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Wayne Hogan

Biography

Wayne Hogan, a Jacksonville native, has been with the firm since 1977. He graduated from Florida State University, where he received both his bachelor’s and J.D. degrees. He specializes in all areas of personal injury law. In addition to partic­i­pating in many profes­sional associ­a­tions, he and his wife, Pat, are also actively involved in the community.

Hogan has contin­u­ously fought injus­tices that inflict death and injury and focuses on bringing to account those who profit from defective, dangerous products. Best known is Hogan’s joining with other leading trial lawyers in product liability and racke­teering claims against the cigarette industry: The State of Florida had provided medical care to Floridians afflicted with tobacco diseases, and the lawsuit achieved an historic $17 billion settlement for Florida’s taxpayers and to protect Florida’s children from the scourge of tobacco. The settlement not only protects the children of today, it will go on preventing addiction and disease for decades to come. It also led to the national tobacco settlement and set the stage for signif­icant changes in tobacco control laws, beginning with removing all billboard adver­tising and the retirement of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man.

Wayne Hogan has extensive experience in the field of punitive damages having obtained punitive damage verdicts in trials of 26 cases against manufac­turers of defective products and having repre­sented the plain­tiffs in Florida’s first asbestos disease punitive damages trial and success­fully handled the precedent-setting appeal reported as Johns-Manville Sales Corp. v. Janssens, 463 So.2d 262 (Fla. 1st DCA 1984). This case upheld the right of plain­tiffs to receive punitive damages in such toxic tort litigation and also sustained the right of plain­tiffs to obtain multiple exemplary damages awards in order to punish wrong­doers. In another of the firm’s cases the Florida Supreme Court held that a successor by merger is liable for punitive damages for the recklessness of its prede­cessor in Celotex Corp. v. Pickett, 490 So.2d 35 (Fla. 1986).The firm repre­sents thousands of victims of asbestos exposure statewide.

Education

The Florida State University (B.A., 1969; J.D., with High Honors, 1972); Phi Delta Phi

Board Certifications

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
National and Florida Boards of Certi­fi­cation
National Board of Trial Advocacy Certi­fi­cation in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy

Member of:

The Florida Bar, admitted 1972, Florida
The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee (Chair 1996–97; 2008–2014)
The Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee (2004–2008; 2014-Present)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Jacksonville Bar Associ­ation
American Bar Associ­ation (Litigation Section)
Chair, Middle District Conference of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission
Fourth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono CommitteeABOTA logo
American Board of Trial Advocates (National Board)
Trustee, ABOTA Foundation
Florida Justice Associ­ation (Past President)
Jacksonville Justice Associ­ation
The Florida State University College of Law Alumni Associ­ation (Past President)
Environ­mental Law Section of the Florida Justice Associ­ation (Founding Chair)
Academy Research & Education Foundation, Florida Justice Associ­ation (Past Chair)
The Florida Lawyers Action Group (Past Chair)
Public Justice
Civil Justice Foundation
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., Board of Directors (1983–85)
Endowment for Academy Giving to Law and Education (Benefactor)
American Associ­ation for Justice (Presi­dents Club) (Leaders Forum)
Chester Bedell Inn of Court (Master)
Florida Supreme Court Historical Society (Board Member)
Florida’s Children First (Founding Board Member)

Practice Areas

Life-Altering Accidents and Wrongful Deaths; Defective Products; Punitive Damages; Trucking Accidents; Car Accidents; Mesothelioma/Asbestos/Toxic Exposures; On-the-Job Accidents; Medical Malpractice;  and Insurance Litigation

Consumer Law Designation and Board Certification

In 1977, the Florida Bar estab­lished the Desig­nation Program for attorneys who practice in particular areas of the law. One of those desig­na­tions was Consumer Law. Wayne Hogan was one of the first in the Florida Bar to become desig­nated in Consumer Law.

Then, in 1982, the Florida Supreme Court replaced the Desig­nation Program with a system of Certi­fi­cation to be more helpful to consumers of legal services across Florida and created a method for attorneys to become certified as “specialists” or “experts” in their field of practice. Certi­fi­cation is the highest level of recog­nition by the Florida Bar of the compe­tency and experience of an attorney in his or her field of practice. Testing and peer review of quali­fi­ca­tions are required. Board certi­fi­cation recog­nizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills and profi­ciency in various areas of law and profes­sion­alism and ethics in practice.

Thirty Years of Certification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Since 1985, Wayne Hogan has contin­u­ously maintained his Civil Trial Certi­fi­cation with NBTA. The NBTA certi­fi­cation was the first American Bar Associ­ation accredited attorney board certi­fying agency in the world. Founded in 1977, NBTA offers board certi­fi­cation for Trial Lawyers, Criminal Lawyers, and Family Lawyers. To qualify for one of these certi­fi­ca­tions lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards.

Wayne Hogan has consis­tently maintained his Florida Bar and National Bar Board Certi­fi­ca­tions.

Professional Awards

Florida Justice Associ­ation:
Compas­sionate Gladiator Award
Masterson Profes­sion­alism Award
Perry Nichols Award
Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award

American Associ­ation for Justice:
American Associ­ation for Justice 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Distin­guished Service Award
Harry M. Philo Award

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid:
Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Award
Pro Bono Service Award

Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates:
Trial Lawyer of the Year
Fran Peacock Coker FLABOTA Community Service Award

Florida Law Related Education Associ­ation, Inc.:
Attorney of the Year
Justice Teaching Volunteer of the Year

Justice Raymond Ehrlich Award, Florida Coastal School of Law

War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Associ­ation

WJCT Public Broadcasting/National Philan­thropy Day

Mr. Hogan has been given the Highest Peer Review Rating (AV Preem­inent) by Martindale-Hubbell, a signif­icant rating accom­plishment — a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of profes­sional excel­lence. He has also been recog­nized by publi­ca­tions such as Best Lawyers in America (Woodward & White) and Leading Florida Personal Injury Attorneys (American Research Corpo­ration), Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2004–2017) and Florida Super Lawyers (2007–2017).