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Kim Wald

Kimberly L. Wald’s practice is dedicated to catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical malpractice, and tobacco litigation.

In July 2021, Ms. Wald obtained a $35 million dollar jury verdict for a paralyzed Navy veteran who suffered catastrophic injuries in a car crash case.

During the past five years Ms. Wald participated as first or second chair attorney in trials obtaining over 150 million dollars in jury verdicts. In 2019 she served as second-chair in two landmark trials against the largest cigarette manufacturers in the country with verdicts exceeding $13 million dollars.

Recently, in 2021 Ms. Wald was honored to be selected by the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association to receive the inaugural “Rising Star Award.” She also was named a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers organization in both 2020 and 2021 and additionally was named one of the Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” in 2020 and 2021.

In 2017 Ms. Wald served as second chair in Konzelman v. RJ Reynolds and obtained a $28.795 million dollar jury verdict. Further, in 2016, she was recognized by the Daily Business Review as one of the “Most Effective Lawyers” for her involvement in a $4 million medical malpractice arbitration.

Career:

Ms. Wald recently joined the Haggard Law Firm in 2022. Ms. Wald began her legal career as a law clerk with Kelley|Uustal, specializing in complex product liability and medical malpractice cases. During her last year of law school, she served as a Certified Legal Intern with the Office of the State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit where she tried numerous misdemeanor cases.

Ms. Wald graduated with honors from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in 2011
where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management. She earned a double major in Legal
Studies and Business and Marketing, with a minor in Jewish Studies. Upon graduating summa cum
laude from Nova Southeastern University Law School in 2014, Ms. Wald returned to
Kelley|Uustal to help victims of negligence and their families.

Ms. Wald has also served as a guest lecturer at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law
Center and serves on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Background:

Ms. Wald is a South Florida native, born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. She is an avid sailor and
enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and her dog, Bruno.

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2014
    • Feinrider Moot Court Competition Champion 2012
    • Highest Grade Awards: Medical Malpractice, Evidence, Civil Pre Trial,
    • Constitutional Law, Conflicts of Law
    • Recipient of the Siminonoff Scholarship
    • Recipient of the Nova Law Center Merit Scholarship
    • Nova Law Review, Associate Managing Technical Editor
    • Moot Court Honor Society, Executive Justice for Teams
  • Tulane University Freeman School of Business, B.S.M, Cum Laude, 2011

Awards and Recognition

  • Inaugural Rising Star Award, Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, 2022
  • “Rising Stars” Super Lawyers, 2021
  • “Rising Stars” Super Lawyers, 2020
  • “Ones to Watch” Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • “Ones to Watch” Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • “Ones to Watch” Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Broward County Bar Association 40 Under 40, 2020
  • Alpha Kappa Psi 40 Under 40, 2017
  • Daily Business Review “Most Effective Lawyers,” 2016
  • 1L Moot Court Competition Champion, 2011

Bar Associations

  • Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
    • President-Elect Young Lawyers Section
    • Chair of Judicial Reception
    • Board Member
  • Broward County Trial Lawyers Association
    • Executive Board Member, Newsletter Editor
  • Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Section
    • Board Member
    • Past Chair of Mock Trial
  • Trial School
    • Member
  • Broward County Women’s Lawyer’s Section
    • Member

Community Involvement

  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
    • Leadership Fort Lauderdale Class 28 anticipated graduate 2022
  • Jewish Federation of Broward County
    • Horizons Leadership Course Graduate 2021

Trial Experience Rev. 1/26/2022

  • Holland v. Jupiter Medical Center
    • Court: West Palm Beach
    • Judge: Janis Keyser
    • Date: November 20, 2014
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Peter K. Spillis, Bonnie A. Navin, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Janet Adams, Ryan Kopf (Hill, Adams, Hall & Schieffelin)
    • Type of Case: Medical Malpractice
    • Verdict – $1,403,117.00
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • McKeever v. Philip Morris
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Date: February 19, 2015
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Robert W. Kelley, Todd R. McPharlin, Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald,
    • Alex Alverez (The Alvarez Law Firm)
    • Defense Attorney: Pete Henk, Jonathan Stern, Hildy Sastry
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict – $17,125,298.00
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Pollari v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Date: March 23, 2015
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Robert W. Kelley, Todd R. McPharlin, Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald, Alex
    • Alverez (The Alvarez Law Firm)
    • Defense Attorney: Ken Reilly, Ursula Henninger
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $13,000,000.00
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Date: August 7, 2015
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Todd R. McPharlin, Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Emily Baker, Stephen Kaczynski
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $1,800,000.00
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Robertson v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Date: October 26, 2015
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Peter K. Spillis, Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald (Voir Dire Only)
    • Defense Attorney: Val Leppert, Randall Bassett
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: Defense Verdict
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Belzi v. Plantation General Hospital and Dr. Agbi
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: McKinney, Philip Freiden, Kevin O’Brien
    • Date: February, 2016
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Robert W. Kelley, Bonnie A. Navin, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: John Mauro, Carol Glasgow, Kevin O’Connor
    • Type of Case: Medical Malpractice arbitration – Economic Damages Only
    • Verdict: Mis-Arbitration
    • Role: Third-Chair Attorney, Conducted witness direct examinations
  • Wilkinson v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Date: April, 2016
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Cory Hohnbaum, Jason Keehfus
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $13,000,000.00
    • Role: Second-Chair Attorney
  • Belzi v. Plantation General Hospital
    • Date: July 26, 2016 – July 29, 2016
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: June McKinney, David Prather, Israel Reyes
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Robert W. Kelley, Bonnie A. Navin, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: John Mauro, Carol Glasgow
    • Type of Case: Medical Malpractice arbitration – Economic Damages Only
    • Verdict: $4,290,622.72
    • Role: Third-Chair Attorney
  • Konzelman v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Date: Septemer 28, 2016 – October 25, 2016
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Jeff Furr, Katy Lehman, Val Leppert
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $28,795,000.00
    • Role: Second-Chair Attorney
  • Martin v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris
    • Date: October 26, 2016 – November 18, 2016
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Todd R. McPharlin, Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Bill Geraghty, Andrew Brenner, Ursula Heninger
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $6,061,125.47.00
    • Role: Third-Chair Attorney, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Curtin v. Oasis and Dr. DeFilippo
    • Date: November 15, 2016
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: Marina Garcia-Wood
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Todd R. Falzone, Karina D. Rodrigues, Kimberly L. Wald (Voir Dire Only)
    • Defense Attorney: Jerome Silverberg
    • Type of Case: Medical Malpractice
    • Verdict: $1,312,000.00
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Faulkner v. J.W. Cheatham, Palm Beach County, Daniel Casey
    • Date: January 27, 2017 – February 1, 2017
    • Court: Palm Beach
    • Judge: Jeffrey Gillen
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Robert W. Kelley, Todd R. Falzone, Karina D. Rodrigues, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: John Lourvey, Steve Adamsky, Nick Manniotis
    • Type of Case: Road construction case
    • Verdict: Mistrial
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Alamo-Cruz v. Affordable Treeman, Inc. and Robin Croce
    • Date: February 13, 2017 – February 14, 2017
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: Pearlman
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Michael A. Hersh, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: N/A
    • Type of Case: Property Liability
    • Verdict: $23,065,991
    • Role: Third-Chair Attorney, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Thomas v. RJR
    • Date: July 12, 2017 – July 27, 2017
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: John J. Murphy
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald, Josiah D. Graham
    • Defense Attorney: Ray Persons, Cory Hohnbaum
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $4,000,000.00
    • Role: Second-Chair Attorney, Conducted witness examinations
  • Gentile v. Philip Morris
    • Date: September 22, 2017 – October 11, 2017
    • Court: Palm Beach
    • Judge: Meenu Sasser
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald, Josiah D. Graham
    • Defense Attorney: Keri Arnold, Frank Cruz-Alvarez
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Non-Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $7,123,085.41
    • Role: Second-Chair Attorney, Conducted witness examinations
  • Bonanno v. Ray Qualmann Marine Construction, American Seawall Marine Construction,
    • Kaluz Restaurant, Kalik LLC, Intercostal Parking LLC
    • Date: August 13 – August 15, 2018
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: William W. Haury, Jr.
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Robert W. Kelley, Todd R. Falzone, Karina D. Rodrigues, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Dan Stiffler, Genevieve P. Rupelli, Evan T. Marowitz, Michael Conroy, James
    • H. Perry, II
    • Type of Case: Property Liability
    • Verdict: Settled Mid-Trial
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Lopez v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Date: May 22 2018 – June 6, 2018
    • Court: Miami-Dade
    • Judge: Lopez
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Catherine Darlson, Kimberly L. Wald (voir dire only)
    • Defense Attorney: Ursula Henninger, Phil Green
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: Defense Verdict
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Simon v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Date: September 4, 2018 – September 18, 2018
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: Jeffrey Levenson
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Linda A. Alley, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Cory Hohnbaum
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $1,000,000.00
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Lopez v. Giard
    • Date: April 16, 2018
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: Jose Rodriguez
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Kimberly L. Wald and Todd McPharlin
    • Defense Attorney: Elizabeth Boan
    • Type of Case: Car Crash
    • Verdict: Mistrial after jury selection
    • Role: First Chair, conducted jury selection
  • Holliman v. Philip Morris
    • Date: February 4 – February 25, 2019
    • Court: Miami-Dade
    • Judge: Jose M. Rodriguez
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Walt Cofer, Robert Vaughan
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $2,500,000.00
    • Role: Second-Chair Attorney, Conducted witness examinations and phase 2 punitive damages
    • opening statement
  • Zingaro v. Philip Morris
    • Date: March 27, 2019 – May 2, 2019
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: Raaj Singhal
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Todd Falzone, Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald, Robert Kelley, Karina
    • Rodrigues, Max Sawyer
    • Defense Attorney: Ken Reilly, Robert Vaughan, Jason Keehfus
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $1,637,847.57
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Hamilton v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Date: June 12 – July 3, 2019
    • Court: Broward
    • Judge: Michael Robinson
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Cory Hohnbaum, Spencer Diamond
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $10,600,000
    • Role: Second-Chair Attorney, Conduct witness examinations
  • Gottlieb v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds
    • Date: August 11, 2019 – August 15, 2019
    • Court: Miami-Dade
    • Judge: Jose M. Rodriguez
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Ray Persons, Katy Lehman, Keri Arnold
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: Settled Mid-Trial
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • McHugh v. R.J. Reynolds
    • Date: February 2, 2020 – February 29, 2020
    • Court: Broward County
    • Judge: Judge Levenson
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Eric S. Rosen, Catherine C. Darlson, Kimberly L. Wald
    • Defense Attorney: Jeff Furr, Antonio Lewis, Scot Edson, Spencer Diamond
    • Type of Case: Tobacco Engle Trial
    • Verdict: $12,500,000
    • Role: Assisted Trial Team, Jury Selection Coordinator
  • Laspes v. Castillo
    • Date: July 9, 2021 – July 13, 2021
    • Court: Broward County
    • Judge: Judge Powell
    • Plaintiff Attorney: Kimberly L. Wald and Michael A. Hersh
    • Type of Case: Car Crash
    • Verdict: $35,000,000
    • Role: First Chair, conducted voir dire and opening statement, and witness examinations

Articles Written by Kimberly L. Wald, Esq.

  • Ghislaine Maxwell Seeking New Trial Based On Juror Non-Disclosure, January 20, 2022, Jury Blog
  • Improper Melbourne Analysis Requires Reversal of Criminal Conviction, August 23, 2021, Jury Blog
  • Jury Selection Refresher – Top 10 Cases, June 21, 2021, Jury Blog
  • New Trial Granted Because Judge Improperly Denied Cause Challenge, May 11, 2021, Jury Blog
  • Mistrial Denied After Jurors Chatted in Zoom Virtual Jury Trial, August 20, 2020, Jury Blog
  • Boston Marathon Bomber’s Death Sentence Vacated Due to Possible Juror Bias, August 3, 2020, Jury Blog
  • 2020 Outlook: How Technological Advances Are Changing the Legal Landscape, December 31, 2019, Daily Business Review
  • To Google or Not to Google?, October 15, 2019, Jury Blog
  • Reversible Error to Impose Time Limited on Voir Dire, October 7, 2019, Jury Blog
  • Voir Dire Lessons From Trial: Defense Perspective, November 10, 2017, Jury Blog
  • “Transformer” Semi-Trucks? The increasing Interest in Self-Driven Vehicles, April 26, 2017, Daily Business Review
  • Man vs. Machine: The New Era of Self-Driven Cars, February 5, 2016, Law 360
  • Online Options: Rules for Service in Flux, May 1, 2015, Daily Business Review
  • Cruise Line Article, November 26, 2014, Daily Business Review

Articles Featuring Kimberly L. Wald, Esq.

  • Broward Jury Returns $35 Million Verdict for Paralyzed Navy Veteran, July 23, 2021, Daily Business Review
  • Port St. Lucie man awarded $35 million following Broward County crash that left him paralyzed., July 15, 2021, TC Palm Kelley|Uustal attorneys obtain a $10.6million verdict against R.J. Reynolds, July 3, 2019, Daily Business Review
  • South Florida Lawyers Win $10.6M Verdict for Family of Late-Life Smoker, August 6, 2019, Daily Business Review
  • Kelley/Uustal Wins $5.3 Million Verdict in Rare Non-Engle Tobacco Case, October 23, 2017, Daily Business Review
  • Speedy Tobacco Trial Ends in $2.2Millon Verdict, August 21, 2017, Daily Business Review
  • Trial Judge Reversed Due to Arbitrary Time Limits on Jury Selection, August 17, 2017, Juryblog
  • Top 100 Verdicts 2016, April 24, 2017, The National Law Journal Daily Business Review Verdicts and Settlement: $23.6 Million Award for Worker’s Fall From Tree, April 11, 2017, Daily Business Review
  • Daily Business Review Recognizes 2016 Most Effective Lawyers, November 22, 2016, Daily Business Review
  • Kelley/Uustal Team Wins $27.5 Million Verdict for Smoker’s Family, November 15, 2016, Daily Business Review
  • $3.7 Million Awarded in Arbitration for Mother’s Death, August 10, 2016, Daily Business Review
  • $13 Million Award Against RJR for Smoker’s Family, April 26, 2016, Daily Business Review
  • Taxi Drivers Sue Over Rules to Make Life Easier for Uber, Lyft, October 6, 2015, Daily Business Review
  • Taxi Certificate Owners File Suit against Broward County, October 5, 2015, Local 10
  • Broward Taxi Permit Holders Sue County, Say it Treats Uber With Favoritism, October 5, 2015, Sun Sentinel
  • Jury Awards $13 Million to Widow in Smoker Case, March 27, 2015, Daily Business Review
  • Plaintiffs Team Wins $17.4 Million Verdict for Smoker’s Widow, March 5, 2015, Daily Business Review
  • $17 Million Award to Late Smoker Who Had Lung Cancer, COPD, February 24, 2015, Daily Business Review

Lectures and Presentations by Kimberly L. Wald, Esq.

  • Understanding Referral Fees in Florida: Ethical Considerations, November 5, 2015, Broward County Bar Association
  • The Case Against Big Tobacco, March 4, 2016, Summit Council, Lago Mar Hotel
  • Understanding Referral Fees in Florida: Ethical Considerations, April 21, 2016, Cuban American Bar Association, Casa Cubana
  • Conquering the Courtroom – Winning your Case in Voir Dire, April 29, 2016, Broward County Bar Association and ABOTA, Weston Hills Country Club
  • Guest Lecturer Mediation Class at NSU Law School, February 8, 2017
  • Understanding Referral Fees in Florida: Ethical Considerations, Tulane Alumni, Kelley Uustal
  • NITA Professor, March 6-8 2017, NSU Law School
  • Litigating Sports Related Head Injuries, April 27, 2016, Broward County Bar Association
  • Jury Selection and Trials and Information Overload, June 15, 2017, Florida Justice Association
  • Guest Lecturer Mediation Class NSU Law, August 28, 2017
  • Understanding Referral Fees in Florida: Ethical Considerations, Cuban American Bar Association, Holland & Knight Miami
  • Jury Trials and the Age of Information Overload and Fake News: Paralegal Seminar, October 7, 2017, Keiser University
  • Jury Trials and the Age of Information Overload and Fake News, October 20, 2017, Broward County Bar Association Bench and Bar
  • Jury Trials and the Age of Information Overload and Fake News, October 26, 2017, Broward County Public Defender’s office
  • Your Case is Over when the Jury is Sworn, October 2018, Broward County Bar Association Bench and Bar
  • Your Case is Over when the Jury is Sworn, August 2021, Broward County Trial Lawyers
  • Association
  • Zoom for Lawyers, August 2020, Broward County Bar Association
  • Zoom for Paralegals, October 2020, Broward County Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Voir Dire Research School Head Lecturer, November 2020, Trial School
  • Voir Dire Research School Head Lecturer, August 2021, Trial School
  • Highway to Punitive Damages, September 2021, Florida Justice Association