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Steven C. Dupré

Steven C. Dupré

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Overview

Steve Dupré has more than four decades of experience as a seasoned business trial lawyer.  He has represented just about every different type of business imaginable.  His clients have ranged from publicly held companies to private entrepreneurs.

Steve takes pride in being a leader for the last three decades in the use of the most current technologies and communciations tools available to both persuade fact finders and other audiences, and to make efficiently manage his practice.  .

Steve has handled cases encompassing a wide range of industries and legal issues.   His most recent emphasis has been on bet-the-farm, complex commercial disputes, class action defense,bad faith defense, and in representing plaintiffs and defendants in business tort, fraud, fiduciary duty, legal malpractice, business governance, contract and partnership disputes.   He has also handled trials and disputes involving a wide array of industries and issues, including:  accounting, administrative proceedings, appeals, bankruptcy, banking, breach of fiduciary duty, business governance, civil RICO (federal and state), civil theft, computer, collection, condominium, copyright, corporate governance, deceptive practices, defamation, e-discovery, eminent domain, forensic computer investigations, fraudulent transfer, homeowner association, intentional infliction of emotional distress, injunction, insurance company rehabilitation, landlord-tenant, Lanham Act,  libel, licensing, limited liability company, mortgage foreclosure, preferential transfer, public records, real estate, regulated industries, replevin, RESPA, secured transactions, securities, slander, software protection, tax, technology, temporary restraining orders, tortious interference, and preliminary injunctions, trade secrets, UCC, and zoning laws

 

Experience

  • Obtained a final defense judgment on a claim initiated by two insurance companies for violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
  • Obtained a negligence verdict in prosecution of a legal malpractice action.
  • Obtained defense judgment following four-day bench trial in a fraudulent transfer and preferential transfer lawsuit brought by the State of Florida against a national bank.
  • Obtained an order that client was entitled to sanctions against opposing party and counsel for pursuing a frivolous claim, following half day evidentiary hearing.
  • After five day jury trial, obtained verdict against promissory estoppel defense to repayment of a loan, and a final judgment that employment contract was void for illegality
  • Obtained summary judgment and appellate, per curium affirmed in favor of county and county commissioners in lawsuit claiming violation of alleged term limit requirements.
  • Represented major national retailer in breach of contract and business tort claims relative to retail shopping center.
  • Represented bank against breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other tort and contract claims.
  • Represented different business owners in business governance and termination matters.
  • After multi-day trial, obtained judgment defeating lease termination challenge together with substantial money judgment in favor of defendant against major golf retail company for non-compliance with lease.
  • Obtained trial in contract dispute five months after case first filed and obtained defense judgment at that trial.
  • Obtained with-prejudice dismissal of business tort claims asserted by one bio-tech company against a competitor.
  • Represented defendants in a Lanham Act and defamation based case until plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its claims to avoid having Court decide defendants’ motion for sanctions.
  • Obtained denial of class certification in three different title insurance refinance and reissue rate lawsuits.
  • Represented defendants in a contract dispute in which plaintiff chose to settle rather than hear jury publish its verdict after five day jury trial.
  • Represented major national companies in e-discovery disputes.
  • Represented insurance companies in resolving various bad faith claims.
  • Represented plaintiff in substantial fraud and business tort claims.
  • Mediated pre-litigation business divorce between warring brothers over their real estate development business.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of power plant construction company in federal breach of fiduciary duty claim against former CEO.
  • Represented major title insurance company in mortgage fraud lawsuit.
  • Represented general partner in substantial real estate partnership dispute.
  • Represented insurance companies in bad faith, breach of contract and fraud claims.
  • Obtained directed verdict in favor of Florida Senate and various Florida school districts over funding distributions to school boards, after three day trial.
  • Represented software company in copyright infringement claim.
  • Represented major Florida development group in breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference and other business tort claims.
  • Obtained specific performance judgment requiring turnover of private jet after 3 day trial in representation of business acquisition group in fraud in the inducement claim in business asset acquisition transaction.
  • Represented major medical facility in constitutional disputes with local municipality, ACLU, NOW, Planned Parenthood and others.
  • Represented famous trademark owner in infringement lawsuit against a major licensee.
  • Represented Florida based mortgage banker in effectuating rescission of federal regulation adopted by Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Represented lenders and title insurance companies in defense of RESPA class action claims.
  • Obtained appellate reversal of substantial jury verdict against a property owner in a personal injury claim.
  • Represented internationally recognized trademark owner in trademark infringement and contract litigation.
  • Represented Florida based bank in fraudulent transfer litigation.
  • Represented national bank in one of the very first civil RICO claims filed against a bank

Representative Reported Cases:

  • Higgins v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., Case No. 04-365-CA (Fla. 4th Cir., Nassau County, April 21, 2014) (slip op.) (summary judgment in favor of title insurer and against certified class of refinancing borrowers who alleged they had been overcharged by not being provided reissue rates for title insurance)
  • Alberton v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., Case No. 2:06-cv-03755-ER (E.D. Pa. April 25, 2014) (slip op.) (decertifying class of refinancing borrowers who alleged they had been overcharged by not being provided reissue and refinance rates for title insurance)
  • Scruggs et al. v. Latvala, Morroni, Welch, Seel and Pinellas County, No 2D13-2808 2014 WL 1479128 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)
  • Corwin v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., 276 F.R.D. 484, No. 09–13897, 2011 WL 3346824 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 1, 2011).
  • Hoving v. Lawyers Title Ins. Co., 256 F.R.D. 555 (E.D. Mich. 2009).
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. v. Hirota et al., Case No.: 8:06-cv-2030, United States District Court Doc. 197 (M.D. Fla 5/21/07).
  • Foster-Thompson, LLC v. Thompson, Case No: 8:04-CV-2128, United States District Court Doc. 323 (M.D. Fla 4/11/07).
  • Gelles v. Skrotsky, 1998 WL 384788 (M.D. Fla. 7/1/98).
  • Stone-Rich Properties v. Britt, 706 So. 2d 330 (Fla. 2d DCA 1998).
  • Gelles v. Skrotsky, 983 F. Supp 1398 (M.D. Fla. 1997).
  • Morales v. Attorneys' Title Ins. Fund, 983 F. Supp. 1418 (S.D. Fla. 1997).
  • In re Rutenberg, 164 B.R. 683 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 1994).
  • In re Rutenberg, 158 B.R. 230 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 1993).
  • Feather Sound Country Club v. Barber, 567 So. 2d 10 (Fla. 2d DCA 1990).
  • Mader v. City of St. Petersburg, 725 F. Supp. 492 (M.D. Fla. 1989).
  • In re One-Eighty Investments, Inc., 72 B.R. 35 (N.D. Ill. 1987).
  • In re Primack, 81 B.R. 711 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 1987).
  • Merchants Nat. Bank of Mobile v. Dredge General G. L. Gillespie, 488 F. Supp. 1302 (W.D. La. 1980).

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Barney Masterson American Inn of Court “Barney” award for demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal excellence in the practice of law (2011)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2005-2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2006-2009, 2014)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2018)
  • Passed Certified Public Accountant examination, Illinois 1974

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Baryshnikov Arts Center (2015-present)
  • Chair, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg (2013-present)
  •  Board of Directors Member, (Bayfront Health Systems, Inc. (2006-2013)
  • Board of Directors Member, Friends of Dance, Inc. (2003-2013)
  • The LiveArts Peninsula Foundation, Inc.
    • Chair (2003)
    • Board Member and Executive Committee (2001-2005)
  • Mahaffey Theater Foundation, Inc.
    • President (October 2000-2001) 
    • Member, Board of Trustees (1997-2003)
  • Tierra Verde Community Association, Inc.
    • President, Vice President, Secretary, and Member of Board (1988-1996)
  • St. Petersburg Beach Charities, Inc.
    • President (1991-1993)
    • Member, Board of Directors (1989-1993)

Pro Bono

  • Represented special needs minor in obtaining required educational funding.
  • The LiveArts Peninsula Foundation, Inc., Provided legal assistance in contractual issues concerning entertainment law and other matters.
  • Mahaffey Theater Foundation at the Bayfront Center, Inc., Provided legal advice concerning in connection with dispute resolution.

Credentials

Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1977)
  • University of Illinois (B.S., 1974)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh 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, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
  • Illinois State Courts

Background

  • Shareholder, Baynard, Harrell, Ostow & Ulrich, P.A. , St. Petersburg, FL (1985-1994)
  • Partner, Levy and Erens, Chicago (1981-1985)
  • Associate, Partner, Levy and Erens, Chicago (1977-1981)
  • Certified Public Accountant, CPA (1974)

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