Melonie  Bueno

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Melonie Bueno practices in the areas of bad faith and claims administration defense, complex personal injury, automobile negligence, and coverage matters. Melonie focuses her practice on bad faith and claims handling matters, and has litigated these cases in various state and federal jurisdictions throughout Florida. She is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has taught many bad faith claims administration seminars, routinely presenting on the topics of first party and third party bad faith.

Prior to joining the firm, Melonie served as a judicial intern to Justice Harry Lee Anstead at the Florida Supreme Court. Melonie graduated cum laude from the University of Miami, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Business Law and Business Management & Organization. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, graduating cum laude and in the top 10% of her class. She was on the Executive Board of the St. Thomas Law Review, and a member of the Moot Court Board.

When not practicing law, Melonie enjoys singing with the Master Chorale of South Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that world-class performances of major works written for chorus and orchestra remain part of South Florida’s cultural fabric.

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Credentials

Education

  • St. Thomas University College of Law, Miami, FL (J.D., 2007)
    cum laude
    Best in Class Awards: Torts I, Civil Procedure II, Advanced Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Procedure I, Florida Constitutional Law, Legal Thought; St. Thomas Law Review, Member Senior Articles Editor; St. Thomas Moot Court Board
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (B.B.A., 2004)
    cum laude
    President’s Honor Roll, Dean’s Honor Roll; Provost’s Honor Roll

Admissions

  • State of Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2012

Certification/Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association
  • National Association for Professional Women

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Received a "Distinguished Lawyer Designation", by The Expert Network (2016)
  • Selected as “Top Lawyers of South Florida”, by The Daily Business Review (2015, 2016)
  • Selected as "Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law", by The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine (2013, 2015)

Languages

  • Spanish
Presentations

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "Excess Verdicts and Bad Faith", GEICO, 2016
  • "How to Tackle Multiple Claimant Scenarios and Other Claims Handling Issues", Bristol West, 2015
  • "Defending and Defeating Punitive Damages in Extra Contractual Litigation", CLM Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage Conference, 2014
  • "Confessions of Judgment", Allstate ECL Summit, 2014 
  • "Bad Faith Hot Topics 2014", Windhaven, 2014
  • "Hot Topics Regarding PIP and the 2013 Statute & Top Ten bad Faith Pitfalls to Avoid in Florida", Farmers, 2014
  • “Bad Faith – First Party Claims”, FCCI, 2014
  • "First Party Bad Faith", First Protective, 2012
  • "Bad Faith", Sir Galloway Cleaners, 2012
  • "Top Ten Bad Faith Pitfalls To Avoid in Florida", CJW & Associates, 2011
  • "Bad Faith - Fabric Restoration", Citizens, 2011
  • "Bad Faith/Excess Verdict", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2010
Experience

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Justice Harry Lee Anstead, Florida Supreme Court (Judicial Intern)
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Miami

Miami Office

25 West Flagler Street, Penthouse
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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Key West

Key West Office

402 Applerouth Lane, Suite 2C
Key West, FL 33040

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale Office

One East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

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West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Office

515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 1800
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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Tampa

Tampa Office

400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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Orlando

Orlando Office

201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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Ocala

Ocala Office

101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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Jacksonville

Jacksonville Office

76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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Pensacola

Pensacola Office

125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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Tallahassee

Tallahassee Office

1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

T: 850.222.5188 F: 850.222.5108

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Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers Office

13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Mobile

Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.308.3352

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