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Stephanie A. Fichera

Stephanie A. Fichera

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Overview

Stephanie Fichera's practice focuses on defending insurance carriers and financial services companies in class actions and complex civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Stephanie regularly handles sophisticated motion practice, large-scale discovery matters, and trial preparation and support. In addition, she has significant appellate advocacy experience and has prepared briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and other federal appellate courts.

Stephanie has represented insurance companies in individual and class action litigation involving breach of contract, bad faith, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory consumer protection, and RICO claims. She has handled interpleader actions and cases related to the payment of benefits under life insurance, annuity, and long-term care insurance contracts. Her experience also includes matters involving fraud, defamation, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, wrongful termination and other cases involving agents, investment adviser representatives, and insurance-company employees. Additionally, she has defended financial services companies in industry arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA.)

Stephanie is the chair of the ABA TIPS Life Insurance Law Committee.

 

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Experience

  • Represented long-term care insurer in putative class action disputing construction of policy rider. Gelfound v. MetLife Insurance Company of Connecticut, 313 F.R.D. 674 (S.D. Fla. 2016).
  • Represented life insurance and annuity company in defamation and tortious interference action brought by former agent. Hill v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, 51 F. Supp. 3d 1277 (M.D. Fla. 2014) (denying motion to remand); 2016 WL 872936 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 17, 2017) (granting summary judgment), aff’d, 2017 WL 2982986 (11th Cir. July 13, 2017). 
  • Represented insurer in discovery dispute in declaratory judgment action relating to benefits payable under a supplemental cancer insurance policy. Transamerica Life Insurance Company v. Moore, 274 F.R.D. 602 (E.D. Ky. 2011).
  • Defended matter involving a Florida statutory claim of financial elder abuse.

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Recognition

  • Listed in Daily Business Review  Most Effective Lawyers Award, Appellate (2017)
  • Graduate, Leadership Miami Class (2014-2015)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chair, Life Insurance Law Committee, ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
    • Best Casenote, University of Miami Law Review Writing Competition (2006)
    • Articles & Comments Editor, University of Miami Law Review, (2007-2008)
  • Boston University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • 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

Background

Certified Legal Intern, United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, Civil Division (2007)

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