Stephen A. Marino, Jr.

Managing Partner

Location: Miami, FL

Phone: 305-577-3996 Fax: 305-577-3558 Email: smarino@vpm-legal.com
Stephen A. Marino, Jr.

Managing Partner, Stephen A. Marino, Jr. is a 1995 cum laude graduate of the University of Miami Law School.  He is admitted to the Florida Bar; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; the U.S. District Courts:  Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Florida; and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

A former architect, Stephen brings technical and applied science knowledge to his litigation practice, specializing in first- and third-party insurance coverage, with an emphasis on bad faith litigation.  He is the past president of the Miami-Dade Justice Association, a board member of the Florida Justice Association, an appointed governor of the American Association for Justice, and the Chairman of the Board of the Overtown Youth Center.

Mr. Marino is frequently invited to speak both nation & state-wide on bad faith litigation and insurance coverage issues.

Education

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, 1995
    • Inter-American Law Review, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1990

Awards & Recognition

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjustors (FAPIA). Spring 2019 Conference, Improper Claims Handling, Statutes regulation and bad faith against adjusters, June 2-3, 2019.  
  • Presenter, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjustors (FAPIA).  Insurance Bad Faith Litigation Seminar, Stipulated Judgments v. Actual Trial (no action clause) and Remedies, April 12, 2019.  
  • Presenter, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjustors (FAPIA).  Fall 2018 Conference, Construction – Tools Every Insurance Professional Needs in their Toolbox, October 28, 2018.
  • Presenter, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjustors (FAPIA).  Spring 2018 Conference, Condo Claim Cliff Notes, June 4, 2018. 
  • Presenter, The Florida Bar.  Civil Update & Board Certification Review 2018, Electronic Data and the Erosion of the Rules Against Hearsay Evidence, February 2, 2018. 
  • Presenter, Windstorm Insurance Network. 2018 Conference, Making the Most of Expert Depositions, January 17 & 18, 2018. 
  • Moderator, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  Masters of Justice Seminar, Insurance Bad Faith, October 5, 2017. 
  • Presenter, The Florida Bar. Hot Topics in Evidence – 2017, Electronic Data and The Erosion of the Rules Against Hearsay Evidence, June 9, 2017. 
  • Presenter, The Seminar Group.  Insurance in the Construction Industry, Duty to Settle, May 12, 2017.
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (NBI).  Advanced Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, Florida Bad Faith Law Update & Hotly Contested Claims/Case Law and Issues with Multiple Claimants or Defendants, April 6, 2017. 
  • Presenter, Windstorm Insurance Network.  Adjusting for Your Deposition, January 31  & February 1, 2017. 
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (NBI).  Auto Injury Litigation from Start to Finish Seminar, Bad Faith, December 13, 2016. 
  • Speaker, Florida Justice Association (FJA), Webinar.  Flood Insurance Legal Issues: How do we file and settle these cases?, November 3, 2016.
  • Lecturer, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute, August 4-5, 2016.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  Annual Convention, Bad Faith: What you Need to know When Handling the Underlying Case, June 22, 2016.
  • Panelist, University of Miami Florida Lawyers Professional Liability Seminar, A Strategic Approach to Insurance and Risk Management for Lawyers and Law Firms, July 26, 2016.
  • Speaker, Shutts & Bowen, Construction Defect Disputes: The Contractual Liability Exclusion & Bad Faith, June 9, 2016.
  • Speaker, Upchurch Watson White & Max.  Webinar, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith 101, May 17, 2016.
  • Presenter, Miami-Dade Justice Association (MDJA). Past President Seminar, Mapping Out the Current Bad Faith Landscape, March 17, 2016.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI).  Telephone Seminar, Discovery in Bad Faith Claims, February 22, 2016.
  • Presenter, Windstorm Insurance Network.   Are You Prepared? The Things You Don’t Know But Need to Know to be Ready for Deposition and Trial, February 2, 2016.
  • Presenter, Windstorm Insurance Network.  Presenting Persuasive Evidence in a Windstorm Case, January 21, 2015.
  • Panelist, Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Discussion on Bad Faith, June 17, 2014.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA), 2014 Annual Convention.  How to Preserve (and Not Impair) Your Client’s Bad Faith Cause of Action, June 11, 2014.
  • Presenter, Windstorm Insurance Network.  Proving Your Case at Trial and Bad Faith Law: A Regional Study of the Current Status of First-Party Bad Faith Case Law, January 28-29, 2014.
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (NBI). Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law, Bad Faith – An Indelible Part of UM/UIM Practice? and Special Issues that can Make or Break Your Case, December 5, 2013.
  • Presenter, Miami-Dade Justice Association (MDJA). Past President Seminar Series, Part 3, The Do’s and Don’ts of Bad Faith, September 26, 2013.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA). Insurance/Bad Faith Seminar, Bottini and King Decisions and How to Plead & Prosecute Today’s UM Bad Faith Case, September 19, 2013.
  • Lecturer, 2013 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute, August 9-10, 2013.
  • Presenter, American Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Trial Trends in Bad Faith Cases, July 22, 2013.
  • Panelist, Dade County Bar Association, Bench and Bar Conference, Litigating Insurance Issues, February 8, 2013. 
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA). Insurance & Bad Faith Seminar, Using the Hostile Declaratory Action to Your Advantage, October 4, 2012.
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (NBI).  Auto Injury Litigation from Start to Finish, Insurance Coverage Research and Negotiations with Claims Representatives, Ethics, and Arbitration and Litigation: Preparation Tips and Hearing Strategies, July 26, 2012.
  • Lecturer, Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute.  Workshop: Cross Examination of a Lay Witness; Workshop: Cross Examination of an Expert Witness; and Workshop: Closing Argument, August 27, 2011. 
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA). 2010 Annual Review: Notable Cases and Statutes Influencing Your Practice, Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update, June 9, 2010.
  • Panelist, MC Consultants 2010 East Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, East Region Appellate Case Review, June 3, 2010.
  • Presenter, Windstorm Insurance Network.  11th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, Disarming the Bad Faith Bomb, January 26, 2010.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  2009 General Insurance Seminar, Perfecting and Handling First Party Bad Faith Claims, November 12, 2009.
  • Program Chair, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  2008 Insurance Seminar, Taking Aim at Goliath: Conquering the Insurance Giants, October 23-24, 2008. 
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA). 2008 Insurance Seminar, Defining the Battleground in the Insurance Arena: Roundtable Discussion, October 23, 2008. 
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  Perfecting your Competitive Edge: Advanced Trial Skills for Top Litigators, Learn to Navigate the Complex and Changing Issues of the Bad Faith Claim, May 28-29, 2008.   
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Florida, April 16, 2008.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  2008 Workhorse Seminar, Handling, Litigating, and Trying Hurricane Insurance Claim Cases, Including Property Damage, Insurance Denial, Injury, Death, Business Interruption Claims and Much More, February 13, 2008.  
  • Program Chair, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  2007 Winter Ski Seminar, Bad Faith Case Law Update, December 13-17, 2007.
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (NBI). Bad Faith 101 Seminar, Legislative Framework and Current Developments, October 11, 2007.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA).  2007 New Horizons for Your Practice: Emerging Areas of Law Providing Opportunities for Firm Expansion Seminar, Electronic Discovery – New Day, New Technology, New Rules, September 27, 2007.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA). 2007 Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, Hurricane Claims – Prelitigation – The Nuts and Bolts of Setting up your File, March 22, 2007.
  • Presenter, Florida Justice Association (FJA). 2007 Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, Hurricane Claims – Complex Issues – Where Do We Stand With Mierzwa? The Future of Bad Faith Relating to Insurer’s Willful Ignorance of the Mierzwa Case, March 22, 2007.  
  • Presenter, National Business Institute (NBI).  Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Florida, Emerging Issues and Current Laws, March 7 & 8, 2007.
  • Presenter, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. 2006 Winter Ski CLE Seminar, The Latest Word on Bad Faith: What Courts Are Saying, What Insurers Are Doing, December 14, 2006.
  • Presenter, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. 2006 Insurance Seminar, Property Insurance Claims, September 7-8, 2006.
  • Presenter, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. 2006 Legislative & Case Law Update Seminar, Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update, June 9, 2006.
  • Presenter, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.  2006 Medical Malpractice Seminar, Diagnosing the Bad Faith Case Under the New Statute, April 20, 2006.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI).  Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Florida, March, 14-16, 2006.  
  • Presenter, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.  2005 Insurance Bad Faith Seminar, The Nuts and Bolts of Hurricane Claims, September 15-16, 2005.
  • Presenter, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.  2005 Civil Litigation for Paralegals & Legal Assistants Seminar, How to Handle a First Party Hurricane Claim, June 2, 2005.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Challenges in Florida Insurance Coverage Litigation, February 25, 2005. 
  •  Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Discovery Through Trial in the 21st Century, October 2004.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Bad Faith Litigation in Florida, July 2004.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Bad Faith Insurance Law in Florida, July 2003.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Emerging Issues in Florida Insurance Coverage Law, April 2003.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Challenges in Florida Insurance Coverage Litigation, January 2003.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI).  Bad Faith Insurance Law in Florida, February 2002.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Florida, November 2001. 
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Insurance Coverage Law in Florida, August 2000 & 2001.
  • Speaker, National Business Institute (NBI). Basic Insurance Law for Paralegals in Florida, 1999.

Publications

Memberships & Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice, Former Governor
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • American Board of  Trial Advocates, Miami Dade Chapter, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • Florida Justice Association, Executive Member and Fellow
  • Miami-Dade Justice Association, Past-President

Community Involvement

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