Elizabeth Hawthorne Faiella is an experienced medical malpractice attorney, as well as a noted lecturer and author. She has been practicing law since 1976, when she received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Faiella is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the most prestigious and selective attorney organization in America. Membership is limited to the top 100 plaintiff’s trial attorneys in the entire Nation.
In addition, Ms. Faiella is board-certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar, an accomplishment that only 7% of eligible attorneys achieve. Since 1983, Elizabeth has kept her certification current, and was awarded a 25-year certificate for her efforts in 2008.
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Elizabeth has represented plaintiffs in numerous jury trials. These cases involved claims of medical negligence, automobile accidents, premises liability, defamation, amusement park device failures, negligent supervision in amusement parks, assault and battery, paternity, excessive force by police officers, fraud, malicious prosecution, tortious interference with business relations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, constitutional deprivation of due process by a private corporation, defective road maintenance, and more.
Throughout her distinguished 40-year career, Ms. Faiella has won multiple verdicts and settlements of $1 million or higher, but has also devoted her time to her fellow professionals, teaching and lecturing on legal topics nearly 60 times, and serving on the Florida Bar Board of Civil Trial Certification Committee. She also wrote Women Trial Lawyers: How They Succeed in Practice and in the Courtroom, Chapter 4 "Voir Dire in the Medical Negligence Case: Key Factors in Choosing and Conditioning Jurors" in 1978, and co-authored "Battling Ageism in Cancer Negligence Cases" for Trial Magazine in 2007. Elizabeth now devotes her practice entirely to medical malpractice claims, because she passionately believes that medical care should improve health, not hinder it.
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Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and Italian.
Juris Doctor, Emory University School of Law, Georgia, 1976
Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University, Texas; major in Foreign Language, 1969
Admitted to practice in the State of Florida in December, 1976
Admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida in January, 1977
Designated by the Florida Bar Designation Plan in December, 1978, as a specialist in the field of Trial Practice - Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar on July 1, 1983
Recertified July 1, 1988
Recertified July 1, 1993
Recertified July 1, 2008 (25 year certificate awarded)
Recertified July 1, 2013
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy on June 30, 1984
Chairman of Women's Caucus of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) 1989;
First Vice Chair, Women's Caucus of ATLA, 1988;
Second Vice Chair, Women's Caucus of ATLA, 1987
Designated as Faculty Member of the National College of Advocacy by ATLA on 11/16/89
Designated as Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy on March 13, 1993
Examiner — Florida Bar Board of Civil Trial Certification Committee 1993 - 1994
Examiner — Florida Bar Board of Civil Trial Certification Committee 1994 - 1995
Examiner — Florida Bar Board of Civil Trial Certification Committee 1995 - 1996
Examiner — Florida Bar Board of Civil Trial Certification Committee 1996 - 1997
Invited to Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum June 1, 1995
Examiner and Vice Chair Florida Bar Board of Civil Trial Certification Committee 1997
Faculty Member - International Institute for Continuing Medical Education - 1998
Faculty Member - International Institute for Continuing Medical Education – 1999
Memberships & Associations:
Inner Circle of Advocates
American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
Florida Bar Association (Board Certified in Civil Trial Law)
Orange County Bar Association
Florida Justice Association
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
American Bar Association
American Society of Law and Medicine
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
The National Trial Lawyers: Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association Top 25