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Ferrelle Burns attorneys obtain $1,724,464.00 Jury Verdict for logistics company in federal court Transportation suit against international wood product supplier in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Charles P. Pearson Selected as Honorary Speaker at Florida’s First District Court of Appeals

Ferrelle Burns associate Charles P. Pearson was recently invited to be the honorary speaker at Florida’s new attorney induction ceremony, held at the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee. Chief Judge Joseph Lewis Jr. selected Charles from among successful bar examination applicants based upon Charles’s exceptional score on the Florida Bar Examination—which was the fourth highest in the State.

Attorney J Rice Ferrelle, Jr Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney J Rice Ferrelle, Jr of Jacksonville Beach FL has been certified as a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 4000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must be Life Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement. Mr. Ferrelle has been approved for membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

J Rice Ferrelle, Jr is a graduate of University of Georgia School of Law. He is a trial, litigation and arbitration attorney whose practice includes products liability, admiralty/maritime, transportation and personal injury matters throughout the Southeastern U.S.

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DAVID BURNS SELECTED AS A FELLOW IN THE FLORIDA BAR'S WM. REESE SMITH, JR. LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Ferrelle Burns partner David Burns was recently selected as a fellow in the inaugural class of the Florida Bar's Wm. Reese Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy. The Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within the legal profession in their chosen path, while enhancing their leadership skills. For more information on the Leadership Academy, please visit: http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy.

Ferrelle Burns Attorney Obtains $3.75 Million Settlement in Product Design Defect Case

In 2011, Ferrelle Burns attorney Rice Ferrelle served as co-lead counsel on behalf of a local individual whose husband sustained catastrophic and permanent neurological injuries from excessive carbon monoxide inhalation following use of a defective floor buffer. After lengthy federal and state court litigation against both the product and component part manufacturers based on theories of design defect and failure to warn, Ferrelle was able to reach a $3.75 million settlement for the victim and his family just before trial.

John Ferrelle and Rice Ferrelle Recognized as Proctors in Admiralty with the Maritime Law Association

Ferrelle Burns attorneys John Ferrelle and Rice Ferrelle have received the Maritime Law Association's highest membership designation as Proctors in Admiralty for their work and accomplishments in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law. In 2012, John received special recognition as a 25 year recipient of the honor. Since 1899, the Maritime Law Association has strived to advance reforms and promote uniformity in the Maritime Law of the United States. More information about the Maritime Law Association's objectives can be found at www.mlaus.org.

Ferrelle Burns Attorney Serves as Trial Counsel on $36 Million Jury Verdict in Product Defect Case

In 2009, Ferrelle Burns attorney David Burns represented an individual and his wife in the trial of a product liability defect case that resulted in a $36 million jury verdict in the Circuit Court of Duval County, Florida against a product manufacturer. While utilizing a strength and conditioning elastic product in coaching baseball at a local high school, the product materials failed, causing the client serious and permanent facial injuries. Burns assisted in the preparation of the claim from early in the litigation all the way through the jury trial.

Rice Ferrelle Receives Martindale-Hubbell's Highest AV-Preeminent Rating for Skill and Ethics

Ferrelle Burns attorney Rice Ferrelle has received Martindale Hubbell's highest Peer-Review designation of AV-Preeminent for his skill and ethics in the practice of law. Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. The AV-Preeminent rating is reserved for only those attorneys who have reached the pinnacle of excellence in the legal profession. Testimonials and further information about this recognition can be found at http://www.martindale.com/Products_and_Services/Peer_Review_Ratings.aspx.

Ferrelle Burns Attorneys Obtain Appellate Victories for Clients on Unsettled Issues of Florida Law

In 2012, Florida's First District Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court's dismissal of statutory warranty claims brought against a powder coating distributor represented by attorney Rice Ferrelle in the client's favor. In holding that the trial court had not erred in its application of Florida's condominium warranty statute to product suppliers, the appellate court decision provided much needed clarity on an issue of first impression related to the scope of such implied warranties.

In a separate commercial litigation matter on behalf of a corporate lender, Ferrelle Burns attorney David Burns recently argued in Florida's First District Court of Appeal in a case in which a borrower asserted that its lender breached the covenant of good faith and fair dealing during the loan relationship. The appellate court issued an order in favor of Burns' client within a week of the oral argument.

Ferrelle Burns Attorneys Recognized By Florida Super Lawyers

Ferrelle Burns partners J. Rice Ferrelle, Jr. and David D. Burns are among a small group of lawyers in Florida to be recognized as Rising Stars by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Rising Stars are considered the state's top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. Less than 2.5% of attorneys in Florida are honored with the distinction.

Burns and Ferrelle are each 3-time recipients of the distinction. Burns was recognized each year from 2009 through 2011. Ferrelle was honored with the distinction from 2011 through 2013. For more information on Rice Ferrelle or David Burns, please visit their biography pages on our website. For more information on the Rising Star distinction, visit www.superlawyers.com.

Burns included in Florida Trend's legal elite up and comer

Ferrelle Burns partner David D. Burns was included in Florida Trend's Legal Elite for 2013 and one of the state's up and coming attorneys. Each year, Florida Trend magazine invites all in-state members of the Florida Bar to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Voters were also invited to name three "up and coming" attorneys. Each lawyer was given a score based on the number of votes he or she received, with more weight given to votes coming from attorneys outside the firm. The resulting lists represent approximately 2% of the more than 67,000 active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. Based on the votes and vetting process, Burns was named an "Up and Comer."

Burns and J. Rice Ferrelle, Jr. are also each 3-time recipients of the distinction of Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Burns was recognized each year from 2009 through 2011. Ferrelle was honored with the distinction from 2011 through 2013.

Burns recognized for pro bono efforts

Ferrelle Burns partner David D. Burns was awarded the Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter's Spirit of Giving Award for his advocacy and efforts on in a civil action in federal court in which he was appointed to provide his services pro bono. As a firm, Ferrelle Burns enthusiastically gives back to the communities in which its lawyers work and live. The lawyers at Ferrelle Burns dedicate their time and offer their legal services on a pro bono basis for many clients each year.

For more information on the Spirit of Giving Award, visit http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=51386.

Martindale-Hubbell® Celebrates John Ferrelle's AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating for 25 Years

Congratulations to Ferrelle Burns partner John Ferrelle for consistently being recognized by his peers for possessing the highest standards in both his ethical behavior and quality of legal work. Last year marked Mr. Ferrelle's 25th Anniversary of receiving the highest possible professional rating. The AV® Preeminent™ rating is the pinnacle of excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating™ process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource - Martindale-Hubbell®.

Recovery for Oil Drilling Seaman

The firm recovered $750,000 for a seaman who suffered a displaced fracture of his upper arm after falling into a pit on an oil drilling platform in the North Sea. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisiana because the offshore drilling exploration company had an office in New Orleans. The Naval architect Mr. Ferrelle retained as an expert testified that the pit did not have sufficient marine guardrails and was negligently designed causing the fall.

Maintenance & Cure Judgment and Punitive Damages Award for Shrimper

Mr. Ferrelle obtained a $500,000 judgment in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Georgia for a seaman who injured his back lifting baskets of shrimp while on a voyage off the coast of North Carolina. In addition to damages for the seaman's "maintenance and cure," the plaintiff was awarded $250,000 for punitive damages for the vessel owner's intentional and wrongful conduct in refusing to pay for the injured seaman's medical care.

Settlement for Jones Act Seaman Injured on Unseaworthy Vessel

The firm reached a $525,000 settlement for a Jones Act seaman who sustained significant arm, chest and rib fractures after his employer's vessel malfunctioned in navigable waters off Brunswick, Georgia. Mr. Ferrelle's retained experts were able to successfully establish the existence of an engine defect and faulty safety lanyard on the owner's vessel which was assigned to the plaintiff. Additionally, following extensive depositions of the plaintiff's supervisors and safety officers, the firm was able to effectively expose the employer's failure to implement proper safety practices for its maritime workers.

Ferrelle Burns Seeks Justice for Victims of Professional Malpractice

One of the firm's clients suffered a devastating injury during a back surgery resulting in quadriplegia and a lifetime of total nursing care. Although the doctor's operative note made no mention of any injury during the surgery, subsequent testimony from hospital recovery nurses helped Mr. Ferrelle's neurosurgery expert prove the cause of the injury. The case settled for a confidential amount which was placed in a special set-aside trust for the client and her family. "This was a particularly gratifying result because it was such a tragic injury for a 43-year-old mother of two."

In another confidential medical settlement, Mr. Ferrelle recovered for a 32-year-old mother against a physician who failed to diagnose and treat a heart attack, resulting in major heart muscle damage and eventually leading to a total heart transplant. Our retained expert testified that the symptoms were classic and should have received follow-up care. Fortunately, because of her young age, she was selected by Mayo Clinic for a total heart transplant and survived.