Menu
  • Stephanie A. Fichera
  • 305.347.6810
  • Share this page
Stephanie A. Fichera

Stephanie A. Fichera

Shareholder

Overview

Stephanie Fichera’s practice focuses on defending insurance carriers and financial services companies in class actions, complex civil litigation, and appeals in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Stephanie represents life, annuity, and long-term care companies in litigation relating to sales practices and post-sale administration of insurance products, including actions involving breach of contract, fraud, bad faith, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory consumer protection, financial elder abuse, 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 defamation, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and wrongful termination claims by or against insurance sales agents, investment adviser representatives, and insurance company employees. Stephanie has defended financial services companies in industry arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and has experience in representing insurance companies in wage and hour collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

In addition to her work on behalf of life, annuity, and long-term care insurance carriers, Stephanie defends property and casualty insurers in class actions involving the construction of homeowners’ policies, Florida’s No-Fault (PIP) statute, and the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.

Stephanie is an editor of and contributor to ExpectFocus: Life Insurance Industry and Classified: The Class Action Blog. She was an editor of the ABA TIPS Life Insurance Law Committee’s newsletter from August 2013–August 2015, and the Committee’s chair from August 2016–August 2017. As chair, Stephanie worked with other TIPS leaders in planning and developing programming for the 43rd Annual Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, a two-day CLE and networking program focusing on issues and trends in life, health, and disability insurance litigation and regulation and ERISA. Stephanie is currently the Life Insurance Law Committee’s Technology Vice-Chair.

Featured Insights

Experience

  • Represented long-term care insurer in putative class action disputing construction of policy rider. Gelfound v. MetLife Ins. Co. of Conn., 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 Ins. Co. of N. Am., 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, 693 F. App'x 855 (11th Cir. 2017); 2019 WL 932264 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 26, 2019) (awarding attorneys' fees to insurer). 
  • Represented insurer in discovery dispute in declaratory judgment action relating to benefits payable under a supplemental cancer insurance policy. Transamerica Life Ins. Co. v. Moore, 274 F.R.D. 602 (E.D. Ky. 2011). 
  • Defended life insurance and annuity company in action involving a Florida statutory claim of financial elder abuse.

Featured Insights

All Insights




























Recognition

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

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
      • Life Insurance Law Committee
        • Vice-Chair and Newsletter Editor (2013–2015)
        • Chair-Elect (2015–2016)
        • Chair (2016–2017)
        • Technology Vice-Chair (2017–present)
  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Dade County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Stealing From Grandma – Hot Topics in Elder Abuse & Annuity Claims and Litigation,” 44th Annual ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits (January 12, 2018).
  • “Class Action Issues in Life and Disability Insurance,” 42nd Annual ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits (January 15, 2016).

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
    • Best Casenote, University of Miami Law Review Writing Competition
    • Articles & Comments Editor, University of Miami Law Review
  • 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, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Certified Legal Intern, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, Civil Division (2007)

Disclaimer

The information on this website is presented as a service for our clients and Internet users and is not intended to be legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. Although we welcome your inquiries, please keep in mind that merely contacting us will not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Consequently, you should not convey any confidential information to us until a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Please remember that electronic correspondence on the internet is not secure and that you should not include sensitive or confidential information in messages. With that in mind, we look forward to hearing from you.