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General Info

Email: kcrews@wickersmith.com
Direct: (239) 552-5303
Offices: Naples

Biography

Kevin W. Crews, a partner in Wicker Smith’s Naples office, is responsible for overseeing office operations. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Crews has engaged in active civil and administrative trial practice, focusing on the defense of corporate institutions and professional liability. He has significant experience in handling and trying of catastrophic injury cases involving hospital and medical negligence, premises liability, negligent security, construction defects, products liability, automobile liability and commercial transportation liability.

In addition, he maintains an active civil litigation practice including construction defects and general civil and commercial litigation. Mr. Crews is a former Agency for Health Care Administration Senior Attorney, (now known as the Department of Health) and currently handles the defense of Healthcare regulatory matters, including licensure investigations and discipline proceedings for healthcare facilities and licensed healthcare practitioners.

He serves as principal trial counsel for multiple healthcare systems throughout Florida, including hospital and physician medical malpractice cases, general liability cases and Department of Health investigations and prosecutions. Additionally, Mr. Crews also represents multiple fortune 100 and fortune 500 companies in the defense of tort and contractual claims.

Mr. Crews’ achievements throughout his career have been recognized by his peers, earning him an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded to attorneys. Mr. Crews earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University in 1994. He is a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Counsel, and the American Inns of Court. In addition he is a member of the American Bar Association, Collier County Bar Association, Lee County Bar Association and Dade County Bar association.

He is also a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, which is responsible for hosting the NCAA Orange Bowl Championship Game and various other community events throughout the year. Mr. Crews is a frequent invited lecturer for educational seminars and other speaking engagements around the state of Florida.

Education

  • St. Thomas University (J.D., 1994)
  • Florida State University (B.S., 1990)

Admitted

  • 1994, Florida
  • 1997, U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida
  • 2000, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Southwest Chapter, President
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Dade, Collier and Lee County Bar Associations
  • American Inns of Court
  • Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member

Honors

  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2011, 2018

Speeches & Publications

  • Ethics for Claims Professionals, The Doctors Company, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (November 7, 2018)
  • Malpractice Liability, Medical Errors, Risk Management and Department of Health Prosecution, Naples Community Hospital (2003-2015)
  • Dealing with Constitutional Amendments 7 & 8, HMA Risk Manager Conference (2006)
  • Preventing Medical Errors, Physicians Regional Medical Center (2006)
  • Defending Department of Health Investigation and Prosecution, Venice Regional Medical Center, (2005)
  • Impact of Amendment 7 & 8 to the Florida Constitution, Lehigh Regional Medical Center (2004)
  • Impact of Amendment 7 & 8 to the Florida Constitution, Charlotte Regional Medical Center (2004)
  • Impact of Amendment 7 & 8 to the Florida Constitution, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center (2004)
  • Non-Binding Arbitration, Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council (2003)
  • Defending Doctors and Hospital against the AHCA, Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Counsel (1998)
  • Defending Department of Health Investigation and Prosecution, Coral Reef Hospital Medical Staff (1997)
  • Regulation of Health Care in State of Florida, Homestead Hospital (1996)
  • Safeguards for Practicing Medicine in Florida, Orange Park Hospital (1995)