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Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles, Avera & Smith and The Law Offices of John S. Kalil Win Damages of More Than $19 Million Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA Inc in Engle Progeny Case
A jury in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida has ruled in favor of Mary Faricy Pardue in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA Inc. Mrs. Faricy Pardue's husband, popular University of Florida Professor Jack Faricy, passed away from heart disease and COPD in October 1998 at age 67.
Longtime Gainesville-based law firm Avera & Smith today announced it has prevailed in a disputed liability case before the Orange County Circuit Court against Domino’s Pizza LLC and its delivery driver for a 2011 traffic that occurred at night on January 13, 2011 on East Colonial in Orange County.
The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Avera & Smith client Lucille Soffer in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that will have significant implications for other Engle progeny tobacco-related cases statewide.
Longtime Gainesville-based law firm Avera & Smith today announced the hiring of Jared Comstock as an associate attorney with the firm.
Today, former State Senator Rod Smith filed to run for the new State Senate District 8. The new District 8 includes many of the same areas Senator Smith has served before, both as a State Senator and State’s Attorney, including the Putnam County, Alachua County, and Ocala communities.
The Avera & Smith law firm, which has served the Gainesville community for more than 60 years, today announced that Dawn Vallejos-Nichols has been named a partner, joining partners Mark Avera, Lance Avera and Rod Smith.
A Pensacola Circuit Court jury has returned a $34 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds tobacco company on behalf of the family of Garry O’Hara, a man who passed away from lung cancer at age 50 subsequent to quitting smoking at age 35.
The dangers of texting while behind the wheel have been well documented, leading most states to adopt texting while driving bans to protect motorists on the road. Florida is now one of only five states in the country without legislation prohibiting this dangerous behavior.
Dawn M. Vallejos-Nichols, an attorney with Avera & Smith, has been invited by Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to serve on the Northern Conference of Florida's Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for a two year term.