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American Association for Justice Honors Wayne Hogan with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wayne Hogan, president of the Terrell Hogan Law Firm, received the American Association for Justice 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s annual convention in Boston on July 25.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the organization’s highest honors that recognizes a dedicated AAJ member whose courtroom advocacy has significantly advanced the rights of the wrongfully injured and furthered the cause of justice.

“For over four decades Wayne’s efforts in the courtroom and in the community have accomplished more than anyone else I know to improve the life of his fellow man,” said Evan Yegelwel, Hogan’s law partner of 33 years. “He is a fearless trial attorney who has been involved in the early stages of some of the most significant litigation in the country.”

Hogan is best known for serving on the legal team that represented Florida in an historic lawsuit against cigarette companies. The landmark $17 billion settlement reached on behalf of Florida taxpayers set the stage for big changes in tobacco control laws, beginning with the removal of billboard advertising and the demise of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man. The settlement funds Tobacco Free Florida, the smoking cessation program available to all Floridians, which will prevent disease and addiction for decades to come.

In addition to tobacco, Hogan held asbestos companies accountable for causing disease and death. He won Florida’s first asbestos punitive damages verdict that punished the world’s largest asbestos corporation for its reckless conduct that led to the death of a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. The Navy boilerman was not warned about the dangers of asbestos exposure on the job and died from asbestosis. The precedent-setting case paved the way for other asbestos claims and helped make workplaces safer. Over the decades, Hogan and his firm have represented thousands suffering from asbestos-caused mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Hogan is committed to the community. He and his wife, Pat, endowed the expanded Florida State University College of Law Summer for Undergraduates Program. The program provides college students from diverse backgrounds with a month-long study immersion in legal studies. With more than 1,000 participants to date, the American Bar Association praised the program for its diversity.

To help keep the community safe, Hogan offers two free distracted driving awareness presentations. It began with End Distracted Driving presentations to high schools to honor Joel and Dianne Feldman’s daughter, Casey, who was killed by a distracted driver. Realizing distracted driving by adults is also an epidemic, he advocates for company policies against distracted driving. Thousands have been reached.

 

About the American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice works to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury and make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others – even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. Visit www.justice.org.

About Terrell Hogan

Terrell Hogan is Northeast Florida’s largest trial law firm representing only injury and accident victims. For 43 years, the firm has devoted its practice to car/truck accidents, dangerous drugs, defective products, mesothelioma/asbestos, premises liability, medical malpractice and punitive damages. Its teams of committed, caring trial attorneys have extensive experience in products liability cases, including obtaining Florida’s first asbestos punitive damages verdict and serving on the legal team that won Florida’s historic settlement against cigarette manufacturers. Visit www.waynehogan.law for more.


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