MIAMI/NAPLES – APRIL 13, 2020 – Civil litigation defense firm, Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A., is pleased to announce both Oscar Cabanas, a managing partner in the Miami office, and Kevin W. Crews, a partner in the Naples office, have been nominated for The Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates’ (FLABOTA) 2020 “Trial Lawyer of the Year.”
Candidates for this award must embody excellence in advocacy, have a distinguished career, and keep a superb reputation of high ethics and fair play. They must also have participated in a recent outstanding result, and show a commitment to the services and ideals of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The preservation of the civil jury trial, “Justice by the People,” is the primary purpose of ABOTA. It works to maintain and support public confidence in the judiciary by providing timely assistance to members of the bench in responding to adverse publicity, misinformation, or unwarranted criticism of an individual judge or the judiciary.
Oscar J. Cabanas focuses his practice in healthcare, professional liability, products liability, commercial litigation, and transportation. For over 35 years, Mr. Cabanas has represented healthcare providers in complex medical malpractice actions, general liability cases, and transportation cases. His experience includes bringing major catastrophic injury cases involving paraplegic, quadriplegic, brain damage, and other life-changing injuries to complete defense verdict where the plaintiffs blackboard eight-figure damages. He also litigates business and commercial disputes.
Over the last 26 years, Kevin W. 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 catastrophic injury cases involving hospital and medical negligence, premises liability, negligent security, construction defects, products liability, automobile liability and commercial transportation liability. Additionally, Mr. Crews also represents multiple fortune 100 and fortune 500 companies in the defense of tort and contractual claims.
The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), founded in 1958, is an organization dedicated to defending the American civil justice system. With a membership of 6,700 experienced attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, ABOTA is uniquely qualified to speak about the value of the constitutionally mandated jury system as the protector of the rights of persons and property.