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1941 – 2016
Jon D. Caminez
Jon D. Caminez, who passed away September 25, 2016, was the founder of Caminez & Yeary, P.A. in Monticello, Florida.
For almost 43 years, he litigated cases primarily involving personal injury and wrongful death in North Florida, as well as serving as co-counsel for numerous cases in Georgia, Alabama and other states. He initially worked for the United States Department of Justice. He began his private practice in this area in 1972 and has specialized in personal injury work since 1974.
Mr. Caminez tried numerous jury trials during his long career and was in the first class of Board certified civil trial attorneys who were given their certificate in 1983. He was also the first Baker Act hearing examiner and was awarded Citizen of the Year for his work in that field.
Mr. Caminez was a longstanding member of the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court, and all Circuit Courts in the state of Florida.
Mr. Caminez was successful in the first jury trial against the State of Florida, and his client was awarded a verdict greater than the policy limits. He obtained million dollar verdicts in jury trials, including a verdict against Walmart for $1,500,000.00.
Caminez & Yeary specializes in tractor/trailer accidents, as well as serious automobile accidents, products liability cases, premises liability cases, and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Caminez was known for taking cases to trial when they do not settle for a fair value and worked hard in any case whether big or small.
Mr. Caminez also handled the Wells v. TMH case, which went to trial and was affirmed by the Florida Supreme Court and established a valuable legal precedent in apportionment of liability awards, as well as being the last case tried with a jury against Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where a successful verdict was obtained.
Mr. Caminez was a Board certified trial lawyer, having been certified in the first class of lawyers to be certified in the state of Florida.
The law firm of Caminez & Yeary contiues the legacy that Mr. Caminez started over 43 years ago, to put the client’s interest first.
Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents
Nursing Home Negligence
ABOUT Caminez Yeary
At Caminez Yeary. we are dedicated to providing our clients a first-class legal representation with a hometown feel. With offices in Monticello and Tallahassee, we have served injury victims and their families throughout North Florida for over 40 years. Our attorneys will work closely with you to achieve your goals. We have the experience and resources necessary to fight the big insurance company and get you the compensation you deserve.
Our approach to representing accident victims is simple – we put your needs first. With attention and compassion we guide you through the personal injury claim process from start to finish. The insurance company will fight to keep from paying you a fair settlement. There are many ways they attempt to discredit you and attack your claim. We will help you avoid falling into these traps thereby maximizing the value of your claim.
WHY CHOOSE Caminez Yeary?
There are plenty of options available when it comes to personal injury attorneys. The question becomes, “What sets Caminez Yeary apart from the others?” The answer lies in our focus on putting the client’s interest before our own. Our primary mission is to help people. Many attorneys may say this, but when push comes to shove they seem to take the lion’s share of the settlement. Ask yourself – is this fair? At Caminez Yeary. the client’s best interest will always come first.
Caminez Yeary P.A. was originally founded in 1972 by attorney Jon Caminez. Mr. Caminez earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina. He began his legal career working for the United States Department of Justice. After gaining trial experience working for the Department of Justice Mr. Caminez entered private practice.
When Mr. Caminez first founded the firm it was headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Like many young lawyers beginning their own law practice, Mr. Caminez would accept any client that could walk in the door. This allowed him to practice in many different areas of law including criminal, business litigation and personal injury. It was during these early years that Mr. Caminez grew an affinity for representing injured people that needed help. As he would often say, he was “in the business of helping people.” By 1974 the practice’s focus was on personal injury law and the firm began to grow.
Mr. Caminez quickly grew a reputation for taking cases to trial when his clients were not offered a fair settlement. He took on large corporationsincluding the Buckeye Plant in Perry, Florida, Walmart, Lowe’s, and many other Fortune 500 companies. Despite gaining notoriety throughout north Florida for his success in the courtroom, he continued to put forth the same effort on every case – whether big or small – that he did when he first started. He understood that each case is important to the client involved and that he, as their attorney, should treat it that way. This is a standard that the firm still adheres to today.
By the early 1980s Mr. Caminez was expanding his practice into the counties surrounding Tallahassee. It began with people in need of an attorney coming to his residence in Monticello, Florida, for legal advice. He decided to open an office in Monticello to better service clients in Jefferson, Madison and Taylor county. As the practice expanded in these areas, the firm’s headquarters migrated to Monticello.
The firm now operates two offices – one in Monticello and one in Tallahassee – allowing accident victims throughout the Big Bend easier access to legal representation. Over the years the practice has evolved from a one-man show to law firm with multiple attorneys working towards a common goal – helping injured people. Mr. Caminez has maintained a loyal staff over the years that includes attorney Scott Wolf and paralegal Shannon Brown. They combine for 35 years of experience of assisting personal injury victims. The firm has continued to evolve with the times and utilizes the latest technology in representing its clients.
Mr. Caminez first met Mr. Yeary while he was working for a Tallahassee firm representing insurance companies. The two individuals litigated many cases against one another over the years including one that ended in a jury trial. After gaining respect for each other and the manner in which they practiced law, Mr. Yeary was invited to join the firm in 2016. The addition brought something new to the law firm that it never had in its 44-year history – an insider’s view of how insurance companies evaluate and defend claims. This new insight allowed the firm to further enhance its representation of injury victims.
Mr. Caminez passed away in September 2016. He left behind a legacy of providing diligent legal representation to injury victims through hard work and focusing on the client’s needs, not those of the attorney. The current members of the firm work every day to continue the legacy left by Mr. Caminez.