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NEGLIGENT SECURITY CASE RESULT: $1.8 Million to Family of Murdered Father

    Del Rio Apartment Complex Owners Ignored Multiple Requests from Staff to Increase Security  Tampa – The companies that once owned the Avesta Del Rio Apartment Complex have agreed to pay the family of 23-year-old murder victim Damian Bowie $1.8 million to settle a negligent security lawsuit.  The lawsuit filed by Douglas McCarron of The Haggard Law Firm (www.haggardlawfirm.com) alleged that the deadly 2014 shooting that claimed Bowie’s life could have been prevented if complex ownership took action after multiple requests by staff members to better secure the property. On March 2, 2014, Bowie visited the Del Rio apartments (5013 E. Sligh Avenue, Tampa) to...

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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...

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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...

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Bloomberg Article Highlights Rampant Security Problems at Walmart Stores

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...

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Haggard Law $1 Million Settlement in Negligent Security Case Featured in Daily Business Review

  Today's copy of Daily Business Review has a feature on a recent $1 million settlement in a negligent security case lead by our Todd Michaels.  DBR ARTICLE   Background on the case: Opa Locka, Florida – The owners of the Top Value Supermarket in Opa Locka have agreed to a payout of $1 million to the Estate of Miguel Pilotos, who was gunned down on the property during a robbery Aug. 21, 2013. The 71-year-old man was simply picking up groceries when he was shot at the supermarket located on Northwest 137th street and northwest 27th avenue. The crime was caught on camera. The gunman rode up...

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All Haggard Law Firm Attorneys Named to 2016 Super Lawyers List

The Haggard Law Firm's William Haggard, Michael Haggard, Douglas McCarron, Christopher Marlowe, Todd Michaels and James Blecke have all been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers List.             Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Click here for Bios of Haggard Law Firm Attorneys The Haggard Law Firm's Jason Brenner and Pedro Echarte were included in the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.       ...

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Haggard Law Conducts Negligent Security Seminar During the FJA Convention

Haggard Law Conducts Negligent Security Seminar During the FJA Convention this Week Todd Michaels lead a seminar yesterday during the 2016 Florida Justice Association's Annual Convention in Palm Beach. Michaels discussed the ins and outs of trying a negligent security case in Florida.   The seminar was part of the FJA's Young Lawyers Seminar Series. Michaels is currently an FJA board member, the Miami-Dade County Vanguard Chair and will begin a term on the organization's Executive Committee next week. Recently, Michaels delivered a $1 million settlement to the family of Miguel Pilotos in a negligent security case. The 71-year-old was gunned down in a...

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Evidence Development In Negligent Security Cases

Authored By The Haggard Law Firm’s Christopher L. Marlowe When you argue that your client’s injuries could have been prevented through the use of reasonable security measures, the defendant will claim those measures are excessive or unnecessary. So what are reasonable measures, and how can you help the jury view the case through your eyes? You must first go to the crime scene and begin reviewing any security efforts that the defendant undertook. A crucial part of evidence development in these cases is examining the premises and putting the security measures into context. For example, a client was stabbed to death in...

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National Swim Safety Month – Updating/Maintaining Gates, Fencing, Pumps Can Save Lives

Drowning is the leading cause of death for young children in Florida. Communities throughout the state are filled with rivers, lakes, canals and streams.  Waterfront property is attractive, and residential communities everywhere hold out their frontage along a body of water as an asset.  While often mindful of the risks posed by swimming pools, too many residential owners are not aware of the risks associated with other bodies of water. A residential property owner in Florida will generally not be held responsible for a drowning in a natural body of water that simply is adjacent to the property.   However, encouraging the active...

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Universal Truths Vs. Stereotypes-Dealing with Ours and Their at Trial

Universal Truths Vs. Stereotypes: Dealing with Ours and Their at Trial

(Originally published for the Southern Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter)

By Christopher Marlowe, The Haggard Law Firm

We are all prejudiced, shaped by our interactions with others from birth.  Some experiences are positive, others insulting.  Each, to varying degrees, necessarily changes our perception of others.  This writing is premised on the understanding that we are all susceptible to feelings and beliefs that are not always fair or rational.  It is the recognition of this narrow aspect of the human condition that cautions the trial attorney to acknowledge Universal Truths where they exist, and the Stereotypes that often accompany them.

Having chosen a profession that revolves largely upon judging the behavior and motivations of others, identifying and appreciating our prejudice is a critical component of successfully working within the legal system.  For trial lawyers, the process of moving from an abstract grievance to a concrete solution for our clients begins in earnest with jury selection.

A jury of our peers seems like a simple enough concept.  However, in every jurisdiction with which I am familiar, the peer group is defined only by one commonality: an arbitrarily drawn geographic boundary. The remainder of that which defines your prospective panel is a mystery.  Race, religion, gender, sexual identity and political beliefs all thrive independently behind each of the twenty or thirty faces staring back at you as you begin the process of selecting who, exactly, will stand in judgment of the situation that forced this community of peers to miss work and doctor appointments to perform their civic duty.