Wayne Hogan, a Jacksonville native, has been with the firm since 1977. He graduated from Florida State University, where he received both his bachelor’s and J.D. degrees. He specializes in all areas of personal injury law. In addition to participating in many professional associations, he and his wife, Pat, are also actively involved in the community.
Hogan has continuously fought injustices that inflict death and injury and focuses on bringing to account those who profit from defective, dangerous products. Best known is Hogan’s joining with other leading trial lawyers in product liability and racketeering claims against the cigarette industry: The State of Florida had provided medical care to Floridians afflicted with tobacco diseases, and the lawsuit achieved an historic $17 billion settlement for Florida’s taxpayers and to protect Florida’s children from the scourge of tobacco. The settlement not only protects the children of today, it will go on preventing addiction and disease for decades to come. It also led to the national tobacco settlement and set the stage for significant changes in tobacco control laws, beginning with removing all billboard advertising and the retirement of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man.
Wayne Hogan has extensive experience in the field of punitive damages having obtained punitive damage verdicts in trials of 26 cases against manufacturers of defective products and having represented the plaintiffs in Florida’s first asbestos disease punitive damages trial and successfully handled the precedent-setting appeal reported as Johns-Manville Sales Corp. v. Janssens, 463 So.2d 262 (Fla. 1st DCA 1984). This case upheld the right of plaintiffs to receive punitive damages in such toxic tort litigation and also sustained the right of plaintiffs to obtain multiple exemplary damages awards in order to punish wrongdoers. In another of the firm’s cases, the Florida Supreme Court held that a successor by merger is liable for punitive damages for the recklessness of its predecessor in Celotex Corp. v. Pickett, 490 So.2d 35 (Fla. 1986). The firm represents thousands of victims of asbestos exposure statewide.
Since 1992 Wayne has supported and partnered with the FSU College of Law to grow The Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program. This program brings to campus undergraduate students from Florida and throughout the country for a month-long law school immersion. The largest and oldest of its kind, the primary goal of the program is to acquaint students with the study of law and to help prepare them for their undergraduate and future law school studies. The program has twice been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity for showing innovative leadership in diversifying the legal profession.
The Florida State University (B.A., 1969; J.D., with High Honors, 1972); Phi Delta Phi
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
National and Florida Boards of Certification
National Board of Trial Advocacy Certification in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
The Florida Bar, admitted 1972, Florida
The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee (1995-1998; Chair 1996-97; 2008-2014)
The Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee (2003–2008; 2014-Present; Vice Chair 2008 and 2018)
The Florida Bar Legislation Committee (1997-2004)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Jacksonville Bar Association
American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
Chair, Middle District Conference of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission
Fourth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
American Board of Trial Advocates (National Board)
Trustee, ABOTA Foundation
Florida Justice Association (Past President)
Jacksonville Justice Association
The Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association (Past President)
Environmental Law Section of the Florida Justice Association (Founding Chair)
Academy Research & Education Foundation, Florida Justice Association (Past Chair)
The Florida Lawyers Action Group (Past Chair)
Civil Justice Foundation
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., Board of Directors (1983-85)
Endowment for Academy Giving to Law and Education (Benefactor)
American Association for Justice (Presidents Club) (Leaders Forum)
Chester Bedell Inn of Court (Master)
Florida Supreme Court Historical Society (Board Member)
Florida’s Children First (Founding Board Member)
Consumer Law Designation and Board Certification
In 1977, the Florida Bar established the Designation Program for attorneys who practice in particular areas of the law. One of those designations was Consumer Law. Wayne Hogan was one of the first in the Florida Bar to become designated in Consumer Law.
Then, in 1982, the Florida Supreme Court replaced the Designation Program with a system of Certification to be more helpful to consumers of legal services across Florida and created a method for attorneys to become certified as “specialists” or “experts” in their field of practice. Certification is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar of the competency and experience of an attorney in his or her field of practice. Testing and peer review of qualifications are required. Board certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.
Thirty Years of Certification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Since 1985, Wayne Hogan has continuously maintained his Civil Trial Certification with NBTA. The NBTA certification was the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the world. Founded in 1977, NBTA offers board certification for Trial Lawyers, Criminal Lawyers, and Family Lawyers. To qualify for one of these certifications lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards.
Wayne Hogan has consistently maintained his Florida Bar and National Bar Board Certifications.
Florida Justice Association
Victor S. Tipton Award for Legal Writing
Compassionate Gladiator Award
Masterson Professionalism Award
Perry Nichols Award
Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award
American Association for Justice
Lifetime Achievement Award
Distinguished Service Award
Harry M. Philo Award
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
American Association for Justice 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert J. Beckham Equal Justice Award
Pro Bono Service Award
Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Trial Lawyer of the Year
Fran Peacock Coker FLABOTA Community Service Award
Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc.
Attorney of the Year
Justice Teaching Volunteer of the Year
Justice Raymond Ehrlich Award, Florida Coastal School of Law
War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
WJCT Public Broadcasting/National Philanthropy Day
St. Johns County Schools: 2011 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award
Downtown Business Professional Group: 2018 First Coast Leadership Award
Mr. Hogan has been given the Highest Peer Review Rating (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell, a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been recognized by publications such as Best Lawyers in America (Woodward & White) and Leading Florida Personal Injury Attorneys (American Research Corporation), Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2004-2019) and Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2020).
Life-Altering Accidents and Wrongful Deaths
Mesothelioma, Asbestos, and Toxic Exposures