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McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, P.A. is a proud main sponsor of the Miami Jewish Community Center’s Maccabi games. The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Sports and sporting events are a great unifying tool and we wish all of the participants, coaches and organizers a fun week of competition and a successful event filled with the spirit of goodwill.

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2 months 1 week ago

Miami Duo Securing Justice in Palm Beach!

On June 10, 2017, attorneys John W. “Jack” McLuskey and H.T. Smith won an important Summary Judgment that will prevent the state’s Sovereign Immunity aggregate cap for “claims arising out of the same incident or occurrence” from applying to the separate shootings of five children by their stepfather. The case involved wrongful death and negligence claims against the Florida Department of Children and Families stemming from DCF’s derelict oversight of a family of children who were victims of the worst mass murder-suicide in Palm Beach County history when Patrick Dell shot and killed four of his stepchildren and critically wounded another by shooting each in their bed as they slept. He also killed their mother, Natasha Whyte-Dell, and himself.

Fifteenth Circuit Judge David French ruled that Fla. Stat. § 768.28(5), which had a $200,000 aggregate cap at the time of the shootings in 2010, would not apply to bar the total recovery in this case, and held that the shooting of each child was a separate incident or occurrence. In ruling such, Judge French rejected the argument that the separate shootings were part of one singular incident or occurrence. He also rejected the argument that the incident or occurrence that would trigger the aggregate cap was DCF’s act of negligence, which DCF argued was a singular incident or occurrence.

Mr. McLuskey and Mr. Smith represented Ryan Barnett, who survived a .357 Magnum close-range shot to the neck, and his father, Michael Barnett, who filed claims on behalf of his three murdered children – Bryan Barnett, Daniel Barnett and Diane Barnett. Vincent Miller, Esq. represented Leroy Nelson, who filed a claim on behalf of his murdered son, Javon Nelson.

McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, P.A.

2 months 1 week ago

Miami Duo Securing Justice in Palm Beach!

On June 10, 2017, attorneys John W. “Jack” McLuskey and H.T. Smith won an important Summary Judgment that will prevent the state’s Sovereign Immunity aggregate cap for “claims arising out of the same incident or occurrence” from applying to the separate shootings of five children by their stepfather. The case involved wrongful death and negligence claims against the Florida Department of Children and Families stemming from DCF’s derelict oversight of a family of children who were victims of the worst mass murder-suicide in Palm Beach County history when Patrick Dell shot and killed four of his stepchildren and critically wounded another by shooting each in their bed as they slept. He also killed their mother, Natasha Whyte-Dell, and himself.

Fifteenth Circuit Judge David French ruled that Fla. Stat. § 768.28(5), which had a $200,000 aggregate cap at the time of the shootings in 2010, would not apply to bar the total recovery in this case, and held that the shooting of each child was a separate incident or occurrence. In ruling such, Judge French rejected the argument that the separate shootings were part of one singular incident or occurrence. He also rejected the argument that the incident or occurrence that would trigger the aggregate cap was DCF’s act of negligence, which DCF argued was a singular incident or occurrence.

Mr. McLuskey and Mr. Smith represented Ryan Barnett, who survived a .357 Magnum close-range shot to the neck, and his father, Michael Barnett, who filed claims on behalf of his three murdered children – Bryan Barnett, Daniel Barnett and Diane Barnett. Vincent Miller, Esq. represented Leroy Nelson, who filed a claim on behalf of his murdered son, Javon Nelson.

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3 months 19 hours ago

McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes employees, family and friends, year after year, enthusiastically participate in the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run 2017 (partnered with the United Way http://www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com/miami.php), one of the largest 5K races in the nation. The race is always a fun and competitive event for everyone and serves to remind us all that exercise and being physically fit are very important! McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes racers are seen in these photos sporting their Deering Seafood Festival volunteer t-shirts.

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3 months 1 week ago

McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes is a proud sponsor of Taylor’s Closet (http://www.taylorscloset.org/). Taylor’s Closet is a Broward County based community organization which provides girls in need with the necessary resources so they will be empowered to break the cycle of abuse and neglect to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Taylor’s Closet has provided clothing to over 12,000 girls and over $1 million in clothing has been given away. The photos taken are from a charity tennis tournament which took place on April 29TH at the Coral Oaks Tennis Center. McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes was glad to have been a major sponsor of the tournament. Pictured in the photos from McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes are Maria McDonald and Lisa Riddle.

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3 months 1 week ago

McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, PA was proud to have been a major sponsor of the 13th annual Deering Seafood Festival in March 2017. The firm sponsored the t-shirts for all of the 285 volunteers at the Seafood Festival. Those volunteers included many of the firm’s employees including firm Partner, David McDonald who currently serves as the President of the Deering Estate Foundation. Check out the Seafood Festival in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXs1rCplois&t=53s

This video is about the 13th Annual Deering Seafood Festival http://www.miamihal.com/hals-blog2017/3/28/13th-annual-deering-estate-seafood-festival

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4 months 3 weeks ago

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Jack McLuskey introduces Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America” at Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Cocktails and Conversation Event held at Palazzo del Mare, Fisher Island on February 4, 2017. A captivating presentation and engaging discussion ensued with Gilbert King discussing the history and riveting account of one of the most dramatic court cases in American history and the pivotal role Thurgood Marshall and other attorneys played in this historical civil rights case. They risked their careers and their lives to fight for what they believed and for the civil rights and freedoms we have today. It was an event not to be missed.

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5 months 3 weeks ago

Jack McLuskey introduces Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America” at Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Cocktails and Conversation Event held at Palazzo del Mare, Fisher Island on February 4, 2017. A captivating presentation and engaging discussion ensued with Gilbert King discussing the history and riveting account of one of the most dramatic court cases in American history and the pivotal role Thurgood Marshall and other attorneys played in this historical civil rights case. They risked their careers and their lives to fight for what they believed and for the civil rights and freedoms we have today. It was an event not to be missed.

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