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Mark Alan Sylvester

Wrongful death Attorney at Burlington, VT

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    Vermont - VT 9 years
    Florida - FL 24 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State VT
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. General practice

    24 years, 50 cases

  2. Personal injury

    24 years, 200 cases

  3. Wrongful death

    24 years, 50 cases

  4. Commercial real estate

    24 years

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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Sylvester & Brow, PLLC
78 Pine Street
P.O. Box 1053
Burlington, VT, 05402


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Posted by dee | May 9, 2008
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I'm a single mother with one child and was in a very serious car accident in 2000. I broke my left arm in a way that had to be put back together with plates and screws, And needed two surgeries .I was so scared for myself and my daughter who was two back then, Thinking how am I going to provide for us ? I also had to take in the idea that I might never be able to use my left arm again. I was reffered to Mark Sylvester who since the minute I met him I knew I could trust and rely on him. He was 100% trustworthy, He was knowledgeable,Quick and very thorough in my case. He also had alot of patience considering the emotional mess that accident made me. He stood by my side and guided me through every process of my law suit. I learned alot from him . He became a friend.I was a success in recovery and now I'm a Massage Therapist ! He will now and always be my lawyer and I highly recommend him.
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  • Contingency 25%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sylvester & Brow, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Founding Managing Partner
  • The Sylvester Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Partner/Trial Lawyer
  • Leesfield & Partners, P.A.
  • 1999 - 2010


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Middlebury College
  • B.S.
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of John & Jane Doe vs. Federal Aviation Administration (USA)
  • >$ 2 million settlement
  • 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


  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • 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 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers - A Florida Publication
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite Attorney
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite Attorney
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2009
  • Top Up and Coming Attorney
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2009
  • Top Up and Coming Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2007
  • Legal Elite Attorney
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2007
  • Top Up and Coming Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2006
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  • Trial Magazine
  • "Bad Call" - Litigating Cell Phone Cases
  • 2010
  • AAJ - Aviation Section Newsletter
  • Weather Related Crashes: Establishing Negligence Against Air Traffic Control
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Association for Justice - Annual Convention
  • Federal Tort Claims
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Mark
Slip and fall accident Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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