Meet Personal Injury Lawyer Julie Braman Kane
Partner at Colson Hicks Eidson
Julie Braman Kane has decades of experience successfully representing plaintiffs in high- stakes litigation. A partner of Colson Hicks Eidson since 1999, she has secured multimillion- dollar verdicts and settlements, including a $38 million verdict in a medical malpractice and drug negligence case.
An AV-rated trial lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, a Chambers USA Recognised Practitioner, and Top Twenty Women in Law award recipient, Julie focuses her practice on representing plaintiffs in lawsuits when harmed by the negligence of other individuals or corporations. Her practice includes significant personal injury work, commercial litigation, multidistrict litigation and class action work including data breach litigation. She currently serves as Lead and Liaison counsel in the In Re: Monat Hair Products Multidistrict Litigation, on the Executive Committee for Allergan Biocel MDL and on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the In Re: 21st Century Oncology Customer Data Security Breach Litigation.
She is committed to personal attention and works closely with each of her clients to inform and involve them in every step of their case, assuring they receive the highest quality representation possible.
Honors and Experience
A champion of civil justice, Julie is a recent 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 with the AAJ, where she has also served on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors and has chaired its National Finance Council, Products Liability Section, Women’s Caucus and Diversity Task Force.
In 2012, with voter suppression legislation on the rise across America, Julie initiated and chaired the Voter Protection Action Committee, an election protection program that provides lawyers in all fifty states to protect the rights of American citizens whose access to the polls is otherwise limited. Julie was instrumental in placing lawyers across the country to ensure U.S. citizens’ voting rights were assured and their ballots were counted.
In addition to her national service with AAJ, Julie has served as a Trustee and Co-Chair of the National College of Advocates, on the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association, as a Commissioner on the Florida Elections Commission, and as President of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Julie has earned multiple accolades for her legal prowess, exemplary leadership to the profession, and dedication to the community, consumers and the trial bar. She was recently recognized as a Florida Trailblazer – an elite group of professionals who are innovators and though leaders. In 2017, she was honored with the University of Miami’s Law Alumni Achievement Award as well as Florida Justice Association’s B.J. Masterson award, which honors an attorney epitomizing ethical professionalism in his or her career of practicing law. In 2015, she received the Daily Business Review’s Top Twenty Women in Law award. She is also a past recipient of the Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers Award for receiverships, and she was a finalist in the medical negligence litigation category. She also received the South Florida Business Journal’s Woman Extraordinaire Award. Additionally, the AAJ awarded Julie with its prestigious Distinguished Service Award, Howard Twiggs Commitment to Justice Award; Marie Lambert Award for leadership; and Joe Tonahill Award for legal excellence. In 2010, the University of Miami School of Law honored Julie with the Alumni Leadership Award, given to attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their careers and who serve as role models for the next generation.
A proud double Hurricane, Julie is a magna cum laude undergraduate and cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and a proud vice president of the school’s Law Alumni Association.
Recognitions and Awards
- SuperLawyers, multiple years through present
- Florida Legal Elite, multiple years through today
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
- Chambers USA Recognised Practitioner
- Summit Council, 2013-present
- National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012-present
- Named a “2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer“
- Florida Trailblazer, Daily Business Review, 2019
- Best Lawyers in America, multiple years through present
- American Society of Legal Advocates
- Law Alumni Achievement Award, University of Miami, 2017
- J. Masterson Award for Professionalism, 2017
- Matte Belle Davis Award, 2016
- Top Twenty Women in Law, Daily Business Review, 2015
- Most Effective Lawyers, Daily Business Review
- 2009, Receiverships
- 2009, Finalist, Medical Malpractice
- Woman Extraordinaire 2010, South Florida Business Leader
- American Association for Justice
- Howard Twiggs Commitment to Justice Award, 2012
- Women’s Caucus, Marie Lambert Award, 2008
- Joe Tonahill Award, 2008
- Weideman Wysocki Award (multiple years, 2000-2006)
- Distinguished Service Award, 2005, 2011
Professional Associations and Appointments
- American Association for Justice
- President, 2016-2017
- Past Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian
- Executive Committee, 2003-2004; 2006-2008; 2010-2018
- Past Chair, Women’s Caucus
- Past Chair, Product Liability Section
- Past Chair, Voter Protection Action Committee
- Justice PAC Board of Trustees, 2008-2010, 2012-present
- Elections Commission, State of Florida
- Commissioner, 2008-2011
- University of Miami Law Alumni Association
- Board of Directors, 2018-present
- Vice President, 2019-present
- Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers
- President, 2009-2010
- Past President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor
- AIEG Board of Directors
- Treasurer, 2019-present
- Summit Council, 2013-present
- National College of Advocates Board of Trustees, 2003-2008
o Co-Chair, 2007-2009
- Florida Justice Association
- Board of Directors, 1998-2018
- Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division
- Past Chair, Women’s Caucus
- Dade County Bar Association
- Director, 2008-2009
- Miami Dade Justice Association
- Board of Directors, 1998-2002
- American Bar Association
Bar and Court Admissions
- Florida Bar
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- Supreme Court of the United States of America
- Moderator – Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) – “Navigating the Modern Trial: Technology-Enhanced Trial Presentations”, February 6, 2020, Miami, FL.
- Ethical Governance Day – Miami Beach High School – October 16, 2019, Miami Beach, FL.
- FJA (Florida Justice Association) – “Building Your Own Book Outside of the “Good Ole Boys” Network”, June 14, 2019, West Palm Beach, FL.
- ITLA (Illinois Trial Lawyers Association) – “Direct Examination – Beyond Who, What, Where, Why and When”, June 7, 2019, Chicago, IL.
- Florida Bar – Advanced Trial Advocacy 2019 – “Trial Lawyer Professionalism: What’s in it for You?”, May 16, 2019, Gainesville, FL.
- CTLA (Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association) – “Direct Examination at Trial”, March 15, 2019, Norwich, CT.
- Panel CTLA (Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association) – “Anatomy of a PI Lawsuit”, March 15, 2019, Norwich, CT.
- FJA (Florida Justice Association) – “Winning Damage Issues in Opening Statement”, February 21, 2019, Orlando, FL.
- Direct Examination – AIEG (Attorneys Information Exchange Group) – July 8, 2018 “AIEG Mock Trial”, November 8, 2018, Chicago, IL.
- October 29, 2018 – Alliance of Women Trial Lawyers – October 29, 2018, “Building Your Own Book Outside of the ‘Good Ole Boys’ Network”, New Orleans, LA.
- FJA (Florida Justice Association) – 2018 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute – “Direct Examination of Lay Witness”, August 29, 2018, Orlando, FL.
- AIEG (Attorneys Information Exchange Group) – “AIEG Mock Trial”, November 9, 2017, Chicago, IL.
- FJA (Florida Justice Association) – “Direct Examination at Trial”, June 15, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL.
- FJA (Florida Justice Association) – FJA Justice Lunch – Washington Update, June 15, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL.
- Temple Beth Sholom Scholar in Residence Weekend – “Moral Justice in our Legal World”, March 5, 2017, Miami Beach, FL.
- SCAJ (South Carolina Association for Justice) – “Direct Examination at Trial”, December 2, 2016, Buckhead, GA.
- NJAJ (New Jersey Association for Justice) – “The Year of the Woman” November 17, 2016, New Jersey, NJ.
- Trial Ad Seminar – “The Highest Stakes: What this Election Means for Consumers”, October 13, 2016, Minneapolis, MN.
- ATLA (Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association) – “Direct Examination”, October 7, 2016, Fayetteville, AK.
- CTLA (Colorado Trial Lawyers Association) – “Direct Examination” August 6, 2016, Steamboat Springs, CO.
- Belli – “Direct Examination at Trial” July 2016, Los Angeles, CA.
- ITLA (Idaho Trial Lawyers Association) – “Diversity at the Table” – Panel, June 17, 2016, Sun Valley, ID.
- ITLA (Idaho Trial Lawyers Association) – “Direct Examination” June 17, 2016, Sun Valley, ID.
- New Jersey Association for Justice – “Direct Examination,” April 6, 2016, New Jersey, NJ.
- American Association for Justice – “Direct Examination,” January 22, 2016 – Scottsdale, AZ.
- Kansas Association for Justice – “Direct Examination,” December 11, 2015, Kansas City, KS.
- Consumer Attorneys of California, “Trial Skills: Voir Dire,” November 6, 2015, San Francisco, CA.
- Melvin Belli Association, “Lessons Learned from Litigation – Large & Small,” July 12, 2015, Montreal, Canada.
- American Association for Justice, “Direct Examination,” July 11, 2015, Montreal, Canada.
- Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, “Lessons Learned from Litigation – Large & Small,” June 24, 2015, Cody, WY.
- Mississippi Association for Justice, “Direct Examination of Lay Witnesses and Experts at Trial,” June 12, 2015, New Orleans, LA.
- Florida Justice Association, “What’s Happening in DC: Federal Legislation,” October 21, 2015, Sarasota, FL.
- Kentucky Justice Association, “Trucking Accidents Proof of Damages,” September 11, 2014, Cincinnati, OH.
- Melvin Belli Association, “Racetrack Injuries: The Good, Bad and Ugly,” July 25, 2014, Baltimore, MD.
- National Structured Settlements Trade Association National Meeting, “Federal Update,” April 2, 2014, Orlando, FL.
- Tennessee Association for Justice, “Wrongful Death Damage Issues in Trucking Cases,” October 11, 2013, Nashville, TN.
- Florida Justice Association, “Proof and Argument of Damages in Wrongful Death,” February 20, 2013, Orlando, FL.
- American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyer Caucus, “Changing or Expanding your Practice,” July 27, 2012, Chicago, IL.
- Consumer Attorneys of California, “Trial Strategies Openings and Closings,” November 10, 2011, San Francisco, CA.
- American Association for Justice, “Obtaining Full Justice for Your Client in the Era of Tort Reform,” April 9, 2010, Las Vegas, NV.
- American Association for Justice, “Chinese Drywall,” September 26, 2009, Las Vegas, NV.
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, “Nice Girls Do Get Paid – How to Ask for and Get the Money at Mediation,” April 8, 2011, Orange, CT.
- American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, “Being Superwoman, Perspectives in Balancing Career and Family,” July 9, 2010, Vancouver.
- American Association for Justice, “15 Passenger Vans: Isn’t a Mini-Van Big Enough?” May 1, 2008, New Orleans, LA.
- Louisiana Association for Justice, “Handling the Investigation of a Potential Crashworthiness Case,” December 14, 2007, New Orleans, LA.
- Consumer Attorneys of California, “Case Evaluation: How to Pick a Winner,” November 9, 2007, San Francisco, CA.
- American Association for Justice, “Civility: It’s Not a Sign of Weakness,” July 2007, Chicago, IL.
- Florida Justice Association, “The Paralegal’s Role from Mediation to Trial,” June 14, 2007, Palm Beach, FL.
- American Trial Lawyers Association, “How Discovery Techniques Can Aid in Settlement and in Providing Damages,” July 2004, Boston, MA.
- Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, “Effective Drafting of Proposals for Settlement,” November 2003, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
- Association for Trial Lawyers of America, “Restatement of Torts Third: Do You Have to Dealt With it? A State by State Analysis,” July 23, 2002, Atlanta, GA.
- American Trial Lawyers Association Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, “Keeping Your Stamina Up for the Long Haul,” July 22, 2002, Atlanta, GA.
- Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, “Legislative and Case Law Update: Evidence and Civil Procedure,” June 2003, St. Petersburg, FL.
- “Direct Examination” chapter in Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit. Portland, OR: Trial Guides, LLC 2015. Print.
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