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Stephen Mathew Fernandez

Stephen Mathew Fernandez

also known as Stephen M. Fernandez, Stephen Fernandez

About me


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.


Professional Experience

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.


Activities, Associations and Awards

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.



Practice areas


  1. Slip and Fall Accident: 20%
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 20%
  3. Car Accidents: 20%
  4. Brain Injury: 20%
  5. Wrongful Death: 20%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Tad Hankin

    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.


    Michael Hankin Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Bernard Francis Walsh

    Stephen has always done a fantastic job protecting the rights of our mutual clients. His trial preparation and his ability to negotiate is superior. I fully endorse his legal abilities.


    Bernard Walsh Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh

308 Cocoanut Ave
Sarasota, FL, 34236-4920


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200711/07/2015
FLMember in Good Standing200409/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Barbara W. Makar Writing AwardU.F. Journal of Law and Public Policy2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaMember2009 - Present
Sarasota Bay WatchBoard Member2009 - 2012
Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers SectionMemberN/A
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)Eagle MemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Docket Sarasota County Bar AssociationMedicare Liens: What You Don't Know Can Cost You2010
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersEffective Colossus Settlement Demands and Preparing to File Suit2006
Fisheries MagazineA Market Approach to Sturgeon Conservation Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act2005
University of Florida Journal of Law and Public PolicyCaptive-bred Exceptions: An Unconventional Approach to Conservation Under the ESA2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida PIP: Changes to the Law and Unresolved QuestionsFlorida PIP/No-Fault Law2013
What to do After an Automobile AccidentAuto Insurance Law2012
SFGAP Certification Review Course I: The Sunshine StateSovereign Immunity & State Tort Litigation2011
Personal Injury - A Multi-faceted OverviewHandling Personal Injury Claims2010