Florida Trial Lawyer
David A. Jagolinzer is a shareholder of The Ferraro Law Firm. He has focused his career on handling complex cases that involve victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. He also handles cases involving product liability, toxic torts, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death. Mr. Jagolinzer has been successful in obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in trials as well as pre-trial settlements. His victories as a mesothelioma attorney in Miami, Florida have earned him numerous accomplishments and accolades, including membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Star™ list in 2011, and selection by the DBR as a 2008 finalist for Most Effective Lawyer in Product Liability Cases.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Miami School Of Law, Mr. Jagolinzer is admitted to the Florida, Massachusetts, and District of Columbia bars and actively litigates cases in various other states. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Dade County Professionalism Committee, American Association for Justice, the National Italian American Bar Association, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
Mr. Jagolinzer plays an active role on creditors' committees relating to bankruptcy filings of asbestos companies. 90% of his practice is devoted to litigation. He also serves as an arbitrator for alternative dispute resolution programs, and has fought for victims' rights in front of the Florida Legislature. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation and trial preparation skills for other attorneys. Mr. Jagolinzer speaks fluent Italian.
Mr. Jagolinzer has also taught the following classes and seminars:
- "Ford & Friction Case Defendants - Corrupt Defenses and Junk Science," Plaintiffs' Asbestos Litigation - Asbestos Litigation Seminar, 2012
- "Opening & Closing Statements - First & Last Impressions," Plaintiffs' Asbestos Litigation - Asbestos Litigation Seminar, 2011
- Products Liability Class (toxic torts, asbestos, class actions), FIU Law School, April, 2009, October 2013
- Plaintiffs' Asbestos Litigation - Asbestos Litigation Seminar, 2009
- Co-Chair, Mealey's Fundamentals of Asbestos Conference, Philadelphia, 2006
- "Effective Opening Statement in Asbestos Litigation," Mealey's Asbestos 101 Litigation Conference, New Orleans, 2005
- "Trying an Asbestos Case Part I, Pre-Trial Procedures," Mealey's Asbestos 101 Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, 2004
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 1999
- Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
- Major: English Literature
- Minor in Italian Studies
- Florida, 1999
- Massachusetts, 1999
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2006
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2006
- District of Columbia, 2008
- U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2008
- New York, 2009
- Illinois, 2016
- American Bar Association
- Dade County Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- National Italian-American Bar Association
- Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Top Trial Lawyers In America
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Broward Bar Association
- Dade County Professionalism Committee - Past Member
- Florida Bar Association
- Public Justice Foundation
- New York Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers In America
- DBR Finalist for Most Effective Lawyer in Product Liability Cases, 2008
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
- Inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list 2011-2014
Some of Mr. Jagolinzer's recent and most notable jury verdicts and trial settlements for victims include the following cases:
- $37 million jury verdict - Hampton, et al., v. Pneumo Abex LLC, Circuit Court, August 27, 2014. Hillsborough County, Florida Case Number 13-CA-009741. Mr. Hampton was a 65 year-old automobile mechanic who suffered from peritoneal mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos while working in a Tampa auto shop. This is now the largest asbestos verdict in Florida. Read More.
- $24.2 million jury verdict - Guilder v. Honeywell International, Inc., April, 2008. Dr. Guilder was a 51 year-old Weston doctor suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma. This was formerly the highest compensatory damage award against a single defendant in a mesothelioma case to date. Read more here and here.
- Over $14 million settlement - Plaintiff v. Union Carbide Corporation, et al., August, 2008. Drywall contractor suffering from pleural mesothelioma.
- $8 million jury verdict - DeLisle v. Lorillard Tobacco Co., Hollingsworth & Vose Co., Crane, Co., et al, September 2013. Mr. DeLisle was 74 years old and worked as a maintenance electrician. He suffered from mesothelioma. This is the largest compensatory verdict against Lorillard Tobacco for their asbestos containing cigarettes. Read more here.
- Over $5 million settlement - Parsons v. Ford Motor Company, et al., February 2007. Mr. Parsons was a single, 69 year-old automotive mechanic who suffered from peritoneal mesothelioma.
- $1.2 million jury verdict - Kavanaugh v. Union Carbide Corporation, 879 So.2d 42 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004). Mr. Kavanaugh was a carpenter suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma. This case solidified the legal responsibility in Florida against companies, who had previously claimed legal immunity as bulk suppliers of raw materials.
- $1.8 million jury verdict - Lagueux v. Union Carbide Corporation, 861 So.2d 87 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003). Mr. Lagueux was a drywall finisher suffering with asbestosis. This was the first case in the nation in which a jury awarded damages against Union Carbide Corporation in connection with the asbestos it mined.
- Daniel N Williams, et al. v. American Optical Corp. et. al., 985 So.2d 23 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008)
- McConnell v. Union Carbide Corporation, 937 So. 2d 148 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006)
- Phillips v. American Optical Corp., 914 So.2d 527 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
- Fox v. Union Carbide Corporation, 910 So.2d 422 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
- Bradley v. Union Carbide Corporation, 913 So.2d 1218 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
- Bosarge v. American Optical Corp., 913 So.2d 1265 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
- Zimmerman vs. ACandS, 823 So.2d 785 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)
In addition to verdicts and pre-trial settlements at the trial court level, Mr. Jagolinzer has also successfully argued and won major victories for the firm's clients in appellate courts. Most notably in 2008, Mr. Jagolinzer was integral in the firm's successful argument to declare the Florida Asbestos Statute unconstitutional as it improperly limited Florida asbestos victims right to seek compensation. (Williams v. American Optical Corporation, 985 So.2d 23 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008); Spiewak, et al., v. American Optical Corporation, 73 So.3d 120.)
David A. Jagolinzer
James L. Ferraro
Juan P. Bauta
Allan B. Kaiser
Marc P. Kunen
Gregory S. Lynam
Scott A. Knott
Erica L. Brady
James L. Ferraro Jr.
Gabriel S. Saade
Jose L. Becerra
Dick M. Ortega
Ralph R. Longo
Stephen McCloskey Jr.
Mathew D. Gutierrez