The Haggard Law Firm’s Managing Partner Michael Haggard will be a presenter during the 29th Annual Southern Trial Lawyers Association Conference next month.
Several Haggard Law Firm Attorneys have been named to The South Florida Legal Guide’s 2017 “Top Lawyers” list.
Workplace violence tends to grab headlines because the thought of a coworker murdering or maiming colleagues imparts a sense of dread that we do not like to visualize in those around us every working day of the week. More frequent, however, are those crimes of opportunity facing employees in high-risk environments, such as convenience and liquor stores, fast food restaurants and check cashing businesses. The nature of their work requires large amounts of cash on hand, and such businesses are frequently located on major highways to increase foot traffic and customer counts. Those same factors that make the shopping experience easier for the customer help make committing these crimes easier for the would-be robber. The ability to enter the property in a car, and disappear rapidly into a sea of commuter traffic make apprehension much more difficult for law enforcement. Signage in the windows offering discounts and sales often blocks the view of passersby into the windows, making the observation of an ongoing crime more difficult. In the convenience store setting, Florida law acknowledges these realities through F.S. 812.173, the “Convenience Business Security Act.”
Congratulations to our Managing Partner Michael Haggard who recently became a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.
The Haggard Law Firm is currently litigating four cases against the Eureka Gardens Apartments in Jacksonville. The negligent security cases involve two victims of a 2016 mass shooting, the 2014 murder of a 15-year-old and a 2014 murder of a 22-year-old father.
Yesterday, The Haggard Law Firm’s Douglas McCarron and Jason Brenner were joined for a press conference in Jacksonville by the mass shooting victims and the families of the young men killed. The focus of the message was to plead for change at Eureka Gardens to help stop the continued violence while reminding all property owners they have a responsibility to invest in the proper security of the residents and guests that visit a property, no matter where it is.
Haggard Law Firm attorney Pedro Echarte was interviewed for a story detailing the recent settlement in the case of a young father who died in a mobile home fire. As the article describes, an inadequate number of smoke detectors was at the heart of the eventual $2.3 million settlement.
Haggard Law Firm attorney Todd Michaels was named a Most Effective Lawyer of South Florida, in the Personal Injury category, by the Daily Business Review.
Today, the periodical published its article detailing the case cited in the announcement of the honor Michaels, a $3.1 million settlement to the family of 21-year-old Charles Lucas, who was shot to death outside a Miami nightclub in 2011 while he tried to diffuse an altercation.
The Daily Business Review has just released its list of 2016 Most Effective Lawyers.
We are proud to report that Haggard Law Firm attorneys Todd Michaels and Pedro Echarte were the only two lawyers in Miami-Dade County recognized in the Personal Injury category. Michaels was named the Most Effective Lawyer, while Echarte was the only other finalist listed.