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Jany Martinez Ward

Jany Martínez-Ward is a Founding and Managing Partner of The Ward Law Group, PL, a Florida law firm representing victims of car accidents. She focuses her practice on providing legal representation to Hispanic clients that have become injured in a car accident as a result of the negligence of others. In 2018, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Jany as one of the top attorneys in the state and among the top 40 under 40 attorneys.

Throughout her career, she has been committed to advocating on behalf of Hispanics and creating awareness of changing local, state, and federal laws and regulations  regarding auto accidents, as well as providing legal representation when needed.

Awards And Recognitions
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Jany Martínez-Ward

What Makes Us Different From Other Personal Injury Law Firms?

Her reputation is undisputed, and she is regarded as one of the most prominent Hispanic attorneys in South Florida, recovering over $500 million for her clients since she launched her practice in 2012. Jany connects with Spanish speakers on the radio and television every week. This gives her the opportunity to interact with them, answer their legal questions and concerns, and understand their needs. As a result of her compassionate approach, and commitment to justice, Jany Martínez-Ward has become a trusted household name in South Florida.

During the Covid crisis when reliability was scarce, Jany and The Ward Law Group worked tirelessly to achieve a 2-million-dollar settlement for their client Marcela, an achievement that made local news headlines. "The Ward Law Group showed me that trust is possible. They helped me understand my rights and my case. They made it super simple and they were always available to answer all of my questions", explains Marcela. As a result of her specialization in car accident cases, Jany is a frequently sought-after speaker for Miami area news organizations, she has also been invited by the Florida Bar Association to contribute a chapter to the 10th edition of Florida Civil Practice Before Trial entitled "Practice and Procedure in the Handling of Automobile Cases."

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leading the way

At The Ward Law Group, Jany leads the firm’s Pre-litigation department team assisting clients with everything from paperwork to counseling. She negotiates settlement claims directly with insurance companies to ensure her clients receive just compensation for any financial losses, work interruptions, and emotional distress incurred as a result of being in an accident.

In her role, she oversees 15 managers and over 140 employees, ensuring that clients receive outstanding service. At 36, Jany Martinez-Ward looks back on her firm's accomplishments, having served thousands of clients and achieved over $500 million in settlements. In the past eight years, The Ward Law Group has seen a growth of 40 to 50% year over year, with 19 settlements totaling $1 million.

The most significant is a confidential settlement in excess of $100 million. With an eye to the future, she has chartered a plan to expand the firm into the Northeast, the Southwest, and Texas over the next decade. As part of its expansion plan, the firm opened an office in New York to serve the Hispanic community in the metro area and its suburbs.

THE JOURNEY INSPIRES HER PURPOSE

Jany immigrated to the United States approximately twenty years ago with her mother and infant brother, leaving everything they knew behind. Jany, like many other migrant children, crossed the border with her family with a sense of uncertainty and fear of what awaited them after arriving. Devastated and confused, she watched as her mother was arrested. Jany and her brother were taken away and placed in foster care while their legal issues were resolved. “It was a painful experience,” Jany explains. “I felt helpless and lost because I didn’t understand the language or the decisions people were making about me and my family.”

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During those difficult times, she became aware of the barriers Hispanics encounter in the United States

For years, she experienced the challenges immigrants face in this complex and intimidating legal system. Helping others, especially those in more vulnerable circumstances and without a voice, became the focus of her life early on. The journey inspired her purpose and her life’s mission became to serve the legal needs of her community.

To achieve this dream, Jany attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. She has been licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 2013. From the beginning of her career, she has seen herself as a champion of the Hispanic community, and she played a crucial role in expanding the client base of The Ward Law Firm from a few personal injury clients in 2012 to over 18,000 families today.

According to Jany, the secret of her success is due to several factors. The first is the expertise of her husband, Gregory Ward, who for many years worked representing Insurance companies. That knowledge is applied today to benefit those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. In addition, she attributes success to her faith, exceptional service, and unwavering commitment to the Hispanic community.

 

Giving Back to Her Community

Jany’s community efforts expanded beyond sharing her legal knowledge from the start of her career. When Jany is not working on resolving client cases, she is at the forefront of Hispanic community matters with her husband Greg. “I believe that exceptional client service sets us apart. It’s part of the firm’s core values, but it’s not the whole picture. We feel strongly about getting to know our clients and our community here at The Ward Law Group, and we make it a priority to do so by getting involved and giving back to our community”, she explains.

She is an active member of her church, and she has sponsored countless events to help underprivileged children and youth groups. In addition to her many community initiatives, she is an active board member of the “I Have a Dream Foundation” and she supports an annual Back to School donation drive for orphaned and underprivileged children in need at the end of each summer.

But her commitment to making a difference extends far beyond U.S. borders.

Her charitable effort helps support an orphanage and school in Nicaragua. She has also helped to coordinate an effort to help Venezuelan children so they can count on nutritious meals instead of searching through dumpsters for leftover scraps.

Education

  • Adjunct Faculty at Joseph Business School, 2016-2018
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Juris Doctor Candidate, May 2012.
  • Florida Bar Public Service Fellowship for 2010-2011
  • Pro Bono Honors Program, Gold Award (300+ hours)
  • ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Senior Bilingual Editor
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Literature, magna cum laude, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science & Arts, Arts, Psychology & Spanish Literature, Magma Cum Laude
  • Presidential Debate Competition Winner, 2009
  • Guardian Ad Litem, 2006 – 2008

Honors & Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell, 10 Year Anniversary Serving the Community, 2023 
  • South Florida Business Journal, 2023 forty under 40 
  • Super Lawyers, 2023 Rising Stars Honoree
  • Top Verdict, 1M Bacallao v. Fed. Ins. Co., Daily Business Review, 2023  
  • Best Places to Work Award, South Florida Business Journal, 2023 
  • The Golden Gavel Award for Spanish Language Marketing, 2023 
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10 Best Under 40 Attorneys, 2022 
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10 Best High Verdict & Settlement Winner, 2022 
  • Top Verdict, Top 100 Personal Injury Settlements in Florida, for the results in 
  •  Tumanov vs. Brown, 2022 
  • Fortune, Most Powerful Women, nomination & awarded exclusive membership, FORTUNE MPW has evolved into the world’s most extraordinary leadership community, convening the preeminent women in business, 2022 
  • I Have a Dream Foundation, special recognition for fundraising $167,000 for the foundation, 2021-2022 
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, 2022  
  • Best Places to Work Award, South Florida Business Journal, 2022 
  • Top Verdict, Top 10 Personal Injury Settlements in Florida, for the results in case Ramirez v. The Hartford Ins. Group, et al, 2021 
  • Top Verdict, Top 100 Personal Injury Settlements in Florida, for the results in case Ramirez v. The Hartford Ins. Group, et al, 2021 
  • The Golden Gavel Award for Best Brand Video of the Year, 2021 
  • Florida Trend’s Magazine, Florida Legal Elite, 2021 
  • Florida Trend’s Magazine, Top Attorney, Insurance, 2021 
  • The National Trial Lawyers, 40 Under 40, 2018, 2019 
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer,  2019  
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Team Member of the Year, recognition for fundraising $500,000, 2019 
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys,10 Best Attorneys
    in Florida, 2018 
  • City of Doral — Woman of Influence 
  • Million Dollars Advocates Forum  
  • AVVO Rating, 10.0 Superb, Top Rate Personal Injury Firm 
  • AV PREEMINENT, Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Ratings 
  •  Marquis Who's Who - 2022 

Publications, Speeches, Media

Experience

  • The Ward Law Group, PL, Miami Lakes, FL
    • Founder, Managing Partner, Chief Marketing Officer, 2012 – Present
    • Jany Martínez-Ward is a Co-founder, Managing Partner, & CMO, of The Ward Law Group, PL, a Florida law firm representing victims of car accidents. She specializes in providing legal representation to Hispanic clients who have been injured in car accidents because of the negligence of others. Since launching her practice in 2012, The Ward Law Group has sustained 40-50 percent growth year over year for the last 8 years and has obtained 19 settlements over a million dollars. One of the firm’s most notable accomplishments is a confidential settlement in excess of $100 million. To date, Ward Law Group has helped car accident victims recover over $500 million in settlements.
  • State Attorney’s Office, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward, FL
    • Certified Legal Intern, Winter 2012
    • Handled over 200 cases. Prosecuted and won convictions in over 18 misdemeanor cases including jury and non-jury trials. Argued motions to suppress and negotiated plea agreements.
  • United States Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer, U.S District Court, Southern District of Florida, Broward, FL
    • Legal Intern, Fall 2011
    • Researched legal issues relating to general civil litigation, social security, employment, patent, and criminal law. Drafted reports and recommendations, legal memoranda, and correspondence related to pending cases. Assisted in criminal and civil motion practice including discovery disputes and evidentiary hearings.
  • The Florida Bar – Chapter 607 Project, Business Law Section
    • Research Committee Member, Winter 2011 – Present
    • Compared Model Business Corporations Act and Delaware Statutes to Florida Corporation statutes and analyzed and drafted proposed changes to Florida Statutes.

The Florida Bar & Community Service

  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Broward Hispanic Bar and Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • The Florida Bar – Chapter 607 Project, Business Law Section
  • Research Committee Member
  • I Have a Dream Foundation, Board of Directors, Member
  • Metro Life Church, Legacy Committee, Member
  • The Ward Law Group, Annual Back Pack Drive – Every year, The Ward Law Group donates thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies to local South Florida families so that they can help their children prepare for school.
  • The Ward Law Group, Turkey Giveaway – During the holidays, The Ward Law Group serves over 1,500 meals to the community in addition to turkeys.
  • The Ward Law Group’s initiative to help children and families is a global effort – With the help of a charitable church organization, many Venezuelan children can have a warm meal during the holidays. The Ward Law Group also sponsors an orphanage, and a school in Nicaragua for the most vulnerable children. Nicaraguan children are provided with food, housing, education, medical care, and spiritual guidance. In India, The Ward Law Group provides food, healthcare, spiritual guidance, and Bibles to impoverished families living in a small rural towns in India.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2024
  • New York, 2023
  • Texas, 2023
  • Washington D.C., 2022
  • Florida, 2013

What Clients are Saying About Jany Martinez Ward

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