On June 9, personal injury lawyer Julie Braman Kane, a partner at our Florida law firm, was recognized by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) as the recipient of this year’s prestigious Mattie Belle Davis Award. This award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the organization, recognizes one female lawyer each year who has distinguished herself in the areas of personal achievement, perseverance and dedication.
The award is named for Judge Mattie Belle Davis, who was a founding member of FAWL and a trailblazer for women in law. She was the only woman who was admitted to the Florida bar in 1936 – which was before women could even be jurors in the state. She was later elected to the American Bar Foundation and was only the second woman ever to join that organization. In 1959, she was appointed as judge to the Metropolitan Court of Dade County, and served there for 11 years. She was an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, and helped found FAWL in 1951, serving as their historian until her death in 2004.
Julie Braman Kane Continues a Legacy of Strong Women in Law
Our partner and personal injury lawyer Julie Braman Kane is as passionate about the legal profession as Judge Mattie Belle Davis. She has been involved with the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for over 20 years, fighting to protect the right of a victim to a trial by jury. Currently, she is serving as the President-Elect of the AAJ. Among her many other memberships and accolades, she has been listed among the Daily Business Review’s Top Twenty Women in Law Award and has received the Woman Extraordinaire Award from the South Florida Business Journal.
Julie is committed to helping her clients fight back against big corporations and pharmaceutical companies, and focuses on medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury, though she also has experience with commercial litigation and class actions. In one case, Julie helped a Florida woman secure a $38 million dollar jury verdict after she was injured during spinal surgery. She also organized and managed contacts with over 15,000 members of a class action lawsuit for grave desecration that was settled for $100 million.