LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

Search

Florida Lawyers Tag

Haggard Law Firm > Posts tagged "Florida Lawyers"

Safety Questions To Ask Your Landlord

How Safe Is the Apartment You Want to Rent? Key Questions to Ask a Landlord Before Signing a Lease

A sense of security and safety for you and your family is key to making a house feel like a home.

Unfortunately, many landlords don’t provide, and in some cases aren’t legally required to share, crime and safety information to a potential tenant.

“Along with costs and amenities, tenants should be prepared to ask a variety of questions about safety measures before signing a lease and moving into a new apartment or home” says Michael Haggard. Haggard is the Managing Partner of The Haggard Law Firm (www.haggardlawfirm.com) which has made a mark successfully representing tenants who are injured or killed by someone committing a crime that could have been prevented if the landlord of the property where the crime occurs had taken proper security measures.

The Role Crime Statistics Play In a Negligent Security Case

 

by Jason Brenner, Associate at The Haggard Law Firm

Although each negligent security case may bring about different facts or require ingenuity with your strategy, there are certain elements of your case that remain constant.  One of those elements is crime statistics.  The importance of crime statistics in your case cannot be stated enough.  Not only do these statistics help establish notice and foreseeability to the defendants, they are also a treasure trove of information.

With respect to notice and foreseeability, your crime statistics establish what the defendants “knew or should have known” prior to and at the time of subject incident.  So what should you request?  You begin by requesting the calls for service and all police reports for the subject property.  This needs to be done in one request.  From there, depending on your jurisdiction, you will order up to a mile radius for the calls for service.  Once you receive each respective request, you must synthesize the data.  For example, you will detail the violent and non-violent crimes and their frequency on the property.  This provides a picture of what type of crime was going on at the property.  It provides you with the ability to illustrate to the jury the level of crime occurring and can be used effectively to show that it is an improbability for a defendant to be unaware of the police being called to the property.

The Truth about Direct and Cross-Examinations

In this article, The Haggard Law Firm’s Jason Brenner discusses a variety of topics including why trial attorneys should always employ a philosophy that every case should be prepared to go to trial. He says it is a mindset that many trial attorneys don’t employ.

Brenner is part of the team that recently obtained a $12 million verdict in a wrongful death, negligent security case following a 5 day trial (click to learn more about the case). Click here to learn more about the case

To learn more about The Haggard Law Firm‘s Jason Brenner, click here

The Truth I Never Knew about Direct and Cross-Examinations

Entering the legal field with the desire to become a trial attorney is a daunting endeavor. There is only one place where a young lawyer can establish himself or herself as a trial attorney—in the courtroom. Trial practice has almost become a misnomer in today’s world. The firm where I have been privileged to practice is made up of an endangered species of the trial attorney. I revel in the “war stories” about them trying a case on Monday and preparing for the next one on Friday. Nowadays, the majority of time spent in court is in motion practice.

The current status of trial practice creates an interesting conflict for young, aspiring attorneys in their attempt to develop trial skills. In the almost six years I have been practicing, I have been trial support on two civil jury trials and second chair on an additional two. The first trial in which I participated as second chair was a stroke of fortune and an eye-opening experience. Once I was in the courtroom in this role, I understood the purpose and importance of direct and cross-examination, but, most important, I understood the difference between direct and cross-examination in discovery and at trial. The primary focus of this article is to illustrate the principles of direct and cross-examination that have been taught to me.

FOR A FREE CONSULTATION, CLICK HERE

NCVBA National Conference – Civil Actions for Criminal Acts

national training instritute NCVBA logo

Make your plans now to join The Haggard Law Firm's Michael Haggard from December 5th to the 7th in Portland, Oregon for the 2017 National Crime Victims Bar Association's National Conference, Civil Actions for Criminal Acts. Haggard, the organization's President-elect will be among the speakers during the conference.  The event offers attorneys a chance to network and learn from other attorneys in the field, and connect with victim advocates, counselors, program managers, attorneys, social workers, psychologists, researchers, nurses, volunteers, administrators, clergy, nonprofit managers, system-based service providers, and leaders from across the country. Conference Training Highlights Include: 15 workshops and four plenary sessions covering topics...

Continue reading

Miami Herald Write Up on Michael Haggard’s Recent Honors

michael haggard miami herald top lawyer

The Miami Herald featured The Haggard Law Firm’s Managing Partner Michael Haggard in a recently published article. The write-up reported on Haggard recently receiving the 2017 Florida Justice Association’s Perry Nichols Lifetime Achievement Award and recognition as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers of America. The article detailed how the prestigious recognitions received by Haggard came within a year of his life-saving kidney transplant.

Haggard told the paper “The Perry Nichols Award and the Best Lawyer Award are the greatest professional awards I have been honored to receive. Each is specifically gratifying proving someone with PKD is never limited in achieving their dreams and I hope that inspires others.”

miami herald article on haggard winning pery nichols and lawyer of the year

to read the full article:

Magazine Names Haggard 2017 ‘Super Star’ Lawyer

Congratulations to our Michael Haggard. He was among 10 local lawyers included in Attorney at Law Magazine's 'Super Stars of 2017' edition. The Magazine writes "These attorneys have been nominated by their peers to be recognized for their accomplishments both inside and outside the courtroom." To read the full article, click on the following link and scroll to page 12-13. http://bit.ly/2gw0VKl       This most recent recognition follows news that Haggard will receive the Florida Justice Association's 2017 Perry Nichols Award, that organization's highest honor. Click here to learn more Michael Haggard Bio ...

Continue reading

All Haggard Law Attorneys Included on 2018 Best Lawyers List

Each Haggard Law Firm has been recognized in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America List.  Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology 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 (listed with practice area category): James C. Blecke Appellate Practice Jason R. Brenner   Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Pedro Echarte Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Michael A. Haggard - 10th year on the list Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs William...

Continue reading

VIDEO: Injured by a Medical Professional? Medical Malpractice Cases

Haggard Law Firm Managing Partner Michael Haggard discusses the importance of contacting a personal injury attorney if you have been injured by a medical professional. https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=jX_D7fQnw6Y&video_referrer=watch To learn more about Medical Malpractice, click here To speak to a Haggard Law Attorney, call 305.446.5700 or click here   ...

Continue reading

The Truth About Direct & Cross Examinations

BY Jason Brenner, Associate Attorney, The Haggard Law Firm  (article originally appeared on the article on the American Bar Association website)

Entering the legal field with the desire to become a trial attorney is a daunting endeavor. There is only one place where a young lawyer can establish himself or herself as a trial attorney—in the courtroom. Trial practice has almost become a misnomer in today’s world. The firm where I have been privileged to practice is made up of an endangered species of trial attorney. I revel in the “war stories” about them trying a case on Monday and preparing for the next one on Friday. Nowadays, the majority of time spent in court is in motion practice.

BREAKING: Young Father Killed Outside Strip Club

According to local media outlets in Miami, the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man shot around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, near the 2800 block of W. Broward Blvd. at Club Pink South. 21-year-old Wendell Soliphar, who recently moved to the United States from the Bahamas, was leaving the club when he was shot and killed. A family member told CBS Miami that he believes Wendell was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The victim leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter.

Initial reports lay out some similarities between this case and a negligent security case litigated by The Haggard Law Firm a decade ago.