standing around a stairway to Unit 11 at Eureka Garden late Sunday when the gunfire began.

Gunmen opened up at 11:45 p.m., hitting seven people outside a building at the troubled Westside apartment complex as other bullets shattered and pierced the windows of a parked sport-utility vehicle nearby, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Police said three gunmen walked up between the two apartment units across Altoona Court, just a few dozen feet off Plymouth Street at the west end of the subsidized apartment complex. They aimed at eight or 10 people “just hanging out” in front of Unit 11, leaving two in life-threatening condition, police said.

“They fired numerous rounds. It appears to be rifle rounds and from handguns, into the crowd,” said Sgt. Shawn Coursey, part of the Sheriff’s Violent Crime Impact team. “There was an infant in the crowd. Thankfully, the infant was not struck.”

The gunmen fired more than 50 rounds at the people before fleeing. Victims were taken to UF Health Jacksonville and Orange Park Medical Center, police said.


…to read entire article from Jacksonville Times Union,  click here