Howard  Coker

Coker Law
Coker Law
136 East Bay St.
JacksonvilleFL 32202
(904) 356-6071
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Mr. Howard Coker is the President and a founding partner of Coker Law. Recognized by his peers as a prominent Florida trial attorney, he is a passionate and active advocate. In the pursuit of justice, Mr. Coker has tried over 350 jury trials to conclusion and handled thousands of mediated settlements – a top record for results.


For his tireless service and consistent commitment to both professional and community organizations, Mr. Coker has received a number of significant awards and honors. He holds multiple lifetime achievement awards, including the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and the Florida Justice Association’s Perry Nichols Award (2006) and Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). He has been named as one of Florida Trend Magazine’s top 1% “Legal Elite”, listed as a Florida Super Lawyer every year since the program’s inception in 2006, and consistently chosen as a Top 100 Florida Super Lawyer.


Among Mr. Coker’s numerous professional affiliations are his 2008 appointment by the Florida Governor as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and his 2010 appointment by the Florida Supreme Court to the Florida Innocence Commission. He was awarded the ABA-TIPS Award for Lifetime Pursuit of Justice in 2011, named Best Lawyers’ Jacksonville Personal Injury Litigator of the Year in 2014, received the 2016 Compassionate Gladiator Award for Strength, Skill, Drive and Heart from the Florida Justice Association and the 2017 Ultimate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jacksonville Business Journal. Aside from these distinguished accomplishments, Mr. Coker continues to volunteer his time and efforts to a long list of civic and nonprofit organizations, even receiving the 2017 Bob Hayes “Man of the Year” Community Service Award.


$22.5 Million Awarded For Catastrophic Highway Crash

Coker Law Wins Client $11 Million Verdict After Frightening Crash On Mathews Bridge

Jury Awards $3.6 million to Truck Driver’s Family

Devastating Car Crash Case Concludes with $1.4 Million Verdict & Settlement

Teamwork Successfully Proves Brain Injury for Jury Verdict of $2,215,000.00

Jury Finds Stadium Management Negligent in Slip and Fall Accident for $1.475 Million

Avid Athlete Receives Jury Verdict and Additional Awards of $3,090,717

Insurance Attorney Turns to Coker Law for a Jury Verdict for $2,641,811.74

Family Vindicated By Jury Verdict of More Than $850,000

Slip on Movie Theater Floor Results in Jury Award of $233,000

Jury Awards $1.4 Million To Sisters Hit By Truck While Stuck in Traffic


Areas of Practice

Motor Vehicle Crashes

Trucking Crashes

Railroad Crashes

Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Medical Malpractice

Brain/Spinal Cord Injury

Insurance

Bad Faith

Alternative Dispute Resolution

General Litigation

Civil Litigation

Contracts

Toxic Torts

Ethics And Professional Responsibility

Mediation

Insurance Coverage

Insurance Disputes

Sexual Abuse

Assault And Battery

Animal Bites

Slip And Fall

Inadequate Security

Negligent Security

Premises Liability

General Negligence

Dram Shop Laws

Construction Accident

Products Liability

Motor Vehicle Defects


Personal

Born: April 30, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida


Education

University of Florida:

Bachelor of Science (1969)

Juris Doctor (1971)


University Honors And Activities

Phi Delta Phi

Florida Blue Key


Certifications

Board Certified in Civil Trial Practice, The Florida Bar (1985)

Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by National Board of Trial Advocacy (1987)


Bar Admissions

Courts of the State of Florida

U.S. District Court – Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals – 11th Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States


Professional Honors, Activities And Affiliations

Jacksonville Bar Association

The Florida Bar:

President (1998-1999)

Board of Governors (1994-1998)

All Bar Conference Committee (1996)

Annual Meeting Committee (1996)

Chair, Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics

Chair, Section Leadership Conference

Budget Committee

Chair, Program Evaluation Committee

Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section (1987-1994) (Chair, 1992-1993; Executive Committee, 1989-1992)

Council of Sections (1991-1994; Chair, 1993-1994)

Basic Trial Advocacy School of The Florida Bar

Faculty and Workshop Leader (1981-1992)

Advanced Trial Advocacy School of The Florida Bar:

Co-Chairman (1991)

Faculty (1991-1994)

Steering Committee (1992-1994)

The Florida Bar Foundation: Fellow, Life Member

American Bar Association:

House of Delegates (1997-1999)

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

International Society of Barristers:

Fellow (1998-present)

International Academy of Trial Lawyers:

Fellow (2001-present)

Roscoe Pound Foundation

Association of Trial Lawyers of America:

Board Member (2003-2004)

American Board of Trial Advocates:

Charter Member; President, Jacksonville Chapter (1988)

Diplomat (1995)

Charter Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates

Florida Federation of American Board of Trial Advocates:

President (1997)

Jacksonville Chapter Representative (1989-present)

Florida Justice Association (Eagle Member):

President (2002-2003)

Board of Directors (1995-present)

First Coast Trial Lawyers Association

Florida Lawyer Association for the Maintenance of Excellence:

Board of Directors (1995-1997)

The Chester Bedell Memorial Foundation:

Board of Trustees (1996-2001)

The Chester Bedell Inns of Court Master (1997)

Southern Trial Lawyers Association

University of Florida Mock Trial Team Adviser (1991-1996)

University of North Florida-Adjunct Professor:

Torts: Personal Injury Litigation

Legal Investigation for Legal Assistant Students

University of Florida:

National Alumni Association Charter Life Member

President’s Council (1992-1994)

Florida Supreme Court Historical Society (President, 2005-present)

United States Supreme Court Historical Society

Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (2008-present)

Florida Innocence Commission Member (appointed 2010 by the Florida Supreme Court)


Civic Activities

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: Board of Directors, Chairman

Florida Ducks Unlimited:

Life Sponsor

Area Chairman of the Year (1991-1992)

Florida Conservation Association (President, 1994)

Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville Board of Directors

Learn To Read:

2007 “Kiss the Pig” Top Fund Raiser

2007 “Business Champion of the Year”


Recognitions

AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Best Lawyers in America

Who’s Who in America?

American Board of Trial Advocacy, 2003 “Lawyer of the Year”

Florida Justice Association:

Golden Eagle Award

B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism (2005)

Perry Nichols Award (2006)

W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Award (2006)

Al. J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)

Florida Super Lawyer:

Selected each year since program’s inception in 2006

Consistently selected as Top 100 Florida Super Lawyer

2007 Jacksonville Financial Times & Daily Record “Lawyer of the Year”

2007 FLABOTA’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year”

Jacksonville’s Best Lawyers-Jacksonville Magazine (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

2009 Jacksonville Bar Association’s “True Champion For Diversity Award”

2010 Best Lawyers “Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year,” Jacksonville, FL

Lawdragon.com 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer Guide

Florida Trend Legal Elite, Plaintiff – Personal Injury


Representative Publications And Presentations

Speaker, Induction of Candidates for Admission to The Florida Bar, October 1998.

Celebrity Roast Honoring Sheriff Nat Glover, Spina Bifida Association, Roaster, November 1998.

“How to Motivate Members to Use The Florida Bar”– Speaker, Collier County Bar Association, Naples, December 1998.

“Ethics and Professionalism” — Speaker, 1st DCA Appellate Seminar, Tallahassee, January 1999.

“Independence of the Judiciary” — Speaker, Clearwater Bar Association, March 1999.

Speaker, State Mock Trial Competition, Tallahassee, March 1999.

“Professionalism – It Counts”– Speaker, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, April 1999.

“Preparing & Presenting the Effective Opening Statement”– Speaker, 1999 Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, Orlando, November 1999.

“The Role of the Judicial Assistant with Lawyers”– Speaker, 2000 JAAF Winter Educational Conference, Jacksonville Beach, February 2000.

The Florida Bar’s Professionalism Seminar, Panelist, Florida Bar Convention, Boca Raton, June 2000.

“Successful Jury Selection Techniques” — Speaker, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, General Session Annual Convention, West Palm Beach, June 2001.

“The Nuts & Bolts of Final Argument” — Speaker, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute, Orlando, August 2001.

“Presentation of Voir Dire Examination in Areas of Pre-Existing Injuries and General Damages” — Speaker, Jacksonville Trial Lawyers Association, Jacksonville, May 2002.

“Voir Dire/25 Mistakes Made by Attorneys”– Speaker, Inaugural Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar, Jacksonville, June 2002.

“Navigating the Minefield: Avoiding and Reacting to Improper Statements During Closing Arguments”– Speaker, The Florida Bar 2004 Advanced Evidence Seminar, Orlando, April 2004.

Masters in Trial Seminar, Direct of Plaintiff’s Expert, Speaker, The American Board of Trial Advocates, June 2007.

“Lessons from Courtroom Experience”– Panelist, Florida Justice Association, Jacksonville, September 2007.

Delegation Member and Group Leader, People to People, Russia, November 2007.

Diversity Symposium, Moderator, Jacksonville Bar Association, February 2009.

“Products Liability: Danger in the Marketplace”– Speaker, 2009 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, June 2009.

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