Robert L. Parks Honored by the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society and Legal Services of Greater Miami
September 25, 2015
Miami, Fl. (September 25, 2015) –Veteran trial attorney Robert L. Parks, principal and founding partner of The Law Offices of Robert L. Parks, was honored by the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society and Legal Services of Greater Miami at the “50 Years, 50 Voices” exhibit opening this past October at History Miami. Parks was among an elite group of fifty community leaders who were honored for shaping the history of Miami through their legal service over the past fifty years.
One of Florida’s most experienced and respected trial attorneys, Parks focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, aviation, offshore resort torts, recreational liability, maritime and cruise ship liability, negligent security, premise liability, and products liability. He has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono services annually throughout his distinguished 50 year career.
Parks was the Dade County Bar representative for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. when the organization was founded in 1966 and has served in a volunteer capacity until the present time. Parks stepped up his pro bono work serving as volunteer co-chair of the highly successful “Together We Must” fundraising campaign for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. from 2009-2012. By reaching out to South Florida’s highly diverse legal community, “Together We Must” raised more than $1 million for LSGMI, earning national attention for its remarkable success in attracting financial support during the nation’s economic downturn.
In addition to this recent honor, Parks is the recipient of HistoryMiami’s 2015 Legal Legend Award, which highlights members of the legal community who have made significant contributions to the law, legal system and the administration of justice for the past five decades.
Long considered an authority on aviation matters, Parks has been involved in most major airline disasters and has handled over 200 general aviation crashes. His career highlights include product liability cases against large pharmaceutical companies as well as serving as Florida Counsel in the Antitrust Class Action against Microsoft. A consummate legal professional, Parks is past president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and past chair of its Florida Access to Justice Committee. He was an original appointee by the Florida Bar to the Florida Supreme Court Commission of Professionalism and served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air & Space Law.
Parks is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Law Institute. He also serves on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court Historical Society Board of Trustees, he is Chairman of the Board of Visitor’s for the National Judicial College, and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Florida International University’s College of Law.
He is past president of the Dade County Bar, a former member of the Florida
Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, past president of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers, and he served for six years as a member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar. Parks is Board certified in Aviation Law by the Florida Bar and was the first chair of the Florida Bar’s Aviation Law Certification Committee. Parks is also a member of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, and co-author of two chapters in Kreindler’s Aviation Accident Law for Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., on “Military Accidents” and “Air Traffic Control Negligence.”
In 2011, Parks received the prestigious War Horse Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the cause of justice. In 2012, Parks received the prestigious Perry Nichols Award from the Florida Justice Association. This lifetime achievement award recognizes a Floridian who has fought with distinction for justice throughout his life.
A longtime environmental advocate, Parks served as volunteer chairman of the state’s Environmental Regulation Commission from 1978 to 1986 under Governor Bob Graham. In that role alone, he gave 100 hours of volunteer service each year, in meetings, discussions of key issues and in holding public hearings around the state. For his dedicated leadership, Parks was named The National Audubon Society’s Environmentalist of the Year. In keeping with his commitment to protect the environment, Parks was an original member of 1,000 Friends of Florida, where he served as litigation chair for 13 years.
A leader in the South Florida community, Parks served for nearly 20 years under three governors in leading efforts to restore the Miami River culminating in him serving as the first chair of the Miami River Commission in 1998. He currently serves as Litigation Chair and is on the Executive Committee for The Everglades Foundation, which is dedicated to a restored Everglades, creating relevant and creative solutions to complex restoration issues without burdening taxpayers.
Parks has been named one of the ‘Best Lawyers of America’ every year since its inception in 1983. Parks has been included in Florida Super Lawyers listing for the past ten years, earned the distinction from his peers as a ‘Top Lawyer’ in South Florida Legal Guide every year since 2003, and was designated as a member of the 2010/2011 Lawdragon Top 3000. In addition, Robert L. Parks and his firm are listed in the U.S. News & Best Lawyers® list of “Best Law Firms” rankings.