By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Nov 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has named Julie Braman Kane as president for 2017. Kane is a partner of Colson Hicks Eidson in its Coral Gables, Florida office. Colson Hicks Eidson also has offices in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans.

According to its website, The American Association for Justice “... provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients.”

Kane attended the University of Miami School of Law from which she graduated magna cum laude as an undergraduate and cum laude as a graduate. She joined Colson Hicks Eidson in 1999 and has been a member of the AAJ for even longer. Previously, she’s served on the AAJ executive committee and board of governors. She is also past prsident of Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL).

Jared Saylor, director of communications, for the American Association for Justice shared this comment from Kane with the Florida Record "Every day, trial lawyers help people get back on their feet. That's what motivates me, listening to people's stories and figuring out how to help them. Most of these stories are tragic but I believe there can be some good that can rise out of a tragedy. I'm proud to serve as president of AAJ, an organization devoted to protecting consumer rights and preserving the civil justice system."

Leora B. Freire, current president of FAWL and a shareholder of Richman Greer PA, told the Florida Record “Julie Braman Kane is a success story for FAWL -- as one of our own is taking this important position on a national level. We are very proud of her and congratulate her on this opportunity.“

Kane has received a number of accolades for her work including the Matte Belle Davis Award in 2016, Howard Twiggs Commitment to Justice Award in 2012, National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012-present, Woman Extraordinaire in 2010, and South Florida Business Leader and the Joe Tonahill Award, both in 2008.

Freire sees this record of community service continuing. “We know she will represent Florida’s women lawyers and all lawyers well in this new role," she said. "Julie is a role model to all of us and a reminder that FAWL’s mission is within our reach.”

Kane has been a committed member of the AAJ's Trial Lawyers Care (TLC) program. It’s a service project created initially to help with the 9/11 attacks and now remains an active outlet for lawyers to give back to their communities through a variety of programs.

Joshua Spector, JD ’02, president of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association told the Florida Record, “Given Julie Kane’s long and rich record of leadership, starting during her time earning two degrees at the University of Miami, and continuing with leadership roles in our community while thriving in an elite law practice, it is no surprise that she earned an appointment as president of the AAJ. Her commitment to advocacy and justice for her clients and to advancing the cause of women in the profession have inspired so many of our alumni and have raised the bar.”

The other members of the AAJ’s 2017 leadership team include: President-elect Kathleen Nastri of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 

vice president Elise Sanguinetti of Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos LLP in Oakland, California, secretary Bruce H. Stern of Stark & Stark of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, treasurer Tobi L. Millrood of Pogust, Braslow & Millrood in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and parliamentarian Navan Ward of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC in Montgomery, Alabama

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