Douglas F. Eaton

Overview

 

Doug Eaton has a wide-ranging litigation practice, with his primary focus on plaintiff’s catastrophic injury cases and appeals. These include medical malpractice, products liability, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home negligence, and other serious personal injury matters. He litigates matters at both the trial and appellate levels and provides trial and appellate support to other attorneys throughout the state.  Mr. Eaton has briefed and argued appeals in state and federal courts throughout Florida.

In addition to Mr. Eaton’s appellate and catastrophic injury practice, he has represented individuals and corporate clients in a wide-variety of complex commercial and general business disputes, including the areas of employment, insurance coverage and bad faith, landlord and tenant, real estate, construction defect litigation, and consumer class actions. 

 

Mr. Eaton is a founding member of Eaton & Wolk.

Professional Activities, Memberships, and Awards
  • Miami Dade Trial Lawyers Association (President 2011, Board of Directors & Executive Board, 2003-2011)

  • Florida Justice Association, Former Chairman, Young Lawyers Division (2006-2007)

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum 

  • Florida Super Lawyers

Court Admissions
  • Florida State and Appellate Courts

  • Florida Federal Courts

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1997)

  • Georgetown University (B.A., 1994)

Representative matters handled by Mr. Eaton:

  • Florida Convalescent Centers v. Somberg, 840 So.2d 998 (Fla. 2003) Obtained a reversal of Fourth District Court of Appeals decision prohibiting wrongful death claims under Florida's Nursing Home Resident’s Rights Statute. 

  • Vidal v. Macksoud, 933 So.2d 659 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006) After winning a plaintiff’s verdict in a complicated medical malpractice case, obtained a reversal of the jury’s comparative negligence finding, resulting in the plaintiff receiving 100% of the jury award.

  • St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Medical Protective Co. of Fort Wayne, Ind., 2006 WL 3544817 (M.D.Fla. 2006), aff'd, 257 Fed.Appx. 232 (11th Cir. 2007). In a declaratory judgment action, obtained summary judgment against medical malpractice insurer that had denied coverage after negotiating a Coblenz agreement for $1.25 million with the insured. Obtained an affirmance on appeal and settled the bad faith claim against the insurer soon thereafter.

  • Frasher v. Whitehurst Family, Inc., 948 So.2d 36 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006) After obtaining a plaintiff’s verdict at trial, reversed trial court’s order denying motion for new trial based on an inadequate damage award. Obtained settlement on remand for new trial.

  • Woolin v. Bernay, 920 So.2d 1151 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2006) Reversed trial court order imposing a lis pendens on client’s property.

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