Juan P. Bauta II

Senior Attorney


(305) 481-9761

Juan P. Bauta is a class action and mesothelioma attorney at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He is based in the firm’s Florida office and has over 30 years of experience helping clients seek justice.

Juan strives to make the legal process as easy and stress-free as possible for those he represents.

“My clients can expect only the highest level of service from me and those on my team,” said Juan.

With a commitment to excellence and a deep-seated passion for helping others, he stands ready to tackle even the most challenging cases.

Securing Results for Families Impacted by Mesothelioma

Throughout his career, Juan has recovered significant compensation for mesothelioma patients and their loved ones.

These mesothelioma settlements and verdicts have helped families pay for medical bills, lost wages, everyday living expenses and more.

Find out more about some of his past mesothelioma trial verdicts:

  • $20 million: A Florida jury awarded Juan’s client compensatory damages after he was exposed to asbestos in joint compound while remodeling an apartment. The lawsuit was filed against Union Carbide, who tried to argue the victim didn’t have mesothelioma. Juan worked with multiple experts to confirm his client’s diagnosis in court.
  • $14.2 million: Juan represented a contractor who was exposed to asbestos in drywall joint compounds and textured ceiling sprays. He argued that Union Carbide failed to warn the victim about the presence of asbestos in these products, and the Florida Supreme Court ruled in his favor. The company was ordered to pay nearly half of the total damages.
  • $14 million: In another trial against Union Carbide, Juan represented the daughter of a man who passed away from mesothelioma. The case was retried three times, highlighting Juan’s unwavering commitment to his client. He was ultimately successful in his pursuit of justice on her behalf.
  • Nearly $13 million: Juan was able to hold Bechtel Corp. accountable after a utility worker got sick from removing asbestos-containing insulation at a power plant. He proved the company, which oversaw maintenance at the plant, had a responsibility to protect workers.
  • $9 million: After filing a mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit against Northrop Grumman, Juan secured a significant verdict for the widow of a U.S. Army veteran. The company claimed samples of the victim’s lung tissue didn’t show significant asbestos exposure, but Juan secured test results from the Italian government that proved otherwise.
  • $3.6 million: A jury ruled in favor of a woman who was exposed to asbestos secondhand while working at Ford Motor Company. Juan discovered internal documents showing the company knew their products were dangerous, despite claiming otherwise in court.

Juan has tried 25 mesothelioma cases to verdict. He is dedicated to holding asbestos companies accountable for their negligence and ensuring that victims receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Additional Success in the Courtroom

In addition to mesothelioma lawsuits, Juan has successfully represented clients in cases involving employment discrimination, defective product designs and more.

As a skilled negotiator, he has secured individual settlements ranging from $1 million to $29 million. 

Additionally, Juan has handled six class action lawsuits, showcasing his ability to manage complex cases and coordinate with multiple plaintiffs.

His experience extends to federal and state appellate courts, where he has briefed and argued numerous cases. Juan has a deep understanding of complex legal principles and is able to persuasively argue nuanced points of law.

“My strengths are decades of honing my craft, perseverance and ‘thinking outside of the box’, explained Juan.

In total, Juan has tried over 50 cases to verdict. His ability to achieve favorable outcomes in both class actions and individual lawsuits has solidified his reputation as a skilled lawyer across various areas of law.

Background & Experience

Juan studied history and political science at Florida State University. Upon graduation, he attended the Florida State University School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Land-Use and Environmental Law.

Since 2000, Juan has been a board-certified civil trial lawyer. To achieve this certification, a lawyer must meet rigorous standards that typically include substantial involvement in civil trial law, a high level of peer review, and passing a comprehensive examination.

In his free time, Juan gives back to his community by partaking in numerous ministries within the Archdiocese of Miami. He is also fluent in Spanish.

Practice Areas:

  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
  • Mass Torts & Class Actions
  • Products Liability

Bar and Court Admissions:


  • AV Preeminent®
  • Daily Business Review, “Most Effective Lawyer in Product Liability Cases”, 2010


  • Florida State University, B.A., 1987
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1990