Oscar J. Cabanas

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Firm: Wicker Smith (South Florida)
2800 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Suite 800
Coral Gables FL 33134
United States

Oscar Cabanas is a managing partner at Wicker Smith and the current vice chair of USLAW NETWORK. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Northwestern University. He then returned to his hometown of Miami to attend the University of Miami School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1984. Always wanting to be a trial lawyer, he was active at the University of Miami in the Mock Trial Program and the Trial Advocacy Program. He was also asked by his law school peers to serve on the Honor Council. In 1984, Oscar began his career in the private sector. Although he has practiced in several different areas of tort law, the majority of his career has been spent defending healthcare providers in medical negligence cases. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and is perennially listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and other peer review publications. His accolades include having been twice named South Florida’s Defense Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice by Best Lawyers in America (2018, 2022). He was recently named as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the overall personal injury defense category for 2023. Oscar had the honor to serve as president of the Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), as well as the honor of serving on ABOTA’s National Board of Directors. Oscar has also served as the Chair of the Trial Tactics Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Oscar is originally from Cuba and is bilingual. He lives in Miami with his wife and two children.

USLAW Practice Group Affiliations

  • Medical Law: Alternate 1
  • Medical Law: Board Liaison
  • Professional Liability: Primary

Resources & Articles

USLAW expands Diversity Council

USLAW expands Diversity Council

Posted November 15, 2022

As part of USLAW NETWORK’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, USLAW expands the membership of the USLAW NETWORK Diversity Council to include more than a dozen USLAW member attorneys and legal decision-makers from across an array of industries. “We are excited to expand the diversity council by adding… Continue Reading

2022-2023 USLAW NETWORK Board of Directors announced

2022-2023 USLAW NETWORK Board of Directors announced

Posted September 27, 2022

USLAW NETWORK membership elected the 2022-23 Board of Directors during the recent USLAW NETWORK’s fall member meeting in Austin, Texas. New leadership includes Amanda Pennington Ketchum of Dysart Taylor in Kansas City, Missouri as chair, Oscar J. Cabanas of Wicker Smith in Miami as vice chair, and Kenneth B. Wingate… Continue Reading

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