Paul Jon Layne was born in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1991, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, with Departmental Honors in Economics and General Honors. Subsequently, Mr. Layne graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 1994, with honors. At Florida State, he served for two years as a member of the Law Review and Moot Court team. Mr. Layne is fully bilingual in the English and Spanish languages.
Following law school, Mr. Layne worked for one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious law firms in Florida. His areas of concentration were products liability litigation and commercial litigation. He was involved in litigation concerning Du Pont’s Benlate product, which end users claimed destroyed their crops and caused them adverse health effects.
Subsequently, Mr. Layne has handled numerous civil litigation matters from start to finish representing both defendants and plaintiffs in litigation. On the defense side, his previous clients have included General Motors Corporation, other product manufacturers and insurance carriers. On the plaintiff’s side, Mr. Layne has represented individuals in personal injury and wrongful death cases. His successful jury trials include a federal jury trial representing survivors of victims of the American Airlines flight 965 disaster where he was instrumental in winning a multi-million dollar verdict for the plaintiff. Mr. Layne was also involved in obtaining a favorable resolution for clients in the defective tire litigation against Bridgestone/Firestone.
At Silva & Silva, Mr. Layne’s concentration is representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death matters in both state and federal courts, including appeals. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Over the past three years alone, Mr. Layne has successfully handled major products liability cases, including among other defective products, dangerous automobile door latches that spring open in common and foreseeable crash events, as well as recalled window coverings on which young children in America strangle at a rate of one per month. He has also handled major aviation crash cases, auto crashes and insurance bad faith cases – in the process, recovering sums well into the tens of millions of dollars, for the firm’s clients.