Archive by Month: July 2015

Michael Kast Receives Board Certification in Civil Trial Law

Posted in Announcements on July 29, 2015

We are proud to announce that partner Michael Kast in our Orlando office recently became Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar!  Board certification is one of the highest recognitions a lawyer in Florida can receive. Less than 1% of licensed lawyers in the State of Florida are Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers.  Board certification evaluates attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.  To be Florida Bar board certified, and to call yourself an expert, you must earn this career achievement through testing, area-specific continuing legal education and confidential peer review.  

 

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Four Attorneys Recognized in the 2015 Edition of Florida Super Lawyers

Posted in Announcements on July 28, 2015

Conroy Simberg is pleased to announce that four attorneys from the firm have been selected to the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Hinda Klein and Diane H. Tutt were listed as Super Lawyers. Todd M. Feldman, and Tashia M. Small were listed as Rising Stars.

Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor, and no more 2.5 percent are selected to the Rising Stars list.  

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Fourth District Court of Appeal Declares Medical Malpractice Cap Unconstitutional

Posted in Announcements, Newsletters - 2015 on July 8, 2015

On July 1, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in North Broward Hospital District v. Kalitan, Case Nos. 4D11-4806, 4D11-4833 and 4D11-4834, finding the statutory cap on noneconomic damages unconstitutional in medical malpractice personal injury actions.

In a 2014 opinion, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the cap on noneconomic damages in wrongful death cases imposed by Fla. Stat. § 766.118 was unconstitutional, in violation of the equal protection clause of the Florida Constitution.  Estate of McCall v. United States, 134 So. 3d 894 (Fla. 2014).  In Kalitan, the Fourth District was called on to decide if the statutory cap on noneconomic damages was also unconstitutional in personal injury cases.  The plaintiff in Kalitan sued several health care providers, alleging that their medical malpractice caused her to suffer substantial personal injury and damages.  The trial court reduced a jury award of $4,000,000 in noneconomic damages to approximately $2,000,000, determining that the statutory cap on noneconomic damages applicable to catastrophic injuries was applicable. 

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