also known as Stephen M. Fernandez, Stephen Fernandez
Stephen M. Fernandez received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law. While in law school he focused on courses relevant to the field of personal injury and trial practice. Mr. Fernandez was also an active member of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy. Prior to studying law, he graduated with high honors from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science. He also earned minors in Business Administration and Environmental Studies.
Mr. Fernandez has focused his career on representing accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He also represents the victims of wrongful insurance denials.
Mr. Fernandez is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Georgia. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. His experience includes handling automobile accidents, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, motorcycle accidents, commercial trucking cases, premises liability, negligent security, watercraft accidents, assault/battery, and insurance denials under both state law and ERISA.
Mr. Fernandez has quickly built a reputation as a skilled litigator and zealous advocate for his clients. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine in 2010 and 2011. This distinction is awarded to no more than 2.5% of attorneys and is based on factors such as academic achievement, peer recognition and professional accomplishments.
In 2011 he was also named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers organization. He maintains a “Superb” rating by Avvo.
Mr. Fernandez is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Justice Association, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, the Manasota Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, the Sarasota Bar Association, and the Association of Plaintiff's Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. He is also on the Board of Sarasota Bay Watch, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and restoring Sarasota Bay.
Mr. Fernandez has written various publications on subjects ranging from the handling of insurance claims to fly-fishing. In 2003 his article "Captive-bred Exceptions: An Unconventional Approach to Conservation Under the ESA" won the Barbara W. Maker award and was published in the UF Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has also published fishing and conservation articles in Fisheries Magazine, Florida Sportsman and Salt Water Fly Fishing. When not representing his clients, Mr. Fernandez can most often be found fly fishing the inshore waters off Florida's west coast.
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Steve has an unbridled passion for the law and diligently fights for his client's rights. Time after time, I've watched Steve courageously fight big insurance companies and get his clients the justice they deserve. If you have a personal injury matter, Steve's the guy to call.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2007||11/07/2015|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2004||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Barbara W. Makar Writing Award||U.F. Journal of Law and Public Policy||2003|
|Attorney||Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh||2009 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America||Member||2009 - Present|
|Sarasota Bay Watch||Board Member||2009 - 2012|
|Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section||Member||N/A|
|Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)||Eagle Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|The Docket Sarasota County Bar Association||Medicare Liens: What You Don't Know Can Cost You||2010|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||Effective Colossus Settlement Demands and Preparing to File Suit||2006|
|Fisheries Magazine||A Market Approach to Sturgeon Conservation Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act||2005|
|University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy||Captive-bred Exceptions: An Unconventional Approach to Conservation Under the ESA||2003|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|Florida PIP: Changes to the Law and Unresolved Questions||Florida PIP/No-Fault Law||2013|
|What to do After an Automobile Accident||Auto Insurance Law||2012|
|SFGAP Certification Review Course I: The Sunshine State||Sovereign Immunity & State Tort Litigation||2011|
|Personal Injury - A Multi-faceted Overview||Handling Personal Injury Claims||2010|