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Michael A. Haggard

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Compassionate, empathetic and a fervent advocate for victims of crime, Michael Haggard has dedicated his career to the pursuit of justice on behalf of his clients in the courtroom securing unprecedented awards and as an activist who continuously lobbies for permanent solutions and change through local, statewide and federal legislation. Specializing in pool drowning, negligent security, wrongful death, unsafe premises and products liability, Haggard has established himself as a powerful force in the South Florida Legal Community as the Managing Partner for The Haggard Law Firm. After spending time as a Public Defender and working with a small personal injury firm before joining The Haggard Law Firm, Haggard was named a partner in 2001, secure in the belief that every case holds equal importance and could mean the opportunity to award a family resolution to a devastating incident.

 

He soon captured national headlines as the only plaintiff’s personal injury attorney to secure three separate $100 million dollar verdicts on behalf of individual clients. Haggard secured two consecutive $100 million verdicts on behalf of children involved in pool accidents. Several years later, a third $100 million verdict was awarded by a jury in a negligent security case, deemed the largest of its kind for that genre of case law.

 

Ultimately, Haggard hopes to give victims the tools and resources to help rebuild their lives. By convincing a judge or jury to hold those responsible accountable he gives victims and their families a sehaggard picnse of justice and comfort that another family won’t have to go through this same tragedy. Devoted to his clients, Haggard has received numerous awards for his time and dedication earning him recognition as one of the most highly regarded personal injury attorneys in the country. He has been honored to receive the Advocate of Justice Award from the National Crime Victims Bar Association, has been named a Most Effective Lawyer by the Daily Business Review twice, and is annually recognized as a Florida Trend Legal Elite Lawyer, a Florida Top 100 Super Lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America.

 

Professional achievements aside, Haggard is also fiercely dedicated to a myriad of worthy causes. Believing that as an attorney he has an obligation to give back to the community, he serves on the Advisory Council for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Crime Victim Bar Association where his knowledge and background are put to good use. Additionally, Haggard is a current member of the MADD Barristers Council and supports the National Center for Victims of Crime. Closest to his heart, however, Haggard sits on the National Board of the Polycystic Kidney Foundation. Passed genetically, this disease has affected many members of his family, as well as Haggard himself.

Outside the office, Haggard is not only a philanthropist, but also a dedicated father. He enjoys spending time with his wife Bekki, coaching his son’s football team and attending his daughter’s track meets.

ADMISSIONS

PRACTICE

EDUCATION AND HONORS

-State Bar of Florida (1996)

-United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (1997)

-Managing Partner, The Haggard Law Firm (2001-Present)

-Associate, Haggard & Parks, P.A. (1997-2001)

-Associate, Don Russo, P.A. (1997)

-Assistant Public Defender, Dade County Public Defender’s Office, Domestic Violence, DUI and Crimes Division (1995-1996)

-Florida State University, Bachelor of Science (1992),

Dean’s List Scholar

Interfraternity Council, President (1991-1992)

Greek Man of the Year (1992)

Order of the Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa

– University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 1995)

– Book Award, “Advanced Litigation Skills”

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

CIVIC MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

American Bar Association, Member

American Association for Justice, Member (Inadequate Security Section)

American Board of Trial Advocates, Member

ASIS, Member

Listed, Best Lawyers in America

Coalition for Family Safety, Member

Coral Gables Bar Association, Member

Daily Business Review – “Most Effective Lawyer” (Named: 2005 & 2008)

Florida International University (FIU) President’s Council, Member

Florida Justice Association, Member

President (2009-2010)

Secretary (2006-2007)

Recipient, Eagle Centurion Award (2015)

Board of Directors and Executive Committee (1999-2005)

Shoe Leather Award, Recipient

Golden Eagle Award, Recipient

Silver Eagle Award, Recipient

Florida Lawyers Action Group, Trustee

Florida Monthly Magazine’s “Top Lawyers in Florida” (Named)

Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Trustee

Florida “Super Lawyers” Top 100 Lawyer (Listed)

Florida Trend Magazine – “Legal Elite” and “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” (Listed)

Guardian Ad Litem, Member

LawDragon – “Top 500 in the Nation” (Named)

Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, Member

MADD Barristers Council, Member

Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” Rated Attorney (Listed)

Miami-Dade Candidate Task Force, Chair (2001-2004)

Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Member

Miami-Dade Justice Association, Member

President (2002)

President-Elect (2001)

Treasurer (2000)

Secretary (1999)

Director (1997-1999)

Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, Member

National Center for Victims of Crime, Board Member

National Crime Victim Bar Association, Member

Board of Directors (2009 to present)

Distinguished Service Award, Recipient

Advocate of Justice Award, Recipient

National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Board Member

National Law Journal – Top “40 Under 40” (Named: 2005)

Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Member

The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Member

The Florida Bar, Member (Trial Lawyers Section)

Daily Business Review, Board of Contributors (March 2016)

Community Partnership for the Homeless, Volunteer

Florida State University (FSU) Alumni Association, Member

Florida State University (FSU) College of Communication & Information Leadership Board, Member

Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, Board of Trustees

Seminole Boosters Board Directors, Member