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When you are facing an injury or catastrophic event, you want the most experienced and proven attorneys on your side, fighting for you. At Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki, we specialize in civil litigation – from auto and trucking crashes to slip and falls and negligent security – it’s what we do and it’s all we do. We have the experience and the know-how to give you the representation you deserve. Our practice focuses solely on the civil side of the law. We have 35 years of proven civil trial results and the ability and resources to take your case all the way to trial.

Invitation Only Memberships

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The International Academy of Trial Attorneys is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar. The Academy’s purposes are to promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, promote the Rule of Law internationally, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. The Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, limited to 500 members who have been invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process that includes discreet inquiries of both judges and other trial lawyers of high standing. Howard Coker is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys.

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The International Society of Barristers is an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers chosen by their peers based on excellence and integrity in advocacy. It seeks to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system, and independence of the judiciary. As individuals, the Fellows of the Society are committed to the highest of ethical standards and to civility in all their personal and professional relationships. With a limited membership, the Society has Fellows from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, and Mexico, with the great majority from the United States. Members (the Fellows) are elected by the Society’s Board of Governors on nomination by a Fellow and after inquiry directed to other Barristers in the nominee’s region and to judges before whom the nominee has tried cases. Howard Coker is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.

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Membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates is limited to attorneys selected by peers and who have tried at least 20 civil jury trials. Firm Partners Howard Coker, Jake Schickel, Charles Sorenson and Matthew Posgay are all members of this organization. Mr. Coker is Past President of ABOTA statewide and of the Jacksonville Chapter. Mr. Sorenson is also a Past President of the Jacksonville Chapter and Jake Schickel is currently the President Elect of the chapter.

Motor Vehicle Crashes

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  • 22,500,000
Roadway construction company settles in severe crash caused by insufficient safety signage. »

The difference of a day was all it took to turn fortune into misfortune for our client – a gifted University of North Florida student. On January 17, 2005, he was full of fortune: known for his lively, loving personality and remarkable musical talents. Misfortune came to him a few minutes after midnight in a devastating roadway crash.

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  • 1,400,000
Jury awards woman damages for injuries from Interstate rear-ender. »

In January 2010, Ms. Mahoney was rear-ended by another vehicle on Interstate-10 near the Luna Street exit in Jacksonville. As a result of the crash, Ms. Mahoney suffers life-long health problems. She sustained three herniated discs in her neck and was recommended for a future 3-level neck fusion surgery. The final verdict was $1.15 million with a final settlement of $1.4 million after an award of attorney’s fees and costs. The highest offer before trial was $75,000.

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  • 680,000
Five day jury trial rejects challenges to mother of three’s life-long lower back injuries. »

The car crash that left Cheryl Govea with life-long low back injuries was resolved by jury verdict concluding a 5-day trial in the new Duval County Courthouse on June 22nd. Cheryl was represented by partners Charles A. Sorenson and Howard C. Coker. The case was presided over by Circuit Judge Lawrence Haddock.

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  • 2.650.000
Head-On Collision: Settled

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  • 1,000,000
Rear-End Collision: Settled

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Personal Injury

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  • 1,000,000
Former Navy pilot gets settlement after our investigators show OSHA violations »

Jerry Garrett wanted to be a commercial jet pilot after retiring from his 22 year Navy career. Instead, he is paralyzed below the waist and in a wheel chair, the results of a fall at a construction site where he planned to work part time, to make some extra money. It was his first day on the job and he was asked to work up on a scaffolding some 13 feet in the air. He slipped on a too-narrow plank and fell to the ground, sustaining major and life-changing injury.

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  • 209,630
Thorough investigation helps win Federal jury case in fall at major bank branch. »

It made all the difference that my attorneys believed in me. I was taking on Bank of America, but I felt I was right and was not going to get pushed around by a giant corporation. Your team was there at my side every step of the way. They really cared and supported me. In court, they made certain that I got to tell the truth about how I got hurt. I am grateful and would highly recommend this firm to anyone who has been injured, especially if they have to fight a big company like I did.”

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  • 233,000
Jury finds movie theater was below code, liable for injuries from fall. »

In January of 2006 Angie Vazquez and her then-fiancé, Chuck Kees, were excited about the opening of the film “King Kong.” The couple visited Jacksonville’s Regal Beach Theater to view the remake of the famous 1933 classic. They were unaware that the evening would cost them significantly more than the price of tickets and popcorn.

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  • 1,475,000
Victim wins verdict for serious injuries from fall on flooded bathroom floor. »

The fall that left Mr. White with life-long injuries was resolved by jury verdict concluding a four-day trial in Circuit Court in Duval County. Matt was represented by Howard C. Coker, Daniel A. Iracki and co-counsel Tracy Considine. The final verdict was $1.475 million for past as well as future medical costs as well as non-economic damages.

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  • 904,000
Drunk Driver Fatality: Settled

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Trucking and Commercial Vehicle Crashes

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  • 3,600,000
Seven day jury trial awards family of hero truck driver after DOT negligence. »

Chris Stephenson wanted to be close to his family in Jacksonville so he traded a job driving a Northeast trucking route for a local assignment with Infinger Transportation Co. In the late and heavily rain-soaked afternoon of August 12, 2000, Chris was driving a gasoline tanker for Infinger and was at the base of Jacksonville’s Hart Bridge leaving downtown when motorist Jason Keiffer lost control of his automobile and swerved into Chris’ big rig.

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  • 2,500,000
Settlement for family of man disabled after commercial truck rear ends vehicle. »

Charles Sorenson and Aaron Sprague recently negotiated a $2.2 million settlement for their client, Eric Geidel, and his wife, Patricia. Permanently disabled due to the negligence of a commercial trucking company, Eric’s case exemplifies the frequency and severity of trucking accidents on our roadways today.

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Defense Base Act and Longshore Act Claims

Note: the accounts of recent trials, verdicts and settlements contained on this site are intended to illustrate the experience of the firm in a variety of litigation areas. Each case is unique, and the results in one case do not necessarily indicate the quality or value of any other case. Omitting clients' names and/or defendants' names are the results of requests for anonymity.