A nationally recognized trial attorney with more than 45 years of experience, Robert L. Parks is a highly respected advocate in the courtroom and a leader in the community. He focuses his practice on mass tort, aviation, wrongful death and product liability cases, representing plaintiffs in airline disasters in the Americas and around the world. He has been named one of the 'Best Lawyers of America' every year since its inception in 1983. Out of the estimated 30,000 'Best Lawyers of America,' only 1,397 have been consecutively named since 1983. Parks has also earned the distinction from his peers as a 'Top Lawyer' in the South Florida Legal Guide every year since 2003.
Parks' career highlights include product liability cases against major airlines, manufacturers and large pharmaceutical companies. He was Florida counsel in the antitrust class action suit against Microsoft. Since being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1964, Parks has represented plaintiffs in hundreds of personal injury, wrongful death, aviation and automobile cases.
A consummate legal professional, Parks is Past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, 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 served as chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on Air & Space Law and was appointed by the Florida Bar to the Florida Supreme Court Commission of Professionalism. 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."
Parks is dedicated to improving the South Florida community, serving for nearly 20 years for three governors in leading efforts to restore the Miami River culminating in serving as the first Chair of the Miami River Commission in 1998. He has also been appointed to the Governor's Commission on Property Rights, and Chaired the Environmental Regulation Commission for the State of Florida for eight years. He is on the Board of The Everglades Foundation reflecting his ongoing commitment to protect the environment. He is on the Board of Visitor's for The National Judicial College, the Dean's Advisory Board for Florida International University's College of Law, the Board of the Historical Association of South Florida, and he is currently Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Parks is a long-time South Florida resident, who currently resides with his wife, Lyn, in Coconut Grove.
Honors and awards
- Lawyer of the Year Award, Young Lawyers Section, The Florida Bar, Fellow, 1975
- American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
- Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- International Society of Barristers, Fellow
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow
- Roscoe Pound Foundation Senior Counsel
- American College of Barristers, Member
- American Law Institute
- Golden Shovel, Award, Miami River Marine Group, 2000
- Person of Year Award, Marine Council, 1998
- Conservationist of the Year Award, Florida State Audubon Society, 1986
- The Florida Environmental Service Award, Florida Defenders of the Environment, 1983