Our Appellate Decisions: Changing Laws, Protecting People
John M. Phillips
After a trial is over, sometimes important issues warrant an appeal. Appeals to Florida’s courts of appeals and Supreme Court provide us with an opportunity on behalf of our current clients to fix laws that have proven unfair, ambiguous or unsafe for our community. It can make the community safer as a whole. Sometimes Legislators just get wording wrong or have political or conflicted motivation when drafting laws. In fact, we have been known to take cases that many would deem losing cases in order to correct what we view as unjust laws.
In Paris Cannon v. Melisia Thomas (Aria Jewett), which can be downloaded here, we argued against bad law. The Court agreed, although it put the blame on the legislature. As we said in the above interview, children shouldn’t have to be beat up two, three or four times before finding protection under the law. (Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2014).
Insurance Companies Being Unfair
In Essex Ins. Co. v. Underwood, 2012 Fla. App. LEXIS 4674 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Feb. 27, 2012), we argued against an insurance company which was denying coverage to a victim of its insured’s negligence. Our argument is located here –
We won at trial, prevailed upon appeal and settled the case before a trial on damages.
Other appellate cases: Boatright v. Smith, 905 So. 2d 127 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2005); All Fla. Pipe & Supply, Inc. v. Green, 977 So. 2d 580 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2008); Nall v. Burrows Interiors, Inc., 840 So. 2d 228 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2003).
Michael Dunn v. Jordan Davis
We also have fought poorly written or bad laws on the Legislative level. John has been invited to speak before the Florida Legislature to make a presentation on Stand Your Ground, civil rights and gun laws. Working on behalf of parents such as Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, it is John’s honor to try to change laws and make people aware.
John has also attended and supported clients speaking before the U.S. Senate and other government officials.
Feet on the Ground
That is not all. Sometimes the changes in law start with awareness and solidarity with clients on the ground. Our team has joined families all over the county to walk with them figuratively and literally.
We invite you to review our verdicts, our accolades and awards, what clients have to say about us and to give us a call for a free consultation. Our lawyers will sit down with you personally. John represents clients in Florida, Georgia and Alabama with passion and compassion and is a Board Certified Expert in Civil Trial Law according to the Florida Bar.
If injury or trouble finds you, call us at 904-444-4444 .