Francis E. Pierce III

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Eleventh United States Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Education:

  • University of Florida – B.A. with Honors 1976
  • University of Florida – J.D. 1978

Professional Affiliations and Recognition:

  • “AV” Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Best Lawyers in America – Insurance Law
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association – Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award – 2014
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association – Past President and Chairman of Florida Liability Claims Conference 2010 – 2011
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association – President 2009 – 2010
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association – President Elect 2008 – 2009; Secretary Treasurer 2007 – 2008; Board of Directors 2003 – 2007
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education Award – 2005
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Central Florida Chapter
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute – Drug and Device Committee
  • Central Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council – Past President 1994 – 1995; Chairman – Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council Annual Seminar 1993 – 1994
  • Orange County Bar Association – Medical Malpractice Committee
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Medical Malpractice Arbitration Advisory Committee
  • United States District Court Arbitration Program – Middle District of Florida
  • Citizen Dispute Settlement Program – Orange County Bar Association
  • Health Law Section of Florida Bar
  • Florida Super Lawyers Selection by Thomson Reuters
  • “The American Lawyer Go-To Litigation Firms” – Principal Attorney; Selection by American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine
  • Top Lawyers – Selection by Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine

Community Services:

  • Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity – National Board of Directors 2008 – 2016; National Chancellor (Chief Judicial Officer for National Fraternity); Province Chief; National Legal Advisor
  • Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Association – Past President – Central Florida Chapter
  • Alpha Tau Omega National Alumni Excellence Award
  • Boy Scouts of America – District Chairman, Cub Scout Den Leader
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Lector – St. James Catholic Church

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Federal Civil Rights
  • Mold/Property Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Product Liability
  • Probate, Trust and Guardianship Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • State and Federal Appeals

Professional Activities:

  • Guest Coach – Barry University Law School Trial Team – 2010
  • Trial Competition Judge – Florida A & M University College of Law – 2008
  • Florida Bar Special Committee on Amendment III – 2005 – 2006
  • Author, “Informed Consent Goes Interactive”, The Physician Insurer, Third Quarter, 2004

Professional Presentations and Lectures:

  • Misrepresentation and Fraudulent Advertising in Medical Malpractice Cases” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL  2017
  • “Misrepresentation and Fraudulent Advertising in Medical Malpractice Cases” – American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2017
  • “Masters in Trial – A Trial Demonstration From Opening Statement Through Jury Deliberation” Panelist/Presenter –  The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates Conference, Jacksonville, FL, 2017
  • “Jury Selection” – Florida Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting, Naples, FL, 2016
  • “Making and Defending Against Daubert Challenges” – Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida, August, 2015
  • “Masters in Trial – A Trial Demonstration From Opening Statement Through Jury Deliberation” Panelist/Presenter – The Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 2015
  • “Panel Discussion Regarding Trial Strategies for Millennial Jurors” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Wald Disney World, Orlando, FL 2015
  • “Panel Discussion Regarding Current Litigation and Trial Issues Around the State of Florida” – Florida Defense Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Crested Butte, CO, January 2015
  • “Daubert Changes” – Florida Defense Lawyers Association Boot Camp, Orlando, FL, 2014
  • “Daubert Changes” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 2014
  • “Wrestling The Alligator In Your Case – Preparing For And Understanding The Reptile Theory” – Central Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council, Orlando, FL – 2014
  • “The End of Ipse Dixit” – The New Daubert Evidentiary Standard in State Court – Florida Defense Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Crested Butte, CO – 2014
  • “Update on Medical Malpractice Caps” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL – 2012
  • “Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel and Professional Ethics” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL – 2012
  • “Top Ten (Or More) Ways to Avoid Medical Malpractice” – Florida Association of Podiatric Medicine Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL – 2012
  • “Recent Updates and Legal Developments in the World of Medical Malpractice” – Florida Defense Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Big Sky, Montana – 2012
  • “The Law of Unintended Consequences from Abolishing Joint and Several Liability – Do Setoff and Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors Continue to Exist” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL – 2011
  • “Medicare Secondary Payer Act Update and Recent Developments” – Florida Defense Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Big Sky, Montana, January, 2011
  • “Blockbuster Panel of FDLA Presidents – Conversation with the Masters” – Florida Defense Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Big Sky, Montana, January, 2011
  • “Medical Malpractice” – Defense Research Institute Law Student Division Presentation at Barry University Law School, February, 2010
  • Medicare Set-Aside Panel – Florida Defense Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Big Sky, Montana, January, 2010
  • “Update on Amendment 7” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL – 2009
  • “Preparing Your Client for a Deposition and Defending Depositions” – Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Miami, Florida, January, 2009
  • “Simulation and the Law” – Ninth Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Orlando, Florida, January, 2009
  • “The Tripartite Relationship – The Ethical Puzzle” – Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Inc., Orlando, Florida, July, 2008
  • “Amendment 7 – After the Dust Has Settled” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Florida, June, 2008
  • “Medical Malpractice and Urology” – Society of Male Reproductive Medicine, Orlando, Florida – May, 2008
  • “Update on the Constitutionality of Medical Malpractice Caps” – Florida Defense Lawyers Seminar – Vail, CO, 2008
  • “Looking for Information on Plaintiff’s Expert Witnesses” – Florida Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2007
  • Pain Management Panel – Claims and Litigation – Physician Insurers Association of America Claims/Risk Management Workshop, Hershey, PA, 2006
  • “Trial Skills Excellence in Advocacy Workshop” – Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Stetson University, 2006, Instructor
  • “2004 Constitutional Amendments and Professional Liability” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Walt Disney World, Florida, 2005
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Workshop Instructor – 2005
  • “The Five Legged Spider – Actual, Apparent & Implied Agency, Non-Delegable Duty and Medicare Theories of Vicarious Liability” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 2004
  • “Hot Topics in Medical Malpractice” – Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association Annual Meeting – Key Biscayne, Florida, 2003
  • “Exploring HIPAA – A New Way of Doing Business” – Florida Liability Claims Conference, Maitland, Florida, 2003
  • “Direct and Cross-examination” – Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association Young Lawyer’s Seminar – Tampa, Florida, 2003
  • “Medical Malpractice Crisis?” – Florida Lawyer, July, 2002 – Interviewed for cover story
  • “Fundamental Considerations About the Deposition Process” – Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association, Young Lawyer’s Section, 2001
  • “Current Strategies in Arbitration” – Florida Physicians Insurance Company Annual Meeting, 1999
  • “Medical Malpractice” – Department of Insurance, State of Florida, 1999
  • “Medical Malpractice” – Orlando Legal Assistants, 1992
  • “Risk Management” – Department of the Navy, United States Naval Hospital, Orlando, FL, 1991
  • “Legal Workshop for Medical Office Administration” – Palmer Associates, Inc., Orlando, FL, 1989
  • “Legal Workshop for Medical Office Administration” – Palmer Associates, Inc., Orlando, FL, 1988
  • “Legal Workshop for Medical Office Administration” – Palmer Associates, Inc., Orlando, FL, 1987
  • “Medication Administration and the Law” – Visiting Nurses Association, Orlando, FL, 1985
  • “Federal Courts and Multi-District Litigation” – Orlando Legal Secretaries, Orlando, FL, 1985

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