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  • Mark R. Antonelli

    Mark R. Antonelli, a partner with the firm, is the consummate defense lawyer, respected in the legal community for his toughness, fairness and ethics. Mr. Antonelli represents insured and self-insured clients in all aspects of civil litigation matters, with a primary emphasis in personal injury and wrongful death claims in the areas of premises liability, construction related accidents, product liability and all aspects of municipal liability claims including police civil rights litigation.

    As panel counsel for a number of carriers, he regularly serves as a statewide Florida litigation attorney in the representation of their insureds while also serving in the same role for a number of corporate clients.

    Mr. Antonelli has tried more than 100 jury trials, handling cases through the appellate level. In addition, his practice has included non-jury trials, arbitration proceedings and hundreds of mediations. His arbitration practice has included the representation of insured, self-insured and corporate clients in voluntary and contractual arbitration proceedings, and proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, as well as serving as a defense appointed and agreed upon neutral arbitrator.

    His client relationships have included working with the risk management department of a food store chain in all aspects of the claim process. Close involvement included claims prevention techniques, handling and coordinating pre-suit claims as well as trial and appellate practice. Together, Mr. Antonelli and the company established an aggressive defense strategy of fighting questionable liability suits, even in cases involving plaintiffs with serious injuries.

    Mr. Antonelli is a frequent lecturer and has authored in areas of trial practice including trial preparation, opening statements and the taking of depositions.

     

     

     

    Areas of Practice
    • Catastrophic & Personal Injury

    • Civil Litigation

    • Class Actions

    • Commercial Litigation

    • Construction Accident & Defect Litigation

    • Mass Torts

    • Municipal Liability

    • Police Civil Rights Litigation

    • Premises Liability

    • Product Liability

    • Professional Liability

    • Security Negligence

    • Vehicle Negligence

    • Wrongful Death

     

    Admitted to Practice Law or Bar Admissions
    • All Florida Courts

    • United States Supreme Court

    • United States Federal District Court – Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

     

    Education
    • University of Miami, School of Law – (J.D., Cum Laude, 1982)

    • Biscayne College n/k/a St. Thomas University – (B.A., Accounting, Summa Cum Laude,
    1979)

     

    Honors
    • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated – AV Preeminent

    • Super Lawyers, Florida 2010-2019
           – Personal Injury Defense

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2019
           – Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defense, Products Liability
              Defense (2012-Present)
           – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (2014-Present)
           – Lawyer of the Year, Miami, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions 2016 & 2019

    • South Florida Legal Guide, Top-Rated Lawyers, 2012 – Present
           – Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Defense & Premise Liability-Defense

    • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, 2018-Present

     

    Professional Memberships
    • The Florida Bar

    • International Association of Defense Counsel

    • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
           – President 2000-2001

    • Defense Research Institute
           – Florida State Representative, 2005-2008; 2014-2017

    • Dade County Defense Bar Association
           – President 1993

    • The Federal Bar Association

    • Coral Gables Bar Association

    • Claims and Litigation Management

     

    Community Activities
    • Boy Scouts of America, South Florida Council
           – Council President 2012-2014
           – Board Member since 2004
           – Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member

    • South Dade YMCA
           – Board of Managers, Chair 2000
           – Board member for 21 years

    • FHSAA Contest Official (Basketball) Since 2008

    • College Contest Official (Basketball) Since 2018

     

    Contact Information
    420 South Dixie Highway, Third Floor
    Coral Gables, Florida 33146
    Telephone: (305) 667-0223
    Facsimile: (305) 284-9844
    E-Mail: mantonelli@gaebemullen.com
     

    Mark R. Antonelli

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