Case Results

Attorney Curt Obront achieved a $1.5 million settlement (along with co-counsel) against the City of Miami Beach, where a police officer ran over two French tourists who were sunbathing next to a lifeguard stand.  The settlement was paid, following the successfully procured Claims Bill from the Florida legislature.


In another case, our client, a parking lot attendant in a golf cart was alleged to be going the wrong direction in a Miami Hospital parking lot and was struck in the face by the parking gate, which resulted in a surgery, orbital plates, and a $2.1 million jury verdict.  The verdict was reduced to $500,000 pursuant to a “high/low” agreement with the defendant’s insurance company and the client immediately received payment without any appeal or delay.


In another case where Mr. Obront was co-counsel, two grieving parents from the West Coast of Florida hired the firm following the homicide of their 21 year old son at an all night McDonald’s drive-thru.  We accepted the case and tried it achieving a $1 million jury verdict for the parents due to a lack of security at the troubled Pasco County drive-thru and the failure of McDonald’s employees to timely call the police.  We are not afraid to take on difficult cases for clients in search of justice, but rather embrace challenging cases.  The court granted a Motion for New Trial and retrial is presently scheduled for the summer of 2011, which we look forward to trying.


Attorney Curt Obront, along with co-counsel, in a case against the federal government obtained a $700,000 settlement for a client who suffered a below knee amputation in a collision with a U.S. census worker even though the client was allegedly  intoxicated, speeding and driving a stolen motorcycle with a suspended driver’s license without a helmet.  He was a house painter with a wife and child and no income after the accident.  With his settlement and an annuity payment that was established, our client was able to continue to support his family even though he shared fault in this accident.


Mr. Obront represented a tourist on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship who suffered injuries in 2012 while on a cruise of the Caribbean and fractured her ankle. The case which was filed in federal court under maritime law was settled for a confidential amount.


In another case where Mr. Obront was co-counsel, a lawsuit was filed against the manufacturer of a 400 ton mobile Liebherr crane which crushed their client to death at the Port of Miami while she was on a work break underneath the crane.  A $1.5 million negligence verdict was entered against the defendant, which was later reversed by the Court of Appeals.  Not giving up the fight, a petition to the Florida Supreme Court was filed, but unfortunately was denied.


In another case, a surviving father brought a wrongful death suit against an agricultural company in Homestead, Florida that was involved in a collision with the wife’s automobile resulting in her death. Although the wife had a stop sign, we achieved a confidential settlement under the theory that the truck could have avoided the accident if the driver was paying more attention and/or was not speeding.


Mr. Obront represented the estate of an adult bicyclist who was killed by a garbage truck due to the improper blocking of a sidewalk during the delivery of merchandise to a carpet store. The estate settled for a confidential amount with the carpet store who was accepting the delivery. The other defendant who was making the delivery proceeded to trial which unfortunately resulted in a defense verdict. Not giving up the fight, the verdict is currently on appeal.


In another wrongful death case in which Mr. Obront was co-counsel, a 17 year old high school student was illegally provided alcohol by a bar who allowed him to become intoxicated, which ultimately resulted in him being stabbed to death following an altercation with other youths in a parking garage.  A confidential settlement was reached for premises liability; inadequate security; and Dram Shop violations.


Curt Obront in addition to achieving settlements and verdicts of over $1 million in personal injury / negligence and wrongful death cases, was recognized in the media for a case where he reversed a death penalty conviction and sentence for his client who was on Death Row.


Appellate Opinions


1. Rosenberg v. Dep’t of Prof’l Regulation, Bd. of Chiropractic Examiners, 488 So.2d 153 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986)

Curt Obront successfully represented 3 doctors (chiropractors) who were disciplined by the Florida Department of Professional Regulation for fraudulent and deceptive advertising and had the statute declared unconstitutional and disciplinary sanctions cancelled.


2. Philipps v. Talty, Case #08-1737 (First Circuit, 2008)

Curt Obront represented Appellant before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, Massachusetts who were surviving parents of a child killed by an intoxicated American motorist in St. Martin, Netherland Antilles.


3. Ecolab, Inc. v. Armand, 18 So.3d 731 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)

Curt Obront successfully argued and affirmed an appeal of an order entered into by trial court allowing his client a post-verdict interview of jurors for non-disclosure of litigation history in an auto accident / negligence case.


4. Robinson v. State of Florida, 702 So.2d 213 (Fla. 1997)

Curt Obront reversed both the First Degree Murder conviction and sentence of death of alleged gang leader who was on Death Row awaiting execution and has now been released from custody after the case was remanded to the trial court where the case was resolved by subsequent disposition.


5. Shocki v. Aresty, 994 So.2d 1131 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)

Curt Obront successfully represented an individual appealing a repeat violence / stalking restraining order which was imposed upon him by his condo/neighbor and which was reversed and vacated by the court of appeals.


6. USA v. Marshall, Case #02-16858-BB (11th Circuit, 2002)

Curt Obront reversed a conviction with a 10 year mandatory minimum sentence imposed against his client under federal drug statute against former International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) leader and supervisor of the Port of Miami Terminal Operations Company (POMTOC).


7. United States v. Johnson, 210 F.3d 359 (3d Cir. 2000)

Curt Obront successfully argued before the Federal Appeals Court in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. for a reversal of the U.S. District Court’s denial of a motion to enforce the government’s plea agreement.


8. Nadell v. Las Vegas Metro. Police Dept., 268 F.3d 924 (9th Cir. 2001)

Appeal of an order denying prevailing party attorney’s fee in federal civil rights case brought against the L.V.M.P.D. by an injured woman who was falsely arrested.


9. Juri v. State, 46 So.3d 1010 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)

Curt Obront represented a former politician / State Representative and Hialeah Mayoral candidate convicted of voter fraud; grand theft; and improper campaign contributions.


10. De La Cruz Suarez v. U.S., 601 F.3d 1202 (11th Cir. 2010)

Curt Obront represented Appellant in an appeal of alien smuggling conviction and sentence imposed in federal court in Miami.


11. United States v. Hanley, 190 F.3d 1017 (9th Cir. 1999)

Curt Obront represented Appellant in an appeal of money laundering and federal fraud charges from the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada on an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California.


12. Pama v. State, 552 So.2d 309 (Fla. 2d DCA 1989)

Curt Obront reversed a 15 year minimum / mandatory drug trafficking sentence imposed against his client due to sentencing errors of the trial court.


13. Afrazeh v. Miami Elevator Co. of Am., 769 So.2d 399 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000)

Curt Obront successfully represented plaintiff in an elevator accident in appeal of his former counsel’s attorney’s fees.


Verdicts and Settlements

The following is a sampling of some but not all verdicts and settlements obtained by Mr. Obront as co-counsel on the below-listed cases.


1. Products Liability


$2.1 million jury verdict for a parking lot attendant struck in face by gate arm of parking gate where gate should have had proper warning.  The court, post-trial, reduced the jury verdict to $500,000 based on a “high/low” agreement with defendant’s insurance company, which was paid immediately after trial, with no delay or appeals.

$1.5 million jury verdict against crane distributor for children of a longshoreman run over by mobile crane where crane lacked proper warning.  The verdict was reversed by the 3rd DCA, which unfortunately was affirmed by the Florida Supreme Court.


2. Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents

Confidential settlement for deceased mother of four and injured son where defendant farm truck had right of way but was speeding and decedent had stop sign.


$1.5 million settlement against City of Miami Beach approved by Florida Legislature in a special “Claims Bill” for police officer who ran over sun bathing French tourists on Miami Beach.


$900,000 settlement for French tourist burned on face and hands in auto fire of rental vehicle.


$700,000 settlement with U.S. Government for census worker’s collision with motorcycle driver.


$475,000 settlement for golfer struck by golf course maintenance worker.


3. Premises Security Cases

$1 million verdict for wrongful death of a son choked to death in an all night McDonald’s drive-thru land.  Court granted post-trial Motion for New Trial which is presently scheduled for summer, 2011.


Confidential settlement for stabbing death of teenager in parking garage who was improperly served alcohol as a minor.


4. Breach of Contract

$225,000 jury verdict for breach of verbal contract for failure to pay employment commissions.


5. Work Place Injuries

Confidential settlement for factory worker whose hand was sliced in an industrial machine accident.


Confidential settlement for wrongful death of construction worker who was hit on head with falling debris from high rise condo.


6. Medical/Pharmaceutical Malpractice

Confidential settlement with pharmacy and doctor who failed to deliver medicine to patient in timely manner resulting in death.


Confidential settlement with doctor who over prescribed blood thinner (coumadin) causing brain damage to patient, later resulting in death.


7. Assault and Battery

$175,000 settlement for club patron punched in the face by bouncer at Miami Beach club.


$60,000 settlement for club patron hit over head with bottle by drunken patron at Miami Beach club.


8. False Arrest

$75,000 settlement for cleaning lady mistaken for fleeing felon by police who spent several days in jail.


$25,000 settlement for driver arrested, who the police confused with motorist who had a suspended license.