The Miami-Dade Workers’ Compensation Bar worked diligently to create and support the Richard A. Sicking American Inn of Court, dedicated to practitioner Richard A. Sicking, who has practiced more than 50 years as a member of The Florida Bar.

It would be difficult to find anyone who has had a more profound impact on Florida workers’ compensation law and practice than Richard A. Sicking. In May, I was privileged to attend a meeting of the Richard A. Sicking American Inn of Court in Miami. This was a special event during which Judge Jeffrey Jacobs’ pupilage group gave a presentation, entitled “Workers’ Comp’s Greatest Hits.” Unbeknownst to the honoree of the evening, this presentation would highlight some of the important decisions resulting from the career of Richard A. Sicking. After the presentation, leaders of the workers’ compensation bar, including Ray Malca, Richard Chait, Karen Gilmartin, and Robert Rodriguez, rose with tributes to Mr. Sicking.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Sicking’s storied career, a Westlaw inquiry will reveal some of what he has accomplished over the last 60 years. Mr. Sicking has made 126 appellate arguments, including 20 before the Florida Supreme Court. A search of Mr. Sicking’s name will bring up 248 appellate and Supreme Court decisions. Collectively, these decisions have been cited no less than 8,746 times and including important cases such as Lee Engineering and Construction Co. v. Fellows; DeAyala v. Florida Farm Bureau Casualty Co.; Martinez v. Scanlan; Murray v. Mariner Health; Castellanos v. Next Door Co.; Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg; and City of Hallandale v. Casey.

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