Stefanie is a lynchpin litigator, working on some of our biggest commercial and aviation cases and mixing it up with deep experience in the defense of insured claims involving personal injury and wrongful death. Over the years, she also has handled product liability, premises liability, professional liability, real property, employment, life, health, disability and ERISA claims.
We knew that Stefanie had a strength in research and writing when we learned of her educational background in journalism. She’s developed a niche in ferreting out inconsistencies in claims and legal positions adopted by our opposition and has secured the dismissal of a number of claims on fraud on the court grounds. Stefanie also holds the distinct honor of being the only lawyer we’ve encountered that has argued two inconsistent motions before the same federal court, in the same case, in the same hearing — and prevailed on both arguments.
Stefanie serves on the board of and as voluntary counsel to The de Moya Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating programs, developing employment opportunities and providing assistance to children and young adults with special needs and their families by, among other methods, partnering with businesses to provide training and resources to assist them in integrating members of the special needs communities into productive employment roles in their business establishments. A married mother of two, Stefanie’s daughters look an awful lot like their dad, but we can tell from their sharp, penetrating stares that they definitely have their mom’s smarts and attention to detail.
- Successfully secured repossession of a commercial passenger aircraft following defaults by the aircraft lessee under an aircraft lease agreement, obtaining a substantial money judgment against the aircraft lessee.
- Represented lender in action seeking legal and equitable remedies, including reformation of deed, quiet title, and equitable lien.
- Successfully removed to federal court and defended against remand an action based conversion rights under a group life insurance policy based on novel arguments concerning ERISA preemption.
- Represented an insurer and obtained partial summary judgment on counts for breach of contract and foreclosure of security interest following the insured’s breaches of insurance contracts resulting in several million dollars of damages to insurer.
- Obtained dismissal on the grounds of fraud on the court of two personal injury claims after conducting substantial investigation and discovery and establishing that the plaintiffs in both actions had presented false testimony to conceal or minimize prior accidents, injuries and treatments.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- University of Florida (B.A. & B.S., 2001)
- St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
- The Florida Bar, Member
- Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member
- Greater Miami Aviation Association