Like the Firm’s co founder and best friend, Steve Katzman, Jay understands the importance of loyalty and commitment. Jay has been happily married to his wife, Debbie for over 30 years, and has three daughters and two granddaughters.
Jay treats his staff as family. He stresses the need for them to take time to attend the many school events that their respective children may have. Many of the staff have young children and Jay encourages them not to miss a school play or event. Family is very important to Jay and the Firm.
Jay was born, raised and educated in South Florida. Jay earned a scholarship and attended the University of Miami School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif, an honor only for those at the top of their law school class.
Chair, Personal Injury
Jay manages the Firm’s personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
Jay was born and raised in South Florida– a true native Floridian. Jay grew up in a working class household. His father was an accountant for a non-profit. His mother was a homemaker. Both stressed the importance of hard work, education and integrity. Jay’s parents focused on their family. They made it a requirement that all would sit at the dinner table each night and share what each had learned that day.
Although they had little money, Jay’s parents always found a way to support Jay in his educational endeavors. This included Jay attending Georgetown University for two summers while still in high school, studying communication, debate and argumentation. Jay worked as a bus boy and washed dishes to save for college.
Prior to founding the Firm with Steve Katzman, Jay worked for the prestigious firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges, a national law firm. Jay formed his own law firm more than 30 years ago, specializing in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.
|University||University of Chicago, B.A., Economics, 1983|
|Law School||University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1987|
|Admitted||1987, Florida; 1992, U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida|
|Memberships||Broward County, South Broward and Federal Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Member, Civil Litigation Section); Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; Million Dollar Advocates Forum.|
|Born||Miami Beach, Florida, January 5, 1961|
|Biography||Order of the Coif. Member, University of Miami Law Review, 1985-1987.|