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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.


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Practice areas


  1. General Practice: 33%
    16 years, 50 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 33%
    16 years, 200 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 33%
    16 years, 50 cases
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 1%
    16 years



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian Levin

    I have known Mark for 5 years and endorse his work. Mark is passionate about being a lawyer and getting the best results for his clients.


    Brian Levin Securities and investment fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Kenneth Edward Walton II

    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

Contact info

Sylvester & Brow, PLLC

78 Pine Street
P.O. Box 1053
Burlington, VT, 05402


FLMember in Good Standing199906/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2012
Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2010
Rising StarSuperLawyers - A Florida Publication2010
Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Top Up and Coming AttorneySouth Florida Legal Guide2009
Legal Elite AttorneyFlorida Trend Magazine2007
Top Up and Coming LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2007
Top Up and Coming LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySylvester & Brow, PLLC2015 - Present
Founding Managing PartnerThe Sylvester Law Firm, P.A.2011 - 2014
Partner/Trial LawyerLeesfield & Partners, P.A.1999 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Vermont Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Miami-Dade County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Florida BarMember1999 - Present
Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.Board of Directors2005 - 2010
Dade County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2004 - 2007
American Association for JusticeMember2000 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Elfstrom vs. Hilton and Marc Jason HolmesVerdict 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
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Magazine"Bad Call" - Litigating Cell Phone Cases2010
AAJ - Aviation Section NewsletterWeather Related Crashes: Establishing Negligence Against Air Traffic Control2007
Dade County Bar Association BulletinJudicial Profiles - Monthly Judicial Profiles2007
ATLA - FTCA Section NewsletterFederal Tort Claims and the Discretionary Function Exception2006
Treatise - ATLA's Litigating Tort CasesSanctions2003
Trial MagazineApportionment of Fault in Inadequate Security Cases,"2001
Trial MagazineAdmissibility of Expert Testimony: What's Next?"2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawCum LaudeJD - Juris Doctor1999
Middlebury CollegeCum LaudeB.S.1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice - Annual ConventionFederal Tort Claims2008