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2017 – Watersports & Community Involvement – In Review

Key-West-House-216x3002017 was, again, a record year for verdicts, settlements and community contributions for Leesfield & Partners. Clients from around the country and local residents of Key West and the Florida Keys selected our Firm in over 25 separate matters, including injuries from watersports, motor vehicle injuries, bicycles, moped disasters, hotels and resort injuries and many unimaginable events to visitors and residents alike.

When a private transportation bus crushed the vehicle of our clients visiting from Orange, Virginia, the result was a mediated settlement in excess of $1 million. The case was resolved in less than a year with our clients getting the financial assistance to put their lives together again.

A brief look at our Firm’s noteworthy results over the year would include:

New Jersey victim killed in a Key West jet ski accident awarded $3 million

Washington State family obtains a $1.4 million recovery for the wrongful death of their son killed in a bicycle/auto collision.

Virginia residents seriously injured in motor vehicle collision receive a $970,000 settlement

Texas woman suffered shattered femur in jet ski accident obtains a $580,000 recovery
Key West client obtains $300,857 settlement for a premises liability injury

Key West resident run over by fishing boat while spear fishing suffering
serious disfiguring laceration to his leg – $275,000

Serious knee injury suffered by Key Colony Beach resident when he tripped and
fell over a hidden buckled asphalt joint – $225,000

Texas woman obtains $315,000 for premises liability injury.

Ramrod Key resident recovers $200,000 for knee and wrist injuries in auto/scooter collision.

Winter Park family obtains $858,863 for the wrongful death of 33-year-old husband and father who fell off a ladder.

Texas wife obtains $585,000 settlement for drowning death of her husband.

Boca Raton, FL resident obtains $130,000 for fractured ankle sustained as she was stepping out of pedicab.


Our historic office in Key West, recognized by the Florida Bar with the “Historic Building Renovation Award” for design, was originally constructed in the era of 1912-1920. This 100-year-old historic building now has housed the offices of Leesfield & Partners since 1987, and serves as an anchor for our firm, clients and law firms throughout the Florida Keys, not to mention the significant interest by lawyers throughout the United States in co-counseling matters with our Firm.

This year, in the Keys, included a jury verdict by lawyers Justin Shapiro and Adam Rose in a three-day trial before Judge Bonnie Helms. Numerous hearings were conducted in the Monroe County Courthouse, and a significant number of depositions, mediations and arbitration proceedings took place with our lawyers at the Key West office.

On the community front, our Firm continues to support Marques Butler Memorial Annual Softball Tournament held in Key West honoring the spirit and memory of Marques “Squeeze” Butler who passed away in 2009 at the age of 23.

The fund raising event benefits the scholarship fund which provides financial assistance to college-bound Key West High School student athletes who exemplify Marques’ sense of sportsmanship and his strong moral character. We also supported the Monroe County Bar Association “Justice for All Crawl” 5K annual race which provides scholarships to local high school students who are interested in the legal profession, and most recently, we supported the Monroe County Bar “Glow Run with Theme Runs.”

As we get ready for 2018, we are planning our Annual Conch Fritter get-together and CLE luncheon program in March held for the past 22 years. Details to follow on this important seminar with CLE credits and a fun night at the Leesfield & Partners office.

Our Firm’s 43-year track record in Key West and the Florida Keys puts us in the forefront of leading verdicts and settlements as well as a strong commitment to the Keys community.




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