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General Info

Email: ocabanas@wickersmith.com
Direct: (305) 461-8710
Languages: Spanish
Offices: Miami


Oscar Cabanas has been a Wicker Smith shareholder since 1999. He started trying cases in 1984, and has successfully tried catastrophic injury cases to verdict in every South Florida jurisdiction from West Palm Beach to Key West.

Mr. Cabanas specializes in medical malpractice, general liability, products & transportation. He has also litigated business, commercial and probate matters.


  • University of Miami
    (J.D., 1984)
  • Northwestern University
    (B.A., 1981)


  • 1984, Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • 1985, Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • 2004, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, 2006
    Vice-Chair, Professional Liability, 2018
    Vice-Chairs, Trial Tactics Practice and Procedures, 2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, 2017
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • American Hospital Association
  • Florida Hospital Association


  • AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Best Lawyers in America, Miami Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”, 2018
  • Listed, 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice Law, 2015-2018
  • Faculty, Dade County Bar Association, Superstars at Trial, 2015-2016
  • Listed, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, Florida (Southern), Lifetime
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • Listed, Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, Civil Trial, 2010-2011, 2013, 2015
  • Invited Faculty, Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, 2013
  • Invited Faculty, Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2013
  • Listed, Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2011-2012

Speeches & Publications

  • Presenter, Ethics for Claims Professionals, The Doctors Company, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (November 7, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Dissecting and Understanding the Tripartite Relationship”, 2018 USLAW Network Professional Liability Exchange In Cooperation With The Insurance And Risk Management Practice Group, May 2018
  • Presenter, “Defending Negligent Premises Security Claims”, Orlando PLRB Conference, April 2018
  • Presenter, Baptist Health South Florida, “The Importance of Documentation In The Electronic Medical Record”, October 2017
  • Co-author, “Attacking ‘Fake Bills’ In Personal Injury Cases”, FDCC Insights, September 2017
  • Author, “What’s So Special About Special Damages”, FDCC Trial Tactic Blog, June 2017
  • Co-presenter, “The Good Fight Against Bad Medical Expenses”, FDCC Summer Meeting, Montreux, Switzerland, 2017
  • Presenter, “Trends in Negligent Security Defense: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Winning The Case”, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Winter Meeting, Charleston, North Carolina, 2017