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Wayne HoganBiography

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.

He was among the lawyers repre­senting the State of Florida in its historic lawsuit against the cigarette industry on behalf of Florida’s taxpayers and children resulting in a $17 billion settlement and, among other terms, removal of all billboard adver­tising and retirement of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man in Florida. The settlement agreement not only helps 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 Florida’s tobacco control laws.

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 corpo­rations 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

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 Rules of Procedure Committee (Present, Chair 1996–97)
The Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee (2004–2008)
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 of the Middle District Conference of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission
Fourth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono CommitteeABOTA logo
American Board of Trial Advocates (National Board)
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 of the Florida Justice Association (Past Chair)
The Florida Lawyers Action Group (Past Chair)
Public Justice
Civil Justice Foundation
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.
Endowment for Academy Giving to Law and Education (Benefactor)
American Association for Justice (Presidents Club) (Leaders Forum)2013MemberLogos-PLATINUM-CLUB
Chester Bedell Inn of Court (Master)
Florida Supreme Court Historical Society (Board Member)
Florida’s Children First (Founding Member of the Board of Directors)

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

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.

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

Profes­sional Awards

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

American Association for Justice:
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

He has 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 (2004–2013) and Florida Super Lawyers (2007–2014). 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.