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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 cybersecurity.

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 Florida Supreme Court 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 listed in Florida Super Lawyers as well as named 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 University of Miami Citizens Board.

Steve is the Miami office co-managing shareholder and serves as co-chair of the firm's Property and Casualty Insurance Practice and the Insurance Industry Group.
 

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Experience

  • Office Depot Inc. v. AIG Specialty Ins. Co., No. 2:15-cv-02416 (C.D. Cal. June 21, 2019).
  • Weitz Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 982 F. Supp. 2d 975 (S.D. Iowa 2013), aff’d, 786 F.3d 641 (8th Cir. 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 million-plus double recovery in equity against 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 Ins. Co. v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, No. 6:13-cv-00561, 2014 WL 5325728 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 20, 2014). Obtained summary judgment in favor of directors and 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. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, 734 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (S.D. Fla. 2010), aff’d, 453 F. App'x 871 (11th Cir. 2011). Summary judgment in favor of insurer on insured’s claims of more than $24 million in investigation costs.
  • Bray & Gillespie Mgmt. LLC v. Lexington Ins. Co., 259 F.R.D. 568 (M.D. Fla. 2009).
  • Republic Servs. Inc. v. Am. Int'l Specialty Lines Ins. Co., No. 1:07-cv-21991, 2008 WL 4691836 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 21, 2008).
  • In re Ins. Brokerage Antitrust Litig., No. 2:04-cv-05184, 2008 WL 3887616 (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2008).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. GSM Grp., Inc., 555 F. Supp. 2d 1331 (S.D. Fla. 2008).
  • Yale Galanter, P.A. v. Johnson, No. 0:06-cv-60742, 2008 WL 1766907 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 14, 2008).
  • Heritage Corp. of S. Fla. v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, 255 F. App'x 478 (11th Cir. 2007).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Dixon, 475 F. Supp. 2d 1236 (M.D. Fla. 2007).
  • Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh v. Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, 971 So. 2d 885 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007).
  • Henry Demayo Brokerage Ins. Grp., Inc. v. Law Office of Weintraub, Weintraub, Seiden & Orshan, 955 So. 2d 32 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007).
  • Aircraft Holdings, LLC v. XL Specialty Ins. Co., 935 So. 2d 1219 (Fla. 2006).
  • Orange Cty. v. Expedia, Inc., 440 F. Supp. 2d 1341 (M.D. Fla. 2006).
  • City of West Palm Beach v. Visionair, Inc., 199 F. App'x 768 (11th Cir. 2006).
  • Office Depot, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc., 937 So. 2d 1139 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006).
  • Home Shopping Network, Inc. v. Am. Int'l Specialty Lines Ins. Co., 857 So. 2d 290 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003).
  • Michael J. Edison & Co. v. Columbia Pictures Television, Inc., 837 So. 2d 1122 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003).
  • Sphinx Int'l, Inc. v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, 226 F. Supp. 2d 1326 (M.D. Fla. 2002).
  • In re Nitro Leisure Prods., L.L.C., No. 2:02-cv-14008, 2002 WL 32344948 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 8, 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 Servs., Inc., 773 So. 2d 69 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997).
  • ThunderWave, Inc. v. Carnival Corp., 954 F. Supp. 1562 (S.D. Fla. 1997).
  • Kendall Rests., Inc. v. LEF/Kendall Mall, Inc., 675 So. 2d 134 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996).
  • Lanchile Airlines v. Conn. Gen. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 731 F. Supp. 477 (S.D. Fla. 1990).
  • In re Carlton Fruit Co., Inc., 84 B.R. 810 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 1988).
  • Am. Int'l Vacations Inc. v. Interval Int'l, Inc., 482 So. 2d 367 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984).

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • South Florida Power Leaders, South Florida Business Journal (2019)
  • Miami Insurance Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America (2011)
  • Key Partners Award, Government Contracts/Lobbying, South Florida Business Journal (2009)
  • Power Leaders in Law and Accounting, South Florida Business Journal (2015)
  • Who’s Who in Corporate Law, South Florida Business Journal
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2007-2020)
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Insurance, Super Lawyers Magazine (2007, 2009-2018)
  • Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide (2014-2015, 2019)
  • Florida Legal Elite, Insurance, Florida Trend Magazine (2009)
  • South Florida’s Top Lawyers
  • Leader Magazine's Power Issue, South Florida edition (2009)
  • Stanley C. Myers Presidents' Leadership Award, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Robert Russell Fellowship Award, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • JCC Family Leadership Award

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Community Relations Council of Metro-Dade County
    • Appointed by Dade County Commissioners
  • 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
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 
    • Trustee Member and Board of Governors 
    • Doral Golf Tournament Board
  • United Way of Miami-Dade 
    • Board of Directors (2006–2018) 
    • Co-Chair of Annual Campaign (2017–2018, 2018–2019, 2019–2020)
    • Chair, Engagement Committee (2014–2015)
    • Past Chairman, Campaign Cabinet 
    • Chairman, Mayor’s Ball (2012)
    • Chairman, South Florida Carlton Fields United Way Golf Tournament
  • University of Miami Citizens Board
    • 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)
  • Florida Department of Education, Ethics Commission
    • Former Member, Appointed by Florida Cabinet (1998–2000) 
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee
    • South Dade Chair (2015)
  • South Miami Hospital Foundation
    • Board of Directors (2010–2015)
  • SUNPAC
    • Founding Member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Cybersecurity: A Clear and Present Danger," Association for Financial Professionals Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (October 25, 2016)
  • “Current Developments in D&O Insurance Coverage,” 30th Annual Federal Securities Institute, The Florida Bar and West LegalEdcenter, Miami, FL (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 Directors and Officers Insurance,” 29th Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society's Regional Conference, Naples, FL
  • “The ABCs of Claims Handling”

Pro Bono

  • In re Holocaust Victim Assets Litig., No. 00-9593, 00-0613, 00-9614 (2d Cir.). 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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