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2nd Annual Zarzaur Law “Ping Pong on Palafox” Event Set for Nov. 13.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2021) — Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida, has partnered with the Pensacola Table Tennis Club and City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department to host its second annual “Ping Pong on Palafox” event on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 from 10am-5pm.*


This Outdoor Event Will Be Held On The Street At The Intersection Of Palafox And Romana Streets In Downtown Pensacola.


“Ping Pong on Palafox,” hosted by Zarzaur Law, will include a table tennis “ping pong” tournament for all ages and levels, games, refreshments for players, and more! The round-robin tournament will kick off at 10 am with kids age groups and adult divisions with cash* prizes for winners. Players can be anywhere from kids, novice recreational weekend players, all the way to competitive club members. The first 50 registered players are guaranteed a swag bag and T-shirt. 

Businesses, organizations, and groups are encouraged to create teams of four, bring their tent, coolers, and signs and battle for bragging rights, and be the tops in team table tennis. New this year will be a “Best Downtown Bar/Brewery Team.”  

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Guests can learn tips and tricks from Table Tennis professionals and watch kids all the way to pros battle each other right in the heart of Downtown Pensacola.

The Pensacola Table Tennis Club is located inside the Fricker Community Center and is a non-profit club. “We invite anyone who loves the game to attend and learn more about the sport.  PTTC has been a USATT affiliated club since 1996 and has been growing ever since.” Said PTTC President L.A. Johnston, “We are really excited to once again partner with Zarzaur Law, PA and bring this tournament to our city and show everyone what table tennis is about in a unique and fun way. Most people think they can only see table tennis on tv or during the olympics, but you can watch and play right here in Pensacola.”

“I am glad that we can get together in Downtown Pensacola. This tournament will help us all regain that sense of community that we all have missed due to the COVID19 pandemic.”  Joe Zarzaur, owner of Zarzaur Law, P.A. 

Entry fees:

Kids – $10

Teens – Novice Adult  – $15

Advanced Adult – $20

Corporate / Business Team (team of four) – $40

Downtown Pensacola Bar/Brewery Team (team of four) – $40

Spectators – FREE!

Event details and to SIGN UP HERE >
or call 850-444-9299.

*Weather Permitting
**Visa gift cards. 

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

AM 1370 Podcast Interview: Hiding Child Molesters in Santa Rosa Schools

Attorney Joe Zarzaur joined journalist Rick Outzen to discuss how Joe discovered what he believes is a lack of oversight in the Santa Rosa County school district in the hiring of substitute teachers. A teacher that was banned from one Santa Rosa school was allowed to work at Gulf Breeze Elementary, where he was later convicted of molesting several girls.

RO:  You put out a video on YouTube on Friday and if anyone has a child at public schools, they should be concerned, particularly in Santa Rosa County. You uncovered what looks like that the school district may have not properly vetted its substitute teachers.

WATCH JOE ZARZAUR’S YOUTUBE VIDEO HERE >

JZ: Yeah. First, I don’t like to litigate cases in the media, and I certainly don’t like to it on Facebook, but occasionally there is a case that you feel like rises to the level of importance from a public safety standpoint that you almost want to interrupt the litigation process and step aside, and just make it right.

JZ: So, I felt compelled to do that this last week because I had taken the deposition last Thursday on the human resource person at the Santa Rosa County school district and the corporate representative for the school district for purposes of Mr. Mack’s involvement, but this all dates back to a 2016 event that happened at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, where four children were abused by a substitute teacher in the same day. He ended up pleading guilty for lewd and lascivious behavior with minors. The parents that hired me, came to me, and we had done some investigation into this initially and found out that the Escambia County school board had banned this substitute teacher a year and a half prior.

How can somebody just banned for inappropriate touching, come over the bridge and get a job in Santa Rosa County and go free and then do the same thing to the kids in an elementary school?

I found out that a private entity, PESD (the name of the company is now Staff EZ), had been hired by the county in 2015 to basically handle all the substitutes hiring screening, and the HR for substitutes.

This incident happened after being banned for inappropriately touching students in Escambia County and then getting the job through P E S D as a substitute teacher in Santa Rosa County. I start the case against this private entity and out their questionable company to start with, having a tax lien to the tune of $10 million for not paying, but holding taxes for substitute teachers.

I did some discovery and find out that they did screen and interviewed him and a group of 30 other people. They just asked him what he did in the years prior to coming to apply there and they didn’t check references. They missed a course, Escambia County where he got banned.

So, they hired him, and they were basically saying that, well he’s an approved list. And I said, all right, let’s investigate this – the approved the list comes from the county. And then I realized the county is giving this private company, the approved list of substitute teachers. I ask the county and I get the list finally (after fighting for it) three weeks ago. I’m looking at it. The approved list is redacted except for the guy that I’m going after (Mr. Mack), which has a yellow box, and it says banned at Woodlawn Beach Middle School, which was not the school that he abused the children. (Gulf Breeze Elementary School is just down the road – in the same county).

RO: The other thing that stood out, you know is that, yeah, he had, he had already been banned from one elementary school and they let him in Gulf Breeze, but you also found out that you thought you had the public record and then found out there was a whole other file system out there that had the other information.

JZ: Well, that’s true. Last Thursday, I’m asking, they produced the list. This list has a yellow box that says this guy is not allowed to teach at this school. There are also 24 other teachers on that list who also have their banned from other schools that are still actively substituting in Santa Rosa County school.

That was my urgency to get on Facebook and say, you know, this is happening. I asked the corporate representative for the school district, is the basis of his why was he banned from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in 2011?

I asked for the personnel file request back in 2018, I was provided a bunch of certificates that says who the teacher is in W2 stuff and all that junk, but nothing suggests that he was banned from a school.

I asked the corporate representative for the school district, who is the spokesman for the school district in their deposition last week, ‘So why was he banned from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in 2011?’

And she goes, ‘Well, I’ll pull the disciplinary file.’

She said, oh, well, you know, we don’t keep the disciplinary file with the personnel file. We take it out and put it in a separate file cabinet and unless you ask for it specifically, we don’t give it.

Mr. Mack pled guilty in 2016. So, I’m asking about 2011 and she was like, oh, let me read the letter. She read the letter – inappropriately, touching students at Woodlawn Beach Middle in 2011. From that school. How can somebody who’s banned from a middle school by the way, be allowed to teach in an elementary school for that matter?

RO: I mean, it is frightening that there is someone with disciplinary action involving inappropriately touching children allowed to move around the system and be able to keep a job and be around children.

JZ: There is no central database for that information, unless the teacher says, oh, by the way, I used to work in this county. If the teacher hadn’t been employed, I’m not smart enough to ask, well, what the heck did you do between this year and this year?

I had no idea there was a 2011 incident!

RO: Yeah, and inside the same school district. The other thing I’ve noticed in other stories that we’ve done is that school districts also can go after that teacher’s license and they, you know, they can take it up a whole other level.

When something like this happens it’s like a bar action or an action against the doctor or any sort of professional, you can register against their teaching certificate and that’s not happening out there.

Joe, thank you so much for coming on the show.

Talk 1370 real news counts.

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Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Florida and Alabama.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Attention: Parents with Children in Santa Rosa County School System – Important Child Safety Video (documents)

GULF BREEZE ELEMENTARY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL KIM McCHESNEY DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT:

McChesney – Redacted

GULF BREEZE ELEMENTARY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL KIM McCHESNEY DEPOSITION VIDEO:

RECORDS REQUESTED:

McChesney – Redacted

 Watch the YouTube Video with Joe Zarzaur  >

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Florida and Alabama.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Florida Bar Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Apply Now For The Zarzaur Law Triathlon Team For The 2022 Season

Zarzaur Law is accepting new applications to add a few new members to the Zarzaur Law Triathlon team for next season. The team is looking for new members who exemplify the following characteristics: 

Good Ambassador:

When the word ambassador pops up, many people think we’re looking for people who own the top steps of the podiums. While being fast is a great contributing factor and several of our athletes are incredibly fast, that, in and of itself, is not what it takes. The Zarzaur Law Triathlon Team is looking for triathletes that want to live lifestyles of health, fitness and truly love endurance sports. We’re looking for people who try to give a word of encouragement to others who are on the course, road, and water. And lastly, race to the absolute best of your ability and have the drive to be the best YOU can be but, congratulate others even when things don’t go according to plan on race day. 

Philanthropic and Community Focused:

The Zarzaur Law Tri Team focuses extracurricular time on community events and charities. In addition to volunteering at designated events, the Gavel Team has adopted Favor House and the Gulf Coast Kids House as the two charities to support and represent. This includes some required events and fundraisers for these non-profit organizations each season. 

Experienced Triathletes:

Zarzaur Law Triathlon team is looking for experienced triathletes who excel in representing Zarzaur Law, P.A., our two adopted charities, and being a contributing member of the team. It is extremely important that you have the time to dedicate to be a part of this team, the designated races, and the other events. 

If interested, please submit a letter of interest to apply which includes: 

• Prior triathlon related experience (please include race history) 

• Why you meet the characteristics listed above 

• Why you would be a good team member 

-Please email your letter to info@zarzaurlaw.com by August 25th. All applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made by mid-September. Please know that we receive many applications each year and only add a few new members each season.

We appreciate your interest in the team! 

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

New Law in Florida: Driving with Hazard Lights on in the Rain is Now Legal

If you have driven in Florida, you have driven in a heavy rainstorm. These seem to come out of nowhere, with little warning and can reduce unlimited visibility to zero visibility in a matter of seconds. What should you do?

Good Safety Measure Or More Of A Hazard?

Florida drivers will be allowed to use hazard lights on roads with speed limits at or above 55 mph when the conditions create “extremely low visibility.”

The law rebuts years of messaging by state traffic officials, who have been telling drivers on social media, on highway signs, and in news stories not to use those lights in the rain.

The experts all say that you should turn your lights on, slow down and try and pull over safely in such conditions. This is often not as easy as it seems, many people turn on the emergency or hazard flashers while continuing to drive in such conditions. Whether this is safe or dangerous is a matter of dispute. In fact, in many states, it is illegal to do this.

Will This Cause Confusion for Other Drivers?

Public safety officials stressed that hazard lights are for vehicles that are stopped or disabled on the roadway or the shoulder. They are a sign for emergency services or that the driver needs assistance. According to these officials, hazard lights can reduce visibility, making other drivers think you are stopped or stalled. They make it difficult to see if motorists are tapping on the brakes and they don’t allow you to use your turn signals.

For years it has been illegal in Florida to drive with flashers unless you were in a funeral procession. In fact, since 2018 police in Florida have issued almost 500 citations for this practice. As the Florida DOT tweeted “If driving in rain is too dangerous, pull off the road. DO NOT activate hazard lights while still traveling”.

However, as in many other circumstances, Florida was an outlier. Only 10 states prohibit using hazard lights while driving, according to the AAA. This law will be changed effective July 1, 2021. The new law will allow Florida drivers to use hazard lights on roads with speed limits at or above 55 mph when the conditions create “extremely low visibility”. This would seem to include rainy or foggy conditions that we all experience on a regular basis.

We think this law simply reflects the most common driving practices in a state like Florida, where such conditions are common. In fact, the lawmaker who introduced the change confirmed this. He admitted that he has used his flashers to avoid getting rear-ended in dangerous conditions. He also admitted surprise that the change in the law attracted very little opposition or even attention.

Did You Know That for Years It Was Illegal to Drive with Your Hazard Lights on During the Rain?

We must admit that we were not aware that driving with flashers was illegal. It seems counterintuitive that this would make driving more dangerous. As usual, be careful when driving in such hazardous conditions, and if they are so extreme simply pull over until the conditions improve. While this can be very aggravating, it can be better than the alternative.

States that permit the use of flashers while driving include Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.

The remaining states have exceptions to the rules, allowing hazard lights only in certain circumstances.

REMINDER – Florida law requires motorists to turn on their headlights any time it rains. The aim is to make it easier for others to see you when visibility is poor

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

 

Sources:

News Flash: Florida Drivers Can Finally Use Hazard Lights in the Rain Legally

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/why-it-isnt-safe-to-flash-hazard-lights-while-driving-in-the-rain-2/432626

Gov. DeSantis Vetoes No Fault Repeal Legislation

Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed legislation that would have ended Florida’s no-fault rule after mounting pressure from critics who argued the bill would push up rates for many drivers.

The bill DeSantis vetoed (SB 54cleared the Legislature in April, and landed on the Governor’s desk Monday.

The measure, carried through the Senate by Zephyrhills Republican Sen. Danny Burgess, sought to end the requirement that Floridians purchase $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and would instead require mandatory bodily injury (MBI) coverage that would payout up to $25,000 for a crash-related injury or death.

“While the PIP system has flaws and Florida law regarding bad faith is deficient … SB 54 does not adequately address the current issues facing Florida drivers and may have unintended consequences that would negatively impact both the market and consumers,” DeSantis wrote in his veto letter.

No-fault repeal has been a perennial effort in the Legislature. And part of the bill’s contents, namely bad faith reform, has been a target of some lawmakers for a decade.

DeSantis’ veto Tuesday means lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board if they want to rework Florida’s auto insurance laws.

The no-fault system was established in Florida in 1979, along with the requirement of carrying $10,000 in PIP coverage. But, under the bill, the state would shift into a system where parties litigate over who caused accidents.

Although repeal was popular in both chambers — the House approved it in a 100-16 vote, and the Senate in a 37-3 vote — the legislation faced opposition from several lawmakers, as well as some insurance and medical groups.

Democratic Sens. Lauren Book and Jason Pizzo voted against it, as did Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes, who argued the bill would increase the insurance rates on the poorest Floridians, possibly by half.

Several insurance and medical groups also voiced support for the current system, which compensates medical providers without drivers having to go to court to determine fault. Opponents of the bill have begun pushing for DeSantis to veto it since the legislation cleared the Legislature.

PIP coverage pays out regardless of which party is responsible for an accident and it does so quickly. MBI coverage, however, doesn’t pay out until a fault determination is made, which can leave health care providers or patients on the hook for thousands of dollars in medical bills while they wait for a claim to resolve.

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has said he is “hesitant” to support the repeal, according to The News Service of Florida. Altmaier’s office Monday released an actuarial study that found repealing PIP would result in an overall increase in premiums of 13.3% for all coverages combined, or $202 a year for the average vehicle. The analysis was ordered by Altmaier and conducted by Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Inc.

The Florida Insurance Council, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, and the Florida Chiropractic Physician Association also took part in the veto campaign.

But, proponents of the bill, including plaintiffs’ lawyers and Senate President Wilton Simpson, argued that a majority of motorists, who already carry bodily injury coverage, would see rate savings. Supporters also argued that rates would go down because the change would reduce fraud that has long plagued the PIP system.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

 

Sources:

Content from The News Service of Florida was used in this report with permission.

Gov. DeSantis vetoes no-fault repeal legislation

Escambia County Reports Record 25% Positivity Rate for COVID-19.

Today’s data release on current SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) cases in Escambia county marks two sequential days with record-high reporting of percent positivity, with a nearly 20% (19.9%) positivity rate released on August 7 and followed by a nearly 25% (24.9%) positivity rate with the release this morning.

Accompanying these findings is another grim statistic:  the highest single day reporting of 543 new positive results for Escambia county, surpassing the prior high of 467 reported for July 11.

While an explanation of these numbers is not immediately available the introduction of rapid testing protocol in the county would be a prime focus:  test integrity (reliability, accuracy) as well as evaluation of the pool of individuals tested at the rapid protocol facility – symptomatic vs asymptomatic, isolation parameters undertaken by those individuals (before and after testing), contact tracing of positive result individuals.

Bottom line – the message remains the same:  masking, distancing, hand sanitizer, and routine cleansing of common spaces should remain centerpiece to everyone’s daily habits.

COUNTY DATA FROM FL DOH 08/08/2020:

http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/covid19_report_archive/county_reports_latest.pdf

The Zarzaur Law firm remains fully operational and the staff is working hard on client’s behalf (safely and remotely). Attorneys will still be seeing clients either safely in office or via video conferencing.

About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.
www.zarzaurlaw.com
(855)hirejoe
850-444-9299

Zarzaur Law, P.A. Announces Settlement 
Agreement in Tymar Crawford Case.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 29, 2020) — The firm is pleased to announce that the City of Pensacola and the family of Tymar Crawford have reached an amicable settlement of the Pensacola Police Department’s (PPD) use of excessive force that resulted in the killing of Mr. Crawford on July 5, 2019.

As the Pensacola Police Department determined, Officer Siemen violated the City’s use of deadly force policies when he shot and killed Mr. Crawford. These violations already resulted in his firing. By meeting the demands of Mr. Crawford’s family, the City has further acknowledged the wrongful conduct of its officer. This acknowledgment has meant a great deal to Mr. Crawford’s family and friends most affected by his death.

The settlement amount was the maximum amount allowed by Florida law under these facts and circumstances. By settling this case, by establishing the Citizen’s Review Board, and by hiring a consultant to assist them in reviewing and reforming its police training, the City has shown that it is taking steps toward addressing the inadequacies apparent from this tragedy. We hope that the City will remain focused on addressing any and all police training issues which allow for abuses of its use of force policies.

While this particular deadly interaction was somewhat different than many of other instances of police excessive force across our country, it is similar in one way—the relatively higher incidence of excessive, deadly force used against African American citizens.

We acknowledge that racism is a systemic issue that is not confined to law enforcement agencies. In fact, it is an issue in all industries and communities from medical and educational to legal and financial and all those in between. Police officers are face to face with the public every day. With their powers to arrest and detain, they are entrusted with so much power relative to the average citizen. Further, many officers, like the ones employed by the City, have every one of their movements and interactions recorded by video cameras. Obviously, these mechanisms allow their own systemic racial issues and unconscious bias to be highlighted more than others. However, we all have work to do on these issues. We all have the same unconscious bias that leads to disparate treatment and sometimes injury and death.

Law enforcement agencies do, however, have a special responsibility to address these issues. Their authority to use force, including deadly force, is not bestowed on any other profession. As such, their disparate treatment of African-Americans is more likely to result in injury or death than other professions. Further, the law very frequently protects officers against any consequences of their use of excessive force. The legal doctrine of qualified immunity basically shields police officers/agencies from being exposed to liability for the use of excessive force. Unlike other industries that harm their customers, police officers have several tough layers of legal protection that must be peeled back before they face any consequences. Therefore, it is incumbent upon each such agency to take this responsibility seriously internally because external or judicial consequences are very rare.It appears that the City of Pensacola and its police department have a sincere interest in continuing to own up to this responsibility and in acknowledging that there is plenty of room to improve moving forward.

While this settlement can not bring Mr. Crawford back to his family, his story and the settlement should be used as a spring board for further progress in our community. Mr. Crawford’s family looks forward to working with City and PPD officials to protect against possibility that this kind of excessive force tragedy is allowed to occur again.

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death related to: Product Defects, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Excessive Force cases, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

Zarzaur Law, P.A. Welcomes New Expert Attorney Stephen Bolton to the Firm.


Zarzaur Law, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of lawyer Stephen Bolton to the firm. Bolton is a board certified civil trial specialist by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy and brings more than 35 years of experience and knowledge to the firm. He will join the Zarzaur Law team handling serious personal injury cases, and continuing the firm’s mission of serving the local community enforcing public safety laws.

Steve Bolton is a native of Northwest Florida and an honors graduate of both the University of West Florida and the Florida State University College of Law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981 and has also been admitted to the U.S. District Courts of the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit. Steve is also one of only a few lawyers in Northwest Florida who have been admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Bolton has been counsel to many Fortune 500 companies in the past, but has focused his career for the last 15 years on representing those injured by the carelessness of others. He has personally tried more than 100 injury trials and most recently tried cases against an International prescription drug company resulting in multi-million dollar plus jury verdicts. Mr. Bolton is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been a Florida “Super Lawyer” since 2007.

By hiring Mr. Bolton, Zarzaur Law continues to focus is mission on providing experts to handle injury and death cases for this same no cost, no fee, unless you win.

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.
www.zarzaurlaw.com
(855)hirejoe

1ST CIVIL COURT CASE CONDUCTED IN FLORIDA WITH NEW COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCE PROTOCOLS.

COVID-19 continues to change how we do business and that includes the judicial process. Miami-Dade’s 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida is the first of five judicial circuits in the state chosen by the Florida Supreme Court to test out using remote video technology. A report on the success of the pilot programs from the courts is due in October.

Watch the video with Attorney Joe Zarzaur and guest Attorneys Russell Dohan and Brandon Waas, as they review how this new trial process is ground breaking with details from the lawyer that helped make it happen. >

The trial is part of a pilot program where the Florida Supreme Court wants to see how handling trials remotely will work, and if it meets the required legal standards for due process. If successful, this could be implemented statewide and even nationwide.

Miami-Dade Chief Judge Bertila Soto said, “We are trying everything possible to make sure people have access to the courts.”

Administrative Judge Jennifer Bailey said, “That’s the challenge. To balance on one hand the constitutional right to trial by jury – to have your problems resolved by the court. And, we need to keep everybody safe especially during the course of recent weeks when the cases in Miami are surging.”

Both judges say COVID-19 has put the courts on the cutting edge, with thousands of hearings held over Zoom and people using smart phones to track their cases.

Jury Selection

Jurors were selected via Zoom, lawyers made opening statements wearing protective masks and the trial was streamed on YouTube.

The trial was live streamed on the Circuit’s YouTube channel as the courthouse is still officially closed to the public. Four camera views split the screen, showing the judge, lawyers, jury and the witness stand, which is surrounded by a plexiglass shield.

Miami-Dade Civil Administrative Judge Jennifer Bailey said the court was guided by advice from epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists when planning the in-person trial.

Strict Social Distance Protocols

At the courthouse, trial participants are under strict social distancing and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Face masks are mandatory at all times and every person is spaced at least six feet apart. Instead of sitting in a jury box, jurors are spread out in the gallery — constantly maintaining six feet distance from everyone else. The court also provided all participants with face shields, gloves, individual evidence notebooks and hand sanitizer.

The effort is to continue to conduct civil trials during the COVID-19 Pandemic, The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has published a comprehensive guide to conducting civil jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The white paper, “Guidance for Conducting Civil Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” is a resource to address the process of reopening courts and the many issues faced by the courts, the legal community, jurors and the public.

The Challenges and Successes?
Challenges –
– Technology glitches
– Ensuring people paying attention during jury selection (no use of cell phones, etc allowed)

Positives –
– Preparation made process smooth
– Public importance that the court system still needs jury trials that protect our 7th Amendment rights

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article244218482.html#storylink=cpy

About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.
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Miami-Dade Court Holds State’s First Virtual Jury Trial Amid Pandemic

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