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Stephen Joseph Padula

Business Attorney at Boca Raton, FL

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

My practice concentrates in the area of Civil Litigation, including but not limited to, Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Franchise Litigation, Construction Litigation, Probate Litigation, Breach of Contract, Business Torts, Theft of Trade Secrets, Enforcement and Defense of Restrictive Covenants, Landlord and Tenant Law, and Fair Labor Standards.


Padula Bennardo Levine LLP
3837 Boca Raton Boulevard
Suite 200
Boca Raton, FL, 33431

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Posted by Tony | August 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer!
As a practicing attorney in N. C., I was somewhat apprehensive when I was personally sued in Fla. in regard to a business enterprise not related to the practice of law. Mr. Pedula handled the matter in a very competent manner while being considerate of his client. I was extremely impressed and give him the highest marks.
Posted by Grant | November 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally Skilled Business Litigator
Stephen Padula has represented me for a number for years on a variety of legal matters. One of the things that I most respect about Stephen is that he tells me what I need to hear, not necessarily what I want to hear. His integrity and professionalism are outstanding and one of his strengths in my opinion is that he always likes to present his clients in the most favorable light possible. With the support of a great team, Stephen’s preparation and attention to detail are first class. Having watched Stephen first hand in Courtroom action, he has a wonderfully calm demeanor with exceptional delivery. If you are looking for a highly skilled business litigator, I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Stephen and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2015
Thank you, Steve
A real gentleman and advocate who steadfastly represented us in a litigation case that he was able to settle for us in a timely and efficient way. HIGHLY recommended.yoatro
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2008
Excellent Litigator
Knowledgable and responsive - as well as creative where circumstances warrant.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2008
Client Review
Stephen Padula worked on my homeowner's association dispute for 2 years and we won the mediation successfully. Stephen is a patient and honest lawyer who worked with us and gave us our best options upfront. We understood what are choices were and the cost assocaited with these choices. He saved me money where he could which helped us stand firm with our decision to move forward with the dispute. He was informative and kept us up to date with where we were with the case. His staff is also very responsive and easy to work with. If you are someone who is not familiar with how the legal system works he is a great lawyer to work with.
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Posted by E | July 20, 2008
Customer Service/Collections Manager; 43 Yrs. Experience as legal admin. assistant
We have used Stephen Padula for a variety of legal services in the course of running a growing business in Florida. He has competently and expeditiously handled all of our legal matters including Contracts/Agreements and collection procedures including liens/foreclosure/small claims actions. His fees are fair and reasonable. He is highly skilled, a pleasure to work with, and a true gentleman.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2008
Former Guest house Manager and owner.
Mr.Padula is very professional and caring,going the extra mile for his clients. I was very pleased to have had him handle my case.
Posted by Joe | July 17, 2008
Steve handled my employment case with outstanding professionalism, honesty, and integrity. Steve is a first class attorney who provides in depth legal savy from both sides of the table. Being a former US Attorney and during his tenure @ Gelch, taylor,Hodkin, Kopelwitz, & Ostrow, P.A. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has earned him much knowledge and respect not normally found amoungst his peers. I have worked with numerous attorney's in the past for a variety of legal issues and Steve is top notch.
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Posted by debi | July 17, 2008
Stephen is very trust-worthy and honest. He looks to protect the good guy and expose the evil that people wrongfully do. He is on top of everything and always keeps me informed as to what is going on and why it is going on. Not only is honest and excellent, he truly is a professional in every aspect of the word. He is also quite reasonable and worth every penny. If you have legal trouble, and are sick of the shister lawyers that are prevelent today, call Stephen Padula for all of your legal problems and questions. It'll be the best legal decision you can ever make.!!! Sincerely, Debra Jarvis Boca Raton, FL
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Posted by Tracy | July 17, 2008
Great Attorney
Mr. Padula is a fantasic representation for the legal system. He genuinely cares about his clients, and will do whatever it takes. My husband and I along with my father have used him for several different cases and business transactions. I feel he did a fantasic job for us and we highly recommend him for your legal needs.
Posted by Burke Cannon | July 17, 2008
President, Elton Cannon, INC
Mr Padula very aptly handled a complicated real estate deal for me involving the sale of an office/warehouse that had a tenant who had defaulted on my lease/purchase agreement while at the same time was in an illegal contract with a purchaser. Mr Padula was able to break down this deal to simple terms and negotiated a very favorable resolution for me through the attorney of my tenant's buyer that kept intact my original lease/purchase agreement that retained all the obligations due me. He was all of the ratings I gave him here and more. He gave me great comfort as this deal was always teatering on the edge. Burke Cannon
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Posted by curtis | July 17, 2008
Client Review
Excellent attorney. Honest and hard working.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Padula Bennardo Levine, LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member
  • Padula Bennardo Levine, LLP
  • 1900 - Present
  • Owner
  • Padula Hodkin, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Owner
  • Padula & Grant, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Owner
  • Padula Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Gelch Taylor Hodkin Kopelowitz & Ostrow, P.A.
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Osherow & Associates, P.A.
  • 1999 - 2003
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  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Lynn University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995
  • Lynn University
  • BSBA
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • PuroSystems, Inc. v. Scott DeMalteris
  • Successfully defeated the claim
  • Channin Medina v. Hot Shots Bar & Billiards, et al.
  • Jury verdict in favor of Defendants
  • BP Services Group v. Marino
  • Trial victory for Plaintiff
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  • The Florida Bar Business Litigation Certification Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • United States District Court for the State of Colorado
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2020
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • "SuperLawyers®"
  • 2020
  • Board Certified - Civil Trial
  • Florida Bar
  • 2014
  • Board Certified - Business Litigation
  • Florida Bar
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Honoree
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • 2008
  • Honoree
  • Strathmore's Who's Who
  • 2000
  • Moot Court Winner
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 1999
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Latest Developments in the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse Stephen
Litigation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen is a Florida Board Certified Business Litigation attorney and Stephen was my co-counsel on a complex business / corporate matter and had demonstrated exceptional knowledge, expertise and litigation skills which helped obtain the most favorable results for our mutual clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have found Steve to be a worthy adversary and quite thorough."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steven is a well skilled and proficient litigator that delivers high quality legal representation to his clients. Having opposed him in a Federal jury trial, I can honestly say that Steven really knows his stuff. He is intelligent, well spoken and always well prepared. Moreover, it is obvious that he really cares about his clients and their problems. Perhaps the best endorsement that I can give is that if ever the need arose, I would hire him."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen Padula is an excellent commercial litigation and real estate lawyer. His intelligence, attention to detail and personal skills make him a strong advocate. I have known Stephen Padula for more than a decade and I am very familiar with his legal abilities and I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone seeking a highly skilled and ethical attorney in this field."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Steve for all litigation work. He is result oriented and the clients I have referred to him have been extremely happy with his work."
Bankruptcy and debt
Construction and development
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Estate planning

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Boca Raton Business Lawyer Stephen Joseph Padula
Stephen Joseph Padula
Business Attorney
Boca Raton, FL
Licensed for 24 years