Peer-Reviewed Nominated & Selected Awards Program Honors Excellence in Practice
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 9, 2017) – Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson was recognized as the Top Boutique Law Firm by the Dade County Bar Association at its second annual Legal Luminaries Awards Gala. Additionally, Partner Patrick S. Montoya was honored as the Top Products Liability Attorney and Associate Latoya C. Brown was honored as the Top Attorney Under The Age of 40.
The Dade County Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in Florida. The peer-reviewed Legal Luminaries awards program is designed to honor the top attorneys in Dade County as voted on by their peers. Registered attorneys throughout the state cast their votes to determine the winners and nominees in the respective categories.
The Gala was held on July 26th at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne, and is said to be the largest of its kind in Florida with 33 categories of practice recognized. Jeffrey Rynor and DCBA President Jordan Dresnick served as co-master of ceremonies. Colson Hicks Eidson Partner Deborah J. Gander accepted the Top Boutique Law Firm award on behalf of the firm in front of a sold out crowd that included the “who’s who” of the South Florida legal community.
“We are honored to be recognized by the DCBA and by our peers in the legal community as the Top Boutique Firm, and we are especially proud of Patrick and Latoya for receiving top honors in their categories,” said senior partner Dean Colson.
Montoya, recognized as the Top Products Liability Attorneys, has more than 15 years of experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, class action, and wrongful death. He has secured numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients, including a recent $52 million verdict in Ocala, the largest in Ocala history, for a family involved in a catastrophic car accident. A fellow of the American Bar Association, Montoya is a member of the Florida Bar, the Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors, and currently serves as co-chair of the Davidson College Alumni Chapter for South Florida. He previously served as president of the Miami Chapter of the American Inns of Court and on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida’s Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures.
Brown, recognized as the Top Attorney Under The Age of 40, practices in the areas of commercial litigation, class action lawsuits, and general civil litigation. She is a member of the Florida Bar, a member of the Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors, a published author, and a magna cum laude graduate of Florida International University College of Law, where she served as the comments/articles editor of the FIU Law Review and a member of the FIU Moot Court Board. Prior to joining Colson Hicks Eidson, Brown interned with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as a judicial intern for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Recently, she founded a community outreach initiative aimed at exposing underprivileged students to the practice of law.
ABOUT COLSON HICKS EIDSON
The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with nearly 50 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation, and arbitration. Members of the firm have been involved in some of the country’s most high-profile and landmark cases resulting in impactful and precedential rulings. A mid-size firm with a diverse staff comprised of more than 50 percent women and minorities, Colson Hicks Eidson prides itself on a track record of developing future leaders within the legal profession and its civic and community involvement. Members of the firm have held notable positions serving on the boards of prominent institutions, such as the State University System of Florida and the Florida State Board of Education, and holding high-ranking offices, including President of the 60,000-member American Association for Justice; President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; President of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; President of the Dade County Bar Association; President of the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers; President of the Miami-Dade Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.