Appointment Continues Law Firm’s Tradition of Serving the Civil Justice System
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2014) – Colson Hicks Eidson partner Julie Braman Kane has been elected vice president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world’s largest trial bar and leading defender of civil justice. Kane was sworn in at the organization’s annual convention in Baltimore, Md. and previously served as its secretary.
Based in Washington, D.C., AAJ (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), works to ensure that people have access to the civil justice system when harmed by the negligence or misconduct of others. For more than 65 years, AAJ has been the collective voice of the trial bar and its clients on Capitol Hill and in courthouses across the nation.
“Julie’s leadership will be essential as we work to engage our membership and fight for AAJ’s mission in Congress, the courts, and in the arena of public opinion,” said AAJ President Lisa Blue Baron.
Kane’s appointment continues Colson Hicks Eidson’s tradition of serving the civil justice system. The firm’s co-founder, Bill Colson, served as president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America from 1964-1965 and partner, Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson, served as president from 2006-2007.
“I am humbled to be elected by my peers as Vice President and proud to have the opportunity to carry on my firm’s tradition of supporting the AAJ and its mission,” said Kane. “I am committed to protecting the right to trial by jury and ensuring a fair and effective civil justice system for all.”
Kane has been actively involved with AAJ for more than 20 years, including serving as secretary, parliamentarian, treasurer, a member of the Board of Governors, a Trustee on the Justice PAC Board, and as Trustee and Co-Chair of the National College of Advocates. She has also served on AAJ’s Executive and Budget Committees, and has chaired its National Finance Council, Products Liability Section, Women’s Caucus and Diversity Task Force.
In addition to her service with the AAJ, Kane serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association. She previously served as a Commissioner on the Florida Elections Commission and as President of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Kane has earned multiple accolades for her leadership and her dedication to community members, consumers and the trial bar. She is a past recipient of the AAJ’s Distinguished Service Award, the Howard Twiggs Commitment to Justice Award, the Marie Lambert Award, the Joe Tonahill Award, and multiple Weideman Wysocki awards. She also received the University of Miami’s Law Alumni Leadership Award.
An AV-rated trial lawyer, Kane concentrates her practice on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation as well as in commercial, class and mass actions. Throughout her 22-year career, she has secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for victims of negligence, including a $38 million verdict in a medical malpractice case.
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About Colson Hicks Eidson
The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with more than 35 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation. Partners at the firm have had the distinction of holding the following offices: 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; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. For more information, call 305.476.7400.
About the American Association for Justice
As the world’s largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) works to 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. For more information, visit www.justice.org.