Dale R. HightowerFounder & Managing Partner
(24/7 contact information: [email protected] 305-799-3054)
“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”
-William Tecumseh Sherman
Dale Hightower was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, a town between Tampa and Orlando. He grew up loving adventures on the water, paddling a canoe and fishing alone in nearby lakes. His leadership skills became apparent in his youth as he was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, Senior Class President at Lakeland High School, and Student Body President at Florida Southern College. He also was elected Florida Student Body President at Cumberland Law School in Alabama.
After law school, he began working in Miami for a large insurance defense firm. He didn’t like the billable hour obsession of big law and dreamed of starting his own firm where “great results at a reasonable price” was the firm’s objective. In 1992, after trying many cases, he opened up his own firm with a loan and his faith in God that Corporate America would give him a chance.
The firm grew and its reputation for success spread throughout Florida’s legal community. Soon, many of America’s most prestigious companies were so happy with the firm’s work that they asked them to open up offices in north and central Florida as well.
Dale is a recognized leader in the South Florida Legal Community as well. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association and also served as the Bar’s Public Relations Director. At one time, he hosted a legal television show entitled “In the Public Interest”. Dale also exercises his writing skills by drafting short stories. One of his short stories entitled “RoboLawyer” was published in the Florida Bar Journal.
In addition, Dale has been recognized as an expert litigator and has been invited to teach at various legal seminars on various topics ranging from discovery techniques to “door shutting” closing arguments. He has been named The Best Lawyers in America, “Top Lawyer” by the Florida Legal Guide, a Super Lawyers®, Litigation Council of America Senior Fellow, and has maintained an AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell® since 1993. His courtroom experience of over 200 jury trials all over Florida with an 80% success rate is unequaled among Florida lawyers.
Dale continues to contribute to his community by volunteering in various youth sports leagues in Palm Beach County. He was elected to the Delray National Little League Board of Directors, and acts as Referee and Assistant Coach in basketball for Upward Sports, and as Assistant Coach in East Boca Tackle Football. Dale has been married for fifteen years and has an eleven year old son, Van, and a seven year old daughter named Lana. The family owns a boat called the “Good Ole Days” and cruises through local waters scuba diving and sport fishing in their leisure time. The family now lives near Delray Beach and enjoys the laid back and relaxing lifestyle found in this small beach community.
Vansyckle v. Hilton/Trial
In this Orlando case, Mr. Hightower represented Hilton Corporation in a suit involving an elevator fall. Plaintiff, a hairdresser, claimed she could not cut hair anymore due to a full thickness rotator cuff tear. She demanded over $100,000 in lost wages. Plaintiff had rotator cuff surgery after the accident and incurred $40,000 in medical expenses. The demand was $900,000. After a week long trial, the jury returned DEFENSE VERDICT.
Carver v. U.S. Security/Trial
In this 2 week Sarasota county trial, Mr. Hightower represented U.S. Security in a case where Plaintiff suffered severe ankle fractures and the onset of RSD according to defense doctors. The injuries occurred when U.S. Security employee “blacked out” at the wheel, crossed the median and collided head on with Plaintiff’s vehicle. The driver had suffered from black out spells years earlier and the Plaintiff argued that this spell was foreseeable. Plaintiff’s experts testified that her past medicals exceeded $200,000 and total future economic loss was $1.8 million. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $20 million and demanded 9 million to settle. The Jury returned a DEFENSE VERDICT.
Warren v. Avis/Trial
In this West Palm Beach case, Mr. Hightower represented Avis in a suit where the alleged Plaintiff had C 3-4 Laminectomy as a result of the admitted negligence of the Avis renter. The Past medicals totaled $150,000 and future medicals were estimated at $480,000. Plaintiff filed a proposal settlement for $850,000 and Avis filed one for $450,000.After a week long trial, the jury returned a DEFENSE VERDICT finding that injuries were not related to the accident.
Washington v. Marriott International/Trial
In this Orlando case, Mr. Hightower represented the Marriott hotel chain in a suit where Plaintiff had a lumbar discectomy and a recommended future lumbar fusion, allegedly as a result of a slip and fall on a landing ramp. The past medicals were $65,000. Marriott filed a proposal of settlement for $135,000. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $700,000. The Jury’s verdict was 50/50 liability on Plaintiff and Defendant. The net award was $37,500.
Riley v. Burger King Corporation/Trial
In this Broward county (Fort Lauderdale) case, Mr. Hightower represented Burger King Corporation in a suit where Plaintiff claimed she spent a week in the hospital as a result of food poisoning from eating a bacteria infested croissant. The medical expenses were over $3,000. The jury returned a DEFENSE VERDICT.
Cook v. Waste Management Trial
In this Orlando case, Mr. Hightower represented Waste Management in a case wherein Plaintiff was hospitalized and underwent a cervical fusion due to two fractured vertebra as a result of a collision with a Waste Management truck. The past medicals totaled $60,000 and the lost wage claim was over $100,000. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $750,000. The jury returned a DEFENSE VERDICT on liability.
Carroll v. Red Barn Tavern/Trial
In this Tampa Bay area case, Mr. Hightower represented an insured bar in a suit where the Plaintiff was shot in the groin by a patron of the bar. The bar was sued for negligence security for this alleged “foreseeable criminal act.” After a week long trial the jury returned a DEFENSE VERDICT.
Krojman v. Taco Bell/Trial
In this West Palm Beach case, Mr. Hightower represented Taco Bell in a case where the Plaintiff claimed she tripped and fell on a defective parking stop and sustained three fractured ribs and knee surgery. Past medical expenses totaled $60,000. Taco Bell admitted negligence and filed proposal of settlement for $25,000. Jury returned a verdict of only $7,000.
Sanchez v. Union American Insurance/Trial
In this Miami-Dade case, Mr. Hightower defended a insurance company from a bad faith case. In the prior underlying case the auto accident jury awarded $400,000 against an insured with only a 10,000 insurance policy. After a week long bad faith trial. The jury returned a DEFENSE VERDICT finding no bad faith.
Estate of Doe v. Insured Driver/Wrongful Death/Trial
In this Florida Panhandle case, Mr. Hightower represented an insured driver whose van collided with the rear of the Plaintiff’s motorcycle killing him. Plaintiff’s demand was 1 million dollars going on into trial and defense offer was $175,000. Case settled on second day of trial for $227,000.
McAmis v. Yellow Roadway Corp/Trial
In this Palm Beach county case, Mr. Hightower represented an 18 wheeler semi driver who rear ended the Plaintiff and allegedly caused her to have a lumbar disectomy with fusion. Past medicals totaled $93,000. Liability was admitted and the case was defended on causation. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $500,000. Jury returned a verdict of $10,000.
Vidmar v. Budget Rental a Car/Trial
In this Miami-Dade county trial, Mr. Hightower represented Budget Rent a Car whose renter had rear ended the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff allegedly suffered a shoulder fracture and incurred $25,000 in medical expenses. Plaintiff demanded $250,000. The jury found the Plaintiff 50% responsible for the accident and the net award was $520.
Avakian v. Burger King Corporation/Trial
In this Broward county (Fort Lauderdale) trial, Mr. Hightower represented Burger King Corporation in a negligent security case where the Plaintiff was robbed while inside restaurant. Plaintiff suffered a fractured hip, herniated disc, and carpal tunnel in wrist. Plaintiff’s economist testified that the Plaintiff had $364,000 in total economic loss. Plaintiff’s demanded $800,000 to settle the case. After a week long trial the jury returned a verdict of $47,000.
O’Reilly v. General Rent a Car/Trial
In this Broward county (Fort Lauderdale) trial, the 38 year old Plaintiff had pre-existing paraplegia and claimed the onset of quadriplegia as a result of the rear end collision from the General Rent a Car renter. Plaintiff demanded 5 million to settle. Defendant admitted negligence but defended the case of causation. After a two week trial the jury returned a DEFENSE VERDICT.
Irizzary v. Waste Management/Trial
In this east coast Brevard County trial, Plaintiff suffered severe neck injury as a result of a Waste Management truck backing into his vehicle. Plaintiff required 3 level cervical fusion and past medical expenses totaled $115,000. Plaintiff demanded $500,000 to settle the case and defendant offered $200,000 to settle. After 1 week trial, jury returned a verdict of $56,000.
Jane Doe v. Commercial Property Insurer/Trial
In this Palm Beach county trial, Mr. Hightower represented on insurer of commercial property wherein the Plaintiff claimed she tripped over a defective expansion joint in the Defendant’s parking garage. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to hospital with a fractured kneecap. Plaintiff’s surgeon performed open reduction, internal fixation, and knee replacement. Plaintiff was diagnosed with RSD. Plaintiff needs 2 more surgeries to knee and at time of trial, past medical expenses totaled in $130,000. Plaintiff’s vocational rehab testified that the Plaintiff couldn’t walk for and was unemployable with a lost wage claim of $300,000. Plaintiff demanded $1.3 million to settle. On fourth day of trial case settled for $105,000.
Landry v. Marriott Int’l/Trial
In this southwest Florida Collier county case, Mr. Hightower represented Marriott wherein Plaintiff fell and sustained a complex wrist fracture as a result of a defective fence. Plaintiff’s premises liability expert testified that fence was “unsound for someone to lean against” and violated Naples Municipal Codes. Plaintiff demanded $250,000 after a week long trial, jury found 50/50 negligence and net award was $24,000.
Crumby v. Sysco Food Service/Dismissal
In this Duval county (Jacksonville) case, Mr. Hightower represented Sysco in a tractor-trailer crash wherein the Plaintiff claimed herniated discs at C4/5 and L3/4. The defense admitted fault. Medical expenses totaled $17,000 and Plaintiff claimed no prior injuries to neck or back. After discovery revealed Plaintiff had extensive prior injuries to neck and back, Mr. Hightower filed Motion to Dismiss for fraud which was granted by the Court.
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