Adam J. Langino is Of Counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Complex Tort Litigation practice group, focusing on truck accidents, products liability, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, and managed care abuse litigation.
Mr. Langino is an experienced, hands-on trial attorney, who has tried more than 20 jury trial cases in his career. Mr. Langino represents clients who have been seriously or catastrophically injured by holding accountable the corporations or persons that have caused them harm.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Langino served for three years as an Assistant Public Defender in West Palm Beach, Florida. As an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Langino handled complex felony criminal cases, including first-degree felonies and crimes punishable by life in prison. He gained valuable trial experience and secured freedom for the wrongly accused. Before his service as an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Langino clerked for the Federal Public Defender in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Currently, Mr. Langino is litigating the following notable matters:
Edwards v. Tesla (Sup. Crt. Cal., Alameda Cnty.): On June 25, 2020, Cohen Milstein filed a product liability lawsuit against Tesla, Inc. on behalf of Kristian and Jason Edwards. Ms. Edwards sustained catastrophic injuries as a result of the failure of the airbags to deploy in her Tesla Model 3 during an accident.
Reed, et al. v. USA (E.D. Tenn.): Cohen Milstein is representing plaintiffs in a wrongful death and property damage mass action against the U.S. Department of Interior and National Park Service for the negligence of its employees to perform their duties during The Chimney Tops 2 Fire in Tennessee, which originated in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and ultimately damaged or destroyed 2,500 homes, buildings and other structures, and killed more than 12 people.
- CSX Litigation (E.D.N.C.): On October 4, 2018, Cohen Milstein filed a putative class action on behalf of faith leaders, businesses, and residents in the southern and western portions of Lumberton, North Carolina who have twice suffered catastrophic flooding and damage due to CSX Corporation and CSX transportation entities ignoring and trying to block government entities from building a floodgate on a train underpass it owns and operates, including preventing the city from building a temporary berm in 2018 to protect its citizens from impending Hurricane Florence.
Some of his past successes include:
- Paz-Orjales v. Ford Motor Company (Cir. Crt., Osceola Cty., Fla.): Cohen Milstein successfully settled a catastrophic lawsuit on behalf of Paz-Orjales against Defendants Ford Motor Company for the catastrophic injuries resulting in his quadriplegia. The complaint alleged that due to a defective design, the Ford truck’s roof collapsed and crushed Mr. Orjales during a roll-ever accident.
- Pelico v. Yorktown Association Inc. (Cir. Crt., Palm Beach Cty., Fla.): Cohen Milstein represented Pelico in a wrongful death lawsuit against the property management company that maintains the swimming pool in which his daughter drowned. The father contends that Heritage had a duty to make sure that the pool was reasonably safe, including controlling access to the pool by minors.
- Staton v. Elite Auto Logistics, Inc. (M.D. Fla.): In July 2018, Cohen Milstein settled a personal injury and negligence lawsuit on behalf of Lowell Staton against Elite Auto Logistics, Inc. and Larry Watson for negligently causing a truck crash that caused his disabling injuries.
- Mincey v. Takata (Cir. Crt., Duval Cty., Fla.): Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in a lawsuit brought on behalf of Patricia Mincey and her family. Ms. Mincey sustained catastrophic injuries that rendered her paralyzed from the neck down in 2014 when the driver’s side airbag deployed too aggressively during a vehicle collision. She passed away in early 2016 due to complications from the quadriplegia caused by the problematic airbag. The suit charged that the Takata Corporation, the manufacturer of the airbag system, knew of the airbag defect and hid the problem from consumers. Evidence uncovered by the firm showed that Takata concealed the defective nature of the airbag system for more than a decade. The case was resolved in July 2016. Mr. Langino was involved in all aspects of the litigation, including discovery, taking depositions and directing motions.
- Quinlan v. Toyota Motor Corporation (S.D. Fla.): Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in a product liability case filed against Toyota, alleging that manufacturing defects in the defendant’s car caused the car being driven by the plaintiff to suddenly accelerate and go out of control, resulting in catastrophic injuries that left Quinlan a quadriplegic. The defendant entered into a confidential settlement.
- Fuse v. Palm Tran (Cir. Crt., Palm Beach Cty., Fla.): Cohen Milstein represented the family of a 5-year-old disabled child in a catastrophic injury case alleging that the disabled child suffered permanent brain damage during transport on the Palm Tran Connection service, a transportation service for elderly and disabled patrons, when the vehicle’s driver ignored her calls for help, failed to provide first aid, and delayed access to emergency medical aid. The case was resolved in a settlement in excess of $1 million.
- Hauser v. Rice Insulation (Cir. Crt., Lee Cty., Fla.): Cohen Milstein represented the Hauser family in a product liability lawsuit alleging that Rice Insulation, an insulation contractor, installed foam insulation incorrectly in the plaintiff’s house, resulting in the house burning to the ground. The lawsuit included the contractor as well as the manufacturer for not providing sufficient warnings that the product might ignite under certain conditions. The matter was resolved confidentially. Mr. Langino managed all aspects of the litigation.
- Palmer v. Baylines Inc.: Cohen Milstein represented the Palmer family in catastrophic injury and product safety lawsuit in which a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a vehicle carrying the Palmers, resulting in the death of Mrs. Palmer. Mr. Langino brought a catastrophic injury case against the trucking company Baylines Inc., and a product safety case against the carmaker of the vehicle that the Palmers were driving alleging that the airbags did not deploy properly, leading to Mrs. Palmer’s death. The case was resolved in a confidential settlement. Mr. Langino managed all aspects of the litigation, including expert witnesses.
Mr. Langino presently serves as the Newsletter Chair for the Product Liability Section of the American Association for Justice. He was selected to the 2015 class of the American Association for Justice Leadership Academy, which is comprised of a select group of plaintiff trial lawyers chosen from across the country for national leadership training. Mr. Langino has been consistently recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as one of Florida’s “Top 40 Under 40” and a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” Florida Trend “Up and Comer,” and is Martindale-Hubbell AV rated.
Mr. Langino attended the University of Maryland, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Government and Politics, and earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he received an award for Best Oral Argument and participated in the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court program.
A former amateur boxer, Mr. Langino has volunteered as boxing coach for at risk youths for the Police Athletic League located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He is the Past-President of Club 100 Charities and a past-board member of Cops Helping Kids, charities that are dedicated to improving Palm Beach County by focusing on the needs of the youth and elderly.
- Legal Affairs Chair, Products Liability, Class Action & Mass Torts Section, North Carolina Assocation for Justice
- Newsletter Chair, Products Liability Section, American Association for Justice
- 2015 Fellow, Leadership Academy, American Association for Justice
- Co-Chair, Publications Committee, New Lawyers' Division, American Association for Justice
- Member, Membership Committee, American Association for Justice
- Trustee, Pound Civil Justice Institute
- Board Member, Cops Helping Kids
- Volunteer Boxing Coach, Police Athletic League