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Stephen Mathew Fernandez

Personal injury Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Stephen M. Fernandez, Stephen Fernandez

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  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 15 years
    Florida - FL 19 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2007
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2004
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.


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.


Contact Stephen

Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh
3550 S. Tamiami Tr., 3rd Floor
Sarasota, FL, 34239
Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh
5291 Office Park Boulevard
Bradenton, FL, 34203
Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh
6446 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33707
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Pleased with outcome of personal injury case
After getting the runaround and being insulted by the insurance company representative, I was recommended to Stephen M. Fernandez. I felt very comfortable with the office and Stephen as my attorney. Everything from start to finish was professional, prompt and I was pleased with my outcome. I feel very comfortable recommending the office and Stephen personally.
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Posted by Tanya | March 29, 2017
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Stephen Fernandez and Staff are EXCELLENT!!!!!!
I went to Mr. Fernandez because he was so great with a case he handled for my daughter. My family was amazed at how quickly he got in touch with her, when she called him. They helped her with what ever her issues were at the time. Even if it was just to put our mind at ease. A year after her case was successfully closed, I was in an awful accident. I sitting at a red light in a little vehicle while someone slammed into me in a Large V8 work truck. The confusion, dizziness, anxiety, fear set in almost immediately about what I was going to do. Of course, I called a couple of attorneys, as it was on the weekend. Received call back the next day & I spoke with one attorneys helper (no help at all). I still have not talked to the other Large Law Firm yet :) I was grateful that Mr. Fernandez called me quickly to let me know my options. He was not pushy at all he told me what to do to protect myself. I was worried about going to hospital (money is really tight as I have a ill child). Throughout my entire process. I felt as if I was his only client (even though I know he has a large clientele). The staff there were so helpful and pleasant. I would use this office for Any and All legal issues in my family future. They went above and beyond. Mr. Fernandez did erything he could do and I am pleased at the outcome. Mr. Fernandez Always asked about my daughter and how her heath was. Just know There are Attorneys still out there that care about your case, health, family and future. Don't hesitate to call Mr. Fernandez he truly cares about doing what is best for you.
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Posted by Lauren | December 9, 2022
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Top of the top!
Mr. Fernandez is the best of the best, he won a very difficult case for my husband and I. He was always caring and communicated every step clearly, I loved that he was always easy to get ahold of and never rushed his time with us. There is truly no where else I'd go, he is amazing!
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2020
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Praise of Stephen Fernandez
Mr. Stephen Fernandez is a very effective and professional attorney. Mr. Fernandez kept us appraised of the process, including our options and his recommendations. We are pleased with the resolution of the issues in our case.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2017
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An exemplary attorney
Following my accident/traumatic injuries, we met with Stephen Fernandez to discuss our options. We were impressed with his soft-spoken, calm demeanor which immediately made us feel very comfortable with him and his staff. From the start, he was open and honest and helped us to establish realistic expectations regarding the type of settlement we could expect and we so appreciated this approach. His care and concern for my well-being was genuine and he and his staff kept us informed every step of the way. I must say that he exceeded our expectations on every level. He is a consummate professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing the services of a great personal injury attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
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A plus
Mr. Fernandez was an amazing lawyer. This was my first experience with a lawyer and it was excellent. He was very attentive to my every need. I would strongly recommend him or this law firm to anyone I know and use them in any future needs.
Posted by Helen | September 11, 2015
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Stephen Fernandez
I was very impressed with Stephen Fernandez and his management of my case. He is a very good attorney, easy to talk to, knowledgeable, communicative, and compassionate. I would highly recommend him and his law firm.
Posted by Joseph B | June 5, 2015
Mr. Fernandez is an exceptional attorney and a credit to his firm
Mr. Fernandez is an exceptional attorney and a credit to his firm. Throughout the process Mr.Fernandez did a wonderful job of keeping us informed with any updates on our case, and was always available to answer any questions. At mediation Mr.Fernandez negotiated a settlement that far exceeded our expectations in every way, he was able to increase our pre-suit offer by 500%. If you are looking for a highly proactive attorney with incredible results, I highly recommend Mr.Fernandez.
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Posted by Dawn | October 13, 2014
Best attorney
I am so inpressed by the way Stephen Fernandez and the rest of the firm handled my case. He is very knowledgeable ,honest and compassionate. He kept me well informed. I was awarded more money than I expected. I would not hesitate to recommend Stephen Fernandez.
Posted by Marie | October 29, 2013
One satisfied client!
I am grateful beyond words for the outstanding work, not to mention, professional conduct exhibited by Mr. Fernandez from onset to closure of my Personal Injury case. I have worked with lawyers most of my life and know first-hand how astringent the nature of the field makes a lot of them out to be. This however, was not my personal experience as a client of Mr. Fernandez. He was compassionate and moved me forward, as he moved my case along to the most favorable outcome possible! I can only pray that all of his professional, as well as, personal endeavors be smiled upon by G'd from here on end!!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
  • 2009 - Present


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • 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
  • Sarasota Bay Watch
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Honors and Awards

  • 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
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  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is one of those rare attorneys that is great both inside and outside the courtroom. He works hard for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome no matter what the circumstance. You will be very well represented if Stephen is your lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a smart, tireless lawyer who does great work."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen Fernandez. In my opinion he is one of the best Personal Injury lawyers in Sarasota and Manatee counties. He has always shown great knowledge of the law of personal injury, and experience in aggressively prosecuting cases against insurers and tortfeasors alike. Very thorough and methodical in his approach to cases, with a keen eye towards the right resolution and just compensation for the client."
Wrongful death Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was one of Stephen's suprevising attorneys at his first job following law school and we have kept in touch since then to confer regarding numerous cases. He is a dedicated advocate for his clients and is committed to ensuring each client gets the best possible representation. He will not let insurance companies take advantage of his clients. If you are an accident victim in need of assistance you can be assured he will provide quality representation and will always be in your corner looking after your best interests."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Stephen is a passionate litigator who believes in his clients and is willing to fight for justice. I often refer cases to him, and he produces impressive results."
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Sarasota Personal injury Lawyer Stephen Mathew Fernandez
Stephen Mathew Fernandez
Personal injury Attorney
Sarasota, FL
Licensed for 19 years
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