Proudly Representing Real People with Real Cases
Attorney John Uustal works to protect the rights of real people against
massive corporations and insurance companies. At Kelley/Uustal, he has
devoted his practice to helping catastrophically injured victims. Few
things give him greater purpose and drive than seeking the maximum amount
of financial compensation on behalf of innocently injured individuals.
Notable case results:
- $51 million verdict after an accident involving a defective seatbelt (one
of the largest verdicts to be awarded on behalf of an individual)
- $11.65 million verdict on behalf of a victim suffering chronic obstructive
- $60 million verdict against General Motors for defectively designed fuel
tank that exploded during an accident, resulting in two deaths and six
people being burned (during lawsuit, it was discovered that GM was aware
of the defect and was capable of fixing it, but opted not to in order
to save money)
- $30.235 million verdict on behalf of the family of a victim who died from
longstanding cigarette use
- $2 million verdict on behalf of family of individual who was struck and
killed by a vehicle
- $700,000 policy limits recovery for child left with brain injury after
being struck by vehicle (insurer denied coverage until Kelley/Uustal's
accident reconstruction showed the driver of the vehicle was at fault)
- Confidential settlement on behalf of victim left in coma after helmet failed
during wakeboarding accident
- Confidential settlements in the only Argentinian Ford/Firestone cases to
result in recoveries for the victims
- Confidential settlement on behalf of individual left paralyzed after the
seatbelt unlatched during accident due to a faulty design
- Confidential settlement on behalf of young girl who died after her HMO
denied a CT scan based on a pre-approval process implemented by the HMO
(the HMO stopped requiring pre-approval for CT scans after the settlement)
- Confidential settlement on behalf of victim who suffered a brain injury
resulting from a keyless ignition vehicle accidentally left running inside a garage
Attorney John Uustal represented a Marine veteran who became paralyzed
after his seatbelt failed. He was driving home from work for a Fourth
of July barbeque when another driver ran a red light and slammed into
his truck. He was ejected from his truck even though he was wearing his
seatbelt. Uustal brought suit against the truck manufacturer, the seatbelt
manufacturer and the driver who ran the red light.
The manufacturers settled for an unprecedented amount prior to trial.
"Yes, we have some incredible results, but we are most proud of the
fact that our clients tell us that we care about them as people first.
Caring about people is what gives you the strength to fight so hard for
At Kelley/Uustal, we truly believe that our client-first attitude sets
us apart from the competition, and our former and current clients experience
this difference first-hand.
Uustal's practice covers catastrophic injury cases, class actions,
fraud, and contingency business litigation.
Trusted Legal Advocacy in Fort Lauderdale
Attorney John Uustal has
repeatedly been named one of the Best Lawyers in America. He has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts. He has frequently
been named in the American Lawyer's Top Verdicts of the Year, which
covers the entire country.
He has also been recognized in several editions of Florida Super Lawyers.
Uustal has given seminars throughout Florida and the United States on
a number of topics, such as investigating automobile defect cases. He
also serves as Editor of the
Florida Products Liability Blog. In addition to catastrophic injury cases, Uustal's practice covers
class actions, fraud, and contingency business litigation.
Choose to Work with a Certified Legal Advocate
Uustal has been
Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Florida Bar, a designation reserved for just 1% of Florida's
90,000 lawyers. Obtaining this certification requires a favorable showing
of Uustal's actual trial experience, positive reports from other lawyers
and judges familiar with his abilities, and the successful completion
of a comprehensive examination testing knowledge of civil trial law.
Board certified civil trial lawyers must partake in continuing legal education
in this field. Furthermore, the continuing legal education requirements
for board certified lawyers are significantly higher than those required
for non-certified lawyers. When working with Attorney Uustal, you can
rest assured that your case is in the hands of a thoroughly practiced,
refined, and experienced advocate.
Prior to entering private practice, Uustal served as a law clerk for the
Honorable Peter T. Fay of the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh
Circuit. Judge Fay was a renowned trial attorney appointed to the Federal
Bench by President Nixon, and elevated to the Court of Appeals by President
Ford. Judge Fay reinforced Uustal's interest in representing the "underrepresented."
Before joining Judge Fay, Uustal worked in the prosecutor's office
of the Florida State Attorney in Dade County, Florida.
Contact Kelley/Uustal Today for a Private Consultation
If you would like to speak directly with Attorney John Uustal, do not wait
another moment to contact our offices. Mr. Uustal is dedicated to helping
the clients of Kelley/Uustal achieve the best possible resolution to a
variety of legal matters. He fights to protect the rights of his clients,
achieve just compensation for wrongdoings, and to seek justice.
To schedule your private consultation, call us right away. We'll be
more than happy to set up your initial consultation and provide you with
information as to how Mr. Uustal can be the key to the success of your case.
Call our firm today for your private consultation.