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The HaymesLaw mantra has been invoked to protect, seek justice, and maximize recovery at every step of the way for its clientele relating back to an earlier day for South Florida, and the world. We were already acclaimed with trial success when Ronald Reagan was the President, Bob Graham was the Governor of Florida, and Maurice Ferré was the Mayor of Miami. For additional perspective, when our firm first became heralded for jurisprudential excellence, Mikhail Gorbachev had not yet risen to throne the Soviet Union, the tv show Miami Vice had not yet aired, and Michael Jordan had not yet scored a single point in the NBA; it was, to be sure, a while back. Since these origins of yesteryear, our office has embarked upon thousands of representations that have not only helped our clients immensely, but have also paved the way for many who were similarly situated to benefit from the innovative and purposeful casework performed.

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Below are some more notable engagements that bear some mention yet, of equal importance, are essential successes in matters of less notoriety, where the client was in absolute dire need, and we were fortunate enough to prevail and/or secure an outcome that exceeded our most ambitious expectations.

Established Haymes Law firm upon admission by the Florida Supreme Court; admitted to the US District Court, ABA and Association of Trial Lawyers of America; admitted to the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; tried first 50 cases to successful verdicts.
1983-1985
Plaintiff practice achieves $ million verdict in negligent security wrongful death in Palm Beach nightclub shooting case; appointed defense counsel for FHP, Dept. of Education and FDOT; secured largest recovery versus the USDA’s taking of national bird farm due to Exotic Newcastle Disease ("END"), Blue Ribbon Pet Farm vs. US; firm engaged as production counsel for Tomás Milián’s films, including “La Banda del Gobbo."
1986-1988
Brought an injunction for “Unspeakable Acts” on behalf of child victims and families vs. ABC/Capital Cities to prevent airing of TV Movie and bring awareness of severe child abuse; tried 100th case to successful verdict; recognized as an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, indicating the highest level of professional excellence by standards and peer review; co-chaired the ABA Liaison to the Judiciary Committee; became registered NFL Agent certified by the NFLPA representing professional football players.
1989-1991
Successfully prosecuted wrongful death action in Round Rock, TX where alcohol-involved negligence caused jetski death of a young lady Dell exec.; successfully represented family of leading inventor and impresario in a will contest concerning $75 million estate and challenges; production legal for indie doc film featuring Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Father of the Mambo.
1992-1994
Appointed as Chairman of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Commercial Litigation Section; co-authored the 1st national class action suit on behalf of FenPhen and Redux sufferers; instituted healthcare audits and reforms for the Republics of Haiti and Panamá; facilitated marketing campaigns and contract work on behalf of key corporate accounts, ATT, Florida Lottery, Florida Marlins, Seagram and others.
1995-1997
Appointed to the Florida Bar Editorial Board for a four-year term; accepted appointment to advise and represent the Department of Environmental Protection; Appointed as Director, serving on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; guided Sanchez & Levitan in $250 million merger with Publicis Media creating PS&L, the then-largest Hispanic advertising and marketing group in North America.
1998-2000
Prosecuted automobile claim in wrongful death of a Bahamian florist and matriarch vs. national rent-a-car agency to secure recovery in excess proposed settlement value; successfully defended radiologist where he was not at fault in wrongful death suit versus him and his P.A.; represented Health Ministry, Republic of Ecuador, to install wellness platforms and budgetary extensions, instituted system for licitaciónes and improved public transparency, received commendation by Minister Fernando Bustamonte.
2001-2002
Brought successful Federal Civil Rights action vs. City of Hialeah when an unarmed student (suspected of an implausible DUI) was gunned down in a hail of gunfire in a police-involved shooting; secured $ multi-million professional negligence verdict vs. the Palm Beach medical providers that needlessly rendered a veterinary student paraplegic; secured full recovery on behalf of a mortgage broker who was intentionally circumvented concerning $7 million transaction.
2003-2004
Recognized for multi-year service to The Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board; represented leading independent record label (Storchavelli Records) re musical production and artist publishing, royalties, promo ventures and defense of claims, whereby aligned artists included: Justin Timberlake, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Roots, Mariah Carey, 50 cent, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, and many others.
2005-2006
Achieved a $5 million wrongful death / medical negligence settlement on behalf of baby and widower after award-winning singer-songwriter died in labor & delivery while giving birth to her first child; appointed by entertainment consortium to develop operational guidelines for Entertainment Dynamic Group Enterprise (Edge); worked on Bunim/Murray project to bring “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” as liaison representation and counsel for reality series; served as artist and marketing counsel for Scott Disick in film and developmental series projects, brand promotions and related opportunities.
2007-2008
In the wake of the horrific Haiti earthquake, critical deployments were assisted for relief and supply, with shorter and longer-term plans implemented to foster crisis containment and widespread improvements from Port-au-Prince facilities established to triage and transition previous operations. Defended paternity action to achieve most appropriate family law settlement in best interest of all concerned on behalf of prolific music producer-songwriter. Engaged by families of the Mumbai, India terror attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to pursue available enforcement actions and civil remedies.
2009-2010
Settled amputation case versus largest national pharmacy chain where negligent security created an unsafe, criminal environment within the store facility. Appointed to speaker’s bureau for Miami-Dade Department of Ethics and Public Governance; would speak over the next eight years concerning governmental involvement, public affairs and career choices. Accepted position to executive direct Entertainment Dynamix, with devotion to innovative arts creation for indie film, documentaries, new media, television and stage production.
2011
Reached highest dollar drug mis-fill outcome in case versus largest national pharmacy chain based upon severe allergic reaction and permanent deformity. Awarded agreement to produce DUI Checkpoint, a public awareness television program with acceptance by the City of Miami, law enforcement task force, and MADD Florida. Presented the key to the city to Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg for their community service and promo assistance during the filming of Pain & Gain.
2012
Served as Sister Cities Ambassador between Miami and Port-au-Prince to further recovery progress, medical treatment, and job creation in Haiti. Awarded contract to produce The Real Miami Vice, in development with Zodiak, a reality exposé featuring the City of Miami Police in association with unique departmental activities and special events. Afforded production legal and co-pro services for international, national and local shoots, including T.I. and Lil Wayne’s “Wit Me” music video.
2013
Firm maintains succession of catastrophic claims on behalf of wrongful death, negligent security, and professional deviations, while securing the most significant employment case recovery paid out by the largest USA branded beverage distributor. International healthcare missions again recognized for effecting widespread improvements for the Caribbean and LatinAmerica.
2014
Concluded multi-year litigation for severe injuries versus one of the largest resort operations in the Caribbean; produced pilot episodes for various pitch projects involving musical talent, celebrated athletes, and television judges; recognized for continued service and support to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and Grove Chamber of Commerce; completed 10th year of sponsoring, coaching junior athletics, 30th year of counseling at-risk students.
2015
Speakers forum continues to provides insights as to candidates, perspectives and fact verifications for public television and media; successfully resolved permanent injury litigation versus nationally-prolific cabaret chain through its panhandle of Florida venue; governmental affairs division produces podcast and cable series with focus upon the presidential candidates, debates, campaign turns, election night, and the aftermath.
2016
Extensive transactional advancement for healthcare representation with manufacturers and support networks throughout Western Hemisphere; political consulting and advisement for teams, hopefuls and potential candidates with view towards the midterms; representation of NFL players and wives as reality talent in major cable spinoff(s); produced documentary film concerning national and global protests arising due to public affairs; supported Maria recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in aftermath of disaster.
2017
Restaurant and beverage representation emphasized for emerging fast casual and franchise operations; agency project reinforced for Venezuelan assistance initiatives; Entertainment division engaged for scripted feature “Progress Bridge” with production slated for late-2019; commercial litigation team expanded for global litigation as to tariff harms and treaty breaches.
2018
Continued growth of civil trial practice, business venture platforms, and rights advocacy achievements forge into their 36th year, with prolific advancement for compelling causes, vital recoveries and imaginative arts creation progressing forward; firm’s Rights Defense platform expanded to protect more categories of threatened communities and individuals.
2019

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