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Steven J. Brodie

Steven J. Brodie

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Overview

Steven Brodie has extensive experience in insurance-related litigation, including coverage, defense, and regulatory matters. He also frequently handles litigation regarding securities and complex commercial matters. His clients include Fortune 100 companies, major insurers, financial services companies, telecommunications firms, officers and directors, institutional lenders, and developers.

As lead counsel, he has defended matters in numerous jurisdictions and states including New York, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, and California.

Steve counsels a wide variety of insurance companies, including a leading international organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions as well as leading insurance brokers. His services include litigating insurance coverage matters, property damage claims, bad faith claims, class action defense, representation of insurance carriers before the insurance regulator, regulatory litigation, and business litigation. He has long been involved in a wide range of substantive insurance areas, including forming a reciprocal insurance company, drafting insurance policies and loss mitigation transfers. He is also experienced in the emerging field of environmental impairment insurance and cyber security.

He has lobbied before the State of Florida and local governments on behalf of a wide variety of businesses.

He is the primary attorney responsible for assembling a team of lawyers and professionals to assist the largest U.S. provider of prepaid mobile phone services. For the past several years this team has represented the client in actions across the country against international traffickers of prepaid mobile phones. These traffickers are involved in schemes to alter the phones’ proprietary software, repackage the devices, and resell them domestically and abroad to unsuspecting customers.

Steve filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of Florida on behalf of a major insurance company, and is involved in numerous cases and appeals throughout the United States.

Steve also provided pro bono representation to U.S. holocaust survivors in a class action settlement of claims against a Swiss bank.

In addition to his litigation practice, Steve provides professional business guidance and lobbying services. This representation includes helping clients to procure government contracts and take advantage of other business opportunities in the public and private sectors.

Steve is a frequent speaker on insurance industry issues, and has authored numerous articles on D&O coverage and bad faith and has authored two chapters in various insurance and business treatises. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is a member of the American Bar Association, and The Florida Bar. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers as well as named as one of the Top Lawyers in South Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Board of Directors and Executive Committee of United Way of Miami-Dade, University of Miami Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Miami Citizens Board, University of Miami.

Steve is the Miami office co-managing shareholder and serves as co-leader of the firm's Property & Casualty Insurance practice group and insurance industry group.
 

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Experience

  • Weitz Co., LLC v. Lexington Ins. Co., et al., 982 F. Supp. 2d 975 (S.D. Iowa 2013), aff’d, Case No. 13-3744, --- F.3d ----, 2015 WL 2217552 (8th Cir. May 12, 2015). As the lead defense firm in the Southern District of Iowa, obtained a defense summary judgment where the plaintiff general contractor improperly attempted to obtain a $50-plus million double recovery in equity against a project owner’s post-construction property insurers. The general contractor was previously sued for its materially deficient construction of the project in the Southern District of Florida. It settled with the project owner after recovering several million dollars more from its liability insurers, subcontractors, and their liability insurers. As part of the appellate team in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, we defended entry of this summary judgment on appeal and obtained affirmance.
  • Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., No. 6:13-cv-561, 2014 WL 5325728 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 20, 2014). Obtained summary judgment in favor of Directors & Officers Liability carrier in a $40 million plus Coblentz enforcement action involving the application of an “arising out of” contract liability exclusion to a business dispute and a discussion of the Daubert deficiencies of a Coblentz expert opinion.
  • Office Depot, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, 734 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (S.D. Fla. 2010), aff’d 2011 WL 4840951 (11th Cir. Oct. 13, 2011). Summary judgment in favor of insurer on insured’s claims of over $24 million in investigation costs.
  • Bray & Gillespie Management LLC v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2009 WL 546429 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 4, 2009).
  • Republic Services Inc. v. American Intern. Specialty Lines Ins. Co., 2008 WL 4691836, (S.D. Fla. Oct. 21, 2008).
  • In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, 2008 WL 3887616 (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2008).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. GSM Group, Inc., 555 F. Supp. 2d 1331 (S.D. Fla. May 15, 2008).
  • Yale Galanter, P.A. v. Johnson, 2008 WL 1766907 (S.D. Fla. April 14, 2008).
  • Heritage Corp. of South Florida v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA., 255 Fed. Appx. 478, WL 4142788 (C.A. 11 Fla. Nov. 23, 2007).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Dixon, 475 F. Supp. 2d 1236 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 26, 2007).
  • National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA v. Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, 971 So. 2d 885 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007).
  • Henry Demayo Brokerage Ins. Group, Inc. v. Law Office of Weintraub, Weintraub, Seiden & Orshan, 955 So. 2d 32 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2007).
  • Aircraft Holdings, LLC v. XL Specialty Insurance Company, 935 So. 2d 1219 (2006).
  • Orange County v. Expedia, Inc., 440 F. Supp. 2d 1341 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 2, 2006).
  • City of West Palm Beach v. Visionair, Inc., 199 Fed. Appx. 768 (2006).
  • Office Depot, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., 937 So. 2d 1139 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006).
  • Home Shopping Network, Inc. v. American Intern. Specialty Lines Ins. Co., 857 So. 2d 290 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2003).
  • Michael J. Edison and Co. v. Columbia Pictures Television, Inc., 837 So. 2d 1122 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003).
  • Sphinx Intern., Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., Not Reported in F. Supp. 2d (2003).
  • In re Nitro Leisure Products, L.L.C., Not Reported in F. Supp. 2d (2002).
  • Feltner v. Columbia Pictures Television, Inc., 732 So. 2d 1200 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999).
  • Multi-Corp., Inc. v. NTC, Inc., 714 So. 2d 1219 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998).
  • Pierce v. Interactive Telecard Services, Inc., 773 So. 2d 69 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997).
  • ThunderWave, Inc. v. Carnival Corp., 954 F. Supp. 1562 (S.D. Fla. 1997).
  • Kendall Restaurants, Inc. v. LEF/Kendall Mall, Inc., 675 So. 2d 134 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996).
  • Lanchile Airlines v. Connecticut General Life Ins. Co. of North America, 731 F. Supp. 477 (S.D. Fla. 1990).
  • In re Carlton Fruit Co., Inc., 84 B.R. 810 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 1988).
  • American Intern. Vacations Inc. v. Interval Intern., Inc., 482 So. 2d 367 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984).

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Miami Insurance Lawyer of the Year
  • Recipient, Key Partners Award South Florida Business Journal, Government Contracts/Lobbying (2009)
  • Selected for inclusion in South Florida Business Journal’s Power Leaders in Law and Accounting (2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in South Florida Business Journal's Who’s Who in Corporate Law
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2007-2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers, Insurance (2007, 2009-2018)
  • Listed as a Top Lawyer in South Florida Legal Guide (2014-2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, Insurance (2009)
  • Selected for inclusion in South Florida’s Top Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Business Leader Magazine's Power Issue, South Florida edition (2009)
  • Recipient, Stanley C. Myers President’s Leadership Award
  • Recipient, Robert Russell Leadership Award
  • Recipient, JCC Family Leadership Award

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member of PLUS, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation 
    • Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2000-2016) 
    • Past Chairman, Jewish Community Relations Council 
    • Chairman, Cornerstone Campaign
    • Past Chairman, South Dade Branch
  • United Way of Miami-Dade 
    • Board of Directors (2006-2018) 
    • Co-Chair of Annual Campaign (2017-2018, 2018-2019)
    • Chair, Engagement Committee (2014-2015)
    • Past Chairman, Campaign Cabinet 
    • Chairman, Mayor’s Ball (2012)
    • Chairman, South Florida Carlton Fields United Way Golf Tournament
  • Member, Community Relations Council of Metro-Dade County
    • Appointed by Dade County Commissioners
  • Miami Citizens Board, University of Miami 
    • Member (2014-2015)
    • President (2011-2014) 
    • President-Elect (2010) 
    • Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President (2005-2009) 
    • Executive Committee (2003-2009)
  • University of Miami Board of Trustees (2011-2015)
  • Former Member, Florida Department of Education, Ethics Commission
    • Appointed by Florida Cabinet (1998-2000) 
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 
    • Trustee Member and Board of Governors 
    • Doral Golf Tournament Board
  • SUNPAC, Founding Member
  • The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
    • South Dade Chair (2015)
  • South Miami Hospital Foundation
    • Board of Directors (2010-2015)
  • Member of CLM, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Speaking Engagements

  • "Cybersecurity: A Clear and Present Danger," AFP Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (October 25, 2016).
  • “Current Developments in D&O Insurance Coverage,” 30th Annual Federal Securities Institute, Thomson Reuters, and The Florida Bar Business Law Section, Miami (February 16-17, 2012).
  • “Rights of a Secured Creditor,” American Institute of Banking.
  • “WIN: What Is Important Now, Protecting Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy.”
  • “International Asset Protection.”
  • “Steps to Avoid Bad Faith Claims.”
  • “Emerging Issues in Director’s and Officers Insurance,” 29th Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society's Regional Conference for the Insurance Industry, Naples, FL.
  • “The ABCs of Claims Handling.”

Pro Bono

  • In Re: Holocaust Victims Assets Litigation. Thomas Weiss, David Mermelstein, et al. v. Union Bank of Switzerland, et.al.: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Docket No. 00-9593, 00-0613, 00-9614. U.S. holocaust survivors’ class action settlement of claims against a Swiss bank.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1981)
  • Tulane University (B.S., with honors, 1978)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

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