Kane Recognized for Excellence and Service to Miami Law and the Legal Profession
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2018) – Colson Hicks Eidson partner Julie Braman Kane was recently honored with the distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni nationally who have excelled in their chosen profession, and in service to the University of Miami School of Law and the legal profession.
Kane, a ’93 graduate of Miami Law, was recognized at the Law Alumni Association’s annual Miami-Dade Judicial Reception & Holiday Celebration on Dec. 13 in Coral Gables, joining an elite group of law school graduates consisting of esteemed judges, senators, and leading attorneys, to receive the prestigious award. Kane was honored along with fellow honorees, the Honorable Judge John O’Sullivan, JD ’85, of the Southern District of Florida, and Miami attorney Edward Shohat, JD ’72. Honorees are selected by the executive committee of the Law Alumni Association.
Kane graduated, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and received the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Commercial Law II. She was inducted into the legal honor societies of Phi Delta Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa and currently serves on the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2010, the Alumni Association also honored Kane with the Alumni Leadership Award for distinguishing herself in her career and serving as a role model for the next generation.
An AV-rated trial lawyer, Kane concentrates her practice on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation, medical malpractice and product liability, as well as in commercial, class and mass actions. Throughout her 24-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. She currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for multi-district litigation surrounding the 21st Century Oncology Customer Data Security Breach Litigation.
A champion of civil justice, Kane is the past president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world’s largest trial bar and leading defender of civil justice. Her commitment to protecting the right to trial by jury is evident in her more than 20 years of service to the AAJ, where she has served on the executive committee, the board of governors and chaired its National Finance Council, Products Liability Section, Women’s Caucus and Diversity Task Force. Additionally, 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. She has also served as a trustee on the Justice PAC Board and as co-chair of the National College of Advocates.
She has earned multiple accolades for her legal skills, her leadership and her dedication to community members, consumers and the trial bar. Recently, Kane was honored by the Florida Justice Association with the B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism, representing the highest degree of ethical standards. Kane was also honored by Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers’ (FAWL) with its prestigious Mattie Belle Davis Award for professional achievement, perseverance and dedication demonstrated by the late Judge Davis. She is also a past recipient of several AAJ awards, including the Pursuit of Justice Award, the Distinguished Service Award, the Howard Twiggs Commitment to Justice Award, the Marie Lambert Award for Leadership, the Joe Tonahill service award, and multiple Weideman Wysocki awards.
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; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.