Stephen M. Cozart

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Steve Cozart's practice is concentrated on complex civil litigation with a particular focus on large property losses, products liability claims and catastrophic personal injury claims.

While a favorable settlement is often a successful outcome, Steve understands that some cases have to be taken all the way through trial. As a veteran trial attorney, Steve has tried numerous cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the Southeastern United States. His clients have ranged from Fortune 500 Companies to small business owners and Steve has earned praise for his ability to help each of these clients relate to jurors in diverse venues.

Steve is a native of Santa Rosa County, Florida. After graduating from Jay High School, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. Steve is licensed to practice in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi and he maintains an active practice in all three States. His has been awarded an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which represents the highest ethical and quality rating bestowed by his peers.

In addition to his active trial practice, Steve is a frequent lecturer. He has presented numerous seminars for claims professionals as well as continuing education classes for attorneys. He remains active in the community by serving as Chairman of the Santa Rosa County Emergency Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) and by acting as the Town Attorney for his hometown of Jay, Florida. In his free time, Steve enjoys sailing and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors.

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Credentials

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, MS (J.D., 1995)
    Law Review, Comment Editor; Moot Court Board
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (B.A., 1992)

Admissions

  • State of Mississippi, 1995
  • State of Florida, 1998
  • State of Alabama, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi

Certifications/Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper PIP / SIU Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper First Party Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper Trucking, Transportation and Logistics Practice Group, Member
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Mobile Claims Association
  • Gulf Coast Association of Insurance Professionals

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • “AV Preeminent” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Presentations

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "Alcohol, Cell Phones and the Law", Gulf Coast Claims Association of Insurance Professionals, 2016
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", FCCI, 2016
  • “The Verdict: Was it Arson or Was it an Accident”, Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), 2016
  • "First Party First Rate Defense", Rimkus, 2016
  • "Bad Faith: Top Ten Pitfalls to Avoid", Gulf Coast Association for Insurance Professionals, 2015
  • "Balcony Collapse: Understanding the Pitfalls & Limiting Exposure", Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLBR), 2015
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law & Ethics Update", GEICO, 2015
  • "Ethics for the Claims Professional", Gulf Coast Association for Insurance Professionals, 2014
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law & Ethics Update", FCCI, 2014
  • "Case Law Update: Defending Percutaneous Discectomies", Sedgwick, 2014
  • "Proposals for Settlement, Utilization of Motions and Production on Documents", Gainsco, 2013
  • "Set Offs in Personal Injury Cases", GEICO, 2013
  • "Mediation Techniques", GEICO, 2013
  • "Construction Defects", Travelers, 2012
  • "A Case Study in Settlements and Releases", Auto Owners, 2012
  • "SIU Tips and Tactics", Rimkus, 2012
  • "Ethics for the Claims Professional", Rimkus, 2012
  • "PIP and BI", Mendota, 2011
  • "Medicare Super-Liens, Set Asides and Notice Provisions," Nationwide, 2011
  • "Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish", Pensacola, FL 2011
  • "Tactics for Handling Claims Involving MRSA", Sarasota, FL 2010
  • "Uninsured Motorist Benefits Coverage: A Survey of Florida Law," Orlando, FL 2010
  • "Ethical Considerations for Claims Adjusting in Florida (or – How to Keep your Job)," Lake Mary, FL 2009
  • "Florida Law Update", Birmingham, AL 2007
  • "Things you 'Auto' Know about Handling UM and BI Claims", Ft. Lauderdale & Orlando, FL 2005
  • "Basic Comparison of Legal Issues in Alabama and Mississippi", Tampa, FL 2005
  • "A Practical Refresher on Litigating the Mississippi Auto Injury Case", Jackson, MS 2004
Authorships

Published Works

  • Through the Eyes of the Debtor: Mississippi Reexamines the Breach of the Peace Exception to Uniform Commercial Code Section 9-503, 15 Miss. C.L. Rev. 145 (1994)
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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 Office

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

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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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 Office

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

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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Jacksonville Office

76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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Pensacola Office

125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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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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