Mark A. Sylvester is a trial lawyer specializing in complex civil litigation including personal injury, wrongful death, aviation law, motor vehicle accidents, cruise ship accidents, premise liability, and product liability. Mr. Sylvester has been consistently recognized as one of the top lawyers in Florida by numerous periodicals, including the South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Trend magazine.
As a licensed pilot, Mr. Sylvester brings a unique expertise to cases involving aviation crashes and aviation law. He has extensive experience and background in all manner and types of personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Mr. Sylvester was elected to the Board of Directors for the Dade County Bar Association in 2004, and appointed in 2005 to the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., an organization that provides free legal services to the low income community in areas of housing, employment, government benefits, special education, and community economic development. In July of 2007, Mr. Sylvester was elected Chair of the American Justice Association’s Federal Tort Claim and Military Advocacy Section. He previously held the position of chair-elect in 2006, and secretary of the section in 2005.
Mr. Sylvester is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where he was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review. He was co-founder of the University of Miami School of Law’s Aviation Law Society and served as the organizations first vice-president and thereafter president. He completed his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College (Vermont) where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the NCAA Men’s Varsity Basketball Team, 1991-1994.
Licensed since 1999
I fully endorse Mr. Sylvester. I have known Mark since 1995. He is extremely knowledgble and personable. He is dedicated to perfecting his craft, and getting the best results for his clients. He spends much personal time studying and evaluating current trends and new case law so that he always armed with the most relevant law and procedures. Additionally, I have served with Mark on multiple volunteer and charitable causes. He is truly a leader, and gives his best at everything he does.
Kenneth Walton Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|VT||Authorized to practice law||2014||05/11/2015|
|FL||Administrative - Not authorized to practice||1999||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Florida Super Lawyers||2012|
|Legal Elite Attorney||Florida Trend Magazine||2010|
|Rising Star||SuperLawyers - A Florida Publication||2010|
|Legal Elite Attorney||Florida Trend Magazine||2009|
|Top Up and Coming Attorney||South Florida Legal Guide||2009|
|Legal Elite Attorney||Florida Trend Magazine||2007|
|Top Up and Coming Lawyer||South Florida Legal Guide||2007|
|Top Up and Coming Lawyer||South Florida Legal Guide||2006|
|Founding Managing Partner||The Sylvester Law Firm, P.A.||2011 - Present|
|Partner/Trial Lawyer||Leesfield & Partners, P.A.||1999 - 2010|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.||Board of Directors||2005 - 2010|
|Dade County Bar Association||Board of Directors||2004 - 2007|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2000 - Present|
|Miami-Dade County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Elfstrom vs. Hilton and Marc Jason Holmes||Verdict against Marc Jason Holmes - $40.6 millio|
|Estate of minor, Jane Doe vs. Sue Smith, Mr. Smith, and ABC Corporation||$4.5 million settlement|
|Estate of John & Jane Doe vs. Federal Aviation Administration (USA)||>$ 2 million settlement|
|Trial Magazine||"Bad Call" - Litigating Cell Phone Cases||2010|
|AAJ - Aviation Section Newsletter||Weather Related Crashes: Establishing Negligence Against Air Traffic Control||2007|
|Dade County Bar Association Bulletin||Judicial Profiles - Monthly Judicial Profiles||2007|
|ATLA - FTCA Section Newsletter||Federal Tort Claims and the Discretionary Function Exception||2006|
|Treatise - ATLA's Litigating Tort Cases||Sanctions||2003|
|Trial Magazine||Apportionment of Fault in Inadequate Security Cases,"||2001|
|Trial Magazine||Admissibility of Expert Testimony: What's Next?"||2000|
|University of Miami School of Law||Cum Laude||Juris Doctor||1999|
|Middlebury College||Cum Laude||B.S.||1995|
|American Association for Justice - Annual Convention||Federal Tort Claims||2008|